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Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel. Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor of the agreement.


Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press. The issue of foreign jihadis operating so easily in Pakistan has regional and even global implications. The country has long been a destination for aspiring global jihadis to receive training, some of whom are sent back abroad to conduct attacks. Foreign governments, particularly neighboring Afghanistan, have frequently accused elements of the Pakistani government of sheltering Islamic militant groups that frequent the porous and lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border.


Migrant tempers fray as Hungary blocks trains for 2nd day
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hundreds of frustrated migrants demanding passage to Germany jostled with riot police beside Budapest's main international train station Wednesday as Hungary spent a second day trying to keep thousands of asylum seekers from spilling deeper into Europe. Scores of officers pushed back the crowd, which shouted in Arabic and English to be permitted to march around the Keleti train station, which has become the latest focal point for European tensions over an unrelenting flow of migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.


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Court hearing for 6 officers charged in death of black man
BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in connection with the death of a black man who had been seriously injured while in custody. The judge also refused to remove the prosecutor in the case that sparked riots in Baltimore last spring. During a pretrial hearing, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams denied a defense motion for the charges to be dropped against the officers in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who endured a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody on April 12 and died a week later. Gray's death sparked protests, rioting and unrest that lasted for days.


Biden testing political waters in Florida as he mulls 2016
MIAMI (AP) - Mulling a 2016 White House bid, Vice President Joe Biden is testing the waters in pivotal Florida. Biden is speaking at an education event at Miami Dade College and attending a fundraiser for Senate Democrats, mingling with the types of donors he'd need to challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.


Hunt for 3 suspects in Illinois officer's death widens
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) - Law enforcement officials broadened the hunt Wednesday for three suspects in the fatal shooting of a popular veteran police officer in a small northern Illinois community after a methodical house-to-house search turned up nothing. Hundreds of officers, aided by dozens of dogs and numerous helicopters, were involved in the exhaustive search in Fox Lake after the killing of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz on Tuesday morning. That initial manhunt focused on a two-square-mile area near the scene of the shooting and ended around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Then, officers switched to "saturation patrols" over a broader area to search for the suspects, investigate any suspicious activity and reassure residents, said Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli.


Wrongly convicted brothers each get $750K payout
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two brothers who falsely confessed under police interrogation to killing an 11-year-old girl were awarded $750,000 each in compensation for the three decades they spent behind bars - a stint that left one of them a broken man, according to his family. Henry McCollum, 51, appeared calm as a North Carolina commission granted the money to him and half brother Leon Brown, 47, during a hearing. Brown did not attend; he is in the hospital, suffering from health problems that include post-traumatic stress disorder, the brothers' lawyer said.


Parents seek halt to 48-year-old's gender reassignment
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A transgender woman whose parents went to court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday to block her gender-reassignment surgery said she would rather die on the operating table than continue living with male anatomy. Christine Kitzler, 48, said during a break in the emergency hearing that the risk factors her father raised - including complications from her HIV and Hepatitis C diagnoses - were worth enduring to have her body match the gender she's identified with since growing up in suburban Cleveland, Ohio.


Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes. A United Nations-affiliated youth group had a goal of planting one billion trees and Yale forestry researcher Thomas Crowther was asked if planting that many trees would do anything to help combat human-made climate change. Trees capture and store heat-trapping carbon dioxide.


Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name - and possibly even her resemblance. Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro this week over its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company's popular Littlest Pet Shop line. She says the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult.