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AP PHOTOS: Brazil fans in shock after 7-1 loss

The sadness, frustration and disappointment were palpable as Brazil fans watched Germany score goal after goal after goal (after goal after goal after goal after goal) at the World Cup semifinals in Belo Horizonte. Germany's 7-1 winning margin over the home team was the largest ever in a World Cup semifinal.

Police give motive in Utah dead baby case

Authorities say a Utah mother's motive for killing six of her newborns was that she was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility.

Chimp attack victim seeks primate sale rules

A Connecticut woman blinded and disfigured by a chimpanzee attack will visit Washington this week to urge the passage of stricter rules to keep primates from being transported into states that prohibit keeping them as pets.

Ill. woman seeks clemency in buried-alive case

Tearful relatives appealed for clemency Tuesday for an Illinois woman they say was wrongly convicted nearly three decades ago of taking part in in a macabre kidnap-for-ransom plot in which a businessman was lured from his home and buried alive.

Nigeria: 'Good news' soon on kidnapped girls

Nigeria's National Council of State is promising to deliver "some good news" very soon about more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Islamic extremists for nearly three months.

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.