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Scotland leader to quit after independence loses
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond announced Friday that he will resign as first minister and leader of his political party, hours after Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom.... 9/19/2014 3:46 PM

China fines GlaxoSmithKline $492M for bribery
BEIJING (AP) -- Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China, the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.... 9/19/2014 3:39 PM

Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.... 9/19/2014 3:39 PM

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.... 9/19/2014 3:26 PM

Britain plans political upheaval after Scot vote
LONDON (AP) -- The saga of Scottish independence is over, but a new journey of political upheaval is only beginning for the United Kingdom.... 9/19/2014 3:23 PM

Kenya: 1 year after attack, guards still unarmed
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- David Odhiambo was one of the blue-uniformed security guards tasked with protecting Nairobi's Westgate Mall one year ago when four heavily armed terrorists attacked. The work David was paid to do - search purses and bags, mostly - earned him two bullets in the head, injuries that cost him his job.... 9/19/2014 3:08 PM

Court again delays Kenya president's trial
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The International Criminal Court has again delayed the trial of Kenya's president, after prosecutors said they did not have a strong enough case to convict him because Kenya was not cooperating in turning over potential evidence.... 9/19/2014 3:07 PM

South Africa's murder rate goes up
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa recorded about 17,000 murders in the year ending in March, reflecting a 5 percent increase over the previous year, police said Friday.... 9/19/2014 3:05 PM

Russian investigators deny billionaire's release
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian billionaire's company claimed the tycoon was freed from house arrest on Friday, an announcement that was welcomed by some top officials only to be rejected minutes later by the nation's top criminal investigation agency.... 9/19/2014 3:04 PM

Malta rejects ship with suspected Ebola case
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- Malta has refused entry to a cargo ship with a Filippino on board who was showing symptoms of Ebola, citing fears the virus might spread on the Mediterranean island.... 9/19/2014 3:01 PM

Iran, 6 powers seek to unblock nuclear talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran and six world powers are launching a fresh effort to try to narrow stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief.... 9/19/2014 3:00 PM

Nigeria: Church obstructed rescue, lives lost
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Church officials prevented rescuers from freeing victims at the site of a six-story building collapse, leading to a loss of lives, Nigeria's emergency agency said Friday.... 9/19/2014 2:59 PM

Dempsey lauds French airstrike against militants
CAEN, France (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. appreciates France's airstrike against Islamic State militants.... 9/19/2014 2:56 PM

Syrian Kurds fleeing IS group cross into Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday, fleeing militants from the Islamic State group, a Turkish official said.... 9/19/2014 2:53 PM

2 French students struck by gunfire on school trip
PARIS (AP) -- A mentally ill man fired his hunting rifle at a group of students on a class trip Friday, wounding two of them, one seriously, officials said.... 9/19/2014 2:50 PM

Artist says tax case shows China's dark side
BEIJING (AP) -- China's best-known dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, has accused his country's Communist government of losing its principles and using underhanded ploys to try to silence critics.... 9/19/2014 2:49 PM

Sarkozy announces France political comeback
PARIS (AP) -- Nicolas Sarkozy is making a political comeback in France despite his legal troubles.... 9/19/2014 2:43 PM

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.... 9/19/2014 2:38 PM

Car bomb attacks kill 20 people in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 20 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country.... 9/19/2014 2:36 PM

The Kuro taste: Peppery tang and hint of squid ink
TOKYO (AP) -- The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black.... 9/19/2014 2:32 PM