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Russia and Ukraine are at loggerheads over unpaid gas bills. If they can't come to terms, Europe could be left out in the cold this winter – literally.Fred Weir
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Japan Saturday for a five-day state visit focused on trade and defense ties. India and Japan have mutual concerns about China's rise – but China is also both countries' largest trade partner.Justin McCurry
Dairy Queen has become the latest major company hit by a data breach. A malware known as 'Backoff' – the same responsible for the major Target data breach – was found in the computer systems of Dairy Queens across seven states. Bryan Cronan
The US gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to revised figures released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. While the GDP growth was slightly higher than expected, experts say weak spots in the economy linger. Bryan Cronan
Russian casualties in Ukraine could lower support for the war in Russia, where the public supports the rebels, but has no interest in getting directly involved.Fred Weir
Culture and law tip toward early introduction to shooting, often through family picnics at gun range, Boy Scouts, or NRA training sessions. But the accidental Uzi shooting of a gun instructor by a 9-year-old is giving some pause.Patrik Jonsson
Atomic power engineers in Iran have started redesigning a partly constructed reactor in the northwest city of Arak to limit the amount of plutonium it produces, the country’s top nuclear official said Wednesday, expressing hope that the change would help alleviate Western objections that the plutonium could be used in weapons.Rick Gladstone
A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned the hate-crimes convictions of the leader of a breakaway Amish sect and his followers who sowed fear in the Amish of eastern Ohio in 2011 for a bizarre series of attacks in which they cut the hair and beards of rivals.Erik Eckholm
The Omaha police chief said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of a crew member filming the television show “Cops” by one of his officers was an “unfortunate incident” and that it appeared that the three officers involved had acted professionally.Carson Vaughn and Emma G. Fitzsimmons
In key regions, private firms and governments are taking action.Eva Botkin-Kowacki

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