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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bitter and expensive fight for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that drew more than $1 million in outside spending and a flurry of attack ads will drag on for another six months, with an incumbent justice heading into a runoff in November against an attorney backed by an out-of-state Republican group.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5 percent in April, held down by a shortage of affordable houses in the most desirable areas and sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In the self-imposed retirement of his final years, Philip Roth remained curious and removed from the world he had shocked and had shocked him in return.

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BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the Russia investigation Wednesday, saying the FBI has been caught in a "MAJOR spy scandal" over its use of a secret informant to determine whether some of Trump's campaign aides were working with Russia ahead of the 2016 election.

So long a staple of the moviegoing experience, the summer comedy has fallen on hard times. There are hardly any on this season's release schedule, and one of the more promising candidates — "Ibiza," starring the terrific Gillian Jacobs and the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Vanessa Bayer — isn't playing in theaters but is streaming on Netflix.

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ROME (AP) — Italy's president summoned Giuseppe Conte for consultations Wednesday to see if the law professor tapped by the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and League as their candidate for premier has what it takes to try to form a government.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada jury is due to hear closing arguments in a British tourist's lawsuit blaming Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield for injuries the tourist suffered while taking part in a 2013 vanishing.

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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was heading to China on Wednesday with a business delegation, amid tension in both Beijing and the European Union over trade issues with the United States and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal.

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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is accelerating its efforts with nine countries neighboring Congo to try to prevent the current Ebola outbreak from spreading beyond the border, WHO's director for Africa said Wednesday, as a colleague warned that the next few weeks will determine whether the virus can be kept under control.

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MIAMI (AP) — Former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people, has died. He was 90.

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bulgaria has hit a setback to its hopes of soon becoming a member of the shared euro currency after the European Central Bank said the EU's poorest country needs "wide-ranging" reforms to get its economy in shape.

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Wednesday morning after a weak finish the day before, and energy and industrial companies are taking some of the worst losses. Investors are concerned about the European economy after a measure of business activity fell to an 18-month low in May. Target is sliding after big investments in its operations cut into its first-quarter profit while jewelry company Tiffany is climbing after a strong report.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Some of the boxes stacked inside anthropologist Molly Zuckerman's laboratory contain full bones — a skull, a jaw, or a leg. Others contain only plastic bags of bone fragments that Zuckerman describes as "grit."

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan has been absorbed for several weeks by a late hit during a college football game. The tackle earlier this month in a game between Japanese teams — Nihon University and Kwansei Gakuin University — has been repeatedly shown on television and social media sites and talked about by many who know almost nothing about the American sport.

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister banned a local branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees from making asylum decisions Wednesday amid a widening scandal over the allegedly improper granting of more than a thousand requests for asylum.

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PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is taking on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other internet giants at a Paris meeting to discuss tax and data protection and how they could use their global influence for the public good.