Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

'No' votes cling to slight lead in Scotland's referendum

EDINBURGH - Scots began voting in an referendum that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, with five polls showing a slight lead for those opposing independence.  Live Coverage | Full Article 

U.S. jobless claims data point to firming labor market 9:11am EDT

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration.

A member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) forensic unit inspects a garage at a house that was involved in pre-dawn raids in the western Sydney suburb of Guilford September 18, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

Australia foils Islamic State plot: Prime Minister

SYDNEY - Militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.  Full Article 

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 

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 

New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablets are displayed during a launch event in New York September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Amazon expands Kindle lineup

NEW YORK - Amazon.com ramped up its push into hardware with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet.  Full Article 

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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Breakingview: Bayer's plastic float

Sept. 18 - Bayer unveil plans to float its plastics business, eventually turning into a pure healthcare company. The sharp focus pleases markets, says Reuters Breakingviews.