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Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

MOJAVE Calif. - A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. | Video

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Protests force out Burkina president, soldiers vie for power

OUAGADOUGOU - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass street protests at his attempts to extend his 27-year rule, plunging the West African nation into uncertainty as junior officers vied with top military brass for power. | Video

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Federal charges appear unlikely in Ferguson police shooting: Washington Post

WASHINGTON - U.S. Justice Department officials probably will not bring civil rights charges against a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager set off rioting in August, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

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Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush denied bail

MILFORD Pa. - A bruised and gaunt Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and wearing the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of killing, was held without bail on Friday after his first court appearance on first-degree murder and other charges. | Video

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Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

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Third victim in Washington state school shooting rampage dies

SEATTLE - A girl shot during a rampage at a Washington state high school last week that left two other girls dead along with the gunman has died from her wounds, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett said on Friday.

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Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. | Video