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  • Tiny wasp SWAT teams to protect Indonesian crop

    BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — They are the size of a pinhead and don't even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature's SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world's most important staple foods: cassava. The...

  • 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. Fueled by a neck-and-neck contest for governor including a wealthy Republican candidate with money to burn, Illinois has seen a roughly 30 percent...

  • Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The only thing rising faster than heat-trapping gases Tuesday were the statements of urgency by world leaders, who told each other at a United Nations summit how seriously they take global warming. Binding commitments and action are to come. President Barack Obama pressed...

  • Rio Olympic official confident about golf plans

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top Olympic official is confident a lawsuit against the city of Rio de Janeiro and a golf course developer will not prevent a test event from taking place before the 2016 games. "Our understanding today is that we will be ready for the first test event which will be...

  • Ex-Chinese planning official on trial for graft

    BEIJING (AP) — The former deputy chief of the Chinese agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday accused of taking bribes worth almost $6 million, a court said, as a campaign against official corruption intensifies. Liu Tienan was an official of...

  • 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...

  • Funeral Wednesday for Texas deputy, died in floods

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Peace officers from across Central Texas are expected to gather in tribute to a Central Texas sheriff's deputy who drowned by a flash flood while on duty. The funeral for Travis County sheriff's Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis will be Wednesday at Hill Country Bible Church in...

  • Prosecution nears end of case against researcher

    HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are winding down their presentation to a jury in the assault trial of a woman accused of poisoning her colleague-lover. Prosecutors could rest their case as soon as Wednesday in the trial of Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez, a breast cancer doctor accused of spiking researcher...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Off-duty LAPD officer found dead after standoff

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Los Angeles police officer was found dead in an apparent suicide after a standoff with Ventura County deputies. Sr. Deputy Tim Lohman says deputies found the officer dead at a home in Thousand Oaks Tuesday about five hours after the...

  • 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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