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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- The U.S. drive to end its reliance on Russian rocket motors got a boost this week when Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos unveiled a new engine project, but officials and industry insiders say it will take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a locally built alternative.

  • *Nationalist leader Alex Salmond concedes defeat, resigns. EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom.

  • Layoffs postponed for Ohio uranium plant cleanup Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— A funding measure approved this week by Congress would at least postpone hundreds of layoffs for workers handling decontamination and decommissioning of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio. It included $13.7 million to continue cleanup of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon until December, Republican Sen.

  • Family of CIA contractor slain in Benghazi may sue Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    BOSTON— The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and CIA compound when it came under attack by militants in 2012..

  • *Nationalist leader Alex Salmond concedes defeat, resigns. EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.

  • *Alibaba prices IPO at top of range, bolstering sentiment. LONDON, Sept 19- World markets rallied on Friday as Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom lifted Europe and got investors over the latest in a recent run of tricky global political hurdles.

  • Spending bill leaves out immigration courts Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border— even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.

  • White House orders plan for antibiotic resistance Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as he joined two of Obama's scientific advisers to announce the steps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic-resistant infections are linked to 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses in the United States annually.

  • *Nationalist leader Alex Salmond concedes defeat. EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout. But leaders from across the United Kingdom said the union must change if it is to endure.

  • *Sterling gains as Scotland voters decide to stay in UK. LONDON, Sept 19- British markets rallied and the rest of Europe followed suit on Friday as Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom eased investors past the latest in a recent run of global political obstacles.

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.

  • *Sterling gains as Scotland voters decide to stay in UK. TOKYO, Sept 19- The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares.

  • After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:21 AM ET

    EDINBURGH, Scotland— 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 more powers for Scotland.

  • *Sterling gains as poll suggests Scotland voted to stay in UK. TOKYO, Sept 19- The British pound rose sharply after a early results from the Scottish independence vote reinforced expectations Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Asian shares gave up some of their earlier gains on Wall Street's strength.

  • *Sterling gains as poll suggests Scotland voted to stay in UK. TOKYO, Sept 19- Asian shares edged higher on Friday, cheered by news of an eye-popping initial public offering by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, while sterling rebounded after a survey published showed support for Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom.

  • House GOP repackages election-year bills Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:03 PM ET

    The bills adopted Thursday are unlikely to be taken up in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and both face veto threats from the White House. They had already been passed by the House as separate legislation but stalled in the Senate.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed his dissatisfaction with a chronically high jobless rate and complained of a "very sick idea" that the unemployed would "rather just sit around."

  • Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 18- President Barack Obama will highlight strides the United States has made on climate change when he addresses a major U.N. climate summit next week, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

  • At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year.