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Iran, 6 powers seek to unblock nuclear talks

With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief.

After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.

Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track

Egypt’s antiquities minister took journalists inside a 4,600-year-old pyramid on Tuesday to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and “without evidence.”

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Record amount of retardant used on California fire

A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren’t stopping the flames.

After 2 weeks, search still on for 2 Maryland kids

It’s been almost two weeks since Troy Turner last saw two of his kids, 3-year-old Sarah, his “tomboy princess,” and 2-year-old Jacob, who he calls “Bubby.”

Lawyer to ask feds to probe Utah police shooting

An attorney for the family of a black man who was killed by Utah police said Friday that he will ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

Flight attendants reach tentative deal with AA

A flight attendants’ union says it has a tentative contract covering crews at American Airlines and US Airways.

Man urged victim to kill self via webcam

A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam.

More videos show missing Va. student, male walking

Police said Thursday they are seeking to talk to a male who was seen by a witness with a University of Virginia student the night she disappeared.

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Trooper ambush suspect added to most wanted list

Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper’s funeral, hours before his suspected killer was added to the FBI’s most wanted list.

NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

NATO’s new rapid-reaction “spearhead” force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

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Scots reject independence in historic vote

Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Report: Progress ‘modest’ on upping embassy safety

The State Department has made only limited progress in its pledge to boost the number of Marine security guards at high-threat diplomatic posts around the world, the agency’s internal watchdog said Thursday.

White House orders plan for antibiotic resistance

Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.

Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

Congress’ must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration’s request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border — even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.

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Ukraine’s pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

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Salmon numbers jump at central Idaho mountain lake

More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho’s high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades.

Yet more global heat records fall in August

The globe smashed more heat records last month, including Earth’s hottest August and summer, federal meteorologists said Thursday.

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Group aims to redo neglected site on National Mall

Lakeside gardens, model boats and fine dining overlooking the nation’s monuments could one day redefine a site on the National Mall that has languished for years with fetid water, dying fish and crumbling walkways.