• Netanyahu cancels German visit as Palestinian attacks surge

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, snatched his gun and was then shot dead by special forces on Wednesday, police said, as a surge of violence prompted Israel's prime minister to cancel a visit to Germany. Hours earlier,…

  • Ukraine says four soldiers wounded in rebel attack despite truce

    The Ukrainian military said on Wednesday pro-Russian separatists had violated a ceasefire in the east of the country by firing an anti-tank missile and wounding four soldiers, even as President Petro Poroshenko hailed a "real truce". The ceasefire has been holding in recent weeks and an agreement…

  • Argentina says fugitive spy chief flew to U.S. after prosecutor's death

    A fugitive former spy chief accused by the Argentine government of involvement in the murky death of a federal prosecutor in January flew from Brazil to the United States a month later, Argentina's security ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said Interpol in Brazil provided the information on…

  • Massachusetts man blamed for string of bomb threats in four states

    Anthony Rae, a 24-year-old from Stoughton, Mass., is accused of sending threats through the course of a year to schools in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Illinois, and North Carolina. In March, an email from Rae mother’s email account sent to ITT Technical Institute in Norwood, Mass., (where Rae was…

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  • Can Edward Snowden and the United States cut a deal?

    Although Edward Snowden is ready to accept a prison sentence in exchange for a safe return home, he has a clear message to future whistleblowers: Do not be afraid. In an interview with the BBC, the controversial whistleblower who leaked documents about the National Security Agency’s mass…

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  • Russian strikes changing landscape of Syria battlefield, anti-Assad rebels say

    Russia stepped up its military strikes against anti-regime rebels in Syria Wednesday, launching 26 cruise missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea some 900 miles away as part of its bid to reshape the battlefield to favor President Bashar al-Assad. The week-long series of Russian air and sea strikes…

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  • Arkansas lethal injection case highlights larger issue of secrecy

    A judge in Arkansas on Wednesday heard arguments from the state to dismiss a lawsuit from death row inmates challenging the state’s secrecy law involving execution drugs. An attorney for the inmates has argued that the secrecy law violates a settlement agreement from a previous lawsuit but the…

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  • Waze debated in Rio after woman directed to slum, killed

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Waze is at the center of a controversy in Rio de Janeiro following the shooting death of a 70-year-old woman after the GPS navigation app directed her into a notoriously dangerous slum.

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  • Portugal's Communists would back government led by Socialists

    By Sergio Goncalves and Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's Communists would support a Socialist-led government, the party's leader said on Wednesday, marking a shift that further complicates efforts by the outgoing center-right coalition to form a minority administration. Political…

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  • Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at its hospital in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents.

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  • Financial regulators move to restrict forced arbitration

    NEW YORK (AP) — Suing your bank or debt collector might be getting a whole lot easier.

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  • WADA keeps thyroid medication off banned-substances list

    MONTREAL (AP) — Leaders at the World Anti-Doping Agency say there's no scientific reason to ban thyroid medication, despite reports that some high-profile long-distance runners use the medicine during training.

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  • Q&A: Seinfeld finds new 'space and place' with Web series

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — What was he thinking?

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  • An up-and-down day for stock market ends with a solid gain

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid gains in a quiet session Wednesday, helped by advances in health-care and industrial companies.

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  • Attempts at suicide may rise after weight-loss surgery

    Those who undergo surgery for weight loss may face a 50 percent higher risk of attempting suicide after the operation, according to a study out Wednesday. The research involved more than 8,800 people in Canada and is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery. …

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  • Trio wins Nobel Chemistry Prize for DNA repair work

    Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the United States and Aziz Sancar, a Turkish-American, won the 2015 Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for work on how cells repair damaged DNA. DNA -- deoxyribonucleic acid -- is the chemical code for making and sustaining life. The three were lauded for…

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  • Four and a half years of conflict in Syria

    Syria has been wracked by a devastating civil war for four and a half years. Peaceful pro-reform protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which began on March 15, 2011, were met with repression, prompting an armed uprising that later descended into a nationwide conflict. Many…

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  • At least 17 dead as flooding threat persists in South Carolina

    Flooding from historic rainfall in South Carolina claimed two more lives on Wednesday, and the threat of further inundation from swollen rivers and vulnerable dams put already ravaged communities on edge. Emergency responders in Richland County, a hard-hit area in the central part of the state,…

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