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Analysis: GOP avoids past mistakes in Senate picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday's elections are the best evidence yet that Republicans are avoiding previous mistakes and improving their chances of controlling the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

Gazprom: China, Russia sign 30-year gas deal

SHANGHAI (AP) — China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.

Report: Prince Charles compared Putin to Hitler

LONDON (AP) — British politicians and royal-watchers expressed criticism, and some sympathy, Wednesday at reported comments by Prince Charles comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to the territory-seizing of Adolf Hitler.

Putin says troops withdraw to help Ukraine vote

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he had ordered Russian troops to pull out from the regions near Ukraine to help create a positive environment for the nation's presidential vote, but added that it would be hard for the Kremlin to deal with its winner because of continuing fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Search continues for victims of Nigerian car bombs

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police anti-bomb squad officers on Wednesday dug into a crater left by one of two bombs that exploded in a bustling marketplace and bus station in a central Nigerian city as people searched for missing loved ones after the horrific attack that left at least 118 people dead.

Egypt's ousted leader Mubarak gets three years in jail

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of stealing public funds. "He should have treated people close and far from him equally," said Judge Osama Shaheen, as Mubarak looked on from a cage flanked by his sons, who were sentenced to four years in jail on the same charges. "Instead of abiding by the constitution and laws, he gave himself and his sons the freedom to take from public funds whatever they wanted to without oversight and without regard." Judicial sources told Reuters that the 23 months Mubarak had spent in jail since the 2011 uprising up to August, when he left prison for house arrest, would be applied against the sentence, meaning the former president will probably serve no more than a year as punishment for the corruption charges.

Missouri inmate's hopes rest with Supreme Court

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate with a rare condition that affects the blood vessels was handed a reprieve less than two hours before his scheduled execution, but the state may end up killing him later Wednesday if the U.S. Supreme Court says it can.

Did Cooper Stock have to die?

Different traffic laws could have saved the 9-year-old's life and the lives of thousands of others.

McConnell, Grimes to face off in November

The race between Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes is shaping up with some familiar dynamics. What can McConnell learn from Harry Reid as he fends off Grimes?

Thai army chief assumes role as crisis mediator

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army chief assumed the role of mediator Wednesday by summoning the country's key political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law. The meeting ended without any resolution, however, underscoring the profound challenge the army faces in trying to end the country's crisis.

Gov't: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going to bat for confused passengers, the government is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for basic items like checked bags, assigned seats and carry-on bags so consumers know the true cost of flying.

Special Operations Forces may get 'Iron Man' suit

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — In the 2008 movie "Iron Man," the main character becomes a superhero after building a suit of armor with an exoskeleton that gives him incredible strength.

AP NewsBreak: WNBA to market to LGBT community

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is launching a campaign to market specifically to the LGBT community, a move that makes it the first pro league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered fans to its games.

Gay couples rush for licenses in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Same-sex couples clamored for marriage licenses after a Pennsylvania judge's ruling allowed them to join the rest of the Northeast in legalizing their relationships, with Philadelphia offices staying open late to handle a rush of applications.

Ex-players say teams gave pain pills 'like candy'

Former NFL lineman Jeremy Newberry says he often hobbled into the 49ers locker room using a walking boot and crutches, then lined up behind as many as two dozen teammates for treatment — in his case, a shot of the painkiller Toradol. Ten minutes later, he sprinted onto the field to play.

Tissues, counselors help ease pain at 9/11 museum

NEW YORK (AP) — There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing and photos of people falling from them. Portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and voice mail messages from people in hijacked planes.

Supreme Court justice suspends Missouri execution

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order late Tuesday suspending the planned execution of a Missouri inmate with a little more than an hour to spare before the inmate's scheduled lethal injection.