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  1. Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns


    WHITE HILLS, Ariz. — The four-hour tours offered by one of the big gun ranges here are a popular tourist attraction: Starting at $200 a person, a bus will pick up visitors at their hotel in Las Vegas, 25 miles to the north, show them Hoover Dam and bring them to a recreational shooting range called Last Stop, …

    Gun-range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Ariz., by a 9-year-old girl who was shooting an Uzi submachine gun.
  2. Missouri governor names black public safety director


    ST. LOUIS — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed a new state public safety director Wednesday, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

  3. IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France


    PARIS — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption inquiry that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.

    International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption inquiry that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister.
  4. U.S. official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse


    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.

    Liberian soldiers patrol the seaside of West Point by boat, an area that has been hit hard by the Ebola virus. Residents are not allowed to leave the area as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of the disease.
  5. Mother of Florida man held by ISIS pleads for his life


    In what is becoming an increasingly public negotiation over the fate of an American journalist, the mother of Steven J. Sotloff, who is being held by the militant group Islamic State, released a video Wednesday pleading for his release.

    Shirley Sotloff, who lives near Miami, speaks directly to Abu Bakr Baghdadi in a professionally made video.