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SPARTA, Ky. — Brendan Gaughan surged past rookies Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon in a wild three-wide run after a final restart for a hard-earned victory in Saturday night's 300-mile Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

DECATUR, Ala. — Police are investigating after a toddler was found dead in the baptistery of a Decatur church.

ATLANTA — The slumping Atlanta Braves were shut down by Jonathon Niese and lost 4-2 to the New York Mets on Saturday night, damaging their flickering playoff hopes.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Authorities in Huntsville say a motorcycle rider was injured during an annual ride to commemorate the forced removal of the Cherokee people from the southeastern U.S.

NASHVILLE — A federal appeals court is set to hear the case of a 37-year-old Tennessee man serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and killing of a southern Kentucky couple in an incident involving a Confederate flag emblem in 1995.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ball security was not at a premium Saturday for third-ranked Alabama inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Authorities in southwest Ohio said both people aboard a small plane died Saturday morning when it crashed into a suburban neighborhood, damaging two homes while a family eating breakfast close to the fiery crash escaped injury.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Corgi owners around the nation are rallying around a slain Washington state dog, calling for the harshest penalty for the man charged with killing Molly, a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — While hiking with friends at Savannah Bluff Heritage Preserve in North Augusta on Aug. 31, Ian Buckley saw what appeared to be a head in the water. He quickly realized it was a woman standing waist-deep in the Savannah River, close to the Georgia bank.

EFFORT, Pa. — Authorities say two adults and three children have died in a multi-vehicle crash in northeastern Pennsylvania.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Nearly 1,000 volunteers, some driven by worry for the safety of their own families, fanned out from the University of Virginia campus Saturday to search for a sophomore who disappeared a week ago.

Investigators say two men who are subjects of a Sequatchie County manhunt have dumped their stolen vehicle in Chattanooga.

CEDARTOWN, Ga. — Authorities say a Polk County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man wielding a knife and a baseball bat.

BEIRUT — A suicide car bomber killed three people at a checkpoint manned by the Shiite Hezbollah militia in eastern Lebanon Saturday evening, the state-run news agency reported, in another sign that the war in Syria is spilling over into its eastern neighbor.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.

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