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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

Online sleuths aid probe into gay couple's beating
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young men and women at a restaurant and helped match names to faces.... 9/17/2014 7:32 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

Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- People lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic and scooped sand into trash and canvas tote bags Wednesday as rain from a weakened Pacific storm began to fall on Arizona.... 9/17/2014 7:34 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

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