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US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes That Slowed Mail

The Yakima, Washington judge called the changes “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

Black and Jewish Community Join to Revive Historic Partnership

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Feds Explored Possibly Charging Portland Officials in Unrest

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NEWS BRIEFS

Free Masks and Gloves Now Available for Small Businesses

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Vandalism, no arrests, as protests continue in Portland

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Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census

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AP Top 25 Reality Check: When streaks end, but not really

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25.The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198.Of course, in this strange season of COVID-19, Ohio State's streak was...

Potential impact transfers this season aren't limited to QBs

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OPINION

Inventor Urges Congress to Pass Laws Upholding Patent Rights

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The Extraordinary BIPOC Coalition Support Measure 110

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One Huge Lie Crystallized

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“Losers”???!!!

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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ENTERTAINMENT

Media celebrates Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, legacy

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

AP Explains: What's next with the Supreme Court vacancy?

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Thousands march in Berlin in support of refugees in Greece

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Indian lawmakers pass farm bills amid uproar in Parliament

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By The Skanner News

PARIS – A newly released audio tape of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden threatening France appears to be authentic, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The voice on the audio tape threatens to kill French citizens to avenge their country's support for the war in Afghanistan and in revenge for a new French law that will ban burqa-like Muslim veils. The audiotape was obtained by the Al-Jazeera television station.

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The Foreign Ministry says the tape's "authenticity can be considered established based on initial verifications."

The message "only confirms that reality of the terror threat," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

A series of terror warnings has put France and other European countries on high alert in recent weeks, prompting the U.S. State Department to advise American citizens living or traveling in Europe to take more precautions.

Speculation on the source of a potential terror threat in France has focused on a group called al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

That group, an offshoot of bin Laden's network, has claimed responsibility for the abductions of five French citizens in Niger and is believed to have taken them to neighboring Mali. The French hostages, as well as a Togolese and a Madagascar national, were kidnapped on Sept. 16 while they slept in their villas in the uranium mining town of Arlit.

Valero said France was "fully mobilized" to secure their release.

There are about 4,000 French troops deployed in and near Afghanistan. France has also passed a law that will ban the wearing of face-covering burqa-style Muslim veils in public starting in April. Al-Qaida had spoken out against the veil measure before it became law.

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