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Canadian soldier shot at war memorial
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Police and witnesses say a gunman has shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Witnesses also said the gunman entered Parliament and shots rang out. Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops.


North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) - An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. A plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, where he was reunited with his family.


US journalist recovers; Ebola 'czar' gets to work
WASHINGTON (AP) - A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama brought together top aides and his new Ebola "czar" to coordinate a national response to the deadly disease. Two nurses remain hospitalized after catching the virus from a Liberian man who came down with Ebola symptoms after arriving in the U.S. and died at a Dallas hospital. Because of their cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more stringent safety guidelines this week and is working with states to spread them to health care workers across the country.


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Experts: Autopsy shows close-range wound for Brown
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle with the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot him, two experts said in a published report Wednesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1tKXIGBhttp://bit.ly/1tKXIGB ) obtained the St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy and an accompanying toxicology report that shows Brown had used marijuana.


Hearing postponed for man suspected in 7 killings
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana refused to respond to the judge during his initial court appearance Wednesday, prompting her to postpone it and to warn him he'd spend "the rest of his life" in jail unless he cooperates. When the judge asked Darren Vann if he swore to tell the truth at his initial court appearance in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, he didn't respond or flinch.


Erdogan: US airdrop to Kurds in Kobani a mistake
ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the U.S. made a mistake in airdropping weapons to Kurds defending the Syrian city of Kobani from the Islamic State group. Erdogan told reporters in reporters in Ankara on Wednesday that the move was a mistake because some of the weapons ended up in IS hands.


Colorado girls make possible bid to join militants
DENVER (AP) - Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions. A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls - two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend - were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still trying to determine what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle.


Doctors differ on preteen suspect's mental state
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is fit to stand trial, a judge and attorneys said Wednesday. A state psychiatrist filed a report saying he found the girl mentally capable of helping with her defense, but defense attorney Joseph Smith Jr. questioned the state doctor's qualifications and said he had a report from another doctor who disagreed.


The Clintons, the Democrats' 2014 super surrogates
AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Defending their allies, Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall, attending fundraisers and get-out-the-vote rallies for a long roster of Democratic candidates. In states like Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Colorado, the Clintons are an asset at a time when many Democrats need a big name to help inspire supporters. The Clintons usually campaign for candidates on their own.


Bumgarner, Giants top Royals 7-1 in Series opener
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Win or lose, Jake Peavy is a treat to watch when he pitches. He scowls, he shouts, he grimaces, he grins. Never hard to tell how things are going for him.

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