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Mixed emotions fuel Scotland's big decision

Yes and No campaign supporters face off in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on September 17, 2014, on the eve of Scotland's independence referendum. ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP/Getty Images

For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state. More

House OKs arms to Syrian rebels, but doubts remain

House Speaker John Boehner J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces 'do not and will not have a combat mission' in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq... More

Doctor: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks during the kick off of his re-election campaign at a rally on April 17 GEOFF ROBINS / AFP/Getty Images

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's doctor says the mayor has cancer. Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital, said Wednesday Ford has a malignant sarcoma tumor which he described as 'very rare' and 'very difficult.' More

Doctors: Neb. Ebola patient to recover

People read newspaper headlines commenting on American President Barrack Obama's announcement on sending troops to fight the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia on Sept. 17, 2014. Abbas Dulleh / AP

— An American aid worker infected with Ebola who's being treated in Nebraska is now expected to make a full recovery, his doctors said Wednesday. More

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

This September 2014 image, provided by the Marijuana Policy Project, (MPP), is to appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first marijuana-related ad campaign that encourages adults to consume it responsibly in states where it is legal, such as Colorado. AP

Denver — Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. More

Obama reaffirms opposition to U.S. combat in Iraq

President Obama delivers remarks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16, 2014. Hyosub Shin / MCT

Tampa, Fla. — President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. More

Iraq premier: No foreign ground troops

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group. Hadi Mizban / AP

Baghdad — Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are 'out of the question.' More

Rain from tropical storm hits Arizona

Gayle Peterson stacks sandbags to protect her home, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation of the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille, which decimated Mexico's Baja California. Odille's remnants are expected to hit Arizona in the coming days. Matt York / AP

People lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic and scooped sand into trash and canvas tote bags Wednesday as rain from a weakened Pacific storm began to fall on Arizona. More

Senate: China hacked U.S. computer networks

Levin Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said... More

Pennsylvania survivalist chased in trooper ambush

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan speaks during a news conference in Blooming Grove Twp, Pa., Sept. 16, 2014. Noonan identified Eric Matthew Frein, 31, as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks. Michael J Mullen / AP

Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks. More

Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

Lisa Ann Coleman AP

Huntsville, Texas — Attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the scheduled Wednesday evening execution of a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago. More

Colorado teen accused of stealing car, running over cop

Grand Junction, Colo. — Police say a 13-year-old Colorado boy stole his parents' car, ran over an officer's leg and rammed three patrol cars before being struck with a stun gun and arrested. More

Skunk with head stuck in beer can rescued in Ohio

This photo taken Sept. 14, 2014, in Oxford, Ohio, shows a skunk with its head stuck in a beer can near a fraternity house at Miami (Ohio) University. An animal control officer was able to free and release the skunk without being sprayed. Matt Hatfield / AP

Oxford, Ohio — A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio. More

Toll grows as Calif. crews try to tame wildfires

The remains of a home destroyed by the Boles Fire is shown in front of Mount Shasta on Sept. 16, 2014 in Weed, California. Fueled by high winds, a fast-moving wildfire swept through the town of Weed yesterday afternoon, burning 100 structures that included the high school and a lumber mill. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed. More

Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys in New Mexico

Roswell, N.M. — A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys. More

Ex-Ohio deputy arrested in colleague's slaying

Marietta, Ohio — A former sheriff's deputy fatally shot an ex-colleague more than three decades ago because the victim had fired him for inappropriate conduct, authorities said. More

Airstrikes on central Syrian city kill some 50

A Syrian medical worker treats a young boy in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus on Sept. 16, 2014, after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces. Syrian government airstrikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing that apparently sought to target a rebel commander, activists said Wednesday. Abd Doumany / Getty Images

Beirut — Syrian government airstrikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing that apparently sought to target a rebel commander, activists said Wednesday. More

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3

Svetana, 66, stands outside a building destroyed by shelling this morning in the Kievsky district near the international airport on Sept. 17, 2014, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Philippe Desmazes / Getty Images

Donetsk, Ukraine — Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said. More

Doctors: Foul floodwaters sicken people in Kashmir

A shopkeeper throws away groceries damaged in the floods as water recedes in parts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 16, 2014. Health workers were scrambling to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, where they are treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus as they hope the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks. Altaf Qadri / AP

Srinagar, India — Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago. More

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as U.S. partners

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Paris — About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. More

U.S. man held for alleged attempt to swim to North Korea

In this Sept. 14, 2014, photo, Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea. The court sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage in the trial. South Korean border guards arrested another American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Sept. 17, 2014. Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

Seoul, South Korea — South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday. More

New York man accused of trying to aid Islamic State group

Mufid Elfgeeh is taken from his arraignment in federal court in Rochester, N.Y., in June 2014. The Rochester man was indicted Sept. 16, 2014 on charges that he tried to provide material support to the Islamic State by helping three men who said they would travel to Syria to 'engage in violent jihad' alongside the group's militants, according to the Justice Department. Shawn Dowd / AP

Rochester, N.Y. — An upstate New York man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others faces new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. More

School police stock up on free military gear

In this July 16, 2014 file photo, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle sits in front of police headquarters in Watertown, Conn. The L.A. Unified's School District police department received a MRAP vehicle like this one through a federal program. Steven Valenti / AP

School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. More

Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

President Barack Obama's administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. Charles Dharapak / AP

Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is growing exponentially in a region overwhelmed by the deadly virus. More

Gov signs Calif. groundwater rules

Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif. In dry California, water is fetching record high prices. Jae C. Hong / AP, file

California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater. More

General: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq

Members of the activist group CodePink gather for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, in Washington, Sept. 16, 2014. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Washington — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obam More

Scotland took long road to independence vote

A view of the 'welcome to Scotland' sign at the border of Engalnd and Scotland at Berwick Upon Tweed, Scotland, Sept. 16, 2014. The two sides in Scotland's independence debate are scrambling to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. Scott Heppell / AP

Edinburgh, Scotland — On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. More

Official: Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush lived nearby

A man places flowers in front of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. on Sunday. Butch Comegys / The Scranton Times-Tribune

Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks, a man in his 30s who recently lived about 20 miles from the scene of the ambush, a law enforcement official with More

Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case

A protester shouts at St. Louis county police officers during a protest aimed at shutting down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. Tom Gannam / AP

St. Louis — A judge has extended into January the term of the grand jury considering whether a white suburban St. Louis police officer should be charged in the shooting death of a black 18-year-old. More



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