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Scots independence polls close, UK's future in the balance

EDINBURGH - Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences. | Video

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Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

World, Syria, Turkey 5:19pm EDT

Toyota recalling 20,000 late-model vehicles on potential fuel leak

DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it will recall about 20,000 vehicles worldwide for possible fuel leaks.

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U.S. Senate to cast final vote on arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to approve President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants.

World, Syria, Politics 11:36am EDT

China not warlike, says Xi, as border standoff dominates India trip

NEW DELHI - China is not a warlike nation, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, during a rare trip to neighbor India that was dominated by a standoff on a barren Himalayan plateau between soldiers from the world's two most populous nations.

World, United Nations 10:02am EDT
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New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

LOS ANGELES - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush. | Video

Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

CONAKRY - Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.