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White House says Janet Yellen front-runner for Fed chair

WASHINGTON — A White House official said on Wednesday that Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen was front-runner for the top job at the U.S. central bank when Ben Bernanke steps down, a shift in strategy after former economic adviser Lawrence Summers withdrew from consideration.<p>With the end of …

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Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity

LONDON – Exactly a year before Scotland decides whether to remain part of Great Britain or go it alone, supporters of independence clashed Wednesday with those who want to stay in the British fold, heralding 12 months of searching debate over fundamental notions of national identity.<p>Scottish voters …

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N.H. '16 poll: Paul, Christie dead heat

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are neck and neck leading the potential Republican field in 2016 in key primary state New Hampshire, a new poll shows.<p>Paul got 20 percent of the GOP primary vote to Christie’s 19 percent in the Public Policy Polling survey released …

John McCain aims broadside at Vladimir Putin with reply editorial

US senator answers Russian president's New York Times article by branding him a repressive leader and friend to tyrants<p>• John McCain: 'Putin: tyrant at home, friend of tyrants abroad'<p>Senator John McCain has taken to the web pages of Pravda.ru to tell<br>Russians their ruler is corrupt, repressive and …

Defiant Assad claims government did not use chem weapons, vows to abide by agreement

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, claimed he is fully committed to carrying out a plan to turn over and destroy his government's chemical weapons -- while continuing to deny responsibility for last month's deadly chemical weapons attack despite new evidence …