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Slain children mourned...Obama welcomes Scotland vote...Economic gains are slower

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 19, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.



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BELL, Fla. (AP) — Teachers, staff members and students are grieving the deaths of six children who were killed by their grandfather in the small, north Florida city of Bell. Authorities say Don Spirit killed the children and their mother yesterday afternoon, and then took his own life after a Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the home. Four of the children attended Bell Elementary School, which has 540 students.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he welcomes Scotland's decision to stay part of the United Kingdom. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum yesterday. Their decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England.

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the seventh month in a row, a measurement designed to predict the economy's future health is higher. But the August gain came at a much slower pace than in July. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.2 percent. Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says even with the slowdown in August, the index shows the economy is still gaining traction.

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that has driven some 2,800 people from their homes in Northern California is growing but not as substantially as in previous days. Fire officials say the blaze about 60 miles east of Sacramento has burned through 119 square miles. It remains 10 percent contained. Authorities have accused a man of deliberately starting the blaze. Wayne Huntsman is scheduled to be arraigned in the afternoon on an arson charge.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has enlisted Hollywood stars including Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" and Connie Britton of "Nashville" to help fight campus sexual assault. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign today at a White House event. The campaign's website features a PSA with Obama, Biden and other familiar faces telling viewers it's their responsibility to stop sexual assault.

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