Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 9:43 PM UTC

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Top stories include the release of the Boy Scouts' "perversion files" and the end of Newsweek's print magazine

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    Boy Scouts "perversion files" released

    Oregon Supreme Court ordered the release of 14,500 pages of secret "perversion files" maintained by the Boy Scouts of America today. The files document a long history of covering up allegations of child molestation and sexual abuse within the organization.

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    U.S. unemployment applications jump to 388K

    According to the AP, "Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months. The increase represents a rebound from the previous week's sharp drop. Both swings were largely due to technical factors." The four-week average, however, rose slightly, and is consistent with "modest hiring."

    AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward

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    Police investigate U.S.-Canada border shooting

    Police investigate the scene of a shooting at the Blaine, Wash./Surrey, B.C., border crossing, Oct. 16, 2012, in Surrey. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bert Paquet says a border officer was in her booth when she was shot in the neck at about 2 p.m. Tuesday by a man trying to enter Canada in a van with Washington state plates.

    AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

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    Bahrain detains four for alleged anti-king tweets

    Riot police fire tear gas at Bahraini anti-government protesters, unseen, in Ma'ameer, Bahrain, Oct. 17, 2012. Clashes between protesters throwing rocks and petrol bombs and riot police firing tear gas and stun grenades erupted after the funeral for an elderly man who relatives and opposition groups say died from tear gas exposure.

    AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN

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    Airstrikes in Syria kill 43

    In this Oct. 17 citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, the dead body of a Syrian woman lies on the back of a pickup truck after she was removed from under the rubble of a building that was destroyed from a Syrian force airstrike, at Kfar Nebel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria.

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    Newsweek to end print publication

    Editor in chief Tina Brown and CEO Baba Shetty announced today that Newsweek will become a digital-only publication in 2013, after 80 years in print.

    AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File

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    U.N. reports that 150,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Egypt

    In this Aug. 28, 2012, file photo, Mohammad B., a Syrian refugee who fled Syria for his life in May 2011 after he was shot in the face and badly wounded from Daraa, Syria, poses for a portrait in Cairo, Egypt. The U.N. refugee agency says the number of Syrian refugees who have fled their country's civil war to find shelter in Egypt has now topped 150,000, a significant jump from last month's figure of 95,000.

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