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Scotland's historic 'yes' or 'no'

Will 307-year union with UK end? Independence Referendum 2014 comprehensive coverage from Yahoo UK & Ireland.

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500
What is about North Korea that's so attractive to Americans?

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 1996 file photo, U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., left, shakes hands with Evan C. Hunziker of Tacoma, Washington, upon their arrival at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Hunziker, 26, who was jailed for three months in North Korea on spy charges was freed and arrived in Japan with Richardson who negotiated his release. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, crossing a border that tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk. Whatever their reasons, Americans detained in North Korea, including the three currently there, are major complications for Washington, which must decide between letting a U.S. citizen languish and providing Pyongyang with a huge propaganda victory by sending a senior U.S. envoy to negotiate a release. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:46:53 -0400
Toxic algae tide off Florida kills wildlife, threatens economy

A major red tide bloom extends more than 100 miles along Florida's Gulf coastline, and reaches more than 30 miles off shore in this NASA true-colour imageCLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:52:08 -0400
Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:32:53 -0400
Detroit's bankruptcy trial put on pause again

The word 'Bankruptcy' is seen painted on the side of a vacant building by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city on Grand River Avenue in DetroitWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Wednesday ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case. The hearing will be adjourned from Friday and reconvene Monday, Sept. 29. It also was put on hiatus last week for three days while the city put the finishing touches on a settlement with another hold out creditor Syncora Guarantee Inc. Syncora formally withdrew its objections to the plan in light of the settlement on Tuesday, leaving Financial Guaranty Insurance Co, which has $1. ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:02:26 -0400
Gay marriage activist, cartoonist, mathematician win 2014 'genius' grants

(Reuters) - A gay marriage advocate, a physicist modeling brain activity, a psychologist studying racial bias in policing, and a cartoonist exploring family life were among 21 winners of $625,000 "genius" grants, the U.S. organization awarding them said. Saxophonist Steve Coleman, renowned for "infusing iconic spontaneous music idioms" to forge a new sound, and physicist Danielle Bassett, who has applied mathematics to the modeling of brain connectivity, were also named on Tuesday as fellows by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:03:23 -0400
Quebec separatists closely watch Scotland's independence vote

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 30, 1995 file photo, police watch a fire burn underneath a "Oui" pro-separatist sign after federalists won the Quebec independence referendum. Quebec has always been apart from the rest of Canada by keeping French as its first tongue. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson)MONTREAL (AP) Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:02:20 -0400
Obama speech boosts Islamic State's recruiting drive in Syria

Jerry Seib: Two Questions Facing Congress on ISISBEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama signaled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 162 people had joined Islamic State training camps in Aleppo province since Sept 10, when Obama said he would not hesitate to strike Islamic State in Syria. ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:41:50 -0400
Jewish group: Biden comment 'offensive'

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)A description of bankers in the VP's recent speech drew fire from the Anti-Defamation League.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:49:56 -0400
Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, second from right, former Medical Director of Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care Center in Monrovia, Liberia, smiles as he and his wife Amber, left, are recognized at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education joint hearing on, "Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat," on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:14:22 -0400
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