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Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

Obama attributes Western wildfires to droughts caused by climate change
The Associated Press

SEATTLE - President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.

Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington's wildfire, the largest in the state's history.

He said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate had authorized an emergency declaration to ensure electrical power.

Jurors start considering Ventura defamation case

Jurors start considering Ventura's claim that punching story in sniper's memoir was defamation
The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - An attorney for Jesse Ventura asked a federal jury Tuesday to award the former Minnesota governor millions of dollars in damages for what he claimed is a lie in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle.

Suspect in Texas police shooting 'presumed dead'

Officials say suspect in shooting of 2 South Texas police officers 'presumed dead'
The Associated Press

LA JOYA, Texas - Authorities say a man suspected of shooting two South Texas police officers is "presumed dead" after an assault by officers on the house in which he was barricaded.

The suspect in a capital murder case had been spraying bullets Tuesday night outside the house in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya (HOY'-ah).

US appeals court deals blow to health law

Appeals court decision threatens health law subsidies in 36 states served by federal exchange
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is snared in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue Tuesday.

A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums, saying financial aid can be paid only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges.

US: No link to Russian gov't in plane downing

US officials: No direct link to Russian government in downing of Malaysia plane in Ukraine
Ken Dilanian, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia.

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

UN chief Ban believes diplomatic talks on Gaza will end Israel-Hamas fighting soon
Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference from the West Bank city of Ramallah that he could not publicly reveal details "at this highly sensitive moment." As he started to address the council a siren could be heard in the background.

Recreational marijuana qualifies for Oregon ballot

Effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon qualifies for November ballot
The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials on Tuesday said the measure qualified for the November ballot.

The measure would allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess marijuana and would give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the job of regulating and taxing the drug.

FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv airport after Hamas rocket explodes nearby
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised the issue of the ban with Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in the Middle East on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

11 parents of Nigeria's kidnapped girls die from attacks and stress; town is besieged
Michelle Faul, The Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria - In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.

The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.

UK announces inquiry for Russian spy death

UK government announces full inquiry on death of Russian spy poisoned in 2006
Sylvia Hui And Gregory Katz, The Associated Press

LONDON - The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

The decision, which comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia, is a breakthrough in the much-delayed probe because it means investigators can look into whether the Russian state was involved in Litvinenko's death.

Here are key facts about the case.

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WHO WAS ALEXANDER LITVINENKO?

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