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Despite weariness, America is still ready to lead

Despite weariness, America is still ready to lead

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Police search causes lockdown at Phoenix airport

PHOENIX (AP) — The busiest terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was on lockdown for more than three hours Thursday as police searched for a suspect in a shooting in nearby Tempe.

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Fla. sheriff: 6 children, 2 adults shot to death

BELL, Fla. (AP) — A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said.

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Police hunt for trooper ambush suspect near home

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The hunt for a man charged with killing a Pennsylvania State Police trooper is intensifying as authorities confirm they are searching for the suspect in an area around his parents' home.

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Search for Texas deputy suspended, but will resume

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Inclement weather made rescue crews in Central Texas suspend the search for a sheriff's deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodwaters, while heavy rains in West Texas caused dozens of streets and some houses to flood.

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Congress OKs aid for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — 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 Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.

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Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

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Agency chief vows to streamline investigations of Border Patrol abuses

WASHINGTON — In an effort to speed up inquiries into Border Patrol agents, the agency overseeing them will criminally investigate officers suspected of excessive use of force and other abuses, its leader said Thursday as he announced changes to the agency’s response to such allegations.

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Results show Scots rejecting independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland —Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

Militant gains illustrate the plight of Syrian Kurds.

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Argentina approves law for controlling prices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's worst inflation rates.

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Witness: 21 killed by Mexican army had surrendered

ARCELIA, Mexico — A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered a…

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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — In a desperate bid to slow West Africa’s accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting today while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

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British hostage appears in new video

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

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Looting plagues Los Cabos after Odile

Looting plagues Los Cabos after Odile

LOS CABOS, Mexico — Federal police on Thursday vowed to crack down on lawlessness and restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.

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7 killed while on Guinea Ebola education campaign

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The prime minister of Guinea says seven bodies have been found in rural Guinea after a group of local residents attacked Guinean health workers carrying out Ebola awareness efforts in a rural area.

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Yemen's Shiite rebels attack state TV building

Sanaa, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's state television says its headquarters in a northwestern suburb of the capital Sanaa is under attack by Shiite rebels.

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Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

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Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bomb and mortar shell attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 36 people, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have seized large parts of country.

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Flu vaccinations bring a healthy shot of variety

WASHINGTON — It’s time for flu vaccine again, and while it’s important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages:

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