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   TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian news website reports that the country's foreign minister says he sent a message on Twitter saying "Happy Rosh Hashana."

   Mohammad Javad Zarif told tasnimnews.com that he sent the message because Iran has a small Jewish community. But the message comes as Israel and Iran view each other with suspicion and contempt over Iran's nuclear program and former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denials that the Holocaust took place.

   Zarif also wrote on Twitter that Iran did not deny the Holocaust.

   The "Happy Rosh Hashana" message, celebrating the Jewish New Year, likely won't change international relations. But Zarif's tweet comes after officials in Iran's presidency denied that President Hasan Rouhani had a Twitter account following a tweet that appeared to be the leader offering his own Rosh Hashana message.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Three people participating in a New York City protest against Walmart have been taken into police custody.

About 20 employees, former employees and supporters gathered Thursday outside a Manhattan building where a member of the company's board of directors has an office. They delivered a petition calling for improved working conditions and reinstatement of workers they say were fired for engaging in labor activities.

Police say one man and two women were charged with disorderly conduct for blocking the entrance to the building and trespassing.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is based in Bentonville, Ark. It calls the New York protest "a show" put on by union activists from other states. It says in a statement the "vast majority" of its workers don't share the opinions of the protesters.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a longtime fugitive to nine years in prison for leading what was one of the world's largest heroin networks, extending from Thailand to Chicago.

In imposing a sentence on Musiliu Balogun Thursday, Judge James Holderman said the harm caused by trafficking "has been momentous."

Moments earlier, the 53-year-old from Ogun, Nigeria, bowed to the judge and said in a brief statement, "I sincerely apologize for all the pain I have caused."

Balogun had faced life sentence, but a plea deal following his extradition from Holland this year meant the maximum term was nine years.

Balogun's sentencing highlights a seismic shift in how heroin gets to the U.S. When Balogun trafficked heroin in the `90s, most came from Asia. Now, most comes through Mexico.

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