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  • Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed. Fighting also raged...

  • Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake: HOW DID ARGENTINA GET HERE? In 1998, Argentina fell into recession and faced crushing payments on its international debt. As it tried to avoid default in 2001, it...

  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant. Thick black smoke from the plant's burning fuel tank rose for hours. The...

  • Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    CAIRO (AP) — Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war. The blaze engulfing oil depots started earlier in the crossfire of militias fighting over Tripoli's...

  • Official: Venezuela tried to pressure Aruba

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Aruba's top prosecutor said Tuesday that Venezuela ratcheted up various types of pressure against the Dutch Caribbean island and the Netherlands in recent days to try to win the release of a powerful former general wanted on U.S. drug-trafficking charges. But Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken said the "actions against...

  • Task force set up after plane shot down

    MONTREAL (AP) — The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine. Top officials from four international organizations met in Montreal on Tuesday to discuss risks to civilian aviation in...

  • EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Shocked into action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner and the resulting deaths of more than 200 Europeans, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, to be followed swiftly by similar punitive measures from the U.S. The new sanctions adopted by the Europeans over the...

  • Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

    SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Some firefighters battling a Northern California wildfire that prompted evacuation orders for more than 400 homes before it was brought under control were dispatched to other fires, while evacuation orders for about half of the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park were lifted. Fire officials...

  • Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first's lady's "crush" on a businessman accused of lavishing them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count...

  • NYC teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 pals

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two. Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday. He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the...

  • Man charged with car dealer's murder over bad sale

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man accused of beating a Rhode Island junk-car dealer with a two-by-four over a deal gone wrong has been charged with his murder. Forty-eight-year-old Daniel Lastarza was ordered held without bail Tuesday. He is accused of killing I Buy Junk Cars owner Jonathan Stack, of Glocester. It isn't clear whether the...

  • Peace camp in US unites Israeli, Palestinian teens

    It's no surprise Noa Epstein worries about the safety of her husband, a reservist in the Israeli army called to duty as war smolders in the Gaza Strip. But, still carrying memories of a transformative summer camp experience nearly two decades ago, she knows there is another side to the conflict, and she is filled with concern for the...

  • Bill to sanction Venezuela takes step forward

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that seeks to punish Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses has surmounted another hurdle in the Senate. Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Tuesday he withdrew his objection to the legislation after Venezuela secured the release of an official detained in Aruba, whom the U.S. had sought to...

  • US appeals panel strikes down Miss. abortion law

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its 2-1 ruling in a case involving the state's 2012 law, which required physicians at the clinic, Jackson Women's...

  • Judge delays his ruling against DC handgun ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home has stopped his ruling from going into effect for about three months so city lawmakers can respond with new legislation. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin on Tuesday stayed his ruling from going into effect until Oct....

  • New Hampshire man held on $1M in teen's kidnapping

    CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom. Abigail Hernandez disappeared after leaving her high school in October and returned home last week. Nathaniel Kibby was arrested Monday without...

  • Expert: No accident with gun in porch shooting

    DETROIT (AP) — An expert says the shotgun used to kill a young woman on a porch in suburban Detroit porch wasn't accidentally fired by the homeowner. Detective Sgt. Shawn Kolonich of the Michigan State Police testified Tuesday at the fourth day of trial for Theodore Wafer. The 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man is charged with second-degree...

  • Man facing charges for urinating on Modell's grave

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the...

  • Top Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease. Dr. Shek Umar had been hospitalized in quarantine since he contracted the virus that has killed more than 670 people across West Africa this year. His death Tuesday was confirmed by chief medical officer Dr. Brima Kargbo....

  • Hawaii health care faces federal threat

    HONOLULU (AP) — Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she's thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family. Without that, "it would be a choice between paying for medical coverage or eating," she said. The Nakamuras are among the 763,000...


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