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Obama to pitch for Clinton as having the judgment for the White House

PHILADELPHIA Barack Obama will add an optimistic pitch on Wednesday to the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton as the first woman U.S. president, as he seeks to hand off the White House to a trusted fellow Democrat and stop Republican Donald Trump. | Video

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France's Hollande meets religious leaders amid row over attacks security

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France President Francois Hollande demonstrated interfaith unity with France's religious leaders on Wednesday after two Islamist militants killed a Roman Catholic priest in a church, igniting fierce political criticism of the government's security record. | Video

World, France 10:56am EDT

Japanese police raid house of knife attack suspect

SAGAMIHARA, Japan Japanese police on Wednesday raided the house of a 26-year-old man suspected of stabbing to death 19 people and wounding dozens at a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo, Japan's worst mass killing in decades. | Video

Japan, World 5:27am EDT

Climate change risk threatens 18 U.S. military sites: study

WASHINGTON Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday.

California firefighters battle wildfires in hot, windy weather

Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles on Wednesday face a second consecutive day of scorching weather and erratic winds that could hinder their efforts. | Video

Environment, U.S. 7:56am EDT

Putin: Olympic ban on Russian athletes result of political campaign

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed a shadowy campaign for unfairly stripping some Russian sports people of the right to compete at the Rio Olympics over doping allegations, hitting out at what he called short-sighted political schemers.

Sports, Russia 9:58am EDT

Florida judge dismisses officer's manslaughter charge in shooting death

TAMPA, Fla. A Florida judge dismissed on Wednesday a manslaughter charge against a sheriff's deputy who shot to death a man carrying an air rifle, after the law enforcement officer argued that he acted in self-defense, his attorney said.

Suitcase filled with aerosols detonated near Nuremberg: German broadcaster

BERLIN An explosion went off around 200 meters (220 yards) from a reception center for migrants in a town close to Nuremberg on Wednesday, German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk said, adding that it was not yet known whether there were any casualties.