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Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014
 
2014-09-15: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections.
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Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State
 
2014-09-15: PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.
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GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder
 
2014-09-15: WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in November's elections.
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'No Good Deed' slays 'Guardians' at box office
 
2014-09-15: LOS ANGELES (AP) — An evil Idris Elba and terrified Taraji P. Henson overcame a group of first-rate intergalactic misfits at theaters over the weekend.
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Escaped school shooter had pitchfork, patrol says
 
2014-09-15: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The school shooter who briefly escaped from an Ohio prison last week had a pitchfork when he was captured, the state patrol said Monday as newly released records added to the picture of an inmate frequently in trouble behind bars.
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AP sources: First US strike in expanded Iraq fight
 
2014-09-15: WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.
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Victim's family praying for girl in range accident
 
2014-09-15: PHOENIX (AP) — The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.
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AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack
 
2014-09-15: WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
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Taxi! Seeking women to drive for female passengers
 
2014-09-15: NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a woman can be hard to find — if you're looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City.
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Tycoon Branson backs ride-sharing service Sidecar
 
2014-09-15: San Francisco (AFP) - San Francisco-based ride-sharing service Sidecar on Monday announced a $15 million funding round that included backing by British tycoon Richard Branson.
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UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse
 
2014-09-15: By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published on Tuesday. The Environmental Audit Committee's report scored the government according to the progress it has made in 10 areas of the environment. Those included air pollution, emissions and climate change, forests, flooding and coastal protection, resource efficiency and water availability. The parliamentary committee assigned a traffic-light score to each environmental area.
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APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap
 
2014-09-15: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic alternatives coming out next year.
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Union expects to file Rice appeal Tuesday
 
2014-09-15: NEW YORK (AP) — The players' union on Tuesday plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week.
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Cuomo, Christie discuss the region's terror threat
 
2014-09-15: NEW YORK (AP) — Federal and state officials say New York and New Jersey are facing a daunting domestic terror threat fueled by mounting hostilities between the United States and Islamic State extremists
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US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS: officials
 
2014-09-15: Washington (AFP) - The United States bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital, US officials said Monday.
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Boa constrictor captured after escaping Idaho cage
 
2014-09-15: NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity that escaped its southwest Idaho cage has been found after two days on the loose.
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Factbox: U.S. partners unclear on roles in fight against Islamic State
 
2014-09-15: (Reuters) - Many countries have said they support a coalition the United States hopes to build to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, but most have been vague about any specific role they might play. Below is a list of some of the key countries that may take part in the anti-IS coalition and where they stand. FRANCE France has signaled it will carry out air strikes in Iraq. It is providing arms to the Kurds and will send special forces to the country to help direct air strikes and train armed forces. ...
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Petition in support of US nuns reaches Vatican
 
2014-09-15: Washington (AFP) - A 17,000-name petition in support of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States deemed too liberal by the Vatican has been delivered to the Holy See, organizers said Monday.
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Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound
 
2014-09-15: WASHINGTON (AP) — Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.
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NFL, union close to finalizing new drug policy
 
2014-09-15: NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and the players' union are close to finalizing the drug policy changes they tentatively agreed upon last week.
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Cat Stevens announces 6-city US concert tour
 
2014-09-15: NEW YORK (AP) — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road.
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U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria
 
2014-09-15: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday.
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Exclusive: U.S. safety chief raps GM's 'flawed' culture on recalls
 
2014-09-15: (Reuters) - The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized General Motors Co for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a 'new normal' for safety recalls.
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Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge
 
2014-09-15: EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Star running back Adrian Peterson returned to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, insisting he is not a child abuser and wanting "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child" after he was charged with a felony in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.
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GOP set to again block Senate Dems on women's pay
 
2014-09-15: WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans were ready to derail an election-season drive by Democrats on Monday to pressure employers to pay women the same as men for comparable jobs.
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App would help women in NYC find women cab drivers
 
2014-09-15: NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a woman can be hard to find — if you're looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City.
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Pope meets with Argentine judge in Dirty War probe
 
2014-09-15: VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with an Argentine judge who played a key role in the recent convictions of two former military officers for one of the most notorious crimes of the country's Dirty War.
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Pia Zadora home from Vegas hospital after accident
 
2014-09-15: LAS VEGAS (AP) — A spokeswoman says entertainer Pia Zadora is home from a Las Vegas hospital to continue treatment for serious head and ankle injuries received when she fell from a golf cart last week.
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Merkel: Russia must withdraw troops from Ukraine
 
2014-09-15: BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine for a peace plan there to work.
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Clooney to receive HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award
 
2014-09-15: LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney is sure to take home a trophy at next year's Golden Globe Awards.

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