• Russia warns sanctions will backfire on West

    A defiant Russia said Wednesday that Western sanctions over Ukraine would backfire on the United States and lead to energy price hikes in Europe after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against Moscow since the Cold War. Russia's response came as the Ukrainian military…

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  • Seattle cop who issued 80 percent of marijuana tickets reassigned

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city during the first half of this year, authorities said on Wednesday. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said…

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  • Despite concerns, US restocks Israel with ammunition

    The United States confirmed it had restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after finally sharpening its tone to condemn an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza. "Obviously nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians seeking shelter in a UN facility," deputy State Department…

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    Water pollution in China (11 photos)

    Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers and factory wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted. China aims to spend $850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do…

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  • Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

    DETROIT (AP) — Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.

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  • Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor's office

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician's office for about an hour, authorities say.

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  • Pilot sentenced for groping teenage girl on flight

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah airline pilot was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl in the seat next to him during an off-duty flight.

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  • Police assist 'Woman in Black' after crowd surrounds her in Virginia

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman dressed in all black who has been spotted strolling along highways in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest needed police assistance after she was surrounded by a group of about 50 curious people in Virginia, authorities said on Wednesday. Police in Winchester,…

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  • Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

    A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shi'ite Islamist group, has not…

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  • Police arrest New Mexico man suspected of killing, marinating dog

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New Mexico man suspected of extreme animal cruelty after he was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's puppy with a screwdriver then marinating it in preparation for eating it, authorities said on Wednesday. "I would say…

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  • Text message from slain Michigan girl's phone is clue in case

    A text message from a Michigan girl's phone is part of the investigation into her death, police said on Wednesday. April Millsap, 14, of Armada, Michigan, was found dead on Thursday along a recreation trail popular with joggers, walkers and cyclists in Macomb County. "There is a text message that…

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  • Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly from altitude before crash: official

    The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10,000 metres in just a few minutes after flying into a storm, a senior official involved in the investigation was quoted as saying. French officials have said they believe bad weather…

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  • Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.

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    Boy, 3, Dies After Being Trapped in Hot Car: LAPD

    A 3-year-old boy climbed into a hot vehicle, got trapped, went into cardiac arrest and died Wednesday, police said. Tim Lynn reports from Sky5 above Sylmar for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on July 30, 2014.

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  • U.S. doctor, missionary with Ebola show improvement

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Africa while responding to an outbreak of the deadly virus have shown slight improvement but remain in serious condition, a relief organization said on Wednesday. Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy…

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  • Police charge man with raping woman at raucous Massachusetts concert

    By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with raping a woman at a raucous country music concert south of Boston on Saturday where dozens of people received treatment for alcohol-related medical problems. Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the site of the…

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  • Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive

    MIAMI (AP) — One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.

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  • Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son

    DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A four-day search for an Arkansas man and his 10-month-old son came to a grim end Tuesday as authorities discovered their bodies in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains, authorities said Tuesday.

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  • Wrongfully convicted Connecticut man describes prison 'nightmare'

    By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man whose wrongful conviction on rape and murder charges was reversed after 21 years in prison described his ordeal as a "nightmare" in a hearing on Tuesday before a state commissioner who can award him up to $8 million in compensation.…

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