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Taylor sentence cheered:

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Amputees still struggling to lead normal lives years after being mutilated by rebels in Sierra Leone hailed the decision at The Hague on Wednesday to sentence the man who backed those rebels, ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor, to 50 years in prison.

UK court backs extradition:

LONDON -- Britain's Supreme Court endorsed the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, bringing the secret-spilling Internet activist a big step closer to prosecution in a Scandinavian court. Assange's lawyer made the highly unusual suggestion she would try to reopen the case.

Mubarak's sons to be tried:

CAIRO -- Hosni Mubarak's two sons, already in jail for more than a year and on trial, were charged with insider trading Wednesday in a new case against them. The prosecutor-general's office alleged the two, along with seven others, made millions of pounds in illicit gains from the sale of a bank.

Afghan civilian deaths drop:

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The number of Afghan civilians killed this year dropped 36 percent compared with last, the U.N. said Wednesday, the first time the toll has declined over multiple months since the U.N. started keeping track. There were 579 civilians killed in the first four months of 2012.

Anand retains chess title:

MOSCOW -- World chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India retained his title on Wednesday, defeating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker round. Tied at 6-6 after 12 regular games, the two played four rapid games with a shortened time limit of 25 minutes per player.

New Mexico's biggest wildfire:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A massive wildfire that has burned more than 265 square miles in the Gila National Forest has become the largest fire in New Mexico history, fire officials confirmed Wednesday. The erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 170,000 acres.

Judge won't delay abuse trial:

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial remained on track to begin next week following a ruling by the presiding judge Wednesday. Judge John Cleland rejected the argument for a delay by the defense for the former Penn State assistant football coach, charged with 52 counts involving 10 boys.

Four soldiers looted in Joplin:

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Four Missouri National Guard soldiers stole electronics from a Walmart in Joplin while helping with recovery efforts the day after the store was destroyed by a tornado, records released Tuesday said. …