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Bad Blood Over Scotland Vote

Tensions are rising and some on either side of the independence debate are resorting to dark tactics, as Scots prepare to head to the polls on Sept. 18 in order to answer the question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

A representation of the Papilloma Virus(HPV) based on an electronic microscope magnification At 300000X.

Urine Tests Can Diagnose HPV

They're not here yet, but urine tests could be game changing, a new analysis says, as a possible alternative to pap smears

US President Barack Obama makes a statement following meetings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept.16, 2014 in Atlanta.

Obama on Ebola: 'The World Is Looking to Us'

President Barack Obama confirmed on Tuesday the U.S.'s renewed and bolstered efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak by deploying 3,000 military forces and committing over $500 million in defense spending to West Africa

U.N. Announces Deal to Rebuild Gaza

The U.N. has brokered a provisional deal with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to enable reconstruction work to begin in Gaza, U.N. envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday. The U.N. says it will help to rebuild the private sector and give the Palestinian Authority a leading role

A replica hung in place of the stolen infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland on Dec. 18, 2009.

93-Year-Old Former Nazi Faces Thousands of Murder Charges

The onetime member of Hitler’s SS has spoken publicly about working at Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp in Poland, and was charged by prosecutors in Germany with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for his role in perpetrating the Holocaust

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American Arrested Trying to Swim Into North Korea

South Korean soldiers have arrested a U.S. citizen attempting to swim across the Han River into North Korea. A Defense Ministry spokesperson told media the man detained on Tuesday night claimed to be wanting to "meet with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un"

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Wynn Resorts Gets Boston-Area Casino License

Wynn Resorts has won a license to bring a $1.6 billion casino to Everett, Mass. It claims the development will create more than 4,000 jobs, plus about 3,000 construction jobs, and has pledged Everett about $30 million in local enhancement projects

This is the mushroom cloud of the first atomic explosion at Trinity Test Site, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. It left a half-mile wide crater, ten feet deep at the vent and the sand within the crater had been burned and boiled into a highly radioactive, jade-green, glassy crust.

First Atomic-Bomb Test Site to Get Cancer Probe

Investigators at the U.S. National Cancer Institute will examine the unusually high cancer rates of residents living near the Trinity nuclear test site in rural New Mexico, where the U.S. conducted the world's first-ever detonation of an atomic bomb in 1945

Chinese Christians Fight Church Demolitions

Footage obtained by CNN shows Christians in the Chinese city of Wenzhou barricading themselves in their church to keep authorities at bay. Since the beginning of the year, Communist Party officials have been demolishing churches in surrounding Zhejiang province

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New Analysis Reveals How King Richard III Died

A forensic analysis on King Richard III's skeletal remains, which discovered nine wounds to skull and two wounds to his body, has allowed scientists to construct a play by play of the English ruler's final moments before he died in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field

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First-Ever Live Whitney Houston Album to Debut in November

The album will feature 16 live recordings on CD and 19 performances on DVD. Tracks will include Whitney's widely acclaimed rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 and "I Will Always Love You" from the Concert for a New South Africa in 1994