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Chechen leader denies sending troops to Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — As the fighting becomes more ferocious in eastern Ukraine, Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader insisted Wednesday he had not sent any of his famous troops to help pro-Russia insurgents but said some Chechens may have gone there on their own.


OPCW-United Nations fact-finding mission was ambushed

Members of an international fact-finding mission into alleged chlorine attacks in Syria were ambushed and briefly held by gunmen in rebel-held territory, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday.


Kerry: US to start $5 billion anti-terrorist fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is setting up a $5 billion "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries push back against radical extremists.

Lebanese troops beat Syrian voters outside embassy

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops moved to subdue a crowd of frenzied Syrians who tried to storm their embassy in Beirut to vote for President Bashar Assad, using batons and sticks to push back people on Wednesday as expat balloting started ahead of Syria's June 3 presidential election.


Lawmakers, mourners weigh in on California rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Thousands mourned the deaths of their classmates at a California university, lawmakers proposed ways to prevent the next round of deaths, and the rampant presence of guns were at the forefront of both discussions as a rampage that left seven dead reverberated across the state.


AP sources: US may decide to train Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to Syrian rebels seeking military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, the White House may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate forces.


Chechen leader says he sent no troops to Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Chechnya's regional leader says he hasn't sent any troops to fight alongside pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, but he says some Chechens may have gone there on their own.

Thai military rulers appoint advisers; economy in doldrums

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle. A seven-hour curfew the army imposed after the coup from 10 p.m each night will from Wednesday be shortened to four hours, starting from midnight.


5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study.


Fire kills 21 at SKorean hospital for elderly

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Twenty-one people suffocated and seven people were injured Wednesday in a fire at a hospital in southern South Korea that specializes in patients suffering from dementia and palsy, officials said.


Sterling responds to NBA, June 3 hearing still on

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded to the NBA's attempt to oust him on Tuesday, arguing that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded "during an inflamed lovers' quarrel in which he was clearly distraught."


91-year-old Rep. Hall ousted in Texas GOP primary

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Congressman Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate barely half his age.


Snowden says he was 'trained as a spy'

US fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden "trained as a spy" and worked "undercover overseas" for intelligence agencies, he told NBC News in aired excerpts from an interview. In his first interview in US media, Snowden hit back at claims that he was merely a low-level contractor, saying he worked "at all levels from -- from the bottom on the ground, all the way to the top." Snowden, who has been charged in the United States with espionage, was granted asylum by Russia in August 2013 after shaking the American intelligence establishment to its core with a series of leaks on mass surveillance in the United States and around the world. He said he had worked covertly as "a technical expert" for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as well as as a trainer for the Defense Intelligence Agency.


California students mourn near scene of rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of students at the University of California, Santa Barbara are mourning six of their fellow students who were killed in a deadly weekend rampage.


Santa Barbara attacks prompt action from lawmakers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday proposed expanded restraining orders and new law enforcement procedures to deter the type of violent rampages that left six young people dead over the weekend near the University of California, Santa Barbara.


NYPD to carry heroin antidote as overdoses double

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police will begin carrying large amounts of anti-opiate drugs in an effort to combat a recent spike in heroin deaths, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. Opiate overdoses killed more than 2,000 New York residents in 2011, more than double the number in 2004, state records show. Across the United States, the number of fatal opiate overdoses increased 45 percent from 2006-2010. “This program will literally save lives,” New York Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement.


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