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Ukrainian forces, rebels clash near Russian border

About 30 Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia early on Tuesday, the border guard service said. It said separatist fighters had fired mortar bombs on government forces and border guards during the night near the city of Luhansk. The separatists say government forces have been shelling their positions this week, including around the city of Slaviansk, scene of some of the heaviest fighting since the uprising began in the Russian-speaking east in April.

Pilot recounts bailing from damaged skydiver plane

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Like in a scene from a James Bond movie, Shawn Kinmartin found himself with fast-dwindling options as he struggled to control a skydiving plane after a jumper's parachute damaged the aircraft's tail.


Fake flowers led to N.J. fire that killed 6, prosecutor says

It was pride of ownership that led a New Jersey family to decorate the front of their home with bright plastic flowers, and it was those same decorations that acted as a fatal accelerant in a fast moving blaze that killed everyone inside, prosecutors said Monday.


Bad in bed? Hate your boss? There's a Secret app for that

Can you keep a secret? With one app, you might never have to again. David Byttow, 32, and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, 30, are the young masterminds behind Secret, a free social application that allows people to share messages anonymously within their circle of friends.


California wildfire threatens 1,000 more homes

A California wildfire that has already destroyed three structures and blackened some three square miles of forest land near Sequoia National Park is threatening 1,000 more homes, officials said.


Fugitive VP: Iraq violence could lead to holy war

The violence in Iraq is part of a broader Sunni Arab revolt that could lead to a holy war in the country, and is not just a rampage by Islamist militants from an al Qaeda splinter group, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi told Reuters.


Supreme Court hands a win to gun control groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a "straw" purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.


Ukraine president plans truce, vows to control Russia border

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Monday he had ordered troops to regain control of the frontier with Russia to pave the way for a truce and peace talks after weeks of fighting with pro-Russian separatists. President Petro Poroshenko did not say how long the truce should last in Ukraine's east, where the rebels have risen up against central rule, but he said it could start only if the long and porous border was secure. His remarks underlined his concern that Russia is supporting the rebels by sending tanks, guns and fighters across the border, especially after the separatists shot down a military transport plane on Saturday. Russia denies the accusation.


Police ID suspect in Phoenix priest attacks

Police have arrested an ex-convict in an attack that left one priest dead and another injured at a Roman Catholic church in Phoenix, connecting forensic evidence from the crime scene with the suspect.


Arrest made in priest attacks at Phoenix church

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police on Monday said they had made an arrest in the killing of a Roman Catholic priest and the beating of a second priest at a church in the city's downtown.


Coast Guard celebrates ship in record-setting Cold War mission

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — In the midst of the Cold War, a Coast Guard ship dedicated by President Harry Truman embarked on a novel mission. The 338-foot ship had only small arms and giant balloons to hold up the antennas vital to its task.


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