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US to train and arm Syrian moderates against IS...Scots sticking with UK...Man kills daughter, 6 grandkids

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 19, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will have the authority to order arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels, and the U.S. government remains funded past a Sept. 30 deadline under legislation given final approval in the Senate. It's hoped the arming and training of moderates in Syria can serve to blunt the Islamic State group.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The Scottish vote to stick with the United Kingdom comes as a big relief for Britain's economic and political establishment. Financial markets could have been roiled by a vote for independence. An unprecedented 85 percent turnout of Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent to remain park of the U.K.

BELL, Fla. (AP) — The Florida community of Bell, near Gainesville is reeling after the discovery of the bodies of a mother and six of her children. Authorities say the woman's father shot them and committed suicide. Authorities say he called 911 yesterday to say he might harm himself or others. Police had been to the house on previous occasions.

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California that prompted the evacuation of some 2,800 people was started deliberately by a man with a long criminal history. Wayne Allen Huntsman is scheduled for arraignment today. Thousands of firefighters have so far prevented the 114-square-mile blaze east of Sacramento from destroying any homes.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Parts of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces are flooded today because of heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon. Schools and government offices are closed. Local authorities say thousands have been evacuated from severely inundated communities, some with rapidly flowing waters more than neck high. One forecaster says more than 10 inches of rain fell over a part of Metro Manila.

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