Voters enter a polling station to place their votes during the referendum on Scottish independence in Pitlochry, Scotland September 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Scots start voting in independence referendum

EDINBURGH - People in Scotland began voting in a referendum on whether the country should become independent or stay part of the United Kingdom.  Full Article 

Dollar hits six-year peak versus yen, ECB aims cash hose 4:39am EDT

LONDON - The dollar vaulted to a six-year peak against the yen on Friday as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising interest rates underlined the diverging path between the United States and the rest of the rich world.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell turns to Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX after speaking to reporters after the Republican party policy luncheon in the Capitol in Washington September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

House votes to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives approved President Obama's plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need.   Full Article | Video 

Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering roadshow in Singapore September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid frenzy

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to sell some $22 billion of shares, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide.  Full Article 

Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen delivers opening remarks at her news conference in Washington September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Fed rate hikes may come sooner than expected

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve renewed a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" but it issued projections that suggested it may raise borrowing costs a bit quicker than it had been thinking a few months ago.  Full Article | Video 

Construction of new homes on Cape San Blas on Florida’s Gulf Coast has continued even though the area is on a federal “blacklist” preventing it from receiving federal aid to protect its fast-eroding shore. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Americans are flocking to sinking shores

Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that government is happy to help the nation indulge in its passion for beachfront living.  Full Coverage 

Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President at Apple Inc., speaks about the iPhone 6 (L) and the iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system

Apple is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21.  Full Article | Related Story 

Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Wildfire in California menaces 2,000 homes

LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents.  Full Article 

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Ukraine pays "high price" for beliefs-Poroshenko

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko tells Canada's Parliament that his country is paying "a very high price for defending what we believe in." Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Shi'ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Stay out of religious wars

There will be no peace in the Middle East until local peoples crave it so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.  Commentary