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Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.... 9/17/2014 6:05 PM

Weakened Odile heads toward US; tourists evacuated
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward Arizona and a new storm loomed to the south.... 9/17/2014 5:55 PM

15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations
BEIRUT (AP) -- At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days of government airstrikes on a central city climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war, activists said.... 9/17/2014 5:48 PM

Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- People critically ill with Ebola languishing in an ambulance for hours as paramedics seek a place for them. Treatment centers filling up as soon as they are opened. The situation is so dire in Liberia that its president welcomed America's pledge to send troops and treatment centers but said much more needs to be done.... 9/17/2014 5:28 PM

Washington and Fuqua ride again in 'The Equalizer'
TORONTO (AP) -- It's been a dozen years since Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua rode the corrupt Det. Alonzo Harris and their Los Angeles crime odyssey "Training Day" to Oscar glory (for Washington) and a Hollywood breakthrough (for Fuqua).... 9/17/2014 5:24 PM

UN says building materials to Gaza may quadruple
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A deal reached on war-battered Gaza's reconstruction is set to be implemented in the coming months, with the amount of building materials entering the territory expected to quadruple, a U.N. official said Wednesday, in the first details of the agreement to emerge.... 9/17/2014 5:23 PM

Suicide bombers kill 15 at north Nigerian college
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Two suicide bombers killed at least 15 students Wednesday at a government college in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, police and emergency officials said.... 9/17/2014 5:07 PM

1st UK volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine
LONDON (AP) -- British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety.... 9/17/2014 4:51 PM

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence.... 9/17/2014 4:47 PM

Libya, neighbor nations snub military intervention
MADRID (AP) -- Libya's struggling elected government and representatives of 15 neighboring nations on Wednesday unanimously rejected the idea of military intervention as a way to restore stability in the oil-rich nation, which some say is on the brink of civil war.... 9/17/2014 4:46 PM

Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling
PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) -- Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court.... 9/17/2014 4:34 PM

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.... 9/17/2014 4:22 PM

Thailand says no DNA match yet for slain Britons
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area.... 9/17/2014 4:16 PM

Gunmen capture Lebanese soldier in border town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Gunmen crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon and captured a Lebanese soldier on Wednesday in the first such kidnapping since an incursion last month raised fears of growing spillover from Syria's deadly civil war.... 9/17/2014 4:11 PM

Nigerian preacher faces scrutiny after disaster
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian televangelist whose exuberant followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now under scrutiny after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people.... 9/17/2014 4:11 PM

AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are "out of the question."... 9/17/2014 4:08 PM

East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east.... 9/17/2014 3:57 PM

Is Scotland and France's 'Auld Alliance' back?
PARIS (AP) -- As the Scottish decide whether to break from the union with England, the embers of an even older Scottish alliance are being revived: "The Auld Alliance" with the French.... 9/17/2014 3:44 PM

Researchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.... 9/17/2014 3:40 PM

Pistorius can expect cool reception in Paralympics
LONDON (AP) -- If Oscar Pistorius manages to avoid a lengthy prison sentence and returns to the track, he can expect a cool reception from Paralympic organizers.... 9/17/2014 3:38 PM