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Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.... 9/17/2014 7:14 PM

Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.... 9/17/2014 3:02 PM

Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor
The suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks belonged to a "military simulation unit" whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe, police said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 7:13 PM

US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 7:13 PM

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled
CHICAGO (AP) -- A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."... 9/17/2014 4:26 PM

NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Mars, get ready for another visitor or two.... 9/17/2014 7:22 PM

Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a "whitewash" that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital.... 9/17/2014 6:48 PM

Pacific storm blast pushes rain into Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile moved into Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the past two weeks.... 9/17/2014 5:26 PM

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes
DENVER (AP) -- Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.... 9/17/2014 6:28 PM

School police stock up on free military gear
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.... 9/17/2014 6:25 PM