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A view of cupcakes decorated with the Union and Scottish Saltire flags, and question marks, along with the results of sales, at Cuckoo's bakery, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The bakery has been monitoring the sales of its Union and Saltire flag and undecided cupcakes for 200 days to try and predict the outcome of the referendum. 43.5 percent of sales were Yes cakes, 47.7 percent No, and 8.8 percent undecided.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish independence campaign

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday’s referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are …

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 that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive. “Hello Iowa. I’m back!” Clinton …

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, has built a new life for herself as the political voice of many disenchanted conservatives, …

Warren likely to back repeal of casino law

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-gambling activists are touting a major boost from Sen. Elizabeth Warren as their campaign to repeal the state’s casino law heads into the final stretch. The first-term Democrat said Monday she’ll likely vote in favor of …

Midterm election unlikely to end stalemate in Washington

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After a summer of upheaval, from the Middle East to Ferguson, Mo., the country swings into a fall campaign with large stakes but little chance of ending the partisan stalemate that has ground Washington to a virtual halt. If anything, the results of this year’s congressional races could …

Hong Kong looks to defy Beijing over vote reform

Monday, September 1, 2014

HONG KONG — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official’s speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted …

Most Massachusetts voters register as independent

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The most recent party enrollment numbers show that despite Massachusetts’ reputation as a Democratic state, the majority of voters have opted against either major party. According to numbers released by the state secretary’s office, more than 53 percent of voters in Massachusetts have registered as …

Okla. transgender candidate misses history by 22 votes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender candidate. Paula Sophia, 48 — …

GOP’s Baker stockpiling money in race for governor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOSTON — While the three Democratic candidates for governor have been spending down their campaign accounts as they battle for their party’s primary nod, Republican candidate Charlie Baker has been busy stockpiling money for the November general election. As of mid-August, Baker had nearly $1.2 million left in … 2

Four big-money brothers, four paths

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a …

G rand jury indicts Gov. Perry over veto threat

Friday, August 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the … 1

Clinton, White House try to shrug off split

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN — In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a …

Turkish prime minister wins first direct presidential vote

Sunday, August 10, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone toward critics who fear he is bent on a power grab as he embarks on another five years …