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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign legislation that authorizes the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State group. Obama says today's bipartisan Senate vote shows the world that Americans are united in combating the extremists in Iraq or Syria. The president has reiterated that U.S. troops will not have a combat role on the ground.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots are embracing a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom is holding its breath. Voters turned out in unprecedented numbers today for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England. The polls have closed and the vote count is underway.

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal history is being charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes. Authorities arrested Wayne Allen Huntsman late Wednesday in Placerville. The wind-whipped fire burned through 111 square miles and is only 5 percent contained.

LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Mexican federal police are vowing to crack down on lawlessness and restore order in the resort area of Los Cabos, which was hit hard by Hurricane Odile. Looting has emptied store shelves and residents unnerved by reports of gunfire have been lighting large bonfires to try to protect their neighborhoods as they face a fourth day without power or running water.

BELL, Fla. (AP) — A small town in northern Florida is in shock tonight after what police are calling a major shooting today. Media outlets are reporting that it could involve multiple fatalities. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office has only confirmed it is investigating a shooting incident in the town of Bell, which is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

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