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at 19:03 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

Deadly shooting of US instructor by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over children and guns

PHOENIX - The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has intensified a debate over youngsters and guns, with many Americans wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

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at 18:45 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

US journalist's mother pleads for his life as photos show killings by Islamic State gunmen

BEIRUT - The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria.

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at 18:28 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

Canada pulling 3-member lab team back from Sierra Leone over Ebola fears

TORONTO - Canada will bring three scientists working in West Africa's Ebola zone home by private charter, the Public Health Agency of Canada suggested Wednesday as it issued a short update on the evacuation of the team from Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

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at 18:23 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

Relatives, civil organizations criticize Mexican government's new number on missing

MEXICO CITY - Relatives of people missing in Mexico blasted authorities Wednesday as seemingly more interested in manipulating the data on the disappeared than on conducting thorough investigations.

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at 17:24 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

Court overturns hate-crime convictions in US beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish

CINCINNATI - A U.S. appeals court panel on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish men and women in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio, ruling that religion wasn't their driving motive.

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at 16:48 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

UK Pakistani community says racism fears should have never prevented reporting on child abuse

ROTHERHAM, England - ROTHERHAM, England (AP) — Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness — a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days.

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at 16:40 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

Missouri governor names new public safety director, nearly 3 weeks after police shooting

ST. LOUIS - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.

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at 16:24 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

Rebels enter southeastern town as battle for Ukraine's strategic coastline heats up

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops.

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at 16:21 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

AP ANALYSIS: Gaza war seems to end with another grim stalemate amid devastation in the strip

TEL AVIV, Israel - The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.

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at 15:59 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

Israeli prime minister and Hamas declare victory in Gaza war as questions over future linger

JERUSALEM - Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.

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at 15:21 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

US official warns Ebola will get worse before it gets better; 3rd doctor dies in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.

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at 15:00 on August 27, 2014, EDT.

2 Chicago men sue taxi company after driver tries to kick them out of cab for brief kiss

CHICAGO - Two Chicago men sued a taxi company this week, alleging a driver tried to kick them out of his cab because they shared a short kiss.

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