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BELL, Fla. — Media outlets are reporting that a shooting in north Florida could involve multiple fatalities.

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

PORTLAND, Tenn. — An anti-gay billboard is stirring a debate over bullying and religion in a rural community about 30 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, is vocally criticizing President Barack Obama's plan to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.

PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved a plan for the military to train and equip Syrian rebels, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's signature.

Melinda Paige Keown's court case against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was dismissed, in a decision by Circuit Court Judge L. Marie Williams in March, 2013.

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. — The brother of a man accused of kidnapping and killing a 20-year-old nursing student has been charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on independence, deciding whether to dissolve a 307-year union with England that brought prosperity but has increasingly felt stifling to many Scots.

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says his Papa John’s franchises in the Denver area are doing well, thanks to certain “law changes” in the state.

WASHINGTON — Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.

The Home Depot estimates that a cyberattack earlier this year affected 56 million unique payment cards.

NEW YORK — Oracle says Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO of the company he founded. The business software maker promoted Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to replace him as co-CEOs.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today sought to punch the reset button on Tennessee's controversial Common Core student testing standards at an "education summit" attended by state lawmakers, educators and business leaders.

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