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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq
Hagel and Dempsey testify at a hearing about the IS on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that U.S. troops might need to take on a larger ground role as they fend off Islamic State militants in Iraq, but the White House stressed there would be no combat mission for U.S. ground forces. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there was no intention of placing American military advisers on the ground for direct combat. The U.S. plan relies on other contributions, including air strikes. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:30:20 -0400

Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland
Union flag fairy lights are pictured outside a cottage supporting the "No" campaign on North Uist in the Outer HebridesBy Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence. With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare spending and the future of the revered National Health System have formed a central part of nationalist Alex Salmond's case for secession. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:11:28 -0400

Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers special status to rebels
Ukraine's President Poroshenko clasps hands with Prime Minister Yatseniuk after a ratification of a landmark association agreement with the European Union during a parliament session in KievBy Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine ratified a sweeping agreement with the European Union on Tuesday - an issue at the heart of the Russia-West crisis over its future - and sought to blunt the independence drive of Russian-backed separatists by offering them temporary and limited self-rule. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:09 -0400

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Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson (Yahoo Sports)
Vikings general manger Rick Spielman talks with reporters about the decision to allow Adrian Peterson to play on Sunday against Saints. (AP)For as long as he's been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and most marketable stars in the league. Now that he is facing a felony charge of child abuse for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, the Minnesota Vikings star running back is facing criticism like he never has before. In the wake of the Vikings' decision to allow Peterson to play while the legal process plays out, the Radisson hotel chain has suspended its sponsorship agreement with the team. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said on Tuesday that Peterson should remain suspended while his case unfolds.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:56:36 PDT

DA: Josh Gordon gets probation in DWI case in NC (Yahoo Sports)
FILE - In this April 17, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon catches a pass during an NFL football practice in Berea, Ohio. Player representatives to the union voted to implement HGH testing for the 2014 NFL season, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Overall changes are retroactive for players who are suspended under previous policies, and for those in the appeal process. Those players, presumably including Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who is suspended for the season, and Broncos receiver Wes Welker (four games), would be subject to standards of the new policies. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A prosecutor says Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:50:14 PDT

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart (Yahoo Sports)
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart (14) sits in his car during final practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) -- A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:46 PDT

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Biotechs bounce after three-day slide
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - Biotech stocks were trading higher on Tuesday, putting the Nasdaq biotechnology index on track to snap a three-day losing skid heading into the latter stages of trading. The sector has been under pressure recently, falling nearly 4 percent from its most recent record high on August 29 before Tuesday's gains. Salix Pharmaceuticals shares, up 4 percent to $154.73, were among the bright spots in the group after the company said late Monday its treatment for distal ulcerative colitis had received tentative approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:31 -0400

Roller-coaster debate over new Fed tool may get resolved this week
The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in WashingtonBy Jonathan Spicer and Ann Saphir NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - There is a distinct chance U.S. Federal Reserve officials will rewrite their strategy for normalizing monetary policy this week given signs that a roller-coaster debate over a new tool for controlling interest rates is nearing its resolution. Investors worldwide are watching the U.S. central bank's policy meeting that ends on Wednesday for hints on when it will start raising borrowing costs. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:39:41 -0400

S&P 500 powers on in a market without big pullback
A screen displays the S&P 500 after passing the 2000 mark just after the opening bell over the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - For all of those waiting for a correction in U.S. stocks, here's the news: you may have already missed it. It is true that the broad S&P 500 has not gone through a by-the-book 10 percent decline since October of 2011. But seven of the 10 S&P 500 industry groups, the Nasdaq Composite and the small-cap Russell 2000 have all fallen more than 10 percent at some point since, many more than once. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:54:24 -0400

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Stewart fatal accident to go to grand jury
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)A fatal dirt-track accident last month involved three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:47:07 -0400

Cops: Gunman in police ambush sought mass murder
This photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Cpl. Byron Dickson. Dickson was killed by a gunman as he left the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass, who was injured in the attack, to get additional information on the ambush. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)Suspect killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside Penn. barracks: police.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:52:40 -0400

N.Y.: Wal-Mart levied fictional 'sugar tax' on soda
Walmart introduces new dress code, employees must buy own clothesNew York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. The attorney general's office ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:39:36 -0400