Military jet crashes, sets homes ablaze
A Marine jet crashed into a residential area in a Southern California desert community Wednesday, exploding and setting two homes on fire. The pilot ejected safely, and there was no immediate word of any injuries on the ground. The Harrier AV-8B from an air base in Yuma, Ariz., went down at 4:20 p.m. in Imperial, a city of about 15,000 about 90 miles east of San Diego.
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3 officers killed, 2 injured in shooting
Police say three officers were shot dead and two others injured Wednesday in the east coast Canadian province. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they were looking for a suspect identified as Justin Bourque, 24, of Moncton. Police tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns. They urged people in the area to stay inside and lock their doors.
Syria's Assad wins re-election
Fireworks and celebratory gunfire erupted in parts of Syria and Lebanon on Wednesday after news that President Bashar Assad won reelection in Syria with 88.7 percent of the vote. The outcome did not come as a surprise and was impossible to verify. But it gave Assad a third seven-year mandate to rule Syria, even as the rebellion against him rages on in many parts of the country.
Germany: Germany's federal prosecutor said Wednesday he has begun a criminal investigation of "unknown" members of U.S. intelligence agencies on suspicion they eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.
Washington: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon.
Oregon: Oregon's famous wandering wolf known as OR-7 has fathered pups with a mate in the southern Cascade Range, the first confirmed wolf pack in those mountains since the 1940s, officials said Wednesday.
India: A social charity says Malavath Poorna, the 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers, has become the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest.