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Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination

Posted: 10:08 PM - Three backup dancers sued Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination to prevent another black dancer from joining her onstage.

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Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence

Posted: 7:36 PM - From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment - and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath - after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England.

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Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire

Posted: 4:00 PM - A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

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Witness: 21 killed by Mexico army had surrendered

Posted: 3:57 PM - A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told The Associated Press.

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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

Posted: 3:55 PM - Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.

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Polls open in historic Scottish independence vote

Posted: 5:32 AM - Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.

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NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer

Posted: 5:31 AM - A senior U.S. official says North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans.

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Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trial

Posted: 5:29 AM - A jury weighing criminal charges against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak will decide the case without hearing one fact - that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter.

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School district police stock up free military gear

Posted: 09/17/2014 - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

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After making 'mistake' Vikings bench RB Peterson

Posted: 09/17/2014 - Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team "made a mistake" in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

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Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona

Posted: 09/17/2014 - People lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic and scooped sand into trash and canvas tote bags Wednesday as rain from a weakened Pacific storm began to fall on Arizona.

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Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

Posted: 09/17/2014 - President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

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Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

Posted: 09/17/2014 - Marijuana activists in Colorado are tackling old stoner stereotypes in a new ad blitz aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

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Cuts to food stamps will only hit four states

Posted: 09/17/2014 - An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.

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Nevada truck firm could pay $4.5M+ in Amtrak crash

Posted: 09/17/2014 - A Nevada trucking company could be forced to pay more than $5.5 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict that found one of its drivers caused a 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured dozens.

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2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled

Updated: 09/17/2014 - A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

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US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

Posted: 09/16/2014 - Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is growing exponentially in a region overwhelmed by the deadly virus.

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Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

Posted: 09/16/2014 - The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

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