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September 19, 2014 8:10 AM EDT

Scots Choose U.K. — and Change

The U.K. has survived, but the surge in support for independence means almost half of Scotland is disappointed. Although voters opted for reform, not revolution, the referendum unleashed a process of transformation set to extend far beyond Scotland’s borders

Alibaba Is Biggest U.S. IPO Ever

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will price its shares at $68 apiece, raising $21.8 billion to make it the biggest U.S. initial public offering ever

Congress Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels

The Senate voted late Thursday to approve a measure that authorizes the Obama Administration to arm and train “moderate” opposition fighters, following a favorable vote in the House on Wednesday

Grand-Jury Process Suggests Difficulty of Ferguson Indictment

More than a month after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., the grand jury appears to be nowhere near a decision on whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged, and the proceedings may suggest the prosecutor is trying to avoid backlash if Wilson isn’t indicted

Obama Campaign Aims to Prevent Campus Sexual Violence

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will announce a new public awareness and education campaign Friday that is designed to change the culture on college campuses and prevent sexual assault before it happens

Home Depot Breach Exposed 56 Million Credit Cards

The company said that cyber thieves had placed malware software on cash registers in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada from April to September, costing Home Depot at least $62 million in a breach even larger than the attack on Target last year

Poll: 1 in 10 Americans Have Gone to Work High on Pot

A Mashable poll has found that almost 1 in 10 Americans have turned up to work high on marijuana. The poll also found that 28% of poll respondents have gone to work under the influence of a prescription drug, and 7% of those people took it for recreational purposes

Your Dreams Get More Bizarre as the Night Goes On

A small new study published in the journal Dreaming finds that the dreams of 16 people attached with sleep-monitoring gear were “increasing in bizarreness” from the early to late night, the study author said, and also became more emotional

Police: Man Kills 7, Self in Florida Shooting

Authorities in Bell, near Gainesville, are investigating a major shooting that took place Thursday. The shooter was identified as a 51-year-old who apparently called 911, saying he might harm himself and others, before killing seven family members and then himself

Russian Firm to Acquire American Brewery Pabst Blue Ribbon

Oasis Beverages announced this week that the enterprise will be acquiring famed American brewery Pabst Blue Ribbon — 170 years after the company was established in Milwaukee — meaning “America’s Best” beer in 1893 will be Russian-owned

Li Na, China’s Tennis Superstar, Announces Retirement

The Chinese tennis superstar credited with buoying the prestige of Asian tennis to Grand Slam heights announced her retirement on Friday, citing long-term and worsening knee injuries. “As hard as it’s been to come to this decision, I am at peace with it,” she said

Bad Posture Makes You Sad and Afraid, Study Finds

Researchers studied what effect slumped or straightened posture had on the hearts and minds of 74 people in New Zealand. Blood pressure and heart rates were measured as they completed a series of tasks designed to assess their mood, self-esteem and stress levels

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