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Blues guitarist’s love for LPs, family leads to long music career Special

Tucson - It was a matter of love at first sight for Bryan Dean. His father was a drummer and his mother a singer, but it was his grandmother who gave him his first Les Paul guitar in 1978.

Venezuelan president shakes up cabinet

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro replaced Rafael Ramirez as head of the country's state oil giant PDVSA and appointed him as foreign minister.

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

Australia to play enhanced NATO role

Sydney - Australia will accept an invitation to boost its role within NATO at the group's summit in Wales, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday, saying it was in the country's national interest.

Macau mother takes on world's richest for casino workers rights

Macau casino worker Cloee Chau has led casino workers in protests seven times this year, seeking to secure better working conditions and higher pay.

Congealed fat the length of a 747 clogging London sewer

London - The length of a Boeing 747 is roughly 232 feet. That's a pretty long clog for a sewer. And yet the backup facing the London sewer authority, Thames Water, was even longer.

Australia bans uranium sales to Russia

Sydney - Australia on Wednesday banned uranium sales to Russia over its actions in Ukraine while announcing it will set up an embassy in Kiev and may offer military assistance.

Somali rebel leader's fate unclear after US air strike

Mogadishu - US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group's leader, officials said.

Two S. Korean soldiers die during training

Seoul - Two young soldiers in South Korea's special warfare unit died during training, the military said Wednesday, following a series of incidents and suicides that have unleashed public fury over bullying in the army.

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Moscow - Russia declared NATO a major "threat" after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin's perceived stoking of war in Ukraine.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi father

Villacoublay - A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled out of the country by her father arrived home with the two-year-old girl on Wednesday after they were reunited earlier in Turkey.

'Islamic State' extremists murder second US reporter

Washington - "Islamic State" jihadists have murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.

Blu-ray/DVD Essentials: James Spader deciphers 'The Blacklist' Special

The illustrious film and television actor ('Stargate,' 'Boston Legal') chats about his role as Red Reddington — a FBI most-wanted fugitive working with a rookie profiler to take down criminals and terrorists — in the hit #1 TV series 'The Blacklist.'

Economic growth kills minority languages: Study

Paris - Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as "hotspots" for extinction risk.

Op-Ed: The media and journalists should boycott killers Special

Denver - No story is worth a journalist’s life. We are not Navy Seals who can burst into a room and stop a massacre. Writing about genocide has won many awards, but rarely stopped killings.

Obama orders 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad: White House

Washington - President Barack Obama ordered about 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.

Former U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) heads for Wall Street

Former GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is heading to Wall Street as he joins the banking firm called Moelis & Co. But, he plans to stay in Virginia and open a District office for the bank.

NASA studying extent of Arctic ice loss

The project is called ARISE (Arctic Radiation-IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment), and is NASA's first large-scale campaign to study in-depth the summer sea ice retreat on the Arctic's climate. The mission started on Aug. 28 and will end Oct. 1, 2014.

Widower returns to school to beat the cancer that killed his wife

Edmonton - When 60 year-old American, Powel Crosley lost his wife to cancer in 2009, he didn't dwell on the pain of future years lost.

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola, says MSF

Dakar - International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.
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