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Putin turns up economic heat on Ukraine, threatens to demand advance payment for gas supplies

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a Russian military buildup across the border.

Family whose sailboat broke down in Pacific Ocean with sick toddler arrives in California

SAN DIEGO - A U.S. Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler arrived on Wednesday in San Diego.

Blasts in central Syrian city of Homs kill 25, wound over 100

DAMASCUS, Syria - Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in a government-held district of Syria's battleground city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, state media said.

Judge won't force Christie's ex-aides to produce documents on New Jersey lane closures

TRENTON, N.J. - Two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday.

Teenage suspect in US high school stabbings appears before judge

EXPORT, Pa. - A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 19 students and a police officer at a suburban Pittsburgh high school is appearing before a judge.

11 children, 1 adult injured when car crashes into Florida-area day care

WINTER PARK, Fla. - A vehicle crashed into a Florida day care Wednesday, injuring a dozen people, 11 of them children, a state Highway Patrol official said.

12 people, including kids, injured when car crashes into US day care

WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle crashed into a day care centre near Orlando, Florida, and injured 12 people, including children.

Attempted murder case against Pakistani 9-month-old stokes anger

LAHORE, Pakistan - A 9-month-old Pakistani boy has been swept up in an attempted murder investigation that highlights the country's dysfunctional criminal justice system where even children are not immune from questionable legal decisions.

Oscar Pistorius refuses to look at photo of slain girlfriend's bloodied head

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a photo of his dead girlfriend's bloody head wounds while testifying at his murder trial Wednesday as the prosecutor urged the star athlete to "take responsibility" for killing her.

Fed minutes show officials struggling with language to convey future interest-rate levels

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve struggled last month over how to convey to investors that it will raise short-term interest rates only slowly once it increases them from record lows.

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