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Australian officials say IS supporters planned random beheading...Obama meets with Ukraine's leader...Historic vote in Scotland

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 18, 2014 at 1:40 a.m.



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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials say 15 people who are being detained allegedly planned to publicly behead a randomly selected person in Sydney to demonstrate the reach of the militant group Islamic State. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says raids were carried out today at more than a dozen locations across Sydney after authorities learned that an Islamic State leader in the Middle East called on Australian supporters to kill.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate is expected to follow the House's lead today and give the Obama administration authority to arm and train Syrian rebels so they can go after the group Islamic State. President Barack Obama is praising lawmakers for Wednesday's 273-156 House vote.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with Ukraine's president at the White House today. President Petro Poroshenko is looking for more robust U.S military assistance to help his country in its fight against Russian-backed rebels. The U.S. has provided about $60 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine's military, but has resisted Ukraine's request for weapons.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Turnout is expected to be high today when voters in Scotland decide whether to remain part of the United Kingdom. Polls suggest the result is too close to call.

PHOENIX (AP) — Another NFL player is facing abuse charges. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is charged with aggravated assault for an alleged July attack on the mother of his toddler son. Also on Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers decided that star defensive end Greg Hardy won't play any more games until his domestic violence case is resolved. Hardy was convicted of assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her, but he's appealing the case. This comes after the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson was indicted on felony child-abuse charges for using a tree branch to discipline his 4-year-old son.

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