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Turkish soldiers inside Syria abducted by Islamist rebels, news reports say

ISTANBUL - Turkish troops conducting a resupply mission to a small Turkish military post inside Syrian territory were ambushed and detained Wednesday by Islamic extremists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to Turkish media reports. ... Full story

Supreme Court sets aside $3.4-million verdict for child-porn victim

WASHINGTON — Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. ... Full story

Supreme Court hears crucial NC water pollution case

WASHINGTON - Raw emotions bubbled just below the surface Wednesday as the Supreme Court considered a crucial North Carolina groundwater pollution case. ... Full story

Canada orders phase-out of older tank cars for shipping crude oil

WASHINGTON - In response to a deadly train derailment last summer, the Canadian government Wednesday ordered the country's railroads to phase out tens of thousands of older, puncture-prone tank cars from crude oil transportation within three years. ... Full story

Justice Department announces clemency guidelines for drug offenders

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced a new initiative Wednesday to encourage nonviolent prisoners who have served at least 10 years to apply for what is expected to be a large-scale grant of clemency in President Obama’s waning years in office. ... Full story

Stowaway: Airport eyes security changes after 'very serious' incident

SAN JOSE -- The director of San Jose's airport on Tuesday called the unusual security breach involving a teen stowaway who sneaked onto the airfield a "very serious" incident that could spark changes in how the airport protects its passengers. ... Full story

Papal canonizations expected to draw up to 1 million to Rome

Rome - The joint sanctification of popes John Paul II and John XXIII is expected to draw up to 1 million pilgrims and tourists to Rome this weekend, authorities said Wednesday. ... Full story

Lavrov: Russia would send troops to protect its citizens in Ukraine

Moscow/Kiev - Russia warned Wednesday that it would send troops to Ukraine if its citizens come under attack there. ... Full story

South Korean ferry death toll tops 150

Seoul - The death toll in the sinking of a South Korean ferry reached 152 Wednesday, officials were quoted as saying by a news report. ... Full story

Hostage-taking add to eastern Ukraine tension amid sabre-rattling

Moscow/Kiev - Tensions in eastern Ukraine rose again Wednesday as pro-Russian militants turned to hostage-taking, even as the government in Kiev said it would resume a military operation to drive them out and stay the threat of armed Russian intervention. ... Full story

Facebook earnings soar as Apple post modest gain

San Francisco - Boosted by surging ad revenue, Facebook posted a 72-per-cent rise in first-quarter revenue Wednesday as its base of active users continued to grow. ... Full story

IG: Feds didn't pass polygraph evidence of child abuse to investigators

WASHINGTON - The nation's spy satellite agency failed to notify authorities when some employees and contractors confessed during lie detector tests to crimes such as child molestation, an intelligence inspector general has concluded. ... Full story

US responds to Russian aggression in Ukraine with military exercises in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON - Six hundred U.S. troops are headed for Poland and the three Baltic countries for live-ammunition infantry exercises with armed forces from the four former Soviet-bloc nations. ... Full story

Harley-Davidson earnings up 22% on sales of new bikes

With strong sales of the new Project Rushmore touring motorcycles and improved operating efficiencies in its factories, Harley-Davidson Inc. reported a 22% increase in first-quarter earnings Tuesday. ... Full story

Will CIA comply with Guantanamo judge's order? Agency won't say

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba - The CIA declined to comment again Tuesday on whether the agency would comply with a military judge’s week-old order to provide USS Cole case defense lawyers with some of the deepest, darkest secrets of its now-defunct overseas prison program. ... Full story

Experts: US must have OK'd transfer of missiles seen in Syria rebel videos

BEIRUT - The heavy anti-tank missiles recently shown in videos being fired by Western-backed Syrian rebels were manufactured in the United States, and their transfer to the rebels would have required direct American government approval, according to experts in international weapons deals. ... Full story

Anonymous tip that led to arrest passes Supreme Court muster

WASHINGTON - Anonymous tipsters have more credibility under a closely divided Supreme Court decision Tuesday that upheld the tip-incited search of a California man's truck. ... Full story

Tank car fleet is inadequate for crude oil, rail industry says

WASHINGTON - None of the tank cars currently in service carrying Bakken crude oil is adequate for carrying that product, a rail industry representative testified Tuesday, but until new federal regulations are completed, the use of inadequate cars will continue. ... Full story

South Korean ferry death toll reaches 120

SEOUL - The death toll in the sinking last week of a South Korean ferry had climbed to more than 120 by Tuesday evening, as hopes of finding survivors in air pockets within the ship remained unrealized. ... Full story

Biden encourages Ukraine to make good on Orange Revolution

Kiev - US Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Ukrainian leaders on Tuesday to carry out more democratic reforms, urging them to fight "the cancer of corruption." ... Full story

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