Scots decide whether to declare independence
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 ...

Matt Bai: Mark Sanford's oversharing problem
The South Carolina congressman's Facebook post about his broken engagement is bad news for his colleagues and the rest of us

Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

President Barack ObamaWASHINGTON (AP) — In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on Thursday after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress.



Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

A firefighter watches the King Fire burn near Fresh PondBy Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires raging across the drought-parched state, has scorched nearly 28,000 acres (11,331 hectares) of state land and the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. ...



Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...



Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...

S.C. dad feared 5 slain kids would kill him: warrant

Timothy Ray Jones Jr., is escorted by lawmen out of the Smith County Jail in Raleigh, Miss., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 to a vehicle for transport to Lexington County, S.C., where is expected to be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, Tuesday, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids "were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs," according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday.



Survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

Mohamed Raad, a 23-year-old from Gaza, talks to AFP at the port town of Chania on Crete island on September 17, 2014Chania (Greece) (AFP) - After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.



House approves arms, training for Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to shore up President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The GOP-controlled House has voted to allow the U.S. military to train, arm Syrian rebels.



Dog that went missing in New York found 2 years later in Florida
A dog that went missing in New York more than two years ago turned up alive and well this week — in Florida.

School district police stock up free military gear

Texas middle school student tased by campus policeSchool 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.



Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet

Israel's PM Netanyahu and Education Minister Saar attend cabinet meeting in JerusalemIsrael's interior minister, seen as a rival and potential successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Wednesday he was quitting the government, in a move that stunned the political right. Gideon Sa'ar, 47, widely viewed as a favorite to one day challenge Netanyahu for the leadership of the ruling Likud, told party faithful that he would step down from both the cabinet and parliament after the Jewish New Year later this month.



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