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WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional OK for the U.S. military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate voted last night to authorize Obama's request. The House approved the legislation Wednesday. The rebels have been fighting militants in the group Islamic State, which has seized huge swaths of Syria and Iraq, and has carried out beheadings, including those of two American journalists.
LONDON (AP) — Businesses and investors are reacting with relief to Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom. With all but one of the 32 Scottish councils having declared, the No campaign has won more than 55 percent of the votes cast in Thursday's referendum. The 10-point victory margin was wider than expected. British stocks have responded positively to the news today.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's civil aviation authority says foreign airlines have halted flights into the main international airport in the capital Sanaa (sah-NAH') because of heavy fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni militias. Aviation officials say the flights are suspended for 24 hours, after which they'll review the security situation.
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot says a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards. The nation's largest home improvement retailer says the data breach happened between April and this month, and the malware has been eliminated. The size of the theft trails only that of TJX Companies' heist of 90 million records disclosed in 2007. Target's breach compromised 40 million credit and debit cards.
BEIJING (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Li Na (lee nah) is retiring because of recurring knee injuries. The Women's Tennis Association describes the 32-year-old as a trailblazer and credits her with being the first player from Asia to win a major title. She won the 2011 French Open a few months after becoming the first from the region to reach a Grand Slam final, which she did at the 2011 Australian Open.
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