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  • AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi has been embraced by the West as a...

  • Ukraine's president addresses Canadian Parliament

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ukraine's President says his country has "crossed the Rubicon" to a new westward-looking future that leaves behind the darkness of its Russian past. President Petro Poroshenko made the remarks during an address to the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed Poroshenko, who...

  • Israeli rising star quits politics

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel's prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move. Gideon Saar, Israel's 47-year-old Interior Minister, has climbed the ranks in his Likud party, finishing first in the past two primaries. Saar had often been mentioned as a possible next...

  • Gucci opens fashion week with hippy chic looks

    MILAN (AP) — Milan rang in its fashion week with something old, and something new, and some still on the cusp. Tried-and-true designers like Gucci opened up five days of womenswear previews for next spring and summer, alongside some hot, young talent -- Stella Jean and Fausto Puglesi, to name two -- who have gotten a firm leg up in recent...

  • Maps provide early warning of California fire risk

    ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Fire-hardened Southern Californians know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, a wildfire probably isn't very far behind — the only questions are where it will erupt and how bad it will be. A new online mapping tool rolled out Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service and San Diego Gas & Electric will help homeowners and...

  • In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden accused Republicans of breaking faith with the middle class while he preached a populist theme Wednesday in Iowa, an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. A potential presidential candidate in 2016, Biden hammered away at the Democrats' key midterm mantra —...

  • Family indicted in fun park fight over knives

    SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Members of a Vermont family have been indicted on charges they assaulted police at a New Hampshire amusement park when they were told to leave their knives in the car. The Perry family tried to enter Canobie Lake Park in Salem on June 16. Police said they became belligerent and when two officers responded, they yelled...

  • Man acknowledges sex crime during border crossing

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Mexican man accused of sexually attacking a 14-year-old girl as he smuggled a group of people into the U.S. has pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a minor. The plea marked a rare conviction for a crime that authorities say seldom gets reported by victims who are sexually attacked as they sneak into the country. Jose...

  • Mechanical issue slows first lady's Tennessee trip

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Who was the mystery passenger President Barack Obama greeted Wednesday aboard a government aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base after he returned from Florida? It was none other than his wife, Michelle Obama. The first lady was still parked at Andrews at the same time she was scheduled to be at St. Jude Children's Research...

  • DC leaders propose concealed handgun permits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Residents of the nation's capital will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they provide a specific reason for needing one, officials said Wednesday. Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials said they plan to propose legislation that would make the District of Columbia...

  • Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

    Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks. Police released new details about the background of Eric Frein, a 31-year-old self-taught survivalist who authorities said recently shaved his head...

  • Missing Virginia woman's parents fear 'foul play'

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The parents of a missing University of Virginia student say they fear she is the victim of "foul play." Charlottesville police released a statement Wednesday from 18-year-old Hanna E. Graham's parents expressing their fears for her safety. Police Chief Timothy Longo said they have no evidence to suggest foul play...

  • Tulsa deputy resigns after sexual assault arrest

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy resigned Wednesday after two women said he sexually assaulted them at a Tulsa County home while he was on duty, a case that comes on the heels of a state trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer being arrested on sexual assault complaints. Tulsa County Deputy Gerald Nuckolls, 26, was arrested...

  • Directors Guild finds TV diversity hiring stalled

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women and minorities are largely shut out of the ranks of TV series directors in a stubbornly unchanged pattern of hiring, according to a Hollywood guild study released Wednesday. The Directors Guild of America report said that employers have made no significant improvement in diversity among TV directors in the last four...

  • Crews battle California fire's explosive growth

    WEED, Calif. (AP) — Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the fire near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east...

  • NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night. "I'm all on pins and needles. This is a critical...

  • Emma Watson 'touched' by reception in Uruguay

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — British actor Emma Watson says she is "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she traveled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency. Hundreds of young people greeted the 24-year-old Tuesday as she delivered a 4,000-signature petition to parliament calling for greater political...

  • Paralympics head won't promote Pistorius' return

    LONDON (AP) — As Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, it's uncertain if the fallen sports icon will ever race again. What's clearer is that the Paralympic leadership will not be encouraging any comeback by the double amputee sprinter. Next month, the judge in South Africa could hand Pistorius anything...

  • Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — People lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic and scooped sand into trash and canvas tote bags Wednesday as rain from a weakened Pacific storm began to fall on Arizona. It's the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the past two weeks — the result of an especially active Pacific storm season....

  • Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants. During a visit to a neighborhood cafe in Des Moines, Iowa, Biden was asked if he agreed with comments Tuesday by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer. Dempsey told...