Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Dow, S&P close at record

NEW YORK - Stocks ended higher, pushing both the Dow and S&P 500 to record closing highs, a day after the Federal Reserve kept intact its pledge to keep interest rates low.  Full Article 

Oracle's Ellison steps aside, co-CEOs Catz and Hurd take over 5:30pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle Corp's longstanding Chief Executive Larry Ellison stepped down on Thursday, to be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, as the business software company looks to modernize and fend off fast-moving cloud-based rivals.

Poll clerk George MacKay sits in the Coulags caravan polling station, in the Scottish Highlands September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Scotland independence vote goes down to wire

EDINBURGH - Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences.  Full Article | Video 

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 

Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma smiles as he speaks to journalists ahead of an IPO roadshow, inside a hotel in Hong Kong September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid frenzy

Underwriters for Alibaba are planning to allocate the bulk of the heavily anticipated offering from the Chinese e-commerce company to a group of 25 to 50 large institutions when pricing is completed.  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 

Waterlogged in Serbia

Rescue and cleanup operations continue in eastern Serbia where villages and towns have been hit by flooding caused by massive rainfall. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.