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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. | Video

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U.S auto sales seen ending summer without a sizzle

DETROIT - U.S. auto industry sales in August will be about even with a year ago, not quite ending the summer in a sizzling fashion but still warm enough to continue the recovery from a recession now five years in the rear-view mirror.

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Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

DAKAR/CONAKRY - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. | Video

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U.S. says no precise threat to homeland from Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The United States is not aware of any specific threat to the U.S. homeland from Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday after Britain raised its international terrorism threat level.

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U.S. consumer spending pauses, but rising confidence offers hope

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer spending fell in July for the first time in six months, but confidence among households hit a seven-year high in August, suggesting the retrenchment would be temporary.

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Police officer resigns, another is fired after Ferguson incidents

- A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday.

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Islamist gains in Syria alarm some Assad allies

BEIRUT - A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State's territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus. | Video