US ambassador killed in consulate attack in Libya
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad, Libyan officials said Wednesday. They said Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob guns and rocket propelled grenades.
US, Russia bridge differences on Iran at nuke meet
VIENNA (AP) - Diplomats say the U.S. and its Western allies have persuaded Russia and China to join in criticizing Iran's nuclear defiance to show Israel that diplomacy is an alternative to force in pressuring Tehran. The criticism is contained in a resolution to be put up for passage by vote or consensus Thursday at a meeting of the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw
CHICAGO (AP) - For two decades, one of the most commonly used type of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in an accident, potentially spilling cargo that could catch fire, explode or contaminate the environment. The rail and chemical industries have committed to a safer design for new tankers but are pressing regulators not to require modifications to tens of thousands of existing cars, despite a spike in the number of accidents as more tankers are put into service to accommodate soaring demand for ethanol, the highly flammable corn-based fuel usually transported by rail.
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday (times EDT): 1. U.S. AMBASSADOR KILLED BY PROTESTERS IN LIBYA
Day of reflection done, campaign on all over map
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Reflection over Sept. 11 quickly past, the race for the White House is returning to fierce form, with negative ads free to fly again and the candidates spreading out from Florida to Ohio to Nevada. In a campaign speech and a new TV ad, President Barack Obama was accusing Republican nominee Mitt Romney of failing to explain how he would pay for trillions of dollars in tax cuts.
Expectations high for major Fed action Thursday
WASHINGTON (AP) - If the world's investors are right, the Federal Reserve is about to take a bold new step to try to invigorate the U.S. economy. And many expect the Fed to unleash its most potent weapon: a third round of bond purchases meant to ease long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending. It's called "quantitative easing," or QE.
Chicago teachers strike grinds into third day
CHICAGO (AP) - The public teachers strike that has halted classwork and upset family routines across the country's third largest city ground into a third day Wednesday with some movement reported by union and school board negotiators but no sign of an imminent deal. Union leaders said they will meet Wednesday morning to review a new, comprehensive proposal from school board negotiators that addresses all the issues still on the table. The board has requested either a written response or a comprehensive counterproposal from the union.
Bear hugs, biker babe: Campaign 2012 gets physical
WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama goes airborne in a doozy of a bear hug with a pizza guy in Florida. Joe Biden cozies up with a biker chick in Ohio. Paul Ryan encircles a campaign supporter in North Carolina in a double-armed embrace. Even the more reserved Mitt Romney seems to be loosening up some with people he meets on the campaign trail. Kissing babies and slapping backs are so yesterday.
White House Big Dig ending, but what comes next?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House Big Dig is finally wrapping up, but the Big Reveal is proving to be a pretty big letdown. After nearly two years and $86 million worth of noisy and disruptive construction, the West Wing has emerged from its visual seclusion remarkably unchanged. And deep underground, whatever has been built there remains shrouded in mystery.
Deaths in factory fires in Pakistan up to 216
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - The death toll from a pair of devastating factory fires that broke out in Pakistan's two biggest cities rose to 216 people on Wednesday, many of whom perished because they were unable to escape buildings that lacked emergency exits and basic safety equipment such as alarms and sprinklers. Such safety issues are common in Pakistan, where many factories are set up illegally in the country's densely populated cities, and owners often pay officials bribes to look the other way. The number of deaths from the two fires that broke out Tuesday night could trigger calls for better oversight of industrial safety.
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