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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.

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

REDMOND, Wash. — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

RICHMOND, Va. — Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

CAIRO — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support as he pushes for a Mideast cease-fire, but he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution.

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

STOCKTON, Calif. — A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two alleged accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.

WASHINGTON — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On

CHATHAM, Mass. — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet.

ATLANTA — The Miami Marlins couldn't take advantage of a bases-loaded opportunity with no outs in the ninth inning.

KNOXVILLE — Holly Warlick believes Tennessee's bid to return to national title contention is more a mental hurdle than a physical test.

NEW YORK — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.

NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers.

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