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Letters and laughs at the National Spelling Bee

Words such as "protege" and "gesundheit" and jokes about the George Foreman grill and the game Minesweeper were among the early highlights as the onstage preliminary rounds began Wednesday morning at the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Syrians abroad vote ahead of national election

YARZE, Lebanon (AP) — Hundreds of Syrians desperate to vote for President Bashar Assad tried to rush their embassy near Beirut on Wednesday, scuffling with Lebanese troops using batons and sticks to beat them back as voting abroad started ahead of next week's national election.


Obama: U.S. must lead globally but show restraint

In a broad defense of his foreign policy, Pres. Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world's most indispensable nation, even after a "long season of war," but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.


Kerry to Snowden: 'Man up' and come home

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to "man up and come back to the United States."


Chechen leader denies sending troops to Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — As the fighting becomes more ferocious in eastern Ukraine, Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader insisted Wednesday he had not sent any of his famous troops to help pro-Russia insurgents but said some Chechens may have gone there on their own.


OPCW-United Nations fact-finding mission was ambushed

Members of an international fact-finding mission into alleged chlorine attacks in Syria were ambushed and briefly held by gunmen in rebel-held territory, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday.


Kerry: US to start $5 billion anti-terrorist fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is setting up a $5 billion "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries push back against radical extremists.

Lebanese troops beat Syrian voters outside embassy

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops moved to subdue a crowd of frenzied Syrians who tried to storm their embassy in Beirut to vote for President Bashar Assad, using batons and sticks to push back people on Wednesday as expat balloting started ahead of Syria's June 3 presidential election.


Lawmakers, mourners weigh in on California rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Thousands mourned the deaths of their classmates at a California university, lawmakers proposed ways to prevent the next round of deaths, and the rampant presence of guns were at the forefront of both discussions as a rampage that left seven dead reverberated across the state.


AP sources: US may decide to train Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to Syrian rebels seeking military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, the White House may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate forces.


Chechen leader says he sent no troops to Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Chechnya's regional leader says he hasn't sent any troops to fight alongside pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, but he says some Chechens may have gone there on their own.

Thai military rulers appoint advisers; economy in doldrums

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle. A seven-hour curfew the army imposed after the coup from 10 p.m each night will from Wednesday be shortened to four hours, starting from midnight.


5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study.


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