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Exiled Turkish journalist Can Dundar, Crimean Tatar activist Mustafa Dzhemilev and two Yazidi victims of the Islamic State group have been shortlisted for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize to be announced Thursday. Named after the dissident Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov, who died in 1989, the prize is awarded every year to honour individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression, often falling foul of their governments as a result. Last year, the Parliament awarded the prize to Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, jailed for "insulting" Islam.
The Chicago Cubs are coming home with a chance to win their first World Series crown since 1908 in front of their devoted but long-suffering supporters. Jake Arrieta threw five hitless innings and the Cubs captured their first World Series triumph since 1945 by routing the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to level Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship showdown at one win each. The Cubs are trying to end the longest title drought in American sports history and could do it in Chicago starting Friday by sweeping the next three games at iconic 102-year-old Wrigley Field.
GARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.