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Lilly Chapman, 8, cries after being reunited with her father, John Chapman, at Oakdale Baptist Church on Wednesday  in Townville, S.C. Students were evacuated to the church following a shooting at Townville Elementary School. [Associated Press]

Official: 2 students, 1 teacher wounded in South Carolina school shooting

TOWNVILLE, S.C. — A teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. The teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in this rural town about 110 miles northeast of Atl …


Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia


Israel mourns as preparations begin for Peres' funeral


  1. Israel mourns as preparations begin for Peres' funeral


    JERUSALEM — Israel on Wednesday mourned the death of Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state, as the government began preparations for a funeral that is expected to bring together world leaders and dignitaries.

    Shimon Peres, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrive to attend the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussien convention center in Jordan in 2015. Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, has died at age 93. [Associated Press]
  2. Kerry threatens Russia with end to joint Syria diplomacy


    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry threatened on Wednesday to end all cooperation between the United States and Russia to stop Syria's civil war, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. More than 250 people are believed to have been killed in the besieged city in the last week.

    Kerry said the U.S. is preparing to "suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria," including talks on a possible counter-extremist partnership, "unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo and restore" a cease-fire. [Associated Press]
  3. Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia


    NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands — Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

    Tan Sri Dato' Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, center, Fred Westerbeke, second right, and Wilbert Paulissen of the Joint Investigation Team take their seats Wednesday for a news conference in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, on the preliminary results of the investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines jetliner Flight MH17. The disaster claimed 298 lives. [Associated Press]
  4. Congress approves Zika funding, spending bill


    WASHINGTON — Averting an election-year crisis, Congress approved $1.1 billion for Zika research and prevention aid as it passed a bigger appropriations bill Wednesday to fund the federal government into December.

    "The Zika outbreak is a public health issue, not a political one. Though politics have prevented us from approving an emergency funding package earlier this year, Congress tonight did the right thing," Rep. David Jolly said. [ANDRES LEIVA | Times]
  5. Voice in Russia adds to intrigue over computer attacks in U.S.


    BIYSK, Russia — Living anonymously, down a winding road in the wilderness of western Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border, the only person so far implicated in the flurry of Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other political sites was obviously enjoying the moment.

    Vladimir Fomenko, owner of a company that rents server space, King Servers, in his apartment in Biysk, Russia, this month. Fomenko was recently identified by an American cybersecurity company, ThreatConnect, as the manager of an "information nexus" that was used by hackers suspected of working for Russian state security in cyberattacks on democratic processes in several countries, including the United States. [New York Times]