Kasich, Christie make the cut for prime-time Republican debate

WASHINGTON - Republican Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich on Tuesday grabbed the last spots on stage next to front-runner Donald Trump and seven others in the first prime-time presidential debate, winning a potentially valuable head start in exposure. | Video

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New Taliban leader moves fast to heal rifts in Afghan insurgency

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL - If the first public comments from the Afghan Taliban's newly appointed leader are anything to go by, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour recognizes how fractured the militant movement has become and that humility and consensus may be his best way forward.

Afghanistan, World 04 Aug 2015

Banned Medicaid providers still participate in some states, report says

- Hundreds of medical providers banned from a Medicaid program in one state are able to take part in another state's program despite regulations designed to stop them, according to a report by an independent federal auditor to be released on Wednesday.

IAAF fights back against reports of widespread suspected doping

LONDON - The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) fought back on Tuesday against media reports of suspected widespread doping in the sport, rejecting accusations it failed to investigate dubious drugs test results properly.

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Dollar up on Fed rate bets, earnings lift shares

LONDON - The dollar rose to its highest in more than three months and U.S. Treasury yields rebounded from two-month lows on Wednesday, after a Federal Reserve official said the central bank was close to raising interest rates.

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Americans say blacks treated less fairly in 2015 than 2007: Gallup

NEW YORK - In the wake of high profile killings of unarmed black men by police, Americans feel blacks are treated less fairly today than they were in 2007, according to survey results released on Tuesday.

Politics, U.S. 04 Aug 2015

Japan's Abe asks Biden for investigation of possible U.S. spying

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday for an investigation into possible spying on high-level Japanese government and corporate officials following WikiLeaks' release last week of a list of spying targets, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday.