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Sir Bob Geldof speaks to members of the public and supporters of the 'Better Together' campaign from a raised stage in Trafalgar Square on September 15, 2014 in London.
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Brits Watch Scotland Helplessly

As the Scottish independence vote nears, some Brits outside Scotland are lamenting the fact that the future of the U.K. lies in the hands of 8.3% of its population. Any British or E.U. citizen ages 16 or over currently residing in Scotland was eligible to register for the vote

Cardinals Deactivate Dwyer

Running back Jonathan Dwyer was deactivated by Arizona after he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault

Toronto Mayor Ford participates in a mayoral debate hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress in Scarborough in this file photo

Rob Ford Has Cancer

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, his doctor said on Wednesday, but he's expected to make a full recovery

Artists view of M60-UCD1 Black Hole

Scientists Discover One of the Tiniest Known Galaxies

The wee galaxy also happens to have a massive black hole at its center, nearly five times the size of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. And NASA says that 140 million stars fit inside its 300-lightyear diameter


Senate Passes Bill for Better Sunscreen

The passed bill requires the FDA to respond to current pending sunscreen ingredients within a shorter period of time — an important factor in ensuring that people have the most up-to-date ways to protect their skin from cancer-causing UVA rays

Magdala Destima (left) a member of the United States Air Force from the Bahamas, Keith Bacchus, (center) a member of the U.S. Navy from Guyana and Emmanuel Cira (right) a member of the U.S. Navy from the Dominican Republic, take their oaths during a naturalization ceremony aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle in New York on August 5, 2011.

'So Help Me God' No Longer Required During Oath

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose, after an airman who was prohibited from re-enlisting until he uttered the phrase threatened to sue last week

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Mark Three Month Anniversary Of Start Of Movement

Occupy Wall Street Abolishes $4 Million in Student Debt

An initiative of the Occupy movement has been accepting donations and buying up student-loan debt for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then forgiving the loans altogether. So far the group has spent about $107,000 to purchase $3.9 million in debt

Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Here’s How Much Money the World Has Spent Battling Ebola

As of Wednesday, roughly $155 million has so far been delivered of the nearly $1 billion that WHO says will be required to fight Ebola — with funds coming from countries, global agencies, private companies, individuals and other entities

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea Suing Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Old Music

The Australian "Fancy" emcee alleges Maurice Williams (also a rapper) downloaded the contents of her computer without consent several years ago and has been using a forged contract to release some of the music he obtained

Mideast Syria

House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

The House passed legislation on Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region. More than 70 members from each party voted against the bill

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. attends National Night Out on the streets of Manhattan on August 7, 2012 in New York City.

Prosecutors Form Nationwide Alliance Against Gun Violence

Local prosecutors from major cities across the U.S. announced the formation on Wednesday of an alliance to combat gun violence, even as national gun-control legislation is frozen on Capitol Hill. The Prosecutors Against Gun Violence summit will convene in Atlanta in October

Lear Marijuana Pot Weed Private Security California

Californians Turn to Private Security to Police Pot Country

Security contractors in California are flying around in helicopters and wearing body armor, clearing illegal marijuana gardens from private property. Deep in the woods, they cut down pot plants and scrub the environmental footprint produced by the backwoods drug trade