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  • Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed. The United Kingdom's fate remains uncertain as the three surveys - from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation - showed support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52 percent backing union. The polls found 8 to 14 percent of Scotland's 4. ...

  • Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine
    Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine

    By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday, after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine while Kiev's forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the presence of foreign military near Russia's borders made the deployment of troops a top priority in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. ...

  • R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday's ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club? True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark. ...

  • Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S.: SITE
    Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S.: SITE

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said. The message on a well-known militant Islamist online forum is one of the few responses from supporters of Islamic State to Washington's announcement last week that it was prepared to extend airstrikes against the group into Syria. ...

  • California governor OKs bills to regulate groundwater amid drought
    California governor OKs bills to regulate groundwater amid drought

    By Aaron Mendelson (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills on Tuesday to regulate California's stressed groundwater supplies amid a drought that is expected to cost the state $2.2 billion in lost crops, jobs and other damages, with no end in sight. The bills will allow the state to take over management of underground aquifers and water accessed via wells, and aim to tighten oversight of water at a time when groundwater levels are shrinking in the third year of a catastrophic drought. ...

  • Man drives across U.S., confesses to 1997 homicide
    Man drives across U.S., confesses to 1997 homicide

    A cold case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago.

  • Israel says mortar fired from Gaza in first since August 26 truce
    Israel says mortar fired from Gaza in first since August 26 truce

    JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce. There were no casualties or damage from the incident, an Israeli military spokeswoman said after authorities located remnants of the shell near a village close to Gaza's border. The attack was not immediately claimed by any armed faction in Gaza. ...

  • Rand Paul still has a thinking-out-loud problem
    Rand Paul still has a thinking-out-loud problem

    Rand Paul is quickly learning that his words have consequences.

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