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Australian leaders differ on Russian role in war

Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine.

Stern sees Sterling saga ending well, lauds Silver

Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.

Cho to lead 2018 Olympics organizing committee

Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of the previous president.

Samsung profit falls as smartphone sales slow

Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.

Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure

Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus.

Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.

Minnesota archbishop won't resign amid criticism

Despite criticism over how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled sex abuse claims involving priests, as well as an investigation into his own conduct, the archbishop says he will not resign.

Attorney: Ex-NFL player's domestic case closed

An attorney for former NFL running back Larry Johnson says the player's Las Vegas domestic violence case is now closed after a judge determined he successfully completed community service and counseling requirements.

Stars Above Me wins Coronation Cup at Saratoga

Favored Stars Above Me burst through an opening along the rail in mid-stretch and pulled away for a 2 1/4-length victory Wednesday in the $100,000 Coronation Cup at Saratoga Race Course.

J&J withdraws fibroid treatment device from market

Johnson & Johnson is asking surgeons not to use a line of devices for removing growths from the uterus amid regulators' growing concern that the electronic surgical tools raise the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body.

First Lady on homeless veterans: 58,000 is a moral outrage

First Lady Michelle Obama -- who has made veterans issues a hallmark of her tenure -- will take the administration’s efforts at ending homelessness among veterans to the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

Researchers: World Trade Center ship dates to 1773

It's a ship tied to two critical points in American history: Sept. 11, 2001, and the eve of the Revolutionary War.

Teen pleads guilty in 1 World Trade Center climb

A teenage daredevil who sneaked to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower pleaded guilty Wednesday in an escapade that fanned concerns about security at the nation's tallest building.

George W. Bush writes book about father

His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

32 nations back Judaism's Yom Kippur as UN holiday

Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.

Foster parent charged with murder in hot car death

A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

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As Israel steps up Gaza operation, strikes hit UN shelter for war refugees, shopping area

Venezuela's opposition coordinator resigns post

The head of Venezuela's opposition alliance resigned Wednesday, delivering a blow to anti-government forces bitterly divided over how best to challenge socialist President Nicolas Maduro as frustrations rise with his handling of the struggling economy.

Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.

Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff.

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