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International

Philippine typhoon death toll could reach 10,000

A resident passes by toppled car outside an airport terminal after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) by Jim GomezAssociated Press Writer TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from one of the strongest storms on record that ravaged the central Philippine city of Tacloban could reach 10,000 people, officials said Sunday after the extent of massive devastation became apparent and horrified residents spoke of storm surges as high as trees. Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla late Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths in the province, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings. The governor’s figure was based on reports from village officials in areas where Typhoon Haiyan slammed Friday. Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.” Tacloban is the Leyte provincial capital of 200,000 people and the biggest city on Leyte Island. About 300-400 bodies have already been recovered, Lim said. A mass burial was planned Sunday in Palo town near Tacloban.

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International

Malaysia bans Ke$ha concert, cites ‘culture’ clash

In this Sep. 22 2013 file photo, Ke$ha performs at the IHeartRadio Music Festival, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.

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International

Thai bar owner arrested following Rihanna’s tweets

Rihanna performs in Perth, Australia during the first concert of the Australian leg of her Diamonds World Tour. (AP Photo/Lee Griffith, File)BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have arrested a bar owner in connection with a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna during her recent trip to Thailand, officials said Monday, two weeks after an Instagram photo of Rihanna with a protected primate led to the arrest of two other men.

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International

Miss Universe in trouble for Indian photo shoot

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, watches a performance by inmates as designer Sanjana Jon, adjusts her veil during a visit to the Tihar Jail in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, file) by Biswajeet BanerjeeAssociated Press Writer LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian police have filed a case against Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorized fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, India’s white-marble monument to love, a police officer said Thursday.

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Generation Y

Why Malala’s bravery inspires us

Malala Yousafzai at United Nations (CNN Photo/Eskinder Debebe) by Julia Fine (CNN) — As a teenager, it’s easy to feel lost, to get swallowed up into the mob mentality and lose your voice. We’ve all been victim to that; anyone who says they haven’t is either lying or under the age of 13 years. And so when a teenage girl undertakes such an incredible task of courage, one adults cower in fear of doing, the event takes on utmost significance. This is exactly what Malala Yousafzai, a huge inspiration to me and so many other girls, did.

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National

US adults score below average on worldwide test

AP Graphic shows how countries scored in international adult literacy test by Kimberly Hefling Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.

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National

Obama to public: Don’t give up on health sign-ups

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Julie PaceAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government.

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International

Miss Philippines wins Miss World in Indonesia

by Firdia LisnawatiAssociated Press Writer BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World on Saturday amid tight security on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the contest’s final round was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups. “I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.

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National

Marvin Gaye III pleads for kidney donation

In this April 4, 1984 file photo, Marvin Gaye III escorts his mother Anna Gordy Gaye to the public visitation of the late Marvin Gaye Jr.’s body, at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvin Gaye III is suffering from kidney failure and is seeking a donated organ for transplant.

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People

Rihanna poses with protected primate in Thailand

In this Wednesday, July 10, 2013 file photo, singer-songwriter Rihanna performs at “Le Sporting” in Monaco during her “Diamonds World Tour” to Europe. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) by Thanyarat DoksoneAssociated Press Writer BANGKOK (AP) — Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photograph showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn’t sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling protected species.