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Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom

EDINBURGH - Scotland has chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, spurning independence in a historic referendum that had worried allies and investors, results showed on Friday with more than two thirds of the vote declared. | Video

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U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

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.

Syria, U.S., Politics 18 Sep 2014

Home Depot breach bigger than Target at 56 million cards

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

18 Sep 2014

Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

World, Syria, Turkey 18 Sep 2014

Toyota recalling 20,000 late-model vehicles on potential fuel leak

DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it will recall about 20,000 vehicles worldwide for possible fuel leaks.

18 Sep 2014
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In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees.

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Australian PM cites 'chatter' of attacks on government, parliament

SYDNEY - Intelligence "chatter" has revealed that militants plan to attack Australian politicians and government buildings, the prime minister said on Friday, a day after hundreds of police carried out a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.