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Scotland's voters arrive at polling places in Edinburgh,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 .Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.(AP Photo/David Cheskin)

Scots appear to reject independence

Friday, September 19, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and with most votes counted Friday, results suggested a strong wish to keep Scotland’s 307-year union with England. With 26 of 32 regional electoral centers reporting, the No side had about 54 percent of the vote to about 46 percent for the Yes side. Those …

Senate majority OKs aid for Syrian rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama …

US nixes lethal aid for Ukraine

Friday, September 19, 2014

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. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko renewed his call for …

US man in N. Korea gets 6 years hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about …

Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Monday, September 15, 2014

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance …

Report: Wealth gap squeezes state revenue

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor’s. Even as income for the affluent …

Gaza children return to school after war delay

Monday, September 15, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. Gaza …

Manhunt launched after Pa. trooper killed in ambush

Monday, September 15, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman …

Pope marries 20 couples

Monday, September 15, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Forty “I do’s” — or “Si” in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Francis in his homily likened families to …

Islamic State releases video which shows slaying of British aid worker David Haines

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.” Cameron confirmed Haines’ death in a statement …

Slain kids loved to play with their dad

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMORY, Miss. — The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved “wrestling with …

Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

Friday, September 12, 2014

LIMA, Ohio — Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three students were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier. The state prisons agency …

Sarah Palin’s family said to be involved in rowdy Alaska party

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sarah Palin’s supporters have long urged her to found her own party. Last week, she went out in Anchorage and did find a party, but the trouble may be different than the political kind. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008, …