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Fed renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving. | Video

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U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown, extend Export-Import bank

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank's ability to operate for another nine months.

Politics, U.S. 6:26pm EDT

Nuclear deal elusive as Iran, six powers resume talks in New York

UNITED NATIONS - A diplomatic breakthrough is unlikely on a nuclear deal to end sanctions against Iran when talks resume in New York this week between Tehran and six world powers deadlocked after a year of negotiations.

World, United Nations 7:06pm EDT

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. 

Politics, World 9:58pm EDT

Gunmen kill 15 at college in north Nigeria's Kano

KANO Nigeria - Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said.

World, Africa 4:20pm EDT
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Police chiefs pledge more transparency after Ferguson

CHICAGO - Dozens of police chiefs meeting in Chicago this week said a notorious fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August had been a defining moment for law enforcement and pledged greater transparency over such incidents.

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China sentences four for explosives, bid for 'jihad': report

BEIJING - China has sentenced four people to up to 20 years in jail for "plotting terror attacks", state media said, the latest in a wave of rulings as the government accelerates a crackdown on what it says is violence fueled by Islamist militants.