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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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Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu go to shake hands at the conclusion of their statements after their lengthly meeting
Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meeting in 2013. (Jim Hollander-Pool/Getty Images)
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Israeli diplomat: Netanyahu ‘appreciates’ US cease-fire efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy" and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Aerial view of the remains of a fertilizer plant and an apartment complex to the left, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas in 2013.
Aerial view of the remains of a fertilizer plant and an apartment complex to the left, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas in 2013. .(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

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