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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline said Thursday.

NEW DELHI — Twelve children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

CHICAGO — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings.

WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

WASHINGTON — The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.

PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR — For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc., nearly doubled its second quarter net income from a year ago as the Chattanooga-based trucking firm cut expenses while still raising total revenue by 0.7 percent.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — An eastern Kansas man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and other felonies after an alleged abduction and police chase ended in the death of a 5-year-old girl from a gunshot wound.

DENVER — A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal.

NASHVILLE — A conservative group that started the movement to reject then-Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White in 1996 says it is backing current Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade in the Aug. 7 election.

CHATTANOOGA — The City of Chattanooga is mailing out speeding tickets by the thousands.

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