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Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

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Rescue workers and pro-Russian rebels carry the body of man who was killed during shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.


Judge: City must pay creditors and pension fund

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FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, pedestrians cross a street near the Bank of Stockton in Stockton, Calif. A federal judge could rule Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, on a bankruptcy exit plan for Stockton, an inland port city in California that in 2012 became the largest city in the U.S. to file for Chapter 9 protection before Detroit filed last year. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein has scheduled a hearing in Sacramento in a trial that has lasted more than four months. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows Stockton, California, to treat public pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim its pension obligations.


China tells foreign countries not to meddle in Hong Kong

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By Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded on Wednesday to comments by the United States and others on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, saying foreign countries should not meddle in China's domestic affairs. Wang, the most senior Chinese official to speak publicly about the protests, said Beijing had "very formally and clearly stated its position: Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. All countries should respect China's sovereignty." He was speaking at the U.S. ...

'Orange is the New Black' author talks Season 3

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, and released by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, author Piper Kerman talks about her memoir, "Orange is the New Black" at the university's student center in Lowell, Mass. Kerman, whose best-selling prison memoir has been adapted into a Netflix series, said Season 3 “holds some really amazing stories and twists and turns” for fans. (AP Photo/University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Tory Germann)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The woman whose best-selling prison memoir has been adapted into the "Orange is the New Black" Netflix series is sharing her insight into the upcoming Season 3, saying it "holds some really amazing stories and twists and turns."


U.S. Ebola patient flew on United Airlines to Dallas

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(Reuters) - United Airlines believes the U.S. Ebola patient flew on its airline from Brussels to Dallas-Fort Worth via Washington on Sept. 20, based on information provided to the airline by federal officials, according to a company spokeswoman. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was "zero risk of transmission" on these two flights because the patient showed no symptoms at the time and therefore could not have been contagious, the spokeswoman added. The patient, now hospitalized in Dallas, had flown originally from Ebola-ravaged Liberia. ...

Welbeck takes scoring honours, Madrid duo win

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Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck (R) during the UEFA Champions League, Group D football match against Galatasaray in north London on October 1, 2014Paris (AFP) - Danny Welbeck answered former coach Louis van Gaal's criticism in style on Wednesday, scoring a hat-trick in Arsenal's 4-1 romp over Galatasaray in their Champions League group match while both Madrid clubs also recorded wins.


Mexico's probe of army slayings raises doubts

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FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, state authorities use crime scene tape to seal off an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. Three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced on Tuesday Sept. 30 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — For more than two months, Mexico did little to explain how a Mexican army patrol escaped practically unharmed from a gunfight that left 22 suspected criminals dead in a grain warehouse. This week, officials changed their story to say soldiers may have committed murder, but questions about the lop-sided confrontation remain.


Secret Service director resigns under fire

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U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, who had been in her position since March 2013, faced growing calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife clambered over the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...


Merkel tells Putin Moscow has duty to temper separatists in Ukraine

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Wednesday that Moscow had a duty to temper pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, a spokesman for the German government said. "The German chancellor emphasized the responsibility Russia has to exert a moderating influence on pro-Russian separatists. She said the negotiated ceasefire needs to finally be respected in its entirety," Steffen Seibert said in a statement. He said the leaders had expressed concerned that violence was still being used in Ukraine every day. ...

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