September 21, 2014

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Scots decide whether to declare independence

A school boy arrives at a polling station to vote in the Scottish Referendum in Peebles, Scotland, Thursday.  Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state. Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds can vote in the referendum.  (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday asScotland 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. The question on the ballot paper is simplicity itself: “Should Scotland be Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Sept. 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What U.S. lawmakers are ready to OK  The House is set to approve Obama’s plan to order training and arms for moderate Syrian rebels in a bid to combat the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Read More…

‘Easy Rider’ bike going to auction

Michael Eisenberg sits on the customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” at the Profiles in History auction house in Calabasas, Calif.   AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

NEW YORK (AP) — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring $1 million to $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale being held Read 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 Photo/Marijuana Policy Project)

DENVER (AP) — 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. To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of marijuana, including the Read More…

Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House, pushing for more military spending and greater intervention abroad as the United States confronts Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. The Florida senator and potential Republican presidential candidate supports President Barack Obama’s strategy Read More…

Big break in ambush probe: suspect’s abandoned SUV

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, speaks during a news conference in Blooming Grove Twp, Pa. Tuesday.  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. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Michael J. Mullen)

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Policetrooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania. State police have warned the public that 31-year-old Eric Frein of Canadensis is dangerous, saying he’s talked about Read More…

Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons

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 it could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom. The Scottish National Party, which is leading the campaign for Scotland to vote yes in Thursday’s vote on independence, has been Read More…

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Tuesday. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American doctor who survived Ebola said there’s no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa. “We can’t afford to wait months, or even weeks, to take action, to put people on the ground,” Dr. Kent Brantly told senators Tuesday. Obama called Read More…

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The 48-year-old Palestinian woman’s husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza’s Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy — her husband. The widow’s account to The Associated Press gave a rare look into the secret espionage side of the Read More…

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants. Obama was likely to get his wish in a vote Wednesday despite worries from hawks in both parties that his response was Read More…