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France’s labor reform debated in Senate amid strikes

PARIS (AP) — France’s Senate starts debating a contested labor reform on Monday as rail and air strikes continue to disrupt traffic as country hosts the European Championship soccer tournament.

The national rail company, SNCF, said about 30 percent of regional trains and 10 percent of high-speed trains were cancelled. There were also disruptions for Paris commuter trains taking fans to the Ireland-Sweden match at the Stade de France on Monday.

About 15 percent of Air France’s domestic and long haul flights were cancelled due to a pilots’ strike, according to the company.

France’s Socialist government has already faced months of protests and strikes against the labor bill.

The conservative Senate is expected to substantially change the bill proposed by the government...

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Presidential Debates and the Power of Soundbites

Joe Biden could spend most of the evening with his left foot firmly inserted into his mouth, and who knows with young Paul Ryan? Is this another Bentsen-Quayle type of set-up? Keep your ears tuned.
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Top 5 Holiday Movie Recommendations

Are you ready to snuggle in front of the fire with your family for a holiday film marathon? Get the popcorn and holiday treats ready. The holiday vacation is about to begin in earnest.
David Aronchick

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Freed pilot Savchenko wants talks with Ukraine rebel leaders

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko says she is willing to talk with rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine.

Savchenko was freed in a prisoner exchange with Russia last month after nearly two years in custody and was sworn in as a lawmaker in Ukraine’s parliament last week.

She was captured in eastern Ukraine by Russia-backed rebels in June 2014 and then surfaced in Russia, where she was convicted of providing coordinates for a mortar attack that killed two Russian journalists.

Savchenko was quoted Tuesday by Ukrainian media as saying she believes direct talks with rebel leaders would be more effective than the current talks that include Russia.

Denis Pushilin, a rebel envoy to those talks, said the leaders would be willing to meet with her if Ukraine gave her formal envoy status.

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Tropical rains, possible tornadoes threaten half of the US

ATLANTA (AP) — From tropical rains to tornadoes, about half of the U.S. expected to see wet and at times severe weather this weekend, capping a week of scorching temperatures out West and flooding that killed nine soldiers when their military vehicle got caught in the rushing waters of a rain-swollen creek at Fort Hood, Texas.

People along the Gulf Coast kept a watchful eye on a system over the Caribbean Sea that was forecast to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to parts of Florida. The storm is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, the nation’s capital and more than 17 million people braced for the possibility of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and tornadoes Sunday...

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The Latest: Penguins’ Bryan Rust in Game 2 lineup

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):

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The Pittsburgh Penguins got a boost in Game 2, getting winger Bryan Rust on the ice after saying his status would be a game-time decision. Rust was questionable after taking a hit from San Jose’s Patrick Marleau in the third period of Game 1. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety declined to call Marleau in for a hearing to discuss his hit. He was penalized for an illegal check to the head. Rust scored to help Pittsburgh win Game 1, his sixth goal of the postseason after scoring five times in 55 games of his career in the regular season.

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Game 2s of the Stanley Cup Final have traditionally been pivotal, and lately three periods hav...

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FAA: Small plane carrying 2 people crash in New Hampshire

WARNER, N.H. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says a small airplane with two people aboard has crashed in New Hampshire.

There was no immediate word on the conditions of the two aboard the American Champion Aircraft that crashed Sunday evening near Stewart’s Peak.

A spokeswoman for the FAA says the agency is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the crash.

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3 Cambodian commandos jailed for attack on legislators

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court has sentenced three military commandos to a year in prison for beating up two opposition lawmakers outside the parliament last year. The court also ordered them to pay fines totaling $ 21,500 as the legislators’ lawyer called the punishment too lenient.

In his verdict Friday, Phnom Penh presiding judge Heng Sokna initially sentenced the three men to four years in jail but suspended the sentence to one year.

The attack occurred in October 2015 when two opposition lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party were confronted by a pro-government mob, which was demanding the resignation of the party’s deputy leader Kem Sonkha.

Heng Sokna said the attack on the lawmakers by the three members of an elite military unit hurt the nation’s reputat...

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Obama’s Hiroshima trip parachutes him into history disputes

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — By visiting Hiroshima, Barack Obama parachutes himself into a seemingly endless dispute among key U.S. allies and trading partners over World War II. In Tokyo’s decades-long tug-of-war over history with its neighbors China and South Korea, it’s the American president who could end up losing.

Many in China and South Korea feel that Japan got what it deserved when a U.S. atomic bombs detonated in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and in Nagasaki three days later. They resent what they see as Japan’s focus on the bomb’s victims instead of the millions of civilians killed, raped and enslaved by Japanese troops. They worry that the first-ever U.S...

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Solar-powered plane’s latest leg: Oklahoma to Ohio

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane that landed in Oklahoma last week is headed to Ohio on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Tulsa International Airport about 5 a.m. Saturday with a destination of Dayton, Ohio. The flight was expected to take about 18 hours.

The aircraft’s most recent journey came on May 13, when it traveled from Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Arizona to Tulsa in just over 20 hours. The plane was expected to make at least one more stop in the United States before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa.

The globe-circling voyage began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan.

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