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Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the U.S. has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison, an Israeli official said Wednesday, bringing closer an end to one of the rabbi's various legal sagas.... 9/17/2014 9:58 AM

Thailand conducts autopsies on slain Britons
BANGKOK (AP) -- Authorities in Thailand have conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week.... 9/17/2014 9:49 AM

China leader lands in India for 3-day trade visit
AHMEDABAD, India (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat for a three-day visit expected to boost trade between the two Asian giants.... 9/17/2014 9:46 AM

Swedish king involved in car crash, unhurt
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's royal palace says King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a car crash on his way to an airport in Stockholm but was unhurt.... 9/17/2014 9:38 AM

China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 9:38 AM

US man held for alleged attempt to swim to N Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 9:29 AM

Doctors: Foul floodwaters sicken people in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.... 9/17/2014 9:27 AM

Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader Tuesday whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.... 9/17/2014 9:25 AM

France arrests 5 in militant women recruiting ring
PARIS (AP) -- France's top security official says five people have been arrested suspected of belonging to a ring that recruits young women to join Islamic militants in Syria.... 9/17/2014 9:23 AM

Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.... 9/17/2014 9:22 AM

Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward the U.S. state of Arizona.... 9/17/2014 9:16 AM

Shelling in eastern Ukraine, at least 1 dead
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A building has been hit by rocket fire in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, killing at least one person and adding to the growing number of civilian casualties in the region despite a nearly two-week-old cease-fire.... 9/17/2014 9:12 AM

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied allegations that he engaged in separatism as he went on trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.... 9/17/2014 9:00 AM

Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing
MOSCOW (AP) -- The arrest of a Russian billionaire on Wednesday sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin, wiping away more than $2.5 billion in market capitalization.... 9/17/2014 8:53 AM

A guide to Scotland as independence vote nears
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.... 9/17/2014 8:46 AM

Magnitude-6.7 quake shakes Guam; no tsunami threat
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Guam on Wednesday, causing minor damage and power outages.... 9/17/2014 8:43 AM

New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment
BEIRUT (AP) -- The militant Islamic State group has released a video warning the United States that fighters await it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as he and his top general said may happen.... 9/17/2014 8:42 AM

World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- World stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates and reports that China is providing extra liquidity to major state banks.... 9/17/2014 8:40 AM

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?"... 9/17/2014 8:37 AM

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.... 9/17/2014 8:29 AM