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  • 17 people displaced by major fire in Atlantic City

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four buildings in Atlantic City will be demolished after they were severely damaged by a wind-blown fire that broke out just steps from the resort's boardwalk. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which started late Tuesday night and continued to smolder for most of Wednesday. The cause of the fire remains under...

  • 3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go home

    BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well. "Now that we've decided to seek asylum, the danger has multiplied," said...

  • Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons lab

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures...

  • Judge: Was biased vs. white suspect; verdict OK'd

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Kagan had been in prison for murder for more than a decade when doubts about his guilt arose from an uncommon source: the former judge who had convicted him. The reason was more extraordinary still: The now-retired, white jurist felt he had been swayed by bias against Kagan, also white, in the 1998 killing of a black...

  • Texan bids for Nuremberg stenographer's mementos

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Dallas woman bid $9,000 for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old locked trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer. Fran Berg, a member of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, was the highest bidder for the items in an auction of World War II memorabilia Saturday by the...

  • Wet, wild monsoon season ends in Southwest

    PHOENIX (AP) — This year's Southwest monsoon season will be remembered for unusually intense storms that brought months' worth of rain in just one day. Some areas in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico received more rain in a day than in a typical season, the National Weather Service said. The rains caused flooding, sending water into homes and...

  • Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce. Fighting for the airport has raged for months as the insurgents have tried to dislodge the...

  • Russia halts student exchange program with US

    MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program. U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program has brought more than 8,000 Russian high school students to the United States to live...

  • Soldiers, drug gang battle in Rio de Janeiro slum

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian soldiers and drug gang members have engaged in an intense and prolonged gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum that killed at least one person. Traffic on a main highway halted at one point, with motorists sheltering behind cars and buses as soldiers and gang members traded gunfire Wednesday. The fighting calmed at...

  • Obama dines with fundraising contest winners

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates. The prize is dinner with Obama. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee identified the winners as Hannah Banks, an architect from the Boston area, and Andrea Abrahams, a court clerk...

  • Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri consumer group announced Wednesday that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the federally run online marketplace. The Consumer Council of Missouri filed the complaint in federal...

  • Canada identifies long lost British explorer ship

    TORONTO (AP) — Experts identified a shipwreck uncovered last month in the Arctic as the HMS Erebus, the ship British Rear Adm. Sir John Franklin was likely sailing on when it vanished along with another vessel 170 years ago, Canada's prime minister announced Wednesday. Experts believed the shipwreck was either the HMS Erebus and the HMS...

  • Trooper accidentally shot in training exercise

    SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state trooper killed Tuesday during a firearms training exercise in suburban Philadelphia was fatally wounded when another trooper's gun accidentally discharged, Capt. James Raykovitz announced Wednesday afternoon. "Preliminary evidence indicates that Trooper (David) Kedra was struck by a bullet...

  • Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant. Alton Nolen, 30, was ordered held without bond during a video arraignment Wednesday from the Cleveland County jail. He's been charged...

  • Girl, 10, dies from complications of enterovirus

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The 10-year-old Rhode Island girl who died from complications of an unusual respiratory virus affecting children across the U.S. was remembered in a family obituary as a sweet child who loved animals and Harry Potter. The state Health Department said Wednesday the girl from Cumberland died last week of a staph infection...

  • App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive...

  • Court blocks part of new North Carolina voting law

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Parts of North Carolina's new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month's elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of the...

  • Guatemala ex-police on trial in 1980 embassy fire

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former police officer went on trial Wednesday charged in the deaths of 37 people more than three decades ago when the Spanish Embassy burned down during this Central American nation's bloody civil conflict. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, the 69-year-old former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National...

  • Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who opened fire on a carload of black teenagers in an argument over their loud "thug" music was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Michael Dunn, who is white, was shooting to kill when he fired 10 times into a sport utility vehicle outside a convenience store in November 2012....

  • Prison escape plan cited in fatal Vegas crash case

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An investigator told a judge Wednesday that a self-described pimp already serving prison time for rape and robbery bribed a guard to get cellphones behind bars as part of a plot to escape before his death penalty trial in a fatal Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash. In testimony before a Las Vegas judge hearing evidence...

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