Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the U.K.

EDINBURGH - Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout.  Full Article 

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government 18 Sep 2014

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.

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 IPO raises $21.8 billion

Alibaba Group priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut.  Full Article 

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 

Li Na of China reacts after defeating Paula Kania of Poland in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

China's Li Na announces her retirement

BEIJING - China's Li Na, Asia's only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees.  Full Article 

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First referendum results declared in Scottish referendum

The first early results in the Scottish indpendence referendum show voters have rejected leaving the UK, as counting continues across the rest of the country. Sarah Toms reports.