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Obamas hand out treats at the White House for Halloween

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and the first lady were welcoming scores of superheroes and princesses, one child dressed as Prince and another as the president himself as part of Monday’s Halloween festivities.

Some 4,000 people were expected to visit the White House for Halloween. Students from local schools and children from military families dressed up for the occasion.

Obama: ‘We saved the best for last’ at final state dinner

WASHINGTON — “Bittersweet” was the word of the night, the one often used to describe President Barack Obama’s final State Dinner.

“We saved the best for last,” he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House.

He wasn’t joking.

Mystery swirls around Assange’s status at Ecuadorean Embassy

LONDON — Midway through releasing a series of damaging disclosures about U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his hosts at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London abruptly cut him off from the internet.

The news adds another layer of intrigue to a campaign which has been roiled by dramatic leaks and allegations of state-sponsored subversion.

Couple finds pendant buried in Ireland 26 years ago

OLD LYME, Conn. — A Connecticut woman has retrieved half of her heart after leaving it in Ireland 26 years ago.

In 1990, a 29-year-old Laurie McGrath had buried half of a golden heart necklace with two interlocking halves that was given to her by her then-boyfriend, Bill McGrath.

The intent was that they’d both go to Ireland to dig it up someday.