U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government 8:21pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.

A ballot box is emptied as workers prepare to count ballots at a counting center in Aberdeen, Scotland September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Scots vote in record numbers, await verdict

EDINBURGH - Scots agonized over the fate of their country after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom.  Full Article | Video 

A Home Depot location is seen in Niles, Illinois, May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Home Depot breach bigger than Target

BOSTON/CHICAGO - Home Depot Inc said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack was larger than last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp.  Full Article 

Police talk outside a house that was involved in pre-dawn raids in the western Sydney suburb of Guilford September 18, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

Australia raids foil suspected Islamic State plot

Australian security officials conduct massive raids in Sydney and Brisbane to thwart possible acts of violence against the public.  Video | Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama listens as he hosts a bilateral meeting with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan during the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales September 5, 2014. REUTERS/ Larry Downing

Turkey stays on sidelines against Islamic state

Few countries are in a better position than Turkey - a NATO ally - to help the United States fight Islamic State. But don’t hold your breath for Turkey’s support.  Commentary 

Firefighter Michael Klain watches as the King Fire burns near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Evacuations ordered in California wildfire

LOS ANGELES - Authorities issued new evacuation orders on Thursday for Northern California mountain communities after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight.  Full Article 

Hurricane aftermath in Mexico

The luxury town of Mexico's Los Cabos moves into recovery mode after it was slammed by Hurricane Odile, amid reports of looting and shortages of basic necessities. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.