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Kenya: 12 killed in extremist attack in the country’s north

Gunmen from an extremist group killed 12 people in an attack targeting non-Muslims in Kenya's northern Mandera County, near the Somali border, an official said Tuesday. Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab is suspected of carrying out the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, said Mohamed Saleh, Mandera's regional commander. The gunmen used grenades and improvised explosive devices to break into the guest house and then stormed in with guns, he said. Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops into Somalia since 2011 to fight the militants, who are waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak, Western-backed government. Kenyan security forces have managed to stop the wave of al-Shabab attacks in major cities in Kenya that have killed hundreds. However, Mandera County remains a volatile area. Al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus in Mandera in …

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Chinese firm issues webcam recall after massive cyberattack

BEIJING — A Chinese electronics maker has issued a recall for millions of products sold in the U.S. following a devastating cyberattack, but is pushing back against criticism that its devices played a role in the massive disruption. Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology said in a statement that customers failing to change their default passwords resulted in millions of Web-connected cameras and digital recorders becoming compromised. Security experts say unidentified hackers seized control of gadgets including Xiongmai's on Friday and directed them to launch an attack that temporarily crippled websites including Twitter and Netflix. Xiongmai said Monday that it would recall products sold before April 2015 to demonstrate "social responsibility," but added that its devices did not make up the majority used in the attack. Xiongmai also makes dashboard cameras and computer chips.

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‘Jackie’ says she felt pressure to be in Rolling Stone rape story

The woman whose harrowing account of being gang raped at the University of Virginia was the centerpiece of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article testified in a deposition heard by the public for the first time on Monday that the story was what she believed “to be true at the time.” A video deposition of the woman identified in the article only as “Jackie” was played for jurors Monday in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine for the 2014 article “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely. University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine, claiming she was cast as the story’s “chief villain.” A police investigation later found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims. “Jackie” said she has trouble remembering details of her …

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Screaming fans prompt Justin Bieber to walk off stage

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It seems even Justin Bieber finds his screaming fans irritating. The pop star walked off the stage during his show in Manchester, England, on Sunday after some fans ignored his request to stop screaming as he was trying to talk to the crowd between songs. Bieber told the crowd that he wanted to be able to say something and the screaming had to stop. When the screaming continued, a frustrated Bieber dropped the microphone as he left the stage. The singer returned several moments later and told the crowd he'd stop talking and just do his musical set, because, he said, "Manchester just can't handle it."

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Charlie Puth cancels remainder of tour, citing illness

Charlie Puth is canceling the remainder of his tour due to illness. The singer said on Twitter Sunday that he has been "extremely sick" during the tour and hasn't taken the time he needs to recover. He says "resting and taking time off the road" is the only way he can get better and resume performing. The "Don't Talk Tour" began last month and had been scheduled to run through Nov. 8. Puth hasn't released any information on whether the remaining tour dates will be rescheduled.

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How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder’s secrets

Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls — or doesn't — may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets. Autism is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls do not show symptoms of autism even when they have the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition. "Autism may not be the same thing in boys and girls," said Kevin Pelphrey, an autism researcher at George Washington University. The causes of autism aren't known. Genetic mutations are thought to play a role, and outside factors including older parents and premature birth also have …

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Judge faces deadline on $15B Volkswagen emissions deal

SAN FRANCISCO  — A federal judge in San Francisco is facing a Tuesday deadline to decide whether to approve the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history, giving most affected Volkswagen owners the option for a vehicle buyback after the company acknowledged cheating on emissions testing and putting dirty cars on the road. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said at a hearing last week that he was strongly inclined to give the nearly $15 billion deal final approval but wanted time to consider owners' objections and decide whether he should recommend any changes. Breyer gave preliminary approval in July. It calls for the German automaker to spend up to $10 billion to buy back or repair about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audi vehicles with 2-liter diesel engines and pay their owners an additional $5,100 …

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Galaxy Note recall, Hyundai strike hit South Korea’s growth

South Korea's third-quarter growth slipped to its lowest level in more than a year in the first indication of the growing impact of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recalls on the broader economy. The Bank of Korea, the central bank, said in a preliminary estimate Tuesday that Asia's fourth-largest economy expanded 2.7 percent during the July-September quarter over a year earlier, the slowest pace since the second quarter of 2015. The economy grew 0.7 percent on a quarterly basis. Quarterly growth has not topped 1 percent during 2016. Manufacturing fell 1 percent from a year earlier in July-September, compared with a 1.2 percent gain in the second quarter. That was the biggest drop in more than five years. The full impact of the recalls of 2.5 million potentially fire-prone Note 7s is likely to be …

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UN is getting a museum on the Internet and on the ground

The United Nations is getting a museum — on the Internet, in a headquarters to be built in Copenhagen, and in other locations around the world yet to be announced. The establishment of the "Museum for the United Nations - UN Live" was announced on Monday, the 71st birthday of the world body. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement saying the museum will make the U.N.'s work accessible to a broader global public and build support for the new U.N. goals for 2030 "and our efforts to build a better shared future for all." The museum will be operated by an independent, non-profit organization incorporated under Danish law, with support from the United Nations. Its first public events are planned for 2017.

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Galaxy Note recall hits South Korea’s 3Q growth

South Korea's third-quarter economic growth has slipped to its lowest level in more than a year, with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall having an impact. The country's central bank said Tuesday that Asia's fourth-largest economy expanded 2.7 percent during the July-September quarter over a year earlier, the slowest pace since the second quarter of 2015. From the previous quarter, the economy eked out a 0.7 percent growth. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, South Korea's economy grew less than 1 percent in the past year. The Bank of Korea said the manufacturing sector declined because handset sales slumped after the Galaxy Note 7 recall. Samsung Electronics recalled 2.5 million smartphones in September over battery defects. It stopped production earlier this month when its replacements for recalled phones also caught fire.

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