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Despite history, Chicago gangster Capone's home languishes on market

CHICAGO (Reuters) - It could be the perfect place for a Halloween Party - the Chicago house that once belonged to the notorious Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone. And it's for sale.

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Trip tips: Galway, Ireland's most Irish city

LONDON (Reuters) - Known as Ireland's most Irish city, Galway is making a name as its cultural capital.

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Inspiration for Harry Potter nemesis Umbridge revealed on website

LONDON (Reuters) - As a Halloween treat for her fans, J.K. Rowling has revealed that the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge from her "Harry Potter" stories is based on a teacher to whom she took...

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'Tis the season: to tour Halloween light displays

NAPERVILLE Ill. (Reuters) - Breathtaking purple-and-orange light displays, zombie graveyards, mutilated mannequins and singing inflatable pumpkins are just some of the front-yard Halloween...

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Woman seen harassed on NYC streets in video gets rape threats

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman featured in a video in which she is harassed more than 100 times on New York City's streets said on Thursday that she has received dozens of rape threats after the clip...

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Purple haze of jacarandas draws Japanese to South Africa

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Eighty-one-year-old Sachiko Asano traveled 8,500 miles to Africa to see jacaranda trees in bloom, one of hundreds of Japanese inspired by a culture of flower-viewing to make the...

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Undercover French politicians sample 'real life' for TV show

PARIS (Reuters) - Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France's often remote political...

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Sweet fracking: How U.S. oil boom fuels chocolate craving

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. chocolate demand may get an extra boost from an unlikely source this Halloween: the U.S. shale revolution.

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Group says piece of metal found on Pacific island is from Earhart's plane

(Reuters) - Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of famed American aviator Amelia Earhart's plane said on Wednesday they now believe a slab of aluminum found decades ago on an uninhabited...

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Dallas man's Ebola Halloween house draws criticisms in virus-hit city

DALLAS (Reuters) - A man who decorated his Dallas home for Halloween to resemble an Ebola hot spot has found that charities he wanted to benefit by showing it off are refusing donations from an...

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Sweet fracking: How U.S. oil boom fuels chocolate craving

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. chocolate demand may get an extra boost from an unlikely source this Halloween: the U.S. shale revolution.

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Korea Inc targets 'golden singles' amid consumer slump

SEOUL (Reuters) - As South Korea's population rapidly ages, makers of consumer goods from washing machines to packaged foods and pet products are increasingly targeting people like Lee Dong-soo, who...

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Filled with artifacts, ancient Mexican tunnel may lead to royal tombs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A sacred tunnel discovered in the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan is filled with thousands of ritual objects and may lead to royal tombs, the lead Mexican archaeologist on...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies in Vermont

(Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell died on Tuesday at his home in Vermont after battling leukemia, his wife said on Wednesday. He was 87.

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Halloween season rides a shriek-filled draw for theme parks

ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Chainsaw-wielding ghouls draw screaming crowds so large to Universal Orlando's "Halloween Horror Nights" that traffic snarls around the Florida theme park on fall evenings,...

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Gentrification tears at Istanbul's historically diverse fabric

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Business is brisk at Ilya Avramoglu's 78-year-old shop, one of the last owned by a non-Muslim on Istanbul's historic Istiklal avenue, but a new regulation pushing gentrification...

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Get your facts right: Italy, U.S. come bottom in modern life survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or Muslims and what...

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'Last Witness' of Treblinka keeps camp's memory alive in film, art

MIAMI (Reuters) - Samuel Willenberg, the last known living survivor of the notorious Nazi extermination camp Treblinka is nearing the end of a life's mission to tell of the horrors that he saw there.

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Haunted houses for adults in demand, spark community outrage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - On a recent October night, Ruben Perez's friends set out to show him the worst that New York City has to offer.

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Obama to award Medal of Honor for Civil War heroism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will award a Civil War artillery officer the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for bravery, 151 years after he was killed at the Battle of...

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Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of...

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Presidents of Israel, Poland tour new museum on Jewish history

WARSAW (Reuters) - The presidents of Israel and Poland together took a guided tour of a new museum of Jewish life on Tuesday that tells the story of how Poland was for centuries home to a flourishing...

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World Chefs: Francois aims to put stamp on landmark NYC restaurant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Raphael Francois has been treading a fine line between updating Le Cirque, the landmark New York City restaurant, and preserving its European fine-dining traditions since he...

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Volkswagen says to launch over 20 electric vehicle models in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG said on Tuesday it would launch more than 20 models of battery-driven cars in China over the next few years.

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Dunkin' Donuts coffee shops to sell flaky croissant-donut crossover

(Reuters) - Dunkin' Donuts will begin selling a combination croissant-donut early next month, an official said on Monday, as the coffee shop chain follows a popular pastry hybrid that has drawn...





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