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Oregon shooter’s mother wrote about guns in online forum

The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn’t seem to know he was potentially violent.

Eastern Kentucky University cancels classes, cites threat

Eastern Kentucky University canceled classes for the rest of the week because of an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti that threatened to “kill all” this week, campus officials said Wednesday.

Coast Guard ending search for sunken cargo ship’s crew

The Coast Guard plans to end its search at sunset for 33 missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

An up-and-down day for stock market ends with a solid gain

Stocks posted solid gains in a quiet session Wednesday, helped by advances in health-care and industrial companies.

VW emissions fixes could take until end of next year

Volkswagen said a recall of cars with software that can be used to evade emissions tests could start in Germany in January and last until the end of next year.

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US asks: Why do extremists drive Toyotas?

Toyota has spoken with U.S. officials about the prominent use of its vehicles by militants in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Effectiveness of dietary guidelines questioned

Lawmakers on Wednesday asked federal officials whether Americans should trust the government’s dietary guidelines, which inform everything from school lunches to advice from a doctor.

Wichita State criticized for altering chapel for Muslims

Wichita State University has announced plans to consider changing a campus chapel again after critics took aim at the school for renovating the religious space to accommodate Muslims.

Russia fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

Judge rejects renaming college after billionaire's wife

A New York judge denied a college’s petition to add the wife of a Wall Street billionaire to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates.

For 1st time, MIT’s free online classes can lead to degree

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn’t count toward a degree. That’s about to change.

Express Scripts to cover pricey new cholesterol treatments

The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year.

FDA’s new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth

Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco.

Senate moves ahead on defense bill facing veto threat

The Senate moved forward Tuesday on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy bill despite a presidential veto threat stemming from larger budget disputes that have hamstrung Washington.

What’s in the defense bill for military and families?

Buried in the 1,915-page defense policy bill are significant changes that could affect more than 1 million members of the military and their families.

Carter sounds nearly ready to open combat jobs to women

Defense Secretary Ash Carter sounded like he’s nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, as he told U.S. troops in Sicily on Tuesday that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be “crazy.”

LAPD: Rap group posted video of gun flashed near officer

A video posted online that shows someone flash a gun while filming a police officer is an attempt at publicity from an old hip-hop group looking to find new relevance, but it has still led to an investigation and at least one arrest, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

Cops: Teen pulled gun on college student, prompting lockdown

A teenager pulled a gun on a student outside a community college building, prompting a campus lockdown and police search and leading to the teen’s arrest, police said.

SC cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

The family of Miss South Carolina 1954 found her flood-soaked pageant scrapbook on a dining room floor littered with dead fish on Tuesday, as the first sunny day in nearly two weeks provided a chance to clean up from historic floods.