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Powerful Typhoon Neoguri to Target Japan

Typhoon neoguruNeoguri, once a super typhoon, still poses a serious threat to lives and property in Japan.

Neoguri intensified into a super typhoon early Monday morning local time (Sunday afternoon EDT). Currently Neoguri is a typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 205 kph (125 mph).

The typhoon will continue to pass through an area of very warm water and low wind shear (strong winds above the surface that can shred tropical systems apart) over the next 24 hours which will keep the cyclone dangerously strong and could cause some re-strengthening.

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Court halts denial of licenses for immigrants

Jan BrewerAn appeals court blocked Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.

The ruling Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks a victory for immigrant rights advocates who argued the young immigrants were harmed by unequal treatment by the state.

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11 dead, at least 60 wounded in Chicago over holiday weekend

Chicago shootingsStatistics may show Chicago’s homicide rate is down to levels not seen since the 1960s, but parts of the city are still a war zone, residents of the South and West sides said after another bloody Fourth of July weekend.

By 7 a.m. Monday, 11 people had been killed and at least 60 others wounded in holiday weekend shootings across the city since Thursday night. Two more were shot dead by police.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, meanwhile, scheduled a Monday morning news conference to discuss gun violence.

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Nigerian women and girls 'escape from Boko Haram'

Nigerian women escapeMore than 60 women and girls are reported to have escaped from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, security sources say.

They were among 68 abducted last month near the town of Damboa in north-eastern Borno state.  Reports say the women escaped when the militants went to attack a military base near Damboa on Friday.

The Nigerian military said it killed more than 50 rebels in a clash that night.

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Hamas vows revenge on Israel after seven members die in air strike

Hamas vows revengeHamas has vowed revenge on Israel after seven of its members were killed in an air strike in the deadliest exchange of fire since the latest round of attacks began weeks ago.  Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said "the enemy will pay a tremendous price", referring to Israel.

The group said its men were killed by an Israeli air strike early on Monday morning on a tunnel used by the militants.

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Shaky start likely for Washington state pot sales

Pot sales in washington stateThe nation's second legal recreational marijuana market is opening in Washington on Tuesday, but it might not be what state voters expected when they legalized the sale of heavily taxed pot 20 months ago.

The state's Liquor Control Board was working to issue up to 20 marijuana retail licenses Monday. Stores can open Tuesday if they're ready, but it wasn't clear how many will be. The Liquor Control Board was overwhelmed with nearly 7,000 pot-license applications, and reviewing them has been slow.

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Pope apologizes for 'sacrilegious cult' of Church sexual abuse

Pope FrancisPope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the Church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.

"For some time now I have felt in my heart deep pain and suffering," he said in his strongest comments yet on the crimes, delivered at a Mass with adult victims. "So much time hidden, camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained until someone realized that Jesus was looking."

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New York City newspaper refers to President Obama as 'N*****' in headline

Racial slur in NY paperA local New York City newspaper is putting itself on the map in a big way thanks an op-ed by author James Lincoln Collier with the title "The [Expletive] in the White House."

In the headline, the WestView News of NYC's West Village used the racial slur to refer to President Barack Obama.

Underneath Collier's piece, which actually argued that "far right voters hate Obama because he is black," the paper ran another op-ed written by African-American columnist Alvin Hall called, "The Headline Offends Me."

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Strong quake hits Mexico, Guatemala; three dead

Mexico earthquakeA magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people and damaging dozens of homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. (7:23 a.m. EDT) on the Pacific Coast 1 mile (2 kilometers) north-northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border. It initially calculated the magnitude at 7.1 but later lowered the figure to 6.9.

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