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Scots decide whether to declare independence
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday as Scotland began voting in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage that helped build an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.... 9/18/2014 10:33 AM

A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.... 9/18/2014 10:26 AM

Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- Police stepped up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.... 9/18/2014 10:24 AM

Breivik's father feels guilt over son's dark path
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The father of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik says he fears his son is becoming even more extreme and dangerous in prison.... 9/18/2014 10:09 AM

Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants
BEIJING (AP) -- Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy.... 9/18/2014 10:04 AM

Nigeria: death toll in building collapse is 80
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- An official in Nigeria says the death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist's church complex has risen to 80.... 9/18/2014 9:58 AM

Kate cancels Malta trip due to morning sickness
LONDON (AP) -- Prince William will replace his wife Kate on this weekend's official visit to Malta because the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is still suffering from acute morning sickness.... 9/18/2014 9:57 AM

UK nurse who survived Ebola flies to US to help
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Foreign Office says a nurse who recovered from Ebola has traveled to the U.S. to donate blood to an American patient who is fighting the disease.... 9/18/2014 9:56 AM

New central bank stimulus launched for eurozone
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank launched its new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more in a slack economy - but saw less demand than expected for its offering of super-cheap credit.... 9/18/2014 9:55 AM

World stocks higher after Fed as Scotland votes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- World stocks were mostly higher Thursday as Scotland voted in an independence referendum that could shake the U.K. economy and markets. Sentiment was underpinned by the Federal Reserve's signal it is not rushing to raise interest rates.... 9/18/2014 9:49 AM

British Muslims plead for hostage under threat
LONDON (AP) -- British Muslim leaders have made a plea for the safety of a British hostage threatened with beheading by Islamic State extremists in Syria.... 9/18/2014 9:44 AM

Yemen's Shiite rebels fighting in Sanaa suburb
Sanaa, Yemen (AP) -- Security officials say Shiite rebels have reached a suburb of Yemen's capital where they are fighting Sunni militias and besieging a university run by one of the nation's best known Sunni radicals.... 9/18/2014 9:37 AM

Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot
SYDNEY (AP) -- Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.... 9/18/2014 9:28 AM

Syrian air force attacks IS-held northern town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian government helicopter gunships have attacked a northern town held by Muslim militants, killing at least a dozen people and wounding dozens more.... 9/18/2014 8:43 AM

Hyundai to pay $10B for land in Gangnam district
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. offered more than $10 billion for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters. The sky high price surprised shareholders who sent the automaker's shares down nearly 10 percent.... 9/18/2014 8:40 AM

Int'l monitors endorse Fiji election as credible
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- International observers endorsed the landmark Fiji election as credible on Thursday, although most smaller political parties said they would not accept what appeared to be a decisive win for the South Pacific country's military ruler.... 9/18/2014 8:08 AM

India, China leaders to discuss trade, investment
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to bring prosperity to Asia and create opportunities for the world as he and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi began talks Thursday to deepen cooperation through investment and trade.... 9/18/2014 7:52 AM

Nearly 3 million Syrian children not in school
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the war raging in their country, an international charity group said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 7:49 AM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.... 9/18/2014 7:46 AM

UN's flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front
CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) -- For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights - providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.... 9/18/2014 7:31 AM