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Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote

  LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom shored up British stocks on Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. With all 32 Scottish councils having declared, the No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in Thursday’s referendum against 44.7 percent [...]

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Unemployment rates rise in 24 US states in August

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs. The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15. Unemployment rates [...]

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Virginia teen sentenced in parents’ slayings

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Norfolk teenager convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of his parents has been sentenced to 25 years and 10 months in prison. Seventeen-year-old Vincent T. Parker was sentenced Thursday in Norfolk Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in May before he was scheduled to stand trial as an adult. [...]

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Va. seeks volunteers for U.Va. student search

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State emergency management officials are seeking volunteers for what they call a mass search Saturday for a missing University of Virginia student. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is organizing search volunteers in hopes of finding leads in the disappearance of Hannah Graham. She’s been missing since last weekend. All volunteer searchers are subject [...]

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Nigeria sent $9.3 million cash for arms in SAfrica

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Nigerian watchdog group Friday demanded an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3 million in cash to South Africa to buy weapons. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project petitioned the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force “to investigate admission by the government of Nigeria that it hired a private [...]

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US stocks climb higher in early trading

  NEW YORK (AP) — Major market indexes are heading higher Friday as the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba prepares its stock-market debut. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index pushed above the record level reached the day before. KEEPING SCORE: As of 9:55 a.m. Eastern, the Dow Jones industrial ave rage was up 74 points, or [...]

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Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians

  WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president. The unusual stances taken by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and his GOP challenger, Dan Sullivan, [...]

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Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama [...]

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GOP holds Hagan to standard she used in 2008

  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Six years ago, little-known North Carolina state legislator Kay Hagan upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole after Hagan and her Democratic allies drilled in voters’ minds the idea that Dole was too closely aligned to an unpopular president. Footage of two older men in rocking chairs outside a country store talking about [...]

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Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote. The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest [...]

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UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

  LONDON (AP) — Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain’s three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government. Here’s a look at how things [...]

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