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SCHOOLS CLOSED, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings yesterday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks.
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly yesterday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.
EMBATTLED Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer and will undergo intense chemotherapy within 48 hours, his doctor announced yesterday.
A story Wednesday about a dispute over city employees' signing bonuses wrongly gave $35,373 as AFSCME District Council 47 members' average salary. Their average was not immediately available from the city or the union. The average salary of $35,373 is that of District Council 33 members before their latest contract raise. The figure of $941 was the city's calculation of the average raise D.C. 33 members could have gotten had they settled at the same time as D.C. 47 and did not apply to D.C. 47 members.
The video Philadelphia police posted online represented a major break in a horrific case - capturing images of a group suspected in a vicious Center City attack on a gay couple.
WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is actively supporting a Republican congressional candidate in a Chester County-based district, adding a powerful but often-polarizing force to a contest where both candidates have tried to portray themselves as commonsense centrists.
WASHINGTON - Apple announced Wednesday night that it would no longer unlock encrypted iPhones or iPads for police in many circumstances, taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data.
Militants in Iraq are seeking to blunt the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes by dispersing their forces into urban areas and increasingly adopting terror tactics such as suicide attacks and bombings, says a senior American military officer.
MIAMI - Sen. Marco Rubio called Wednesday for increased U.S. defense spending and greater intervention abroad, positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House.
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will arrive in Washington on Thursday with a simple request: more economic and military aid for a nation reeling from an insurgency in the east.
BEIRUT (AP) - Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the war raging in their country, an international charity group said Thursday.
URUMQI, China (AP) - A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.
CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) - For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights - providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - 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.
BEIJING (AP) - More than 30 people had flocked to Beijing's most august Buddhist temple to remember the siblings, children and parents lost exactly six months earlier when a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared. They found themselves encircled by shouting police blocking them from speaking to reporters or entering the temple as a group.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.
BEIJING (AP) - Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) - A group of international observers who were scrutinizing this week's landmark Fiji election say the process was credible and the result should broadly reflect the will of voters.
SYDNEY (AP) - Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank's benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. has offered 10 trillion won ($9.6 billion) for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters.
URUMQI, China (AP) - A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.
SYDNEY (AP) - Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said.
JERUSALEM (AP) - A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday.