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Marlins' Fernandez has elbow tear, surgery looms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Marlins got the news they'd been dreading since Sunday, when ace Jose Fernandez was scratched from his regular bullpen session in San Diego: He is probably going to miss the rest of the season.


World Health Organization: MERS isn't an emergency

LONDON (AP) — The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.


Report: Director Bendjelloul committed suicide

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Malik Bendjelloul, director of the acclaimed "Searching for Sugar Man" documentary, was widely known for his enthusiasm, kindness and high spirits — so the news Wednesday that he had taken his own life shocked colleagues around the world.


Vietnam mobs set fire to foreign factories in anti-China riots

By Ho Binh Minh and Manuel Mogato HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to foreign factories and rampaged in industrial zones in the south of the country in an angry reaction to Chinese oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, officials said on Wednesday. The brunt of Tuesday's anti-China violence appears to have been borne by Taiwanese companies in the zones in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, as rioters mistook the firms to be Chinese-owned. The row over the South China Sea and anti-China violence in tightly-controlled Vietnam have brought relations between Hanoi and Beijing to one of their lowest points since the Communist neighbors fought a brief border war in 1979. \"I fear a dark chapter in Sino-Vietnamese relations is now being written,\" said Ian Storey, a South China Sea expert at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Pistorius to undergo psychiatric tests

Oscar Pistorius was ordered by a judge on Wednesday to undergo psychiatric tests, meaning that the double-amputee athlete's murder trial will be interrupted, possibly for two months.


Biden touts St. Louis Arch renovation project

Vice President Joe Biden made a rain-shortened appearance beneath the Gateway Arch to tout the economic benefits of a massive renovation project at the iconic tourist attraction. The Democratic vice president ...


Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.


Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge outside New York City to try to pressure Congress into giving the nation's infrastructure an infusion of cash.


Some in northeast Nigeria form vigilante groups

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates killed and arrested scores of the extremist Islamic militants that were suspected of planning to launch an attack, the residents and a security official said.


Pentagon OKs Manning transfer for gender treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for her gender disorder, defense officials said.


All 20,000 evacuation orders off in San Diego fire

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wildfire that surged amid high heat and dry winds in drought conditions brought evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes in and around San Diego, but all residents were told they could return home Tuesday night just a few hours later as cooler, calmer darkness fell.

Hundreds contact FBI about pedophile teacher case

The number of possible victims of a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at nearly a dozen schools around the world has risen sharply, with the FBI saying hundreds of people have contacted it about the case.


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