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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, escorted by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is welcomed by U.S. lawmakers as he arrives to address a joint session of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Poroshenko is seeking more robust U.S military assistance to help his country in its fight against Russian-backed rebels and will also be meeting with President Barack Obama.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Ukraine reports sporadic violations of cease-fireEast Ukraine cease-fire appears to largely hold despite sporadic violations
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In this Sept. 6, 2014 image released by Starpix, actress Laverne Cox poses at the Herve Leger by Max Azria Spring 2015 show during Fashion Week in New York. Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgenders. The special, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, File)
MTV to air documentary about transgender youthsMTV to air documentary, discussion about transgender youths
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Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to lifeVictim's relatives voice anger, pain as newlyweds who admitted to killing draw life sentences
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FILE -  In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, provided by the Nebraska Medical Center, Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra listens to Bible verses, read to him by his wife Debbie Sacra, via a video link . Doctors treating Sacra at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. said Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, that they are optimistic about his departure from the hospital and expect him to make a full recovery. (AP Photo/Nebraska Medical Center, Max Sacra, File)
Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow EbolaAs Ebola outbreak accelerates, Sierra Leone hopes to slow infections down with 3-day shutdown
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FILE - In this April 11, 2014 file photo, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, right, arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court in New Haven, Conn. A judge has set closing arguments for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the federal trial of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
Closing arguments set in Rowland trialJury in conspiracy trial to begin deliberating fate of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland
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AP Sources: US offers Ukraine $46M in security aidAP Sources: US to give Ukraine $46 million in security assistance, stops short of lethal aid
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In this Feb. 4, 2013 photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority, speaks during an interview at his home in Beijing, China. Tohti was set to go on trial on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 on separatism charges in the country's far western region of Xinjiang. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Minority scholar denies separatism at China trialScholar from China's minority Muslims denies that writings, classroom lectures were separatist
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Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 pctWal-Mart to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers, an increase of 10 pct
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South African parliament hosts another ruckusSouth African lawmaker causes a stir with rude gesture toward deputy president in parliament
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  • Silverado Canyon Brush Fire 95 Percent Contained

    The six-day-old Silverado Fire, which has burned close to 1,000 acres, was nearly surrounded today, and most firefighters were on "mop-up" duty. The 968-acre blaze was 95 percent contained with 378 firefighters on the job, according to Jake Rodriguez, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. Patch.com, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 04:32 PM
  • New partnership between competing hospitals and insurer promises cheaper rates

    A major health insurer and seven competing hospital systems in Los Angeles and Orange counties today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to provide a new, more affordable insurance plan targeted at companies with 50 or more employees. The plan, called Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, takes aim at Kaiser Permanente but promises to be cheaper, offering care for only the cost of a co-pay. The Daily Breeze, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 06:47 PM
  • Southern California could see thunderstorms, flash flooding

    Flash flooding threatened parts of the Southland today as a combination of high heat and subtropical moisture created atmospheric instability, raising a chance of showers and thunderstorms, forecasters said. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch that will be in effect in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley from 10 a.m. through this evening. LA Daily News, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 10:13 AM
  • Fugitive returned to plea in brutal torture case

    A man arrested in the Czech Republic for the brutal torture of a medical marijuana dispensary owner is back in Southern California to face trial. Orange County prosecutors say 35-year-old Hossein Nayeri was extradited from Prague this week. My Mother Lode, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 03:46 AM
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    Friend of tragic American Idol star claims he was killed by alcohol abuse - and that blood clot was his widow's cover up The best friend of American Idol contestant Michael Johns, who died in August, has claimed that the singer's widow covered up that he was killed by alcohol abuse. Torrey Gambill and Johns' widow Stacey Vuduris have been involved in a bitter dispute, both filing legal documents against each other. Daily Mail, Thu, Sep 18 2014 @ 05:37 AM
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