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Toyota recalls pickups, SUVs to fix air bag, brake problems

Toyota recalls pickups, SUVs to fix air bag, brake problems

DETROIT — Toyota is recalling nearly 143,000 SUVs and pickups worldwide to fix air bag and brake problems. The first recall covers about 96,000 Toyota Land Cruisers and Lexus LX570 SUVs from 2008 through 2019.
Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems, a victory for teachers who closed schools across the state in protest earlier this year.
Oil pipeline foes look past regulators after another loss

Oil pipeline foes look past regulators after another loss

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Fire ruins 80 per cent of Congo capital's voting machines

Fire ruins 80 per cent of Congo capital's voting machines

KINSHASA, Congo — An early-morning fire in Congo's capital destroyed nearly 80 per cent of the capital city's voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing
Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory — Israel's military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away.
The pressure of composing new music for 'Mary Poppins'

The pressure of composing new music for 'Mary Poppins'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Everyone involved in the making of "Mary Poppins Returns " felt the pressure to do justice to the original 1964 film. Rob Marshall worked on it for three straight years.
Half of iconic Bert & I duo dies 60 years after recording

Half of iconic Bert & I duo dies 60 years after recording

PORTLAND, Maine — Bob Bryan, one half of the comedy duo Bert and I, which had fun at the expense of Maine Yankees and popularized the immortal punchline, "You can't get there from here," has died at his home in Quebec. He was 87.
UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

GENEVA — The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS said he would leave the job six months early, bowing to apparent pressure just a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment blasted the "defective leadership" at UNAIDS.
Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the re
2018's top movie moments, from 'Shallow' to 'The Shining'

2018's top movie moments, from 'Shallow' to 'The Shining'

LOS ANGELES — A film doesn't have to be great to have a great moment.