A scorched car rests next to a residence leveled by the Detwiler fire near Mariposa, Calif., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Evacuation order lifted for California Gold Rush-era town

An aggressive wildfire sweeping through California foothills covered with dense brush and trees destroyed dozens of homes but spared a historic Gold Rush-era town popular with tourists bound for Yosemite National Park, officials said Friday.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.

Spicer abruptly resigns as Trump press secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. 

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FILE - In a Friday, July 7, 2017 file photo, Isabel Martinez gestures towards news cameras during her first court appearance, in Lawrenceville , Ga.

Girl says her mom asked for forgiveness before stabbing her

Everyone was asleep when Isabel Martinez began stabbing her children and then fatally stabbed her husband as he tried to seek help, her daughter told a child welfare caseworker.

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Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.

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Pro-government supporters confront anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Venezuela strike erupts into sporadic violence

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster.

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In this Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Maplewood Police Officer Parker Olding attaches his body camera to the magnetic plate worn inside his uniform in Maplewood, Minn.

Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body cameras

Police and protesters heralded the arrival of the body camera as a critical window into officers' everyday activities after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Police Officer Mohamed Noor poses for a photo at a community event welcoming him to the Minneapolis police force.

Officer who shot Australian woman felt called to police work

The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in an alley shortly after she called 911 to report a possible crime is a young Somali-American and father who felt called to work in law enforcement after getting a college degree in business.

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Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has visited dozens of young women in northeastern Nigeria, where she spoke out for the many girls abducted under Boko Haram's deadly insurgency.

Nobel winner Malala in Nigeria speaks out against Boko Haram

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has visited dozens of young women in northeastern Nigeria, where she spoke out for the many girls abducted under Boko Haram's deadly insurgency.

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Russian Supreme Court upholds ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Russia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of its nationwide ban on the Jehovah's Witnesses religious denomination.

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The sky is overcast at the end of a work day on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, where the 105-story pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel is seen in this photograph towering over residential apartments.

Japan says this is a time to raise pressure on North Korea

Japan called Monday for increased pressure on North Korea, saying this is not a time for dialogue.

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Contractors clean the walls outside the Marco Polo residence, Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Honolulu.

No fire alarm sirens when deadly Honolulu fire broke out

As flames raged through a Honolulu high-rise building, killing three people and injuring a dozen others, fellow residents didn't even realize a blaze had broken out until they opened their doors and saw firefighters racing to battle the inferno.

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Opposition members wave a Venezuelan flag outside a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Woman killed, 3 wounded as tensions rise with Venezuela vote

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's raising tensions in a nation battered by widespread shortages and anti-government protests.

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Israeli border police officers stop people from entering the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Hamas says target Israelis after Jerusalem site attack

Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Saturday called on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in Jerusalem after a sacred site was closed following a deadly assault there.

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A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter flies near a fire burning on a floor at the Marco Polo apartment complex, Friday, July 14, 2017, in Honolulu.

Honolulu fire: Victim remembered as talented and caring

A Hawaiian Airlines in-flight manager called his brother as smoke filled his 26th-floor apartment in Honolulu before he and his mother lost their lives in the blaze, the man's brother said.

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In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, laborers take a break for breakfast after picking coca leaves in the mountain region of Antioquia, Colombia.

UN: Production of coca leaf surges in Colombia

A new United Nations report shows that coca production in Colombia has surged to levels not seen in two decades, complicating the South American country's efforts to make its vast, lawless countryside more secure following a peace deal with leftist rebels.

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North Korean leaders from past to present, from left to right: Kim Il Sung in 1980; Kim Jong Il in 2010; and Kim Jong Un in 2017; in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea's nuclear weapons advancements under the 3 Kims

After North Korea's first test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week, the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, has moved one step closer to perfecting a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, a weapons program launched by his grandfather and nurtured by his father.

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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2010 file photo, an empty chair with the Nobel Peace Prize and diploma for Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is seen during a ceremony honoring Liu at city hall in Oslo, Norway.

Milestones in China's pro-democracy movement

The career of Liu Xiaobo, China's most prominent political prisoner who died Thursday, intersected various times with the country's pro-democracy movement until his final imprisonment in 2008.

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In this image taken from July 24, 2008, video footage by AP Video, Liu Xiaobo speaks during an interview at a park in Beijing, China.

Political prisoner, Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies at age 61

Imprisoned for all the seven years since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo never renounced the pursuit of human rights in China, insisting on living a life of "honesty, responsibility and dignity." China's most prominent political prisoner died Thursday of liver cancer at 61.

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People look at flowers placed on the Promenade des Anglais at the scene of a truck attack.

French court rejects ban on magazine for Nice attack photos

A French court ruled Thursday against withdrawing the picture magazine Paris Match from newsstands for publishing gruesome photos of the attack a year ago that killed 86 people in Nice — but forbid two pictures of it from being published again, including on the internet.

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This is a Feb. 2017 image of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica made available by the Antarctic Survey on Wednesday July 12, 2017.

Scientists say massive iceberg has broken off in Antarctica

One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded, a trillion-ton behemoth more than seven times the size of New York City, has broken off of Antarctica, triggering disagreement among scientists over whether global warming is to blame.

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Cardinal George Pell, left, reads a bible during the blessing of a statue of John Paul ll at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.

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FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, Savilla Stoltzfus is led to a preliminary hearing outside Bucks County Magisterial District Judge John I.

Parents who 'gifted' daughter to man get prison sentence

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison each for giving their oldest daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.

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