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Katie Ledecky throws out first pitch as Nats host OriolesWASHINGTON (AP) ? Swimmer Katie Ledecky threw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday night before the Washington Nationals hosted the Baltimore Orioles.
Report: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacksUNITED NATIONS (AP) ? An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015, according to its report circulated on Wednesday.
Bridge tape records final minutes of wrecked El Faro
The captain of US container ship El Faro gave an abandon-ship order just minutes before it sank in a hurricane off the Bahamas with the loss of all 33 people on board. A recording made on the bridge on the morning of October 1, 2015, cuts out 10 minutes after the evacuation order, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Wednesday. The SS El Faro was carrying cargo from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico when it was caught up in Hurricane Joaquin, and began to list and take on water.
North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance.
Cespedes to honor deal with Mets despite opt-out clause
US intelligence still sorting out purported NSA hackYORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) ? The U.S. is still probing the extent of a recent cyber leak of what purports to be hacking tools used by the National Security Agency.
Syria regime launched chemical attacks, IS used mustard gas: UN report
A UN investigation has established that President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The panel was able to identify the perpetrators of three chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015, but was unable to draw conclusions in the other six cases that it has been investigating over the past year. The report from the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) found that the Syrian regime dropped chemical weapons on two villages in northwestern Idlib province: Talmenes on April 21, 2014 and Sarmin on March 16, 2015.
Paisley Park, home of Prince, opens for public tours Oct. 6MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced Wednesday, and the company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it.
Militants storm American University in Kabul
Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital. At least one person was killed and 26 others were wounded in the assault, which comes just weeks after two university professors -- an American and an Australian -- were kidnapped at gunpoint near the school. Dozens of heavily-armed troops cordoned off the area after the attack started on Wednesday evening, when the private university is usually packed with students, many of them working professionals doing part-time courses.