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In U.S., 1 in 4 say secession favorable

By Reuters 12:00 a.m.
BOSTON — The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where nearly a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Nearly 24 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 …

White House evacuated for fence jumper

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Much of the White House was evacuated on Friday because someone jumped the fence at the executive mansion. The incident occurred just minutes after President Obama and his daughters left the White House in the evening aboard Marine …

Benghazi death prompts $2M suit

By The Associated Press
Benghazi death prompts $2M suit …

Chief justice worried about partisanship

By The Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern on Friday about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that politics factor into the court’s rulings. Roberts told an audience at the University of …

U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

By The Associated Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets …

Texas Deputy found dead AUSTIN …

By Tribune-Review
Texas Deputy found dead AUSTIN — Divers found the body of a missing Central Texas sheriff’s deputy on Friday, a day after her patrol car was found swamped by Hurricane Odile floodwaters minutes after she radioed for help while checking …

White House targets sexual assaults on college campuses

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The White House began an ambitious campaign on Friday aimed at ending sexual assaults on college campuses, in part by enlisting major college sports leagues and prominent celebrities to get men involved in the effort. President Obama and …

Even record-setting retardant drops barely slow Calif. blaze

By The Associated Press
PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren’t …

Daughter says of Utah doctor: He’s a ‘monster’

By The Associated Press
PROVO, Utah — A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced on Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called …

Ten Commandments lawsuit tossed

By The Associated Press 12:07 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol does not violate the state constitution and can stay there, an Oklahoma County judge said on Friday in a ruling that attorneys who filed …

Italian village to honor World War II U.S. bomber pilots

By The Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. — Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored on Sunday by residents of a village near …

World News

Scotland’s ‘No’ will change Britain

By The Washington Post 12:00 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The “No” camp won Scotland’s landmark independence vote; the British union is preserved. But the status quo is not. In the run-up to …

Middle East

Al-Qaida’s South Asia wing claims 1st big strike

By Reuters
ISLAMABAD — Al-Qaida’s South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. …

Betsy Hiel

Sectarian divisions haunt Iraq refugees

By Betsy Hiel
DOHUK, Iraq – Inside a school in this northern Kurdish province, Mohamed Yousef recalls the day when ISIS entered the city of Sinjar. “First, they …