Pirates clinch playoff spot, beat Braves 3-2

Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte, second from left, gets doused with champagne by Jose Tabata, left, and hitting coach Jason Branson while an unidentified person joins in the celebration in the locker room after the Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in a baseball game to clinch a playoff berth, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — Gerrit Cole was so focused on recording 17 consecutive outs, he didn't glance at the out-of-town scoreboard.

India successfully puts spacecraft in Mars' orbit

Indian engineers work on the Mars orbiter spacecraftNEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.

5 things to know about spending on state races

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians seeking state-level offices and their allies have spent more on television ads than their peers fighting for control of the U.S. Senate, a remarkable fact highlighted in a Center for Public Integrity report released Wednesday. Five things to know about spending on state races:
Spending on state races' ads tops US Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidates running for offices in statehouses from Alaska to Florida — and their allies — have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars on television ads so far this cycle. And the bulk of the political ads are yet to come, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Poor supports Brazil's president in re-election

A woman does laundry in her home at the Brasilandia slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Although president Dilma Rousseff and top rival Marina Silva are locked in a virtual tie among the middle class, the biggest group of voters, the president has a wide edge with Brazil’s poorest people because of generous welfare programs that have helped slash hunger and extreme poverty under the watch of her Workers Party. The most recent poll showed that 46 percent of people in the poorest income category would vote to re-elect Rousseff in the first round in the Oct. 5 election, compared to 24 percent for Silva. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SAO PAULO (AP) — Life may still be tough for millions of poor Brazilians — but it's also never been better.

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