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Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

School police stock up on free military gear

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him.

Social media sleuths aid gay couple beating probe

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Police searching for a group of suspects in the beating of a gay couple say they got an assist from social media users, and a defense lawyer said Wednesday that some of them were turning themselves in for questioning.

Meijer to pay $2M for selling recalled products

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Midwest retailer Meijer (MY-er) Inc. will pay $2 million to settle charges that the firm knowingly sold and distributed hundreds of recalled products.

Christie to campaign for Walker in Wisconsin

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Wisconsin later this month to campaign for fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Suicide bombers kill 15 at north Nigerian college

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Two suicide bombers killed at least 15 students Wednesday at a government college in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, police and emergency officials said.

UN says building materials to Gaza may quadruple

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A deal reached on war-battered Gaza's reconstruction is set to be implemented in the coming months, with the amount of building materials entering the territory expected to quadruple, a U.N. official said Wednesday, in the first details of the agreement to emerge.

Teen charged with sexual assault on team bus trip

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A 14-year-old boy in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

3 arraigned in disappearance of Mass. boy

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Three Massachusetts residents charged with hindering the investigation into the disappearance and death of a 5-year-old boy have been arraigned in Superior Court.

Nigerian preacher faces scrutiny after disaster

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A Nigerian televangelist whose exuberant followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now under scrutiny after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people.

Syria: 15 children die after getting vaccinations

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of Syria, and activists said Wednesday that the death toll from two days of government airstrikes in the central city of Talbiseh climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war.

US stocks rise at midday ahead of Fed statement

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

U.S. stocks are rising in midday trading ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement that might signal when the central bank will raise interest rates.

Tiny Utah town's police chief accused of stalking

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The chief of a newly formed police department in the tiny eastern Utah town of Myton is accused of stalking three women.

1st UK volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety.

Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys.

US can't track Westerners fighting in Syria

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A top American intelligence official is acknowledging that the U.S. has difficulty tracking the movements and activities of Westerners in Syria who have joined rebels fighting President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd).

Is Scotland and France's 'Auld Alliance' back?

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

As the Scottish decide whether to break from the union with England, the embers of an even older Scottish alliance are being revived: "The Auld Alliance" with the French.

Pistorius can expect cool reception in Paralympics

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

If Oscar Pistorius manages to avoid a lengthy prison sentence and returns to the track, he can expect a cool reception from Paralympic organizers.

Magnitude-4.0 quake jolts Washington's Puget Sound

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday, waking up residents who felt it miles away in Seattle.