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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

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Palestinians help carry injured men following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help carry injured men following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Israeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting.

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Former IRS official Lois Lerner last May, declining to answer questions during a hearing on the handling of applications for tax exempt status filed by Tea Party and other conservative political groups.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Former IRS official Lois Lerner last May, declining to answer questions during a hearing on the handling of applications for tax exempt status filed by Tea Party and other conservative political groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Ex-IRS official called conservatives ‘crazies’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to selected participants of the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a roundtable discussion.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to selected participants of the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a roundtable discussion. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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First lady asks African leaders to change gender attitudes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is calling on young African leaders to change longtime "attitudes and beliefs" that harm girls and women.

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A sex-trafficking raid on a Jackson, Mississippi hotel in June. A series of such raids discovered and rescued children as young as 11 from dingy motel rooms, truck stops and homes. (AP Photo/FBI)
A sex-trafficking raid on a Jackson, Mississippi hotel in June. A series of such raids discovered and rescued children as young as 11 from dingy motel rooms, truck stops and homes. (AP Photo/FBI)
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Sex trafficking busts heighten worry over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

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From left, Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine and a pro-Russian rebel examine a map as they try to estimate security conditions outside Donetsk, Ukraine Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
From left, Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine and a pro-Russian rebel examine a map as they try to estimate security conditions outside Donetsk, Ukraine Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields — deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.

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Indiana man wins $1 million lottery twice in 3 months

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis man has won two $1 million lottery prizes in the past three months.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio believes the people wearing character costumes in Times Square, like these, should be licensed and regulated. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio believes the people wearing character costumes in Times Square, like these, should be licensed and regulated. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)
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Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for costumed characters

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statues of Liberty impersonators - Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.

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In this July 17, 2004 photo, relatives carry for burial the body of a child who died in a fire that swept through a primary school, in Kumbakonam, India. (AP Photo/M. Lakshman, file)
In this July 17, 2004 photo, relatives carry for burial the body of a child who died in a fire that swept through a primary school, in Kumbakonam, India. (AP Photo/M. Lakshman, file)
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10 guilty in India school fire that killed 94 kids

NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof schoolhouse, killing 94 children in a horrifying case that focused attention on poor fire regulations in the country.

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