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Nigeria college attack leaves 13 dead

Students and workers at the Federal College of Education in the Kofar Kabuga area of Kano fled in panic as gunmen stormed the campus at about 1300 GMTKano (Nigeria) (AFP) – At least 13 people were killed and 34 others wounded when police fought a battle with suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Kano, northern Nigeria, the state's police chief said on Wednesday.



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Researchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland

This photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, and released by Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research shows the remains of a building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, a death camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland in Sobibor, Poland. Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers announced Wednesday that they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at the camp. (AP Photo/Yoram Haimi, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.



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5 spring trends from London Fashion Week

A model wears an outfit by designer Burberry Prorsum during their Spring/Summer 15 show at London Fashion Week in London, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — They came, they saw, and now they've jetted off to Milan for another round of catwalk shows.



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AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are "out of the question."



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NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) watches the action from the sideline in the second half of a NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week. Under the new rules announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL said Wednesday that its new performance-enhancing drug policy will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field this week.



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French case against Iran opposition group dropped

PARIS (AP) — French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing the last part of a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire.
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Experts: Chopin’s heart shows signs of TB

FILE - In this July 28, 2008 file photo a woman sits in front of the shrine where the heart of Polish-born composer Frederic Chopin rests in the Church of the Holy Cross, in Warsaw, Poland. Polish medical experts say Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, that the preserved heart of 19th century composer shows signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease. The findings seem to corroborate Chopin's 1849 death certificate which said that the Polish-born musician died at the age of 39 in Paris from TB. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — 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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Benghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way

Assistant secretary for diplomatic security at the State Department, Greg Starr, left, and former assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security Department, Todd Keil, talk before testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, during a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.



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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Fiji's military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama, left, casts his vote in a national election in Suva, Fiji, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. (AP Photo/Pita Ligaiula)SUVA, Fiji (AP) — There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.



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Ebola could drain billions of dollars from African economies – World Bank

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars from economies in West Africa by the end of next year if the epidemic is not contained, the World Bank said in an analysis on Wednesday. The global development lender predicted that slow containment of the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could lead to broader regional contagion, particularly through tourism and trade. Under the worst-case scenario, Guinea’s economic growth could be reduced by 2.3 percentage points next year while Sierra Leone’s growth would be cut by 8. …
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Gunmen fire bullets, set off bomb at college in north Nigeria’s Kano

KANO Nigeria (Reuters) – Gunmen stormed a government college in northern Nigeria’s main city of Kano on Wednesday, firing repeatedly on fleeing students and setting off an explosion, the military said. It was unclear what the toll of dead and wounded were from the attack on the Kano Federal College of Education. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram is likely to be a prime suspect. …
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Skunk with head stuck in beer can rescued in Ohio

This photo taken Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Oxford, Ohio, by police officer Matt Hatfield and provided by the Oxford police department, shows a skunk with it's head stuck in a beer can near a fraternity house at Miami (Ohio) University. An animal control officer was able to free and release the skunk without being sprayed. (AP Photo/Oxford Police Department, Matt Hatfield)OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio.



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Surprise CPI fall rattles U.S. inflation bond market

By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. bond market gauge on investors’ inflation expectations fell early Wednesday after a government index on domestic consumer prices unexpectedly declined for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years due to a broad decrease in energy prices. Inflation break-even rates, the yield differences between U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities and regular Treasury securities, shrank in reaction to the latest reading on the Consumer Price Index, which fell 0.2 percent last month. Analysts had forecast no change in the index. …
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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. It is the first in a series of high-profile hearings that will measure congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary House lawmakers prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants Wednesday as Iraq's new prime minister dismissed the notion that the struggle could lead to U.S. forces again fighting on the ground in his country.



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IPhone emerges from ‘bygone era’, reviewers hail bigger handset

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino(Reuters) – Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote. Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or "ever made", while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described as a "phablet" that will give competition to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy S line of 'big' Android phones. "I think it's a terrific phone. …



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Shooting, blast at college in Nigeria’s Kano

Students and workers at the Federal College of Education in the Kofar Kabuga area of Kano fled in panic as gunmen stormed the campus at about 1300 GMTKano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Gunshots and an explosion hit a college in the north Nigerian city of Kano on Wednesday and multiple casualties were feared, witnesses said.



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Crews battle California fire’s explosive growth

In this Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 photo, vehicles and homes are destroyed in Weed, Calif. where a wind-driven wildfire raced through the hillside neighborhood and forced more than 1,000 people to flee the small town near the Oregon border. The fast-moving blaze, which began Monday, was among nearly a dozen wildfires burning in California that have been exacerbated by the state's third straight year of drought. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.



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Ebola ‘fear factor’ risks economic disaster, World Bank warns

Guinea's Red Cross health workers prepare to collect the body of an Ebola victim on September 14, 2014 from a clinic in ConakryWashington (AFP) – The World Bank warned Wednesday that fear of the deadly Ebola virus is choking off economic activity in West Africa with potentially "catastrophic" results.



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Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence, according to police.
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Vikings bar Peterson from team activities

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis. After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Vikings have reversed course and placed star Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, the team announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings changed course early Wednesday and decided in the middle of the night to put star running back Adrian Peterson on hiatus while he deals with a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.



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Factbox – Scotland’s independence vote: How will the results come?

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scots vote on whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom in a referendum on Thursday. Following are details on how and when the results are due. THE VOTE The ballot paper will ask: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Voters will be asked to put a cross in either a Yes or No box. Polling stations open at 0600 GMT and close at 2100 GMT. Nearly 800,000 people registered for postal votes, which must arrive by 2100 GMT on Thursday. EXIT POLLS Reuters knows of no exit polls planned for after polling stations close at 2100 GMT. …
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Forensic sleuths sketch Richard III’s brutal end

King Richard III's skull was found at the Grey Friars Church excavation site in LeicesterParis (AFP) – King Richard III likely perished at the hands of assailants who hacked away pieces of his scalp and rammed spikes or swords into his brain as the helmet-less monarch knelt in the mud.



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Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling

In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, a group of orca whales swim in the waters off San Juan Island near Friday Harbor, Wash., with Mt. Baker in the distance. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) — Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court.



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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

A major red tide bloom extends more than 100 miles along Florida's Gulf coastline, and reaches more than 30 miles off shore in this NASA true-colour imageCLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.



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Scotland campaigns race for votes on referendum eve

People gather for a pro-independence rally in Glasgow's George Square, on September 17, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independenceEdinburgh (AFP) – Campaigners for and against Scottish independence scrambled for votes on Wednesday on the eve of a knife-edge referendum that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers with greater autonomy.



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UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish vote result

By Nigel Stephenson LONDON (Reuters) – London’s trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland’s independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday. The vote on whether Scotland should end its 300-year-old union with England was set for a nail-biting finish. Three polls on Wednesday put opponents of independence slightly ahead, though many voters remained undecided. The final result could come any time between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. …
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Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers a speech during an award ceremony in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge is a competition to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday.



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Getting animals to dazzle on screen is a wild job

In this film image released by Disney, Jeremy Irvine is shown in a scene from "War Horse." The film is among many animal-related films mentioned in the book "Animal Stars," a behind-the-scenes look at how trainers get everything from badgers to bears to safely do what dazzles. Set for release Sept. 25, the book is co-written by the head of the American Humane Association, whose entertainment unit is the industry’s only sanctioned animal welfare program and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. (AP Photo/Disney, Andrew Cooper)LOS ANGELES (AP) — For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken.



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