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  • Australian police shoot suspected terrorist dead

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counterterrorism police officers had his passport canceled recently on national security grounds, top police officials said Wednesday. Some experts suspect Tuesday's attack was inspired by the Islamic State...

  • Samsung to launch new phone in China before Apple

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones. Samsung said all three South Korean mobile operators...

  • Report: Texas political ad spending 2nd most in US

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas voters already tired of Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis dueling in television ads with Election Day still six weeks out should brace for plenty more. Figures released Wednesday show Texas trailing only Pennsylvania in political TV ad spending this election year, flooding...

  • Reports: Cuomo campaign dominates TV airwaves

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York voters have been targeted with 20,000 broadcast TV ads during the 2014 election cycle, including a flurry for Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the primary challenge from Zephyr Teachout, according to a report and a review of state records. The nonpartisan Center for Public...

  • Florida governor's race 2nd in TV spending

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is second only to Pennsylvania on the money spent on television ads in a gubernatorial race, according to a study being released Wednesday. Most of the $32 million...

  • Poor supports Brazil's president in re-election

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Life may still be tough for millions of poor Brazilians — but it's also never been better. And that's the key for President Dilma Rousseff's re-election bid. Although Rousseff and top rival Marina Silva are locked in a virtual tie among those in the middle class, the biggest...

  • India successfully puts spacecraft in Mars' orbit

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn...

  • World leaders meet with multiple crises on agenda

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Facing a world in turmoil from multiple crises ranging from wars in the Mideast and Africa to the deadly scourge of Ebola and growing Islamic radicalism, leaders from more than 140 countries open their annual meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday with few solutions....

  • Rio Olympic official confident about golf plans

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top official of the 2016 Olympics says he is confident a lawsuit against the city of Rio and a golf course developer will not stop a test event from taking place before the games. Gilbert Felli, an IOC-appointed adviser in Rio, tells The Associated Press that "our...

  • Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama...

  • Illinois among top in US for campaign ad spending

    CHICAGO (AP) — If it seems as though the number of political ads on television has ramped up markedly this election, now there's concrete proof. Illinois has seen a roughly 30 percent increase in the number of TV ads and the money spent to air them this election cycle compared to four years...

  • Mars missions: Successes and failures

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Getting a spacecraft to orbit Mars is a complex mission that few countries have attempted, and even fewer have achieved. The former Soviet Union made the world's first attempt in 1960, but the satellite didn't get far from Earth. The United States had the first successful...

  • Scientists: India has triumphed in first mission to Mars, putting satellite in planet's orbit

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Scientists: India has triumphed in first mission to Mars, putting satellite in planet's orbit .

  • 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."



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