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Afghanistan crash kills 23

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A van slammed into a fuel tanker in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 23 people in the latest horrific accident in a country with poorly maintained roads and often reckless driving.

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German security official warns of terror threat

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence chief says he expects Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.

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Wind, weather stoke Northern California wildfires

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — Two wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago were still growing on Saturday while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.

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German anti-euro party could enter state assembly

German anti-euro party could enter state assembly

In this Aug. 21, 2014 file picture a small plane carries a banner during an election campaign of the German 'Alternative fuer Deutschland' AfD party in Grimma, Saxony State, Germany. The party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency is tipped to win its first seat in a state assembly S…

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German anti-euro party could enter state assembly

German anti-euro party could enter state assembly

BERLIN (AP) — A party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency is tipped to win its first seat in a state assembly Sunday.

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power kisses the Astor Cup after winning the IndyCar Series season championship Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power holds the Astor Cup after winning the IndyCar Series season championship Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Tony Kanaan celebrates with team owner Chip Ganassi after winning the IndyCar Series season final 500 mile auto race Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Tony Kanaan hugs team owner Chip Ganassi after winning the IndyCar Series season final 500 mile auto race Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Tony Kanaan (center) holds the winners trophy along side teammate and second place finisher Scott Dixon (left), with third place finisher Ed Carpenter (right) following the IndyCar Series season final 500 mile auto race Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP P…

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Tony Kanaan celebrates with team owner Chip Ganassi after winning the IndyCar Series season final 500 mile auto race Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Tony Kanaan holds the winners trophy after winning the IndyCar Series season final 500 mile auto race Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Tony Kanaan takes the checkered flag to win the IndyCar Series season final 500 mile auto race Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

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Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power won his first IndyCar Series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race and claiming the season title after a career filled with agonizing misses.

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this June 10, 2009 file photo, Hello Kitty poses in its original tartan blouse and ribbon during a news conference to unveil "Official Hello Kitty Tartan" products at British Embassy in Tokyo. Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Jap…

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2013, Kumamon, left, a popular black bear character from Japan, is hugged by Mariel Cerra, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in front of a statue of John Harvard on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., as the Kumamon character that originated in Japan's Kum…

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2013 file photo, Kumamon, a popular black bear character from Japan, dances on the street outside Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. when the Kumamon character that originated in Japan's Kumamoto prefecture, or state, visited the university and Fenway Park in Bost…

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Japanese mascot character "Funassyi" poses for photographers on the red carpet at MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony at Makuhari Amphitheater in Chiba near Tokyo. In a bright yellow, stretchy bodysuit, the pear-fairy jumps up and down frantically a…

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Japanese mascot character "Funassyi" jumps as he poses for photographers on the red carpet at MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony at Makuhari Amphitheater in Chiba near Tokyo. In a bright yellow, stretchy bodysuit, the pear-fairy jumps up and down frantica…

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

A shopper walks near the items featuring Funassyi at Kiddy Land toy store in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. A hyperactive Asian pear from the city of Funabashi, just outside Tokyo, has taken Japan by storm in the past year. Funassyi, a combination of Funabashi and the Japanese word for pear, …

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, Doraemon, one of the most popular animation characters in Japan, participates in a kick-off ceremony of the Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo when Tokyo is bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the 2020 Olympics. Characters are not …

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

A woman shops around near the shelves selling Rilakkuma characters dolls at Kiddy Land toy store in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Characters are not just for kids in Japan, but a part of business and social life. Some see Japan’s cute-craze, known as “kawaii,” as a sign of immaturity, but ot…

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

Women shop around near the shelves selling items featuring Rilakkuma characters at Kiddy Land toy store in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Characters are not just for kids in Japan, but a part of business and social life. Some see Japan’s cute-craze, known as “kawaii,” as a sign of immaturity,…

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this May 6, 2007 file photo, New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui, center, poses with Pokemon characters Pikachu, left, and Piplup before the Yankees 5-0 shutout of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York. Characters are not just for kids in Japan, but a part of business and …

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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

Shoppers gather around the items featuring Youkai Watch characters at Kiddy Land toy store in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Japan’s latest sensation, Youkai Watch started as a video game, and went big in January with the launch of a cartoon on TV. Children collect special coins to call up th…

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