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ISLAMIC STATE ARRESTS

NEW YORK — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them threatening to shoot President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities say. By Deepti Hajela.

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SYRIAN REFUGEE FEARS

The Obama administration's commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced. By Eric Tucker.

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CUBA-US-EXPECTATIONS

HAVANA — The jubilation that greeted the announcement of U.S.-Cuban detente two months ago has faded to resignation as many Cubans realize they're at the start of a long process unlikely to ease their daily struggles anytime soon. By Michael Weissenstein.

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VENEZUELA-UNREST

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela — The killing of a 14-year-old boy by a policeman during an anti-government protest raises already high tensions in Venezuela amid a crackdown on the opposition and crippling economic problems. By Luz Dary Depablos and Hannah Dreier.

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EBOLA-NYC DOCTOR

NEW YORK — A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and rode the subway system and dined out before he developed symptoms said the media and politicians could have done a better job by educating people on the science of it instead of focusing on their fears. By Tom McElroy.

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CONGRESS-HOMELAND SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Democrats sign on to a Senate Republican plan to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, putting pressure on House Republicans to drop their insistence that any funding measure reverse President Barack Obama's orders easing immigration policies. By Eric Werner and David Espo.

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COLOMBIA-CRUDE REALITIES

PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia — With oil prices sky high the past decade, the population of this rural backwater tripled, modern hotels opened and a surfeit of royalties paid for a giant arch to nowhere. Now, like much of Latin America, Puerto Gaitan is bracing for a major thumping from crude's plunge. By Jacobo Garcia and Joshua Goodman.

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JAMAICA-DECRIMINALIZING POT

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Pot has been pervasive but illegal in Jamaica for decades, consumed as a medicinal herb, puffed as a sacrament by Rastafarians and sung about in the island's reggae music. Now Parliament has voted to decriminalize small amounts and to create a legal medical marijuana industry. By David McFadden.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

MORGAN STANLEY SETTLEMENT

NEW YORK — Morgan Stanley says it has agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle with the federal government over its role in the mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. By Ken Sweet.

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MEXICO-DISENCHANTED BUSINESS

MEXICO CITY — Already under attack from many sectors, President Enrique Pena Nieto is losing the one camp that enthusiastically backed his election: business leaders. They say he has fallen down badly on providing order and boosting the economy. By Katherine Corcoran and E. Eduardo Castillo.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

GARCIA MARQUEZ-ARCHIVE

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas' literary archive says it paid $2.2 million for the works of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a price the school sought to keep secret until ordered to make it public by the state attorney general's office. By Jim Vertuno.

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RIO 2016-DIRTY WATER

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. By Jenny Barchfield.

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With: RIO 2016-INSPECTORS.