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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Polls have 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. Turnout is expected to be high, with more than 4.2 million people registered to vote — that's 97 percent of those eligible.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has approved giving the Obama administration permission to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the extremist group Islamic State. The Senate is expected to vote Thursday. President Barack Obama calls Wednesday's 273-156 vote "an important step forward as our nation unites to confront the threat posed."

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials say a plan was in the works to carry out a terrorist attack on Australian soil. Officials say the call to carry out violence came from the Islamic State group in the Middle East, and that 15 people now being detained allegedly had planned to publicly behead a random person in Sydney.

TORONTO (AP) — Doctors say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer. Doctors say Ford's cancer is spreading and he'll be treated with fairly intensive chemotherapy. Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals and a stint in rehab.

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple who lured a stranger to his death through a Craigslist ad are due in a Sunbury, Pennsylvania court Thursday for sentencing. Nineteen-year-old Miranda Barbour and her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in a plea deal that took the death penalty off the table. Police say Troy LaFerrara was answering an ad offering companionship in November when Miranda Barbour stabbed him about 20 times as her husband held a cord around his neck.

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