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  • Ning leads 100-free heats in a strong morning for China

    KAZAN, Italy (AP) — Ning Zetao edged favorites Cam McEvoy and Vladimir Morozov to lead the 100-meter freestyle preliminaries at the swimming world championships on Wednesday — one of several strong performances by emerging Chinese…

  • The nation’s weather

    Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, August 05, 2015 A cold front will extend from the Mid-Atlantic to the central Plains on Wednesday, while high pressure builds across the Southwest. A cold frontal boundary will stretch…

  • Romania court rejects appeal by Lukoil manager in fraud case

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has rejected an appeal by the general manager and six executives of Russian oil company Lukoil who have been indicted on tax evasion and money laundering charges. The…

  • Authorities hunt for man who fired near troops at base

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Authorities are on the lookout for a man who fired gunshots from a pickup near two troops standing guard at a major military base in southern Mississippi. No one was wounded…

  • 2 soldiers, 1 rebel killed in ambush in Indian Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Two paramilitary soldiers and one suspected rebel were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday after a convoy of paramilitary troops was ambushed in the troubled region, police said. At least eight…

  • Report: Ai Weiwei says China promised he can return

    BERLIN (AP) — Artist Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities returned his passport with “almost no” strings attached and promised him that he can return to China. Ai traveled to Munich last week after having his…

  • AP WAS THERE: Egyptian president nationalizes the Suez Canal

    CAIRO (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE: In July 1956, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, marking Egypt’s decisive break with its colonial past. Before that, the canal, built in 1869 by French engineers,…

  • AP Interview: Japan’s ‘Godzilla’ director wants to surprise

    TOKYO (AP) — Radiation-breathing Godzilla destroyed so many cities and fought so many monsters, the original Japanese film series outgrew its budget and audience. So the filmmaker working on the revival will go back to…

  • American League

    East Division W L Pct GB New York 60 45 .571 — Toronto 56 52 .519 5½ Baltimore 54 52 .509 6½ Tampa Bay 54 54 .500 7½ Boston 47 60 .439 14 Central Division…

  • National League

    East Division W L Pct GB New York 57 50 .533 — Washington 55 50 .524 1 Atlanta 48 59 .449 9 Miami 43 64 .402 14 Philadelphia 42 65 .393 15 Central Division W…

  • Review: Stand-alone gadgets trump all-in-one devices

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Apple announced new iPod music players a few weeks ago, many people asked why anyone would need iPods when smartphones can play music and more. I had that question myself…

  • Obama: Iran vote most important intl. debate since Iraq war

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting a looming congressional vote on the Iran nuclear deal as the nation’s most consequential foreign policy debate since the authorization of the Iraq war, a now unpopular…

  • Crews report some progress against huge California wildfire

    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are reporting some progress against a Northern California wildfire that has charred more than 100 square miles of terrain, destroying buildings, threatening many others and sending thousands of residents fleeing.…

  • Who’s in and who’s out at the first GOP presidential debate

    Fox News has selected the 10 Republican presidential candidates who will participate in the first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign. The two-hour debate is scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena…

  • GOP debate lineup: Trump and Bush in, Fiorina and Perry out

    CLEVELAND (AP) — It’s the first really good news — and really bad news — for Republicans seeking the presidential nomination: Who’s in the first prime-time debate and who’s not. In: billionaire businessman Donald Trump,…