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U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

AUSTIN Texas - A U.S. judge struck down parts of a law restricting abortions in Texas, saying in a decision on Friday that a provision requiring clinics to have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries was unconstitutional.

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Obama, in Estonia and at NATO summit, to send strong message to Putin

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Estonia and attend a NATO summit in Wales next week to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his incursion into Ukraine must be reversed and to keep his hands off the Baltic nations.

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Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

WASHINGTON - U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department has spent more than $500 million on the conflict.

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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

World, Africa, Health 7:28pm EDT
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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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Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election: poll

BRASILIA - Environmentalist Marina Silva has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10 percentage points in a likely second-round runoff in Brazil's October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on Friday.