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CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR

TORONTO — His hopes of winning another term in tatters, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford snuck out of his city to seek treatment for substance abuse a day after a second video emerged that appears to show him puffing from a crack pipe. By Rob Gillies.

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CONGRESS-ELECTION POLITICS

WASHINGTON — One after another, congressional Democrats are pushing bills they know can't become law but could put them in a better light with core voters in the November elections. Republicans have been doing the same thing with more than 50 futile attempts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Meantime, legislators in both parties have produced virtually no significant legislation. By Steven R. Hurst.

NATO-RUSSIA

WASHINGTON — The United States and some of its NATO allies see Russia's intervention in Ukraine as a post-Cold War turning point, possibly ending two decades of hope that Moscow could be made a lasting security partner. By Robert Burns.

Eds: Hagel speech scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT.

OBAMA-GERMANY

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are coming together to mount a show of trans-Atlantic unity against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seem to be doing little to change Vladimir Putin's reasoning. By Josh Lederman. Eds: Will update from joint news conference at 11:45 a.m. eastern

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OKLAHOMA EXECUTION

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma prison officials tried for 51 minutes to find a vein in a death row inmate's arms and feet before inserting an IV through the man's groin ahead of a botched execution this week, the state's prisons chief said in a report urging more oversight of executions. BY Sean Murphy.

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COLOMBIA-SHAMAN-UK TEEN

BOGOTA, Colombia — A Colombian shaman is showing no remorse and taking no responsibility for the death of a British teenager who drank a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual. By Joshua Goodman.

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CARIBBEAN-MOSQUITO VIRUS

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A recently arrived mosquito-borne virus that causes an abrupt onset of high fever and intense joint pain is rapidly gaining a foothold in many spots of the Caribbean, health experts say. By David McFadden.

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MEXICO-CESAR CHAVEZ MOVIE

MEXICO CITY — The title in Spanish of the new biopic movie about Cesar Chavez sums up just how little known the Mexican-American labor leader is in Mexico. The movie that opened Thursday, Labor Day in Latin America, is called "The Mexican who defied the United States," with a subtitle that translates as "Who the hell is Cesar Chavez?" By Katherine Corcoran.

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BUSINESS:

SENATE-KEYSTONE PIPELINE

WASHINGTON — Senate supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline conceded Thursday they lack the 60 votes necessary to pass legislation authorizing immediate construction of the proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the United States, but said they remain hopeful of prevailing. By David Espo.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

PAUL SIMON-EDIE BRICKELL-ARRESTS

NORWALK, Connecticut — Paul Simon made the phone call to an emergency line that led to the arrests last week of him and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, on disorderly conduct charges, according to a police report.

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IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS

UNDATED — Pharrell is still full of tears of joy — even after that viral interview with Oprah Winfrey. The producer-rapper-singer was teary-eyed after he performed a medley of his hits at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and earned the innovator award for his contributions to music. By Mesfin Fekadu.

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