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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Defense Ministry is condemning the shoot-down of a large military transport plane by pro-Russian separatists in the east. The statement from the ministry says the plane was downed at night as it approached an airport at Lugansk. The statement did not say how many people were on board the plane, which was carrying service members as well as equipment and food.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has begun. Afghans headed to the polls with a choice of two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West and combat corruption. Whoever wins will have to confront a powerful Taliban insurgency and preside over the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year. Security is tight.
NEW YORK (AP) — A movement within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) appears to be in position to win a major victory regarding Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. The Presbyterian's Israel Palestine Mission Network, which advocates for Palestinians wants institutions to wield their investment dollars against Israel until treatment improves. The Presbyterian General Assembly will consider divestment from some companies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Commuters headed to Philadelphia suburbs or Philadelphia International Airport have been left looking for alternatives due to a rail strike. Four hundred workers at a Philadelphia-area regional rail system walked off the job, shutting down 13 lines, after negotiations between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and two unions failed to reach a new contract deal. SEPTA subways, trolleys and buses continue to run. Wages are one issue.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings ended the longest postseason in franchise history with the longest game they had ever played. Thanks to Alec Martinez and one beautiful rebound goal, they finished as Stanley Cup champions again. Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings beat the New York rangers 3-2 in Game 5 on Friday night. Cheering fans streamed out into closed streets patrolled by police on horseback.
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