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September 16, 2013

FEDERAL RESERVE-SUMMERS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawrence Summers, who was considered the leading candidate to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman, has withdrawn from consideration, the White House says. By Julie Pace and Martin Crutsinger.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers assessing the agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons argue about whether President Barack Obama was outfoxed by the Russians and had lost leverage in trying to end the civil war, or whether his threat of military action had propelled the breakthrough. By Libby Quaid. AP Photos.

COLORADO FLOODING

LYONS, Colorado (AP) — The search for people stranded from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the plains of northeastern Colorado grows more difficult with a new wave of rain grounding airlifts from the flooded areas still out of reach. By Hannah Dreier and Jeri Clausing. AP Photos.

UN-SYRIA-CHEMICAL WEAPONS

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says its chief chemical weapons inspector has turned over his team’s report on last month’s alleged poison gas attack in Syria to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

NYC BYSTANDERS SHOT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two police officers fire on a man who is acting erratically and dodging cars on a busy Manhattan street, wounding two bystanders and sending people running for cover, authorities said. By Deepti Hajela.

TROPICAL WEATHER

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Tropical Storm Manuel sweeps Mexico’s Pacific coast with dangerous rains while thousands evacuate low-lying areas on the Gulf coast ahead of Hurricane Ingrid’s expected Monday landfall. At least 21 deaths are reported from both storms. By Jose Antonio Rivera. AP Photos. AP Video.

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BRIDGE SAFETY-PUERTO RICO

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s salty ocean air is corroding dozens of bridges across the U.S. territory, continually weakening the structures and posing a challenge for officials trying to prioritize which ones to repair first. By Danica Coto.

MISS AMERICA

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — Nina Davuluri becomes the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant. By Wayne Parry. AP Photos.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

FEDERAL RESERVE

The Federal Reserve is expected to take its first step toward reducing the extraordinary stimulus it’s supplied to help the U.S. economy rebound from its deepest crisis since the Great Depression. By Martin Crutsinger.

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