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    FILE -This Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows a collection of giant African land snails in Miami. The Giant African Snail eats buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Department of Agriculture is trying to stop them. Since June, USDA has seized more than 1,200 of the large snails, also known as Giant African Land Snails, all of them traced back to one person in Georgia who was illegally selling them. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

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    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, supporters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) hold placards with the nickname of German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel at an election campaign event of the CDU in Ilmenau, central Germany. Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is already showing cracks, shrinking last quarter under the strain of conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere. It might seem like enough to put any leader into trouble. But Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity remains sky-high _ with nobody in sight to touch her. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

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    FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, the Tribute in Light rises into the night sky during a test in New York. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum will be closed to the public during the September 11 commemoration ceremony and much of the rest of the day, but it will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight for anyone who wants a close up view of the Tribute in Light. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. PUTIN URGES SEPARATISTS TO FREE UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS

The president’s statement comes several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops.

2. UN: NUMBER OF REFUGEES FROM SYRIA TOPS 3 MILLION

The tragic milestone means that about one of every eight Syrians is now fleeing across the border from “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.”

3. OBAMA CAUTIONS AGAINST USING FORCE TO SOLVE CRISES

While the president’s stance is in line with his aversion to military entanglements, some in the administration seem ready to take more robust actions.

4. WHICH RUSSIAN INSTITUTION ELUDES WESTERN SANCTIONS

Punishments against Moscow over Ukraine have so far avoided the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies.

5. WHO MAY FACE EXTRA HEALTH CHECKS IN U.S.

Students from West Africa might need to undergo additional screening when they arrive to study in America as administrators try to insulate their campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

6. MALAYSIA AIRLINES TO CUT 6,000 EMPLOYEES

The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000.

7. ANGELA MERKEL’S POPULARITY REMAINS SKY-HIGH

It shows the German public is prepared to endure some hardships as long as the chancellor is seen as dealing strongly with existing problems.

8. RECREATIONAL PAINTBALL ARRIVES IN AFGHANISTAN

It signals the rise of an upper and middle class looking for a diversion with the time to spare, as well as the way American culture has seeped into the country.

9. WHY USDA SEIZES MORE THAN 1,200 GIANT AFRICAN SNAILS

The slimy invaders, which are illegal in America, damage buildings, destroy crops and can cause meningitis in humans.

10. GOOGLE STEPPING UP DRONE ARMS RACE

Rival Amazon.com is also experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store.

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