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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate is voting on authorization for the Obama administration to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to do battle against Islamic State. Democrats voting no include Alaska's Mark Begich, who said it's time for Arab countries to step up against terrorism.

PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') says France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq against the Islamic State group's fighters. But Hollande says France won't go beyond airstrikes in support of the Iraqi military or Kurdish Peshmerga forces. He also says French planes won't attack targets in Syria, where Islamic State has also captured territory.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Vote counting is underway at 32 regional centers across Scotland on whether it will end its 307-year-old union with England. There has been heavy turnout. A vote for independence will trigger 18 months of negotiations on how the two countries will separate. The final result on the independence vote is expected sometime after 1 a.m. EDT.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Home Depot estimates that a cyberattack earlier this year affected 56 million unique payment cards. The retail giant blames malware for the attacks that took place between April and September. The Atlanta-based firm also says it has completed a "major" payment security project that provides enhanced encryption of customers' payment data.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') have drenched parts of the Southwest. The Austin, Texas, area received as much as 7 inches of rain today. Rescue crews in Central Texas are searching for a sheriff's deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodwaters. Heavy rains in West Texas caused dozens of streets and some houses to flood.

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