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Hunt for ambush suspect briefly intensifies
Tiffany Dickson places a rose on her husband Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson casket during a funeral service on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at the Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITCANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Hours after a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper was laid to rest, the hunt for a man charged with killing him briefly intensified late Thursday as authorities blocked roads around the home of the suspect's parents.

Harvard hosts spoof Nobel awards for silly science
Ig Nobel prizes were handed out to scientists researching the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toastNew York (AFP) - Spoof Nobel prizes that honor the humor in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast.

10 Things to Know for Friday
Ballot boxes are opened as counting begins in the Scottish Independence Referendum at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thursday Sept. 18, 2014. As the polls closed Thursday and vote-counting began, there was a quiet thrill of history in the making on the fog-shrouded streets of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. Many Scots were staying up all night in homes and bars to watch the results roll in. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Man kills six grandchildren in US shooting
A man has killed his daughter and six grandchildren in a mass shooting at a house in Florida, police sayMiami (AFP) - A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in the US state of Florida.

Sterling hits two-year high versus euro as Scotland votes
By Anirban Nag LONDON (Reuters) - Sterling rose on Thursday, hitting a two-year peak against the euro and a near two-week high against the dollar on growing expectations that Scotland will vote to stay within the United Kingdom. Thursday's vote on whether Scotland will opt for independence or not closes at 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) and the first trends are likely to come out a few hours after that. Most surveys show those supporting independence slightly behind those voting for a union, but given the high number of people who are still undecided, it was too close to call. Sterling rose to $1. ...

Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting
Residents stand by a bonfire set inside a steel drum as they stand outside guarding their homes as they face a fourth day without power and running water following the blow from Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico, late Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Federal police on Thursday vowed to crack down on lawlessness and restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Federal police on Thursday vowed to restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.

U.S. strikes jihadist training camp as France to join air war
Iraqi policemen secure an area after government security forces and militia retook the city from Islamic State group jihadists in Dhuluiya on September 17, 2014U.S. warplanes hit an Islamic State group training camp in Iraq Thursday in their first strike not directly supporting Iraqi or Kurdish forces as France announced it will join the air war.

Stanton speaks out for 1st time since injury
Miami Marlins relief pitcher Dan Jennings, right, hands the ball to manager Mike Redmond (11) in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Miami, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The Nationals won 6-2. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton still needs to have five teeth fixed or replaced, along with a procedure to assess how much blood remains in his sinus cavity, and he will be understandably leery the next time he grabs a bat.

Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini comment
Family members of Hannah Witheridge, one of two slain British tourists, hug each other at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters before meeting with Thai police in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis.

Chinese buyers lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut
Apple fans show off their new iPhone 6 handsets at an Apple store in Ginza, Tokyo on September 19, 2014Buyers from China, deprived of the latest iPhone launch at home, were among the first in line Friday in Japan to grab the "6" and its new large-screen cousin as Apple hit back at rivals.

Jeter homers as Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-2
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter follows through on a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey's fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months.

Kansas court: Remove Democrat from Senate ballot
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach listens to arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court in a petition by Democrat Chad Taylor to remove his name from the ballot after he withdrew from the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. Kobach, a Republican, ruled that Taylor's name must remain on the ballot because he didn't comply with state election law. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate.

Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid
Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, after a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. At the hearing, Kerry sought to push back on an argument by some in Congress that Syria's rebels lack moderates, or at least any with the capacity to make a difference in the war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The Senate has approved a plan for the military to train and equip Syrian rebels, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's signature.

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards
A closeup of an electronic payment station at a Home Depot store in Daly CityThe Home Depot says it has eliminated malware from its U.S. and Canadian networks that affected 56 million unique payment cards between April and September. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer ...

Scots vote against independence in four small constituencies
A ballot box is emptied as workers prepare to count ballots at a counting centre in Aberdeen, ScotlandBy Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland voted against breaking apart the United Kingdom in four small constituencies, early referendum results showed on Friday, as Scots agonized over the fate of their country following a divisive independence campaign. Scotland's verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time on Friday, but a YouGov poll of 1,828 voters the organisation had previously polled indicated 54 percent of Scots would back the union while 46 percent would seek independence. ...

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