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  • Ex-Chinese planning official on trial for graft

    BEIJING (AP) — The former deputy chief of the agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday accused of taking bribes, China's official news agency said. Liu Tienan was an official of vice-ministerial rank at China's National Development and Reform...

  • India directs spacecraft toward Martian orbit

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian spacecraft was nearing its final destination in orbit around Mars on Wednesday, with scientists hoping a success will launch the nation into an elite club of deep-space explorers. If the Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately nicknamed MOM, takes its position around the...

  • TB Hospital CEO: 'We should have done more'

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials at a hospital where a nurse assistant exposed more than 750 infants to tuberculosis say they didn't learn of the worker's symptoms until July during her annual screening. However, officials of the Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso say they didn't identify...

  • Plans for $200 million in drought relief released

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year. More than $200 million in expedited bond funding would benefit 110 projects throughout the state,...

  • Fonterra posts revenue jump; cuts forecast payout

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra posted record revenue Wednesday but signaled a tougher year ahead for farmers by cutting its projected payout to them. The cut reflects a drop since February of more than 40 percent in wholesale prices for dairy products. In a...

  • Australian police shoot suspected terrorist dead

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two Australian counterterrorism police had no choice but to shoot a suspected terrorist when he attacked them in a confrontation in Australia's second largest city, top police officials said Wednesday. Some experts suspect Tuesday's attack, which left the suspect...

  • Wharf fire disrupts Los Angeles-area sea ports

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire that raged overnight on the underside of an old wooden wharf was finally quelled Tuesday but not before all container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and several in adjacent Long Beach harbor were shut down because of worries about unhealthy smoke. Concern about...

  • Woman gets 4 years in restaurant robberies

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Gaithersburg woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for conspiring to rob four fast-food restaurants. Twenty-four-year-old Marvel Alegria was also ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in restitution at sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Baltimore. According...

  • Yosemite Park's black bears going high tech

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park. Park Ranger Scott Gediman said Tuesday that new GPS collars put on bears will allow the wildlife...

  • US, California release roadmap for solar projects

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and...

  • After airstrikes, can U.S. allies do the job?

    Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said that he would recommend sending U.S. combat troops back to Iraq if it were the only way to defeat Islamist extremists. Though widely seen as a gaffe, what he describes is a very possible worst-case scenario.

  • The IRS targeted organizations teaching the Constitution and Bill of Rights

    Over at the Volokh Conspiracy blog, Georgetown law professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz reports that on Jan. 20, 2012, the IRS revised its BOLO ("Be On the Lookout") list to include "political action type organizations involved in . . . educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights."

  • Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters. Josef Wesolowski had already...

  • DHS says airstrikes may have 'disrupted' plotting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no indication of advanced al-Qaida or Islamic State group terror plotting inside the United States, but airstrikes in Syria may have temporarily disrupted attack planning against U.S. or Western targets, according to a security bulletin Tuesday from the FBI and the...

  • 'Imminent' threat from new terror group emerges as first target in Syria strikes

    The first targets of U.S. air and missile strikes in Syria late Monday were bases of an Islamist extremist group that had received little mention amid the focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria but that U.S. officials now say posed an imminent threat to the homeland.



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