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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman isn't sure why Miami's pitching staff has been so hard for him to handle this year.

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.

CHICAGO — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings.

WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

WASHINGTON — The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.

PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR — For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — An eastern Kansas man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and other felonies after an alleged abduction and police chase ended in the death of a 5-year-old girl from a gunshot wound.

DENVER — A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to at least 695 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

DETROIT — General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.

COVINGTON, Ga. — Covington police say an officer shot a man carrying a large, medieval-type sword.

ATLANTA — Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, the real battle began with supporters of the new Republican nominee and Democrat Michelle Nunn launching attack ads in a general election matchup that will help settle control of the Senate.

NEW YORK — The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — A Nashville woman has been charged with waving a gun at a Kroger employee and threatening to kill her after a dispute at a grocery store.

Popular 1980s band Duran Duran is suing its own fan club.

GARY, Ind. — Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Indiana hometown.

NASHVILLE — A man left profanity-filled voicemails with Tennessee's homeland security office threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other officials, saying in one that he would "light Nashville up," according to court documents.

Tennessee officials have signed a five-year, $60 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to produce the "Made in Tennessee" tourism campaign.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people.

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.

CHICAGO — Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea — fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records.

NEW YORK — Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

ATLANTA — The owner of a laboratory near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to faking the results of patients' blood tests for food and environmental allergies.

ATLANTA — The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals meeting rising anger from circus workers.

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

ATLANTA — Mike Minor's struggles are becoming a growing concern for the Atlanta Braves.

The retirement of Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss set off a political game of musical chairs that was partially settled with Tuesday's primary runoff election.

ATLANTA — Democrat Valarie Wilson has won her party's nomination for state school superintendent.

ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in a Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

ACCOKEEK, Md. — Beretta U.S.A. Corp. has announced it will move its manufacturing capabilities from Accokeek, Md., to Gallatin, Tenn.

ATLANTA — Jacob Turner allowed two runs in his bid for a permanent return to Miami's rotation and the Marlins knocked Mike Minor out of the game early in their 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

LOS ANGELES — Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Buddy Carter has won the Republican nomination to replace GOP Rep. Jack Kingston in the U.S. House.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A friend of the metro Atlanta father who left his son in a hot SUV says he's devastated by what has happened to his friend's family and is unsure of what to think about the way he's been described by police thus far.

BEIJING — A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Barry Loudermilk has been chosen by Republican voters to take GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey's seat in Congress.

ATLANTA — Brian Reese of Savannah has won the Democratic nomination to seek the U.S. House seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Jack Kingston.

NEW YORK — It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information.

ATLANTA — Early returns are trickling in as Georgia Republicans await the outcome of an expensive, bitter Senate primary runoff between businessman David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston.

JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.

Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

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