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

EDINBURGH - Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation or stay within the United Kingdom - a decision which could have consequences across the globe. | Video

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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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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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Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases

- Another National Football League player was arrested on domestic violence allegations hours after two teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended players enmeshed in similar cases on Wednesday.

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Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. | Video

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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.