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US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS ‘capital’ of Raqqa

This frame grab from video released Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 and provided by Hawar News Agency, a Syrian Kurdish activist-run media group, shows fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) celebrating their victory in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group’s sleeper cells. (Hawar News Agency via AP) BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after...

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Kurds pull out abruptly from disputed Iraqi areas

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories. The vastly outnumbered Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, appeared to have bowed to demands from the central government that they hand over areas outside the Kurds’ autonomous region, including territory seized from the Islamic State group in recent years. The evacuations exposed a Kurdish leadership in turmoil in the wake of last month’s vote for independence as Iraq’s central government shores up its hand for negotiations over resource-sharing with the country’s self-ruling minority. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi acknowledged the power shift, saying Iraqi forces took over the disputed areas from the Kurds with barely a shot fired. “I call on our citizens to celebrate this day, because we have been united,” al-Abadi said, calling the independence vote “a thing of the past” as he offered to begin talks with the Kurdish regional government. The developments followed weeks of political crisis precipitated by the Kurdish leadership’s decision to hold the referendum for independence in territories beyond the boundaries of its autonomous region in northeast Iraq. The Iraqi government, as well as Turkey and Iran, which border the land-locked Kurdish...

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Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan, kill 74

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country’s south, east and west, and killing at least 74 people, officials said. Among those killed in one of the attacks was a provincial police chief. Scores were also wounded, both policemen and civilians. Afghanistan’s deputy interior minister, Murad Ali Murad, called the onslaught the “biggest terrorist attack this year.” Murad told a press conference in Kabul that attacks in Ghazni and Paktia provinces killed 71 people. In southern Paktia province, 41 people — 21 policemen and 20 civilians — were killed when the Taliban targeted a police compound in the provincial capital of Gardez with two suicide car bombs. Among the wounded were 48 policemen and 110 civilians. The provincial police chief, Toryalai Abdyani, was killed in the Paktia attack, Murad said. The Interior Ministry said in a statement earlier Tuesday that after the two cars blew up in Gardez, five attackers with suicide belts tried to storm the compound but were killed by Afghan security forces. Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroo said the Gardez city hospital reported receiving at least 130 wounded in the attack. Hamza Aqmhal, a student at the Paktia University, told The Associated Press that he heard a very powerful blast that shattered glass and broke all the...

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Catalans protest sedition case, court declares vote illegal

Holding candles, people march on one of the city’s main avenues to protest against the National Court’s decision to imprison civil society leaders without bail, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Spain’s top court also ruled Tuesday that a recent independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, a day after a Madrid judge provisionally jailed two Catalan independence leaders, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, in a sedition probe.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s top court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away...

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World news in brief

Ophelia batters UK after hitting Ireland, leaves 3 dead LONDON (AP) — Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted transport again Tuesday, a day after making landfall on Ireland’s south coast with gusts of almost 100 miles an hour (160 kilometers an hour). Britain’s Met Office weather service said Scotland could see heavy rain and gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph), with winds gradually diminishing through Tuesday. Schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were closed for a second day as authorities assessed the damage from the worst storm to hit Ireland in decades. Irish authorities said it could take several days to restore power to 330,000 homes. Commuters faced delays and downed trees blocked rail lines. Parts of unmanned Russian spaceship burn up over Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Parts of an unmanned Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the Earth’s atmosphere and scattering in the Indian Ocean. The fiery end Monday night to parts of Progress MS-07 came as planned after it delivered 2.5 metric tons (2.75 tons) of water, food and scientific equipment...

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Think the 25th Amendment will take care of Trump? You’re dreaming

Just as his critics warned, President Trump is turning out to be unfit for his job, perhaps dangerously so. That’s a harsh judgment, but it’s no longer coming from the president’s opponents. It’s coming from leading members of his own party. “We could be heading toward World War III with the kind of comments he’s making,” the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said last week. Corker, who endorsed Trump during the presidential campaign, was only saying in public what other GOP figures have said in private. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called his boss a “moron.” Others have used similar language off the record. So it’s not surprising that speculation has renewed that Congress might try to remove Trump from office before his term ends. According to one report, former White House advisor Steve Bannon even warned Trump that he risks being fired under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. “What’s that?” the president purportedly replied. If you complain about winter to anyone not living in SoCal, you’re sure to be met with eye rolls and the world’s tiniest violin. But you’re among friends here, so we’ll share a little secret. Like Trump, most Americans are more familiar with the law of impeachment, under which Congress can remove a president — after long debate and a formal trial — for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”...

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2017 Elks Halloween Parade Lineup

Division 1 – Lining up on Evelyn Ave APD AFD PAV Color Guard PAV van, Grand Marshall – Vern and wife in his oldies car Grand Marshall’s grandkids in his oldies car Exalted Ruler Lisa Mayor Michael Villa Miss Fonda Fair and her court GAVAC Montgomery County Emergency Management All volunteer fire departments in the order of arrival Any politicians/ political groups walking Crime Stoppers (Jim Glorioso, 2 vehicles) Elk float, Elks banner (orange truck) No. 101 themed float – Grease (2 vehicles) Division II — Lining up on Henrietta Boulevard between Guy Park Avenue and Stewart Street Building Blocks child care and learning center AHS cheerleaders Barkley MicroSociety Marie Curie Institute McNulty Academy Tecler Arts in Education Girl Scout Troops 2354, 2319, 2019 service unit 202 AHS chorus Division III — Lining up on Henerietta Boulevard between Guy Park Avenue and Division Street Knights of Columbus Greater Amsterdam Lions Club Physical Therapy Association Schnectady PC Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Amsterdam DPW (5 vehicles) Amsterdam Transportation (2 buses) Division IV — Lining up on Guy Park Avenue between Henrietta Boulevard and Elmwood Street  St. Mary’s Healthcare and MedRock The Amsterdam Little Giants, Cheers, Majors and Flags (will line up on Elmwood Street) Amsterdam Mohawks Division V — Lining up on Guy Park Avenue between Ann and Genevieve streets The Sentinel of Amsterdam Any late arrivals (this could be you...

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How Congress and special interest money fueled the opioid epidemic

The drug epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s was horrific. It led to draconian laws that helped break already vulnerable families, killed thousands of people, devastated communities and created an image of zombie-like addicts and unrepentant pushers that made it harder for Americans not directly affected by the scourge to empathize with those suffering. That period is no longer considered the worst drug epidemic in the nation’s history. The ongoing opioid crisis has, unfortunately, taken that title — because no one was lobbying Congress on behalf of crack cocaine dealers the way they have for large drug companies. That’s the devastating finding from a joint investigation by “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post released last weekend. Between 2014 and 2016, the drug industry spent $106 million lobbying Congress for a law that makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies. By the time the law passed last year, about 200,000 Americans had lost their lives due to opioid overdoses. The number of deaths has risen every year since 2000. That means that at the height of a well-known epidemic that was lowering the life expectancy of working-class Americans for the first time in decades, Congress decided to follow the whims of the drug manufacturers to make it more difficult for the Drug Enforcement Agency to stop the problem at the source. With...

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What’s happening

Today AMSTERDAM Registered nurses can join St. Mary’s Healthcare from 9 a.m. to noon or 2 to 5 p.m. in the Laboratory Conference Room for a chance to discuss career opportunities with recruiters. Candidates are encouraged to dress business professional and bring copies of resumes. For more information, call St. Mary’s Healthcare at 518-842-1900. AMSTERDAM Joint School will be held at St. Mary’s Hospital from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Joint School is a free educational service provided to those having, or considering, joint replacement surgery with Dr. Russell Cecil. For more information, contact Kay Miller at 518-842-2663, ext. 234. AMSTERDAM The Horace J. Inman Senior Center will host bingo at 1:45 p.m. Sales open at 1 p.m. Lunch is available. FORT PLAIN A Local History Round Table forum will be held at the Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 518-993-4646. JOHNSTOWN The United Way of Fulton County Campaign Kick Off Breakfast will be held at the Holiday Inn of Johnstown, 308 N. Comrie Ave., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. A $10 donation is suggested. To RSVP, contact United Way of Fulton County at 518-725-9817. JOHNSTOWN MVP Healthcare will hold Medicare Group Discussions at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., at 10 a.m. and at the Holiday Inn,...

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Entertainment news in brief

Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film finally has a title LOS ANGELES (AP) — The young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film finally has a title: “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Director Ron Howard announced the title Tuesday in a Twitter video celebrating production wrap on the anthology film starring Alden Ehrenreich as the grumpy space smuggler originated by Harrison Ford. The film also stars Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newtown and focuses on Han and Chewbacca before they joined the rebellion. The film has had some well-known production turmoil. Deep into the shoot directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller abruptly left the project and were replaced by Howard. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is set for a May 25, 2018, release. Oops! Actor Bill Pullman accepts, then breaks film award KINGSTON (AP) — Bill Pullman is a bit of a klutz when it comes to holding onto a film award. The “Independence Day” actor was the recipient of the Excellence in Acting Award at the Woodstock Film Festival last Saturday night in Kingston, in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Daily Freeman reports that after being handed the award, Pullman placed it on a shelf attached to the lectern on the stage. As Pullman began to speak, he jostled the lectern, causing the award to topple to the floor and break in two...

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