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American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite international players filed a lawsuit in Canada on Wednesday challenging plans to play the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf.

Led by U.S. national team forward Wambach, the players filed the suit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto, attorney Hampton Dellinger told The Associated Press.

The women claim that playing the sport's premier tournament on fake grass amounts to gender discrimination under Canadian law. Their male counterparts have always played the World Cup on natural grass surfaces and will for the foreseeable future.

The players say there...

Read more: Wambach, players file lawsuit over World Cup turf

An adult walks with children outside Dan D. Roders Elementary School, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Da …

Dallas Independent School District superintendent Mike Miles, right, speaks as Dallas Mayor Mike Raw …

DALLAS (AP) — The announcement that five Dallas schoolchildren were possibly exposed to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has some nervous parents planning to keep their kids home.

Several parents on Wednesday picked up their children early from a school that's one of...

Read more: Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home

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Los Angeles (AFP) - A girl abducted by her mother over 12 years ago was reunited with her father Wednesday after being found safe and well in Mexico following a joint US-Mexican rescue operation, investigators said.

Sabrina Allen went missing in 2002 at the age of four, and was rescued in the operation Tuesday in the town of Estafeta Tlaxcala, some 90 miles (140 kilometers) east of Mexico City.

She is now 17 years old. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said her mother evaded arrest for so long by fleeing the country, moving frequently and constantly taking on new...

Read more: Missing US girl, found in Mexico, reunited with father

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Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds.

The average annual pregnancy rate was 34 per 1,000 girls in the study — far below the national average of 158.5 for sexually active teens.

Doctors say the results show that when money is not a factor, teens will chose IUDs and hormone implants over less reliable methods such as birth control pills or condoms. Nearly three-fourths of teens in the study picked long-acting methods; only 5 percent of U.S. teens use...

Read more: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats are not required to field a candidate this fall against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a state court decided Wednesday in a boost for independent Greg Orman and a blow to the GOP's hopes of capturing a majority.

A panel of three Shawnee County District Court judges ruled in a suit filed after Democratic candidate Chad Taylor dropped out of the race — a development Republicans resisted. The judges also said the disgruntled voter who sued the state Democratic Party failed "to provide evidence to sustain it" by refusing to participate in the only...

Read more: Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee

Washington (AFP) - Health officials in Texas on Wednesday scoured the Dallas area for people, including schoolchildren, who came in contact with a Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

Hospital officials admitted that more people may have been exposed to the contagious man after he first sought treatment on September 25, because an apparent miscommunication among staff resulted in his release back into the open community.

Ebola is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, and can only be transmitted when a patient is showing symptoms like fever, aches, bleeding,...

Read more: US hunts contacts of Ebola patient, including kids

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NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rough start to October for financial markets.

Disappointing economic news in the U.S. and abroad drove down stocks on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 200 points. And nervous investors shifted their money to havens like bonds and gold.

At first U.S. stocks were driven lower by word that German manufacturing had slowed last month. The selling accelerated after a separate survey indicated U.S. manufacturing slowed as well.

"A lot of people thought this economic data was going to be robust, so when it was weak, everyone moved to reposition," said Tom...

Read more: US stocks drop sharply; Airlines sink

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — For more than two months, Mexico did little to explain how a Mexican army patrol escaped practically unharmed from a gunfight that left 22 suspected criminals dead in a grain warehouse. This week, officials changed their story to say soldiers may have committed murder, but questions about the lop-sided confrontation remain.

Why did state prosecutors and the army quickly declare soldiers had behaved appropriately in killing the suspects on June 30? Why did federal prosecutors wait until September to investigate the crime scene? Why haven't investigators interviewed a woman who witnessed the slayings? Did higher-ranking officers...

Read more: Mexico's probe of army slayings raises doubts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

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President Barack Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest.

High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her to step down after her poorly received testimony to Congress a day earlier — and revelation of yet another security problem: Obama had shared an elevator in Atlanta last month with an armed guard who was not authorized to...

Read more: Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped campaigns from trying to appeal on other topics as well. Here's a look at what voters think on the top issues of the election cycle.

THE ECONOMY:

The nation's economic blues remain at the top of voters' list of important issues. Asked to name the nation's biggest problem, 19 percent cite the economy, significantly higher than the 12 percent who name the...

Read more: AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election

New York (AFP) - General Motors Wednesday outlined an ambitious plan for returning its Europe division to profitability, boosting profit margins in North America and growing sales in China, the world's largest auto market.

GM, in an investors and analysts conference, pledged to drive its European unit into the green in 2016 and to increase profit margins in its core North American market to 10.0 percent in 2016, from 7.8 percent in 2013.

The largest US automaker also vowed to grow its luxury Cadillac line and realize savings throughout the company with lower administrative spending and supply chain efficiences.

The...

Read more: GM sets super-charged growth plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut.

Williams saw Bryce Harper hit a comebacker in the sixth inning, jog out of the batter's box and veer off toward the home dugout, several strides before first base. Williams yanked Harper from the Washington Nationals' lineup. That decision in April was one of many that made clear Williams would do things his way, something he was taught by a couple of his managers, Dusty Baker and Bob Brenly.

"Dusty told me to be...

Read more: Rookie managers Williams, Ausmus reach postseason

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado students and teachers are protesting a school board's attempt to change the new way some history college prep classes are being taught and tested.

For years, high school teachers have complained that Advanced Placement history classes — electives which are meant to help high school students prepare for college— were more focused on helping students memorize facts and pass the test to earn college credit than actually preparing them to go to college. A group of teachers and professors rewrote the guidelines, and this is the first year they are being used in schools across the...

Read more: A look at changes in college prep history courses

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday.

The Seattle-based company said it regularly evaluates its network to ensure the business is placing fulfillment centers as close to customers as possible.

"This is not a decision we made lightly and we are committed to supporting our employees through this transition," Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson said in an email.

Amazon said it employs hundreds of workers in Coffeyville, but gave no specific numbers. Employees were notified...

Read more: Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas

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