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Gov. Perry to deploy Texas National Guard troops for border crisis

AUSTIN, Texas — Doing what President Barack Obama would not do, Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to augment a month-old state police surge on the Texas-Mexico border — and will bill the federal government for the estimated $12 million monthly tab.

Train leaves Ukraine war zone with victims of Malaysia plane

DONETSK, Ukraine — After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for investigators to the crash site.

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Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

Leading AIDS researcher reportedly on jet shot down over Ukraine

Members of the international HIV research community who are heading to Melbourne, Australia, for a huge international AIDS conference beginning this weekend are in a state of shock after hearing reports that world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange and at least several other delegates perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.