The United Kingdom remained intact Friday after 55.3 percent of Scottish voters rejected independence in a record-breaking national referendum, NBC News reported. The final tally had 'No' with 2,001,926 votes (55.3 percent) while 'Yes' garnered 1,616,989 votes (44.7 percent). More than 84 percent of registered voters turned out. Meanwhile, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron vowed early Friday to draft laws as soon as January giving Scotland's regional parliament more say over tax, spending and welfare. He also promised to grant a "new and fair settlement" for the other three nations in the U.K.
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A Florida man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself, The Associated Press reported. Don Spirit, 51, killed his adult daughter and her six children before committing suicide, a county sheriff said at a news conference. The children were between the ages of 3 months and 10 years old. According to an online story in 2003 by the Orlando Sentinel, Spirit had served time over the fatal shooting of his 8-year-old son, Kyle, in a 2001 hunting accident.
Congress voted Thursday to approve a plan for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels, giving the Obama administration the go-ahead on its plans to fight ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria and capping a brief but fiery debate on the Senate floor. The legislation now heads to President Obama, who said he was "pleased" by the votes, for his signature. “The strong bipartisan support in Congress for this new training effort shows the world that Americans are united in confronting the threat from [ISIS]," Obama said. The Senate's 78-22 vote, which crossed party lines, also provides money to keep the government operating through Sept. 30.
The U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has thus far uncovered no information he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York. The September 2013 closures -- where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Ft. Lee were shut down causing a traffic nightmare for commuters -- has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.
A northern New Jersey high school teacher has been charged with having sex with three 15-year-old male students, authorities say. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said Thursday that 34-year-old Nicole Dufault, of Caldwell, was arrested Wednesday night for the incidents that happened inside Columbia High School in Maplewood and in her car since last year. Prosecutors say Dufault is a language arts teacher and has worked at the school for nine years.
ISIS released a haunting propaganda video on Thursday, showing a British captive promising to show the “the truth” behind the militants’ network and criticizing how his government and the U.S. are dealing with hostage negotiations, NBC News reported. The video, titled “Lend Me Your Ears,” has not been verified by NBC News. In it, a man who identifies himself as British is shown in an orange jumpsuit – the same style journalist James Foley and subsequent hostages wore in their beheading videos. The man says he was taken captive in Syria in 2012 and promises that more “programs” are coming.
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The man charged with killing a Pennsylvania state trooper during an ambush has been added to the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
Officials describe the suspect, 31-year-old Eric Frein, as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.
Authorities say putting Frein on the most wanted list will allow the FBI to use more resources in the manhunt. The agency is also offering a $100,000 reward.
Police said Thursday they believe the shooter is still in the rural area where the attack occurred.
A huge turnout is expected for a march through Manhattan Sunday aimed at drawing attention to climate change ahead of a United Nations summit on the issue.
Indonesian police on Friday said a Chicago man has confessed that he killed his girlfriend's mother in a Bali hotel, and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him stuff the body into a suitcase. Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested in Bali on Aug. 13, a day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort. Police chief Col. Djoko Heru Utomo said Friday that Schaefer confessed during an interrogation on Monday and that Mack acknowledged her role in separate questioning later this week.
A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana, CNBC reported. Mashable.com, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, found that 9.7 percent of Americans admitted to up to smoking cannabis before showing up to the office. Also, nearly 81 percent said they scored their cannabis illegally. Currently, pot can be purchased for medicinal use in 23 states and Washington, D.C.
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Virginia emergency management officials are seeking volunteers for what they call a mass search Saturday for a missing University of Virginia student. The state's Department of Emergency Management is organizing search volunteers in hopes of finding leads in the disappearance of Hannah Graham. The 18-year-old has been missing since last weekend and was last seen on surveillance video around Charlottesville's downtown mall just after 1 a.m. last Saturday morning.
More than half of Americans, and a slightly higher percentage of football fans, disapprove of how the NFL has handled the recent reports about domestic violence by several of its players, a new NBC News/Marist Poll has found. But just 29 percent of adults and 32 percent of football fans say Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign, while an overwhelming 85 percent say the recent news hasn't changed how much football they'll watch. The poll also found, regarding the child abuse charges against star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, that 60 percent of Americans believe it's wrong to discipline their children by hitting them with a paddle, switch or belt, while just 34 percent think it's right. In the South, however, 51 percent of Americans say it's right.
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The massive five-month data breach that hit Home Depot affected as many as 56 million payment cards, the home improvement retail giant said Thursday, in a hack even bigger than the mammoth breach that hit Target during the holiday season last year. The do-it-yourself retail giant said that criminals using malware had outpaced the company's own efforts to beef up its security by fully encrypting its payment terminal data. The five-month breach affected payment systems in Home Depot's brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S. and Canada but did not appear to have affected purchases made on its website.
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Some schools in the Pocono, Pennsylvania, area will be closed for the third consecutive day as authorities continue to search for Eric Frein, who allegedly shot and killed a Pennsylvania State Trooper before going on the run. The Pocono Mountain School District canceled Friday classes "due to safety concerns for our students," a school spokeswoman said.