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Mother charged over abandoned baby in NYC subway

A young homeless woman accused of abandoning her baby on a crowded subway platform in the heart of Manhattan was charged in a New York court Tuesday. The little girl, aged 11 months, was left in a stroller at the Columbus Circle station, one of Manhattan's busiest, on Monday. Frankea Dabbs, 20, pushed the stroller out of a train's sliding doors onto the platform but did not get off herself. She appeared before a Manhattan court charged with abandoning a child and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

Afghan candidate rejects election results

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah defiantly told thousands of supporters Tuesday that he will declare victory in the country's election, claiming massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results that put his rival in the lead. The United States warned both camps against trying to seize power, saying international financial and security support was at stake.

Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

Israeli military steps up Gaza offensive

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military launched a major offensive Tuesday in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, striking more than 100 sites and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion in what Israel called an operation aimed at stopping a heavy salvo of rocket attacks from the Palestinian territory.

Ukraine takes aggressive stance toward separatists

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's government took an increasingly aggressive stance Tuesday toward the pro-Russia separatists, vowing to expunge them from their reduced area of control and imposing new conditions before peace talks can restart.

Luxury Rolls-Royce car sales soar worldwide

LONDON (AP) — They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before.

Exclusive: Accountant's plea signals more possible scrutiny of Madoff son

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors may still be building a case against imprisoned swindler Bernard Madoff's only surviving son, who according to sources was one of the "co-conspirators" mentioned in a plea deal by a Madoff associate last month. Two sources familiar with the Madoff case confirmed to Reuters that people identified only as "co-conspirators" in statements and court documents at accountant Paul Konigsberg's June 24 plea hearing are Madoff's sons, Mark and Andrew, who were employees of the Madoff investment firm. Mark Madoff committed suicide in December 2010 at the age of 46 on the second anniversary of Bernard Madoff's arrest. Andrew Madoff, 48, spoke publicly last year about his battle with stage-four blood cancer, though his current health is unclear.

Cleveland tops Dallas in bid to host RNC in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.

For Obama, 'hope' becomes fight against cynicism

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear President Barack Obama describe it, there's a creeping case of cynicism setting in across the country, leading Americans to suspect that not only is Washington broken, it's beyond fixing.

Tree fell on coaster track, Calif. officials say

The state agency that investigates workplace accidents says it was an entire tree — not just a branch — that fell onto a roller coaster's tracks in California, dislodging the front car and keeping nearly two dozen riders hanging for hours.

Shebab militants attack Somalia's presidential palace

Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels carried out a major bomb and armed assault against the country's presidential palace late Tuesday, penetrating the heavily-fortified complex before blowing themselves up. Officials said Somalia's internationally-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed were not inside the complex at the time and were "both safe". Security sources said they were with guards from the African Union's 22,000-strong AMISOM force. A Shebab spokesman confirmed that the Al-Qaeda-linked group was behind the attack, and claimed their commandos had managed to seize the president's office inside the presidential compound known as the Villa Somalia.

NYPD arrests mother of abandoned baby

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a Manhattan subway station was arrested Tuesday after telling detectives she was homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl, a police department spokesman said.