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Flags of Britain and Japan are displayed as money traders leave their seats at a foreign exchange dealing company in Tokyo, Friday, Sept.  19, 2014. The British pound jumped as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom while Japanese shares surged as the yen extended losses against the dollar. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift

With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed. Investors watched as the Chinese e-commerce giant surged 38 percent Friday, in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Alibaba gained $25.89 to ...

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The final rules are due ...

3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

A federal jury convicted the owner of a peanut plant and two others Friday in a salmonella outbreak that prompted one of the largest U.S. food recalls ever, sickened hundreds across the country and was linked to several deaths. Experts say the seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia, marked the first ...

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Chief Justice Roberts said he’s worried about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that the court is a political body. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

US chief justice worried about partisanship

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern Friday about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that politics factor into the court's rulings. Roberts told an audience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law that the partisan atmosphere in Washington would make it ...

Michael Robertson, a libertarian Internet entrepreneur best known for creating MP3.com, stands for a portrait Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Diego. Robertson sued the San Diego Association of Governments last year for records collected on his vehicle by a license plate-reader network that runs on information supplied by the San Diego Police Department, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and eight other police departments. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

License plate scanner networks capture movements

A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the U.S. over the last decade, ...

Cody Cousins arrives at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse for sentencing Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Lafayette, Ind. Cousins pleaded guilty to murder last month for the Jan. 21 attack during which 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, was killed inside a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, John Terhune) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

Purdue shooter sentenced to 65 years in prison

An Indiana man who admitted fatally stabbing and shooting a fellow Purdue University student inside a crowded classroom was sentenced Friday to the maximum 65 years in prison after telling a judge he lied about being mentally ill. Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Thomas Busch cited Cody Cousins' lack of remorse, ...

Retail mogul Leslie Wexner, right, and his wife Abigail tour the "Transfigurations" exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The "Transfigurations" exhibit, which opens this Sunday, is from the Wexner's private collection will mark the 25th anniversary of the Wexner Center for the Arts. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio

When retail mogul Leslie Wexner peers at one of the Picassos, Dubuffets or Giacomettis in the personal art collection he and his wife Abigail have amassed over the years, he feels a range of emotions that often include gratitude, defeat and exhilaration. "I find it inspiring in a way — ...

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, waves as she is introduced at the DNC Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama, Clinton urge women to back Democrats

Heading into President Barack Obama's final midterm election in the White House, Democrats on Friday sought to energize female voters, pointing to women as key to the party's future. "We do better when we field the whole team. When women succeed, America succeeds," Obama said at an annual forum sponsored ...

NO ballots are stacked on a table during the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday Sept. 19, 2014. From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England.  (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. Now, the task was to heal the divide — and use the energy the referendum unleashed to hold London politicians to promises of ...

French President Francois Hollande waits for questions during a press conference at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Sept.18, 2014. Hollande said he agreed to Iraq's request for air support at a meeting of his top defense and security advisers earlier Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq

France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush's war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks — this time ...

A Pennsylvania State Trooper prepares to enter a wooded area at the Dunmore Cemetery during the funeral service of Pennsylvania State Trooper Bryon  Dickson on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Dunmore, Pa.  Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks.  (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys)  WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Ambush suspect could be aided by dense woods

He could be anywhere. Crouching behind boulders the size of tractor trailers. Concealing himself in a cave. Taking cover in thick brush. With tens of thousands of acres of undisturbed northeastern Pennsylvania forest offering ample opportunity to hide, the self-taught survivalist accused in last week's deadly ambush at a state ...

US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight

Thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims, the Army's top officer said Friday. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said the disease has accelerated faster ...

Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.   At the hearing, Kerry sought to push back on an argument by some in Congress that Syria's rebels lack moderates, or at least any with the capacity to make a difference in the war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama acted a day after a Senate vote capped congressional action on the request, which passed by wide margins despite reservation about whether ...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach listens to arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka, Kan., in a petition by Democrat Chad Taylor to remove his name from the ballot. Kobach reversed course Friday, Sept. 19 directing county election officials to start mailing ballots to voters overseas Saturday without having a Democratic nominee listed for the U.S. Senate. Taylor's withdrawal from the race potentially improves the chances of Independent candidate Greg Orman defeating Roberts.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Kobach reverses course on Kansas Senate ballots

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has reversed course and directed county election officials to start mailing ballots to voters overseas Saturday without having a Democratic nominee listed for the U.S. Senate race. The Democrat dropped out of the race against three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts at the urging of ...

Feds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers

The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety. Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation ...

Gilchrist county sheriff Bobby Schultz talks with the medida following the shooting deaths of 8 members of a familhy in  Bell, Fla, Thursday, Sept., 18, 2014.  Schultz said a man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren

An ex-convict who killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself had been in and out of jail and spent time in prison for accidentally shooting his son to death during a hunting trip, according to authorities and records. Don Spirit, 51, called 911 on Thursday afternoon from ...

In this Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 photo, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven, Conn. A jury convicted Rowland Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 on all charges that he conspired to be paid for work on two political campaigns while disguising those payments in business deals. It is the second felony conviction for Rowland, who resigned as governor a decade ago in a scandal over illegal gifts he received while in office. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Connecticut ex-governor convicted of new crimes

Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns. Rowland once a rising star for the Republican Party, served 10 months in prison for taking ...

Lawyer: EU court agrees to hear Berlusconi appeal

A lawyer for ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Friday the European Court for Human Rights has agreed to take up one point of an appeal related to a tax fraud conviction that cost him his Senate seat. Attorney Piero Longo said the Strasbourg, France-based court agreed to examine Berlusconi's claim that ...

Retardant record set on massive California fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has set an agency record for the amount of retardant dropped on a wildfire in a single day. State fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff says air tankers on Wednesday poured 203,375 gallons of the red slurry on an explosive Northern California wildfire that ...

Judge approves $190 million Hopkins settlement

A Baltimore judge has approved a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations. The settlement was reached in July between the renowned hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy. ...

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