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US sent Latin youths undercover in anti-Cuba mission

Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world’s most sophisticated counter-intelligence services.

 
1 dead, 2,500 stranded in Calif. mudslides

Crews cleared roads in an area where some 2,500 had been stranded after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while authorities estimated that between 6 and 8 homes were badly damaged and likely uninhabitable.

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Missing 6-year-old last seen in her bed

Sheriff’s deputies in Washington are searching for a missing 6-year-old girl who was last seen Saturday night when she went to bed at the family home in east Bremerton.

Israel withdraws most ground troops from Gaza Strip

Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.

Earthquake kills 367 in southern China

A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.

Mother of chokehold victim thanked Jesus after court ruling

After her son was placed in a police chokehold and died saying, “I can’t breathe,” Gwen Carr would wake up screaming, “Let him go! Give him air!” she said Saturday. When she heard his death had been ruled a homicide, she said, her first words were, “Thank you, Jesus!”

South Carolina students eager to star gaze with new telescope

Students and teachers across South Carolina will be able to peer into space and view images of the sun, moon and stars using a remotely controlled telescope set up at a new observatory opening next month at the State Museum.

French police officer suspected of stealing 115 pounds of cocaine

French police arrested an officer on Saturday whom they suspect of stealing some 52 kg (115 pounds) of cocaine, worth around 2 million euros ($2.69 million), from a locked room inside central police headquarters in Paris.

 
68 dead, 200 hurt in Chinese factory blast

Sixty-eight people were killed and nearly 200 others injured, most with severe burns, after an explosion Saturday at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors, officials said.

 
2 Americans sick with Ebola coming home

Plans are underway to bring back the two American aid workers sick with Ebola from Africa.

Most Americans ready to close the books on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Three in four Americans think history will judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as failures, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows that about the same percentage think it was right to pull forces from the two countries.

 
2 Americans detained by North Korea plead for US help

Two American tourists charged with “anti-state” crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government.