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Gov. Wolf - one of Democrats' few bright spots on Election Day - urged congressional Democrats to remain confident in their values Wednesday as they gathered in Philadelphia for days of meetings aimed at building a new strategy that better connects with voters.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man has been convicted of murder and other charges after the decomposed bodies of his two housemates were found behind a Los Angeles home.
EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) - Police say a woman whose newborn baby was found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center will face murder and child abuse charges.
NEW YORK (AP) - For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.
VIENNA (AP) - A kangaroo is on the loose in frigid and snowy Austria, hopping his way toward dispelling a famous slogan.
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol officer has been sentenced to three years' probation for sharing explicit photos from the cellphones of two women while they were under arrest.
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man who made his political name over the claim that "the rent is too damn high" may soon not have a place to live.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine economic growth slowed to 6.1 percent last year, hampered by natural disasters, but still outpaced most other countries in Asia.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.
SYDNEY (AP) - A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chilean lawmakers have approved a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples.
PANAMA CITY (AP) - Panama's Supreme Court is opening a corruption investigation of former President Ricardo Martinelli
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. said its quarterly earnings dropped 27 percent in the fourth quarter as it struggled in its battle of big phones with Apple. But its result still beat forecasts thanks to component businesses that performed better and a modest improvement in high-end handset sales.
PARIS (AP) - Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the specular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday.
SYDNEY (AP) - An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe is set to begin as a coroner works to determine exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Spain's ambassador to the United Nations is blaming Israel for the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper during the Israeli military's exchange of fire with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in a disputed border area.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two American boaters stranded on a tiny uninhabited island in the Bahamas.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The president of Israel is urging nations to wage an all-out war against genocide saying "the Holocaust of the Jews was not the final chapter in the brutal scheme of man against his fellow man."
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has come under pressure from Europe's human rights watchdog and the United States to free Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory.