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Pope OKs canonization for Sri Lanka's 1st saint
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has signed off on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending Vatican rules to bypass confirmation of a miracle.... 9/17/2014 10:42 AM

Pakistan army says airstrikes kill 40 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says it has launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation begun in June.... 9/17/2014 10:39 AM

Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.... 9/17/2014 10:34 AM

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.... 9/17/2014 10:32 AM

Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- What has Scotland ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out.... 9/17/2014 10:24 AM

Trade, investment hopes as China's Xi visits India
AHMEDABAD, India (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit.... 9/17/2014 10:19 AM

Milestones of Scots' journey to independence vote
LONDON (AP) -- These are the milestones of Scotland's journey from Great Britain to the United Kingdom and, following Thursday's vote, a possible return to independence.... 9/17/2014 10:19 AM

Thailand conducts autopsies on slain Britons
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand said Wednesday they have conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week.... 9/17/2014 10:15 AM

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the U.S. has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison, an Israeli official said Wednesday, bringing closer an end to one of the rabbi's various legal sagas.... 9/17/2014 9:58 AM

Swedish king involved in car crash, unhurt
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's royal palace says King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a car crash on his way to an airport in Stockholm but was unhurt.... 9/17/2014 9:38 AM

China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 9:38 AM

US man held for alleged attempt to swim to N Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 9:29 AM

Doctors: Foul floodwaters sicken people in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.... 9/17/2014 9:27 AM

Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader Tuesday whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.... 9/17/2014 9:25 AM

France arrests 5 in militant women recruiting ring
PARIS (AP) -- France's top security official says five people have been arrested suspected of belonging to a ring that recruits young women to join Islamic militants in Syria.... 9/17/2014 9:23 AM

Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign 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 the U.S. state of Arizona.... 9/17/2014 9:16 AM

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied allegations that he engaged in separatism as he went on trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.... 9/17/2014 9:00 AM

Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing
MOSCOW (AP) -- The arrest of a Russian billionaire on Wednesday sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin, wiping away more than $2.5 billion in market capitalization.... 9/17/2014 8:53 AM

A guide to Scotland as independence vote nears
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.... 9/17/2014 8:46 AM

Magnitude-6.7 quake shakes Guam; no tsunami threat
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Guam on Wednesday, causing minor damage and power outages.... 9/17/2014 8:43 AM