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  • Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins
    Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

    By Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom. A vote for the union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom breaking up. ...

  • Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs
    Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs

    Smoked baby back ribs have plenty of down-home flavor, but they require special equipment and take a while to cook on the grill; First, coat them all over with a sweetly spiced rub, then roast them in the oven while you make a simple barbecue sauce. When you’re ready to grill, remove the ribs from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before grilling, about 1 hour.

  • Long-Lost Roman Fort Discovered in Germany
    Long-Lost Roman Fort Discovered in Germany

    Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 1,900-year-old Roman fort that once quartered 500 troops in what is today Germany. Researchers knew the area was the site of a village during the first to third centuries, but otherwise, the region's history during the Roman occupation is largely unknown, dig leader Thomas Maurer, an archaeologist at the University of Frankfurt, said in a statement.

  • 8 Items You Should Always Buy Generic

    You've probably had the common experience of being out shopping and suddenly having to decide between a brand name and a generic alternative. If you frequently find yourself reaching for the more expensive brand name variety because it's familiar and you see it on TV commercials, then you will want to read up on when it's OK (and maybe even better) to choose generic instead and save money. Here are eight times you should go for the generic option:

  • West tells Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Western powers told Iran on Thursday it must step up cooperation with a U.N. watchdog's investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by the country if it wants to get a broader nuclear deal that would ease sanctions. The warning was issued at a board meeting of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, as chief negotiators from Iran and six world powers prepared to resume talks in New York after a two-month hiatus. Iran's envoy, Reza Najafi, dismissed accusations about his country's atomic activities as "mere allegations ... ...

  • Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before
    Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before

    The 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.

  • Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria
    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

    BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

  • 3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial
    3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

    The head of a peanut company that distributed salmonella-tainted peanuts that sickened hundreds of people across the U.S. five years ago has been convicted of conspiracy and other charges.

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