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Purple haze of jacarandas draws Japanese to South Africa

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PRETORIA - Eighty-one-year-old Sachiko Asano traveled 8,500 miles to Africa to see jacaranda trees in bloom, one of hundreds of Japanese inspired by a culture of flower-viewing to make the trek every year.

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Woman seen harassed on NYC streets in video gets rape threats

NEW YORK - A woman featured in a video in which she is harassed more than 100 times on New York City's streets said on Thursday that she has received dozens of rape threats after the clip was posted on the Internet and watched widely.

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Undercover French politicians sample 'real life' for TV show

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PARIS - Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France's often remote political elite and the public they are elected to serve.

Wed, Oct 29 2014

Halloween season rides a shriek-filled draw for theme parks

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ORLANDO Fla. - Chainsaw-wielding ghouls draw screaming crowds so large to Universal Orlando's "Halloween Horror Nights" that traffic snarls around the Florida theme park on fall evenings, just another nightmare in the industry's soaring thrill season.

29 Oct 2014

Group says piece of metal found on Pacific island is from Earhart's plane

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- Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of famed American aviator Amelia Earhart's plane said on Wednesday they now believe a slab of aluminum found decades ago on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean came from her aircraft.

29 Oct 2014

Filled with artifacts, ancient Mexican tunnel may lead to royal tombs

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MEXICO CITY - A sacred tunnel discovered in the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan is filled with thousands of ritual objects and may lead to royal tombs, the lead Mexican archaeologist on the project said on Wednesday.

29 Oct 2014

Sweet fracking: How U.S. oil boom fuels chocolate craving

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NEW YORK - U.S. chocolate demand may get an extra boost from an unlikely source this Halloween: the U.S. shale revolution.

29 Oct 2014

Dallas man's Ebola Halloween house draws criticisms in virus-hit city

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DALLAS - A man who decorated his Dallas home for Halloween to resemble an Ebola hot spot has found that charities he wanted to benefit by showing it off are refusing donations from an exhibit many find to be in poor taste.

29 Oct 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies in Vermont

- Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell died on Tuesday at his home in Vermont after battling leukemia, his wife said on Wednesday. He was 87.

29 Oct 2014

Korea Inc targets 'golden singles' amid consumer slump

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SEOUL - As South Korea's population rapidly ages, makers of consumer goods from washing machines to packaged foods and pet products are increasingly targeting people like Lee Dong-soo, who is 34 and lives alone with his cat.

29 Oct 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.