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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Voters in Scotland have rejected independence. In a historic vote, Scots have decided 55 percent to 45 percent to remain part of the United Kingdom. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who pushed for independence has conceded defeat, saying "we know it is a majority for the No campaign" and the vote "has been triumph for the democratic process."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants. The Senate voted 78-22 Thursday night to OK President Barack Obama's plan, which was included in legislation to provide funding for the federal government after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30. The House approved the bill Wednesday.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran and six world powers are gathering Friday for another round of talks on a substantive nuclear deal, but they appear no closer to an agreement. Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes, but Western nations have long suspected Iran wants to have the capacity to make nuclear weapons. These talks are taking place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. That means Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts will likely join in.

BELL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a convicted felon who shot to death six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and them himself in Bell, Florida Thursday, was also involved in a 2001 hunting accident that killed his 8-year-old son. The Orlando Sentinel says Don Spirit served three years in prison for possession of a firearm after his son what shot in the head. Authorities say the grandchildren Spirit killed ranged from age 11 to just a couple of months old.

HONG KONG (AP) — The British pound jumped Friday as investors bet that Scottish voters would reject independence. Japanese stocks have rallied as the yen extended losses against the dollar while other Asian benchmarks were subdued for lack of major economic data. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.8 percent to 16,361.77, the highest level since December.

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