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October 4, 2017
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Three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday after they were ambushed in southwest Niger, U.S. officials said.

Two others were wounded and are in stable condition. The officials told The Associated Press the commandos were Green Berets, and likely came under fire by militants from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement the commandos were near the Mali border, on a joint U.S.-Niger patrol, when they were attacked. The Green Berets are training the Nigerien Armed Forces and offering security assistance as they fight extremists. Catherine Garcia

October 1, 2017
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The Catalan regional government announced early Monday that 90 percent of voters in Sunday's referendum on independence from Spain voted in favor of a split.

A spokesman said that there are 5.3 million voters in the region, with 2.26 million casting ballots. The Spanish central government views the vote as being illegal, and hundreds of people were injured when police raided polling stations and fired rubber bullets at voters. Catalonia is an autonomous region bordering France, and many of its residents believe that because it has its own culture and history and its tax revenues subsidize other areas of Spain, it must become independent. Catherine Garcia

September 27, 2017
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A rockfall at El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday afternoon killed one person and injured another, park officials said.

The rockslide took place on the east buttress of the Waterfall climbing route, KCRA reports. Search and rescue officials are looking for anyone else who may have been hurt, as it's the height of climbing season and there were several climbers on El Capitan when the rockfall occurred. Officials have not released the name of the person who was killed in the incident, or the injuries sustained by the other climber. Catherine Garcia

September 13, 2017
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Following dinner with President Trump at the White House Wednesday night, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement saying they had reached an agreement with Trump to protect unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children.

"We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the president," the leaders said. "The discussion focused on DACA. We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides. We also urged the president to make permanent the cost-sharing reduction payments, and those discussions will continue." White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly tweeted that "while DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to." (Schumer's spokesman responded to Sanders that Trump "made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement.")

There are almost 800,000 young immigrants who benefit from DACA, a program enacted by former President Barack Obama that provides temporary work permits and assurances they won't be deported. Earlier this month, Trump said the program was going to be terminated, and he was giving Congress six months to figure something out. This is the second time in two weeks that Trump has worked directly with Schumer and Pelosi, bypassing his fellow Republicans. Catherine Garcia

August 20, 2017
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The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said at least 10 sailors are missing and five others hurt after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and a tanker collided early Monday in the waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.

The destroyer sustained damage on its left rear and port side aft. The ship is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and has 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers, and 291 enlisted sailors, The Associated Press reports. This is the second crash in the Pacific involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in two months, following June's collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship, which killed seven sailors. Catherine Garcia

August 17, 2017
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Police in Spain announced early Friday that they shot and killed four people during a counter-terrorism raid in the coastal city of Cambrils.

One additional suspect was injured. The city is south of Barcelona, and it has not been confirmed if the suspects were linked to the van attack that killed at least 13 people Thursday in the Las Ramblas area. Two people were arrested Thursday in connection with the Barcelona attack, but police said neither detainee is suspected of being the van's driver. Catherine Garcia

August 3, 2017

Firefighters in Dubai are trying to control a blaze tearing through the Torch Tower, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

The 1,105-foot Torch Tower near the Dubai Marina has 86 floors and 676 apartments, and was damaged in a 2015 fire. Authorities said the skyscraper, popular with expats, has been "successfully evacuated," and no injuries have been reported so far. A police spokesperson told Gulf News the fire began on the ninth floor and quickly spread to higher floors; it's not yet clear what started it. Catherine Garcia

July 26, 2017
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At least one person was killed and seven injured Wednesday night when a ride at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus malfunctioned, police said.

Three of the people hurt in the accident are in critical condition. A video posted to YouTube showed "seats of the ride breaking off and bodies flying through the air," NBC News reports. Gov. John Kasich (R) told reporters a full investigation will take place, and he has ordered all rides shut down until additional safety inspections are conducted. "I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life, and that people were injured enjoying Ohio's fair," he said.

Michael Vartorella, chief inspector for amusement ride safety for Ohio's Department of Agriculture said the ride was looked at "about three or four times over the course of two days" by his team and a third party. Every summer, hundreds of thousands of people attend the fair, which opened on Wednesday. Catherine Garcia

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