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Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge

EDINBURGH - Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences. | Video

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U.S. housing starts fall; prior month's data revised higher

WASHINGTON - U.S. housing starts and permits fell in August, but upward revisions to the prior month's data suggested the housing market continued to gradually improve.

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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

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As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations

SYDNEY - G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalize regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

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China's house prices fall further, economic gloom deepens

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - Worries that China's economy may be slowing further intensified on Thursday as data showed home prices fell for the fourth straight month, adding to expectations that Beijing will need to do more to stimulate activity. | Video

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U.S. attorney general announces grant to study police racial profiling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced the award of a $4.75 million three-year grant to a group of educational and research organizations to study arrest data in five U.S. cities and implement changes to combat any findings of racial profiling.

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UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State

LONDON - Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants.