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To encourage more use, Instagram to allow sharing with fewer

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NEW YORK (AP) — Keep your friends close … and your close friends closer? Instagram is adding a feature to make it easier to share photos and videos with fewer folks. Called Close Friends, the…

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Wine of the week: Julia Jackson’s Cambria Estate Wines

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Charming, well-rounded, with loads of depth and a touch of earthiness. I could be describing a wine, but it is also an apt description of Julia Jackson, daughter of legendary wine entrepreneur, Jess Jackson, who in her own right has become…

The Latest: Russia won’t mirror Ukrainian male travel ban

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MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia-Ukraine tensions (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Russia’s foreign ministry says that Moscow is not going to mirror the travel ban that Ukraine has imposed on Russian men. Ukrainian…

51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in a mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other unrelated…

Ready to get a Christmas tree? Just remember to keep it hydrated

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With the most wonderful time of the year on the way, WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has some care trips for your Christmas tree and other tree-related advice.

Report: Japan court OKs extending custody of ex-Nissan chair

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TOKYO (AP) — Kyodo News agency says a Japanese court has approved extending the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for 10 more days. The Japanese news agency said Friday that the Tokyo District…

Lyft completes Capital Bikeshare deal, plans its own Lyft bikes

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As part of the acquisition, Lyft acquires Motivate's technology and corporate functions. Motivate's bike maintenance and servicing operations will remain a stand-alone business run by Motivate.

Manassas shooting ends in Prince William Co. crash after police chase

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A person who allegedly fired a weapon from a moving car led Prince William County police on a car chase. The car struck three cars and two people were injured.

Kyodo News says a Japanese court has approved extending detention of ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for 10 more days

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TOKYO (AP) — Kyodo News says a Japanese court has approved extending detention of ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for 10 more days.

Indian farmers march seeking better prices for produce

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of farmers marched to India’s Parliament on Friday demanding higher prices for their produce and a government waiver on their farm loans to alleviate hardships. Waving red, yellow and green…

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Children suffering in Central African Republic 5 years on

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Children are bearing the brunt of five years of fighting in Central African Republic as thousands are trapped in armed groups and many suffer sexual violence. That’s according to the United…

Ukraine’s intelligence agency searching the home of a senior Russian Orthodox cleric in Kiev for ‘inciting hatred’

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s intelligence agency searching the home of a senior Russian Orthodox cleric in Kiev for ‘inciting hatred’

French premier to meet with protesters amid anger over taxes

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PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will meet with some protesters’ representatives in an effort to calm the tensions over rising taxes, a first since the movement started two weeks ago. The government’s…

Tense 1st meeting of South Sudan armed leaders since peace

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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Stepping out of a helicopter last week, South Sudan armed opposition commander Ashab Khamis came face-to-face with his rival in a crushing five-year civil war, army Gen. Keer Kiir Keer.…

Airport workers’ bus hits taxi on Hong Kong road, killing 5

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HONG KONG (AP) — A bus ferrying workers to Hong Kong International Airport slammed into a stopped taxi on a highway Friday, killing five people and injuring more than 30, police said. Four bus passengers,…

Australia raised detained refugee with Thai authorities

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian officials have raised with Thai authorities the plight of an Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who was detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to his native Bahrain, Australia’s…

Ukraine closes border to all Russian males between 16 and 60

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials on Friday barred Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country in the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbors. The long-simmering conflict…

3 dead, 8 injured after fleeing truck rollover in California

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CAMPO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say three people have been killed and eight injured when a pickup fleeing Border Patrol agents rolled over near the Mexican border. California Highway Patrol says the crash in…

Sri Lankan Parliament bars ministers using state funds

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan lawmakers passed a motion Friday barring government ministers and their private staff from using state funds, as opponents of the disputed prime minister put pressure on an administration…

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Koreas survey North’s railways in hopes of joining networks

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean train rolled into North Korea for the first time in a decade on Friday as the countries began joint surveys on northern railway sections they hope someday…

China actor arrested in Tokyo in alleged abuse of girlfriend

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TOKYO (AP) — A Chinese movie actor has been arrested in Japan on suspicion of assaulting his then-girlfriend, causing injuries that police say required four weeks of treatment. Jiang Jinfu, 27, was detained Wednesday after…

UMd to update some dorms to prevent mold infestations

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A mold infestation caused one dorm to be temporarily evacuated in September. A contractor hired by the school to investigate the mold's cause found that the dorm's air-conditioning system wasn't able to control building humidity.

Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country’s president says, opening a worrying new front in the region’s nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the…

Ukraine’s border guard service says that Russian men between 16 and 60 have been barred from traveling to Ukraine

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s border guard service says that Russian men between 16 and 60 have been barred from traveling to Ukraine.

2 W.Va. troopers suspended, traffic stop beating probed

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia state troopers have been suspended and the governor has ordered an investigation into a traffic stop in which he says the troopers were seen on a dashcam video…

Cowboys stifle Brees, end Saints’ 10-game win streak, 13-10

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott desperately scrambled for a first down in a game of fourth-quarter keepaway, then took three knees starting from the New Orleans 1 to run out the clock by the…

Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prince Akishino says a highly religious ritual that is part of next year’s succession ceremonies should be covered privately by the imperial family, questioning the government’s decision to use public money.…

Attorney’s plea caused by Trump’s dream of a Moscow tower

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign…

Pakistan’s currency plunges again as country seeks IMF loan

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s currency has plunged further as the country is mired in a financial crisis and seeking an $8 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund. The Pakistani rupee was trading at…

In a twist, Trump fights to keep some Palestinian aid alive

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years, the Trump administration has unabashedly slashed U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Now, amid signs it may finally roll out its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the administration is scrambling…