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Swell times as beachgoers brave waves

Swell times as beachgoers brave waves

Waves up to about 6m high crashed along the Southern California coast as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials say.

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing

Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict says.

Gaza truce holding; Netanyahu under fire at home

Gaza truce holding; Netanyahu under fire at home

An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war is holding as as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.

IMF chief under investigation

IMF chief under investigation

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for alleged negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.

Hawaii lava flow could threaten homes

Hawaii lava flow could threaten homes

State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood.

Mammoth uncovered in Texas backyard

Mammoth uncovered in Texas backyard

A North Texas family, who discovered the skeleton of a 20,000- to 40,000-year-old mammoth while mining through sediment on their farm, is preparing to turn over the remains to a local museum.

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Beer packaging has just gotten a lot bigger in Texas, where a small brewery is launching a 99-pack of its "Peacemaker" ale.

Putin: Up to Ukraine to clinch ceasefire

Putin: Up to Ukraine to clinch ceasefire

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko had discussed the need for a swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine, but it was up to Kiev to work out conditions for a ceasefire with separatist rebels.

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