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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — They're still counting the Yes and No votes in Scotland's historic independence referendum. There was an unprecedented turnout Thursday on the question of whether to continue the 307-year union with England. Incomplete results give the lead to the No side. Many Scots stayed up overnight in homes and bars to watch the results.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Senate's approval of a plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels shows that Americans don't give in to fear. That was a reference to the killing of two Americans by the extremist group Islamic State. The rebels being trained are to do battle with the group. The measure was attached to a spending bill to keep the government operating in the new fiscal year. It cleared 78-22.

BELL, Fla. (AP) — Shocking, senseless and "surreal." Those are some of the reactions in the northern Florida town of Bell, where officials say a man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself. He's been identified as Don Spirit, who once served time in prison on a gun charge. Some people were left alive at the home. Bell is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The search will resume Friday in Central Texas for a sheriff's deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodwaters. Some areas near Austin were drenched with up to 7 inches of rain because of the remnants of Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL'). There has been heavy rain and flash flooding across the Southwest.

SYDNEY (AP) — Crews will resume the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month. An Australian safety official says the search will be in an area farther south than initially planned. The first of three ships planning to scour the Indian Ocean will begin operating Sept. 30. Officials have been refining their analysis of satellite data from the plane to figure out where it crashed.

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