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at 19:26 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

AP Interview: Iraqi prime minister rejects US ground troops, chides West for inaction in 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 neighbouring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.

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at 19:07 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

AP Interview: Brazil candidate Silva says time to improve US ties, push human rights

RIO DE JANEIRO - Marina Silva, a front-running presidential candidate who grew up in the Amazon jungle and could become the first black to lead Brazil's government, said Wednesday that if elected she'll improve ties with the U.S. and strongly push for human rights in nations like Cuba.

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at 17:46 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

A look at the Fed's views on interest rates, bond purchases and jobs

A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting July 29-30:

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at 17:34 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Doctors say Ebola patient being treated in Nebraska expected to make full recovery

OMAHA, Neb. - An American aid worker infected with Ebola who's being treated in Nebraska is now expected to make a full recovery, his doctors said Wednesday.

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at 16:06 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Guild study: Women, minority directors largely shut out of TV series work in unchanged pattern

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Women and minorities are largely shut out of the ranks of TV series directors in a stubbornly unchanged pattern of hiring, according to a Hollywood guild study released Wednesday.

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at 15:44 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence.

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at 15:09 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Biden says it was poor choice to describe lenders as 'Shylocks;' Jewish group complained

WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes.

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at 15:07 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Liberia's president praises US Ebola aid, hopes it will spur other nations to chip in

MONROVIA, Liberia - People critically ill with Ebola languishing in an ambulance for hours as paramedics seek a place for them. Treatment centres filling up as soon as they are opened. The situation is so dire in Liberia that its president welcomed a U.S. pledge to send troops and treatment centres, but said much more needs to be done.

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at 14:40 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland - 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.

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at 14:38 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

For some Americans, crossing North Korean border a strangely powerful temptation

SEOUL, South Korea - One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines.

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at 14:33 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

British actress Emma Watson 'touched' by Uruguay reception, calls for more women in politics

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - British actor Emma Watson says she's "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she travelled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency.

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at 12:50 on September 17, 2014, EDT.

Medical experts say composer Frederic Chopin's preserved heart bears signs of tuberculosis

WARSAW, Poland - The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.

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