Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian police say at least six people have been killed when an overnight Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated neighborhood in the Gaza Strip.

    U.S. tried, failed to free Americans held by Islamist fighters in Syria

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. special forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, senior Obama administration officials say.

    Former premier Juppe seeks top post in France

    PARIS -- Alain Juppe, a former prime minister who rebounded in politics after a criminal conviction in a 2004 corruption scandal, announced Wednesday that he is seeking the nomination of France's main conservative party for president.

    Remaining evacuations in fire near Yosemite lifted

    KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.

    Liberian quarantine triggers clashes

    MONROVIA, Liberia -- Liberia's halting efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak spreading across parts of West Africa quickly turned violent Wednesday when angry young men hurled rocks and stormed barbed-wire barricades, trying to break out of a neighborhood here that had been cordoned off by the government.

    Attorney general visits Ferguson as grand jury begins

    FERGUSON, Mo. -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson on Wednesday, meeting with students, community leaders and federal investigators as the St. Louis County prosecutor opened grand jury hearings in the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.