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  • Russia will remain reliable energy supplier to Europe: Kremlin spokesman
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Russia is and will be a reliable supplier of natural gas to Europe, in response to warnings from Kiev that Moscow could cut off fuel to the continent this winter. "Russia was, is and will be a reliable supplier of energy resources to Europe," Peskov told journalists.

  • Police: Man kills wife at hospital; 2nd body found
  • STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) ? Authorities say a New Jersey man fatally shot his hospitalized wife, tried to kill himself, and a body was found later at the couple's home.

  • Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank
  • Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in MonroviaBy Josephus Olu-Mammah and Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Ebola is causing enormous damage to West African economies, draining scarce public funds and slashing economic growth by up to 4 percent as foreign businessmen leave and projects are canceled, the African Development Bank president said. As transport companies suspend services, cutting off the region, governments and economists have warned that the worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic Ebola fever on record could crush the fragile economic gains made in Sierra Leone and Liberia following a decade of civil war in the 1990s. Air France, the French network of Air France-KLM said on Wednesday it had suspended flights to Sierra Leone after advice from the French government. France did not recommend suspending flights to Nigeria or Guinea.



  • USC administrators examine differing Shaw stories
  • This undated photo provided by the University of Southern California sports information office shows defensive back Josh Shaw. The university is investigating his story that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Head football coach Steve Sarkisian said USC has received calls contradicting Shaw's detailed claims about his two high ankle sprains. (AP Photo/University of Southern California)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Southern California administrators are examining the conflicting stories surrounding the injuries of cornerback Josh Shaw, whose heroic tale of rescue has been disputed.



  • Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'
  • DAVIS, Calif. (AP) ? Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

  • A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages
  • A photo courtesy of Etienne de Malglaive and dated June 2, 2011 shows American journalist Steven Sotloff (center with dark helmet) talking to rebels west of Misrata, LibyaThe mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria. Last week's murder of journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State has focused attention on other American hostages, including 31-year-old freelancer Steven Sotloff. Another US journalist, Peter Theo Curtis, returned home Tuesday after nearly two years captivity, but US media reported the Islamic State is still holding a 26-year-old female aid worker who has yet to be publicly identified. The masked militant seen beheading Foley in a video released by the group also threatened to kill Sotloff unless US President Barack Obama orders a halt to air strikes against the group.



  • EU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants
  • In this Picture released by the Italian Navy, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, migrants wait to be boarded on the San Giusto Navy ship, along the Mediterranean sea, off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano renewed his demand for the European Union to relieve pressure on Italy, which has seen some 100,000 migrants arrive so far this year alone. The country says it spends 9.5 million euros ($13 million) a month to operate the beefed-up air and sea patrols that were launched after more than 360 migrants drowned off the Italian island of Lampedusa last October. "Italy will make its own decisions" if EU partners don't offer assistance, he warned in a tweet. The EU's home affairs commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, thanked Italy for its "huge efforts" to save lives and said in a statement she would meet Wednesday with Alfano "to better define priorities and provide assistance." (AP Photo/Italian Navy)ROME (AP) ? The European Commission agreed Wednesday to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.



  • CBS releases outtakes from interview it held back
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? The release of U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis by Syrian captors has prompted "60 Minutes" to issue portions of an interview with a fellow hostage that the show had edited last year to remove references to Curtis.

  • Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case
  • DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucuses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015
  • Outgoing commander of ISAF, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, first left, and incoming U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, first right, salute during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001. It will end its mission at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.



  • Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting
  • A group of protesters march from City Hall to the federal courthouse a few blocks away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in St. Louis. About 100 protesters marched as they continue to press for broader reforms to local and federal law enforcement following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police. They were calling attention not only to Brown's death but also the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell by St. Louis police 10 days later. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.



  • William Greaves, TV host and filmmaker, dead at 87
  • FILE- In this Oct. 6, 2006 file photo, author Walter Mosely, left, Elinor R. Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, center, and documentary filmmaker William Greaves attend the 80th anniversary celebration of Harlem's Schomburg Center at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Greaves, the Emmy-award winning producer and co-host of the groundbreaking "Black Journal" and a prolific and adventurous filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died. He was 87. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman, file)NEW YORK (AP) ? William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning producer and co-host of the groundbreaking television show "Black Journal" and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died.



  • Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel: Syrian Observatory
  • Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday. The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area, captured the Quneitra post on the Syrian side from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after fierce clashes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The crossing is monitored by the United Nations, which oversees traffic between the two enemy countries but the distance between the two warring adversaries' posts is some 200 meters(656 feet). During the fighting, two Israelis were wounded by stray bullets, a soldier and a civilian, both in the Golan Heights.

  • US: Russian directing new offensive in Ukraine
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine.

  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core
  • In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) ? In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.



  • Obama, Clinton to highlight DNC fundraiser
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be the top draws for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event in September.

  • Raina ton sets up huge India win over England
  • India's Suresh Raina (right) and MS Dhoni run between the wickets during the second one-day international match between England and India at the Glamorgan County Cricket Ground in Cardiff, Wales on August 27, 2014Suresh Raina's dynamic century laid the platform for world champions India's crushing 133-run win over England in the second one-day international at Cardiff on Wednesday. Victory gave India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Monday's washout in Bristol and saw them return to winning ways after their 3-1 defeat by England in the preceding Test series. Man-of-the-match Raina's innings was the cornerstone of India's imposing 304 for six after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss. England, chasing a rain-adjusted 295 off 47 overs in reply, were well-placed at 54 for none.



  • Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse
  • In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, and released by Hyatt Regency Boston, Boston Marathon bombing survivor, James Costello, right, marries Krista D?Agostino at the hotel in Boston. Officiating is Carol Merletti, center. The couple met at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where D?Agostino worked as a nurse and helped Costello recover from his burns and injuries. (AP Photo/Prudente Photography)BOSTON (AP) ? If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.



  • Sloane Stephens upset in US Open 2nd round
  • Sloane Stephens, of the United States, wipes sweat from her face between points against Johanna Larsson, of Sweden, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) ? Once a sure bet to stick around for a while at Grand Slam tournaments, Sloane Stephens suddenly can't even win there.



  • Missouri governor names new public safety director
  • ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.

  • Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
  • PHOENIX (AP) ? "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

  • U.S. mother pleads to Islamic State leader for her son's release
  • Shirley Sotloff, the mother of American journalist Steven Sotloff who is being held by Islamic rebels in Syria, makes a direct appeal to his captors to release him in this still image from a videoThe mother of an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group's leader for his release. "I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. She added that her son is an "honorable man and has always tried to help the weak." Sotloff, 31, went missing in Syria last year while covering the conflict there.



  • US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse
  • A medical worker at an Ebola treatment facility run by Medicins Sans Frontieres in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, August 14, 2014FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse before it gets better.



  • Mom pleads for release of captive U.S. journalist
  • Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant speaking next to man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown locationThe mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.



  • McDonnell daughter testifies on parents' marriage
  • Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin YoungThe eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.



  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France
  • PARIS (AP) ? Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.

  • Prosecutor urges jury to convict Blackwater guards
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? A prosecutor told a federal jury on Wednesday that four Blackwater guards unleashed a hail of gunfire on more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians seven years ago, leaving "bloody, bullet-riddled corpses" at Nisoor Square in downtown Baghdad.

  • Chris Soules is ABC's new 'Bachelor'
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? ABC has chosen its next "Bachelor."

  • California beach town sees flooding from hurricane
  • Hector Brown sweeps out his aunt and uncle's house in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The entire house and garage was flooded by a foot of water and muddy sand late Tuesday night after low-lying streets in the Southern California coastal community was inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) ? Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.



  • U.S. says Russian-directed counteroffensive in Ukraine cities likely underway
  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday new military incursions on Ukraine's eastern border indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in two Ukrainian towns. "These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a daily briefing. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Eric Beech)

  • Cypriots protest proposed bank loan legislation
  • Demonstrators hold banners that read in Greek "Blackmail will not pass, People's struggle will break them" as they shout slogans against the government outside of the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country?s beleaguered banks collect on bad loans. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) ? Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest outside the presidential palace against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country's beleaguered banks collect on bad loans.



  • Israeli leader declares victory in Gaza war
  • JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.

  • Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report
  • FILE - In this Sunday, March 25, 2012 file photo, elephants gather at dusk to drink at a watering hole in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya. A human rights group says Kenya wildlife rangers are allegedly executing suspected elephant poachers to cover-up their collusion with the criminals. Muslims for Human Rights or MUHURI in a new report documents disappearances and extra judicial killings of 17 suspected poachers living around the Tsavo National parks whose elephant population has been hardest hit over the years by the poaching menace. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges.



  • Clippers sign Doc Rivers to contract extension
  • LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.

  • AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza
  • Palestinian relatives carry national flag-draped bodies of Omar al-Bareem, 17, and his brother Mohammed, 12, who were killed in an Israeli strike on a car, during their funeral at their family house in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Two brother were killed in an airstrike on a car yesterday east of Khan Younis, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) ? The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.



  • Abdullah vows to reject result of Afghan election audit
  • Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks at a rally in Kabul on July 8, 2014Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis just a week before the scheduled inauguration. Fears grew of a violent backlash against the eventual result after Abdullah withdrew his observers from the audit earlier Wednesday in the latest twist of a dispute over allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 election. The United Nations moved rapidly to try to save Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power by asking Ashraf Ghani, the other presidential candidate, to also remove his observers from the vote-checking process. "We will be out of the process, and any kind of result from the process will not be acceptable for Dr Abdullah," Muslim Saadat, one of his spokesmen, told AFP after Abdullah's observers did not attend the audit on Wednesday.



  • Immigration judges' union wants independent court
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.

  • Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season
  • FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)CLEVELAND (AP) ? Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.



  • Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.
  • Peter Theo Curtis, who was released on Sunday from years in captivity of insurgents in Syria, talks to reporters near mother's home in CambridgeAmerican journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.