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Scots reject independence from U.K.10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

Supporters from the "No" Campaign celebrate as they hold up a Union flag, in Edinburgh, ScotlandVoters decide that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.


10ThingstoSeeSports - Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) can't make the catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-24. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


From gangsta rapper to Islamist militantYour Top Plays for Today

Deso DoggAs war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.


File: In this Tuesday May, 20, 2014, file photo Oscar Pistorius outide the HIgh Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Florida granddad who killed family fatally shot son years beforeRoyal and Ancient Golf Club to allow women members

Don Spirit is pictured in this 2001 handout photoThe Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records.


French player Karine Icher makes her final approach to the 18th green during the Women's British Open Golf championships at St Andrews in Scotland, on August 7, 2007London (AFP) - The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews on Thursday voted to allow women members for the first time in its 260-year history.


U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding governmentHester sets return record as Atlanta thrash Buccaneers

Free Syrian Army fighters carry a rocket before firing it towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideBy Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...


NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons(Reuters) - The Atlanta Falcons punished Tampa Bay on the ground and through the air as they blasted the Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday with Devin Hester setting a record for touchdown returns. The Falcons scored 21 points in the first quarter and grabbed a 35-0 lead by halftime at the Georgia Dome. Hester scored two first-half touchdowns, the second of which was from a 62-yard punt return to set a NFL record with the 20th TD of his career from a kick return. Hester danced his way into the end zone with his best impersonation of Deion Sanders, the Hall of Famer he passed to set the mark. ...


In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyersVikings release troubled receiver

U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center in Arlington VirginiaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees. The lawyers, representing women and children being held at the detention center in Artesia, 170 miles (275 km) from El Paso, Texas, say the government has for the last two months routinely argued against granting bond. ...


Wide receiver Jerome Simpson of the Minnesota Vikings tries to get past Avery Williamson of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on August 28, 2014 in Nashville, TennesseeMinneapolis (AFP) - The Minnesota Vikings have released wide receiver Jerome Simpson following his latest run-in with the law, as the NFL grapples with a string of high-profile off-the-field incidents.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 
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