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Clinton and Trump to square off in highly anticipated debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time on Monday in a presidential debate that could rank as one of the most watched and highly anticipated political showdowns in U.S. history.

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U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program

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Violent crime in U.S. rose in 2015 but far from peak levels: FBI

WASHINGTON Violent crime in the United States increased in 2015 but remained far below peak levels of the 1990s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday as presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepared for a debate that is likely to focus on public safety.

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U.S. new home sales fall in August but trend still positive

WASHINGTON New U.S. single-family home sales posted their biggest decline in nearly a year in August after soaring to nine-year highs the month before, with analysts saying the trend in sales remains positive.

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U.S. network of Turkish cleric facing pressure as those at home seek help

WASHINGTON A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members of Gulen’s movement, and public records reviewed by Reuters.

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Baseball world mourns boating death of Miami Marlins star Fernandez

MIAMI Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball and a hero to Miami's Cuban community, was killed in a boating crash early on Sunday in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old. | Video

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