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NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a three-day visit to India aimed at turning his personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) into progress on climate change, defense and economics. Obama's arrival Sunday morning in New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice in his presidency.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government is sending more troops to the strategically important port city of Mariupol (mah-ROO'-pahl). The move by Kiev follows a rebel rocket attack Saturday that killed at least 30 people. Ukraine's top separatist leader describes it as the beginning of an offensive on the city.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister says he's "speechless" after an online video purported to show that one of two Japanese men held by the extremist Islamic State group has been killed and he's promising to save the other. Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) tells NHK TV the video is likely authentic and has offered condolences to the family and friends of the 42-year-old man.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The strong seasonal Santa Ana winds are again blowing across Southern California. Gusts topping 89 mph toppled trees and power poles on Saturday, leaving thousands of people without power. The winds are generated during cooler months. A high-surf advisory warning of up to 11-foot-high surf is in effect through Sunday.

SEATTLE (AP) — Biologists say a 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel. A necropsy found large, deep gashes on the whale's right side and back, indicating the cause of death. The female whale was about two to three years old and had been in good health.

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