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Prosecutor: Spilled drink led to Hernandez deaths

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez gunned down two men in their car last year after one of them accidentally bumped into him at a Boston nightclub, spilling a drink.


'13 French champ Serena Williams loses; Venus, too

PARIS (AP) — Wind was whipping, rain was falling, and thick gray clouds overhead were foreboding as Serena Williams double-faulted, then raised her hands in despair and wailed, "I can't serve!"


Voters in California contemplate forming new state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.


Ukraine sees Russia as fount of insurgent threat

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The question of fighters from Russia loomed over the insurgency in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, as separatists acknowledged the support they are getting from foreign militiamen and government officials in Kiev worried that the border with Russia is becoming a primary source of danger.


Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died.


Deer leaps from Illinois overpass onto minivan

WEST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman is grateful her family is safe after a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass, landing on their minivan as it traveled along an Illinois interstate.


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."


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