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Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. — especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.
June 30, 2014
Today makes the 1-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire. The father of one of the 19 men who died fighting the blaze wants to create shelters that better shield against direct flames.
June 30, 2014
When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.
June 30, 2014
In Texas and elsewhere, guns are playing major roles this campaign season. Politicians have opened fire in ads, literally, and embraced the gun as a symbol of their conservative street cred.
June 30, 2014
Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.
June 30, 2014
Farmers and ranchers, increasingly reliant on pumping groundwater, are desperate to have more and more wells installed. This frenzy could deplete California's aquifers, experts say.
June 30, 2014
Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom Designing Women and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer, his agent said.
June 30, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, the country's most well-known compensation expert, is scheduled to reveal the terms Monday, and GM CEO Mary Barra has said there will be no cap on payments.
June 30, 2014
It's typically a holy month of reflection for Muslims, but Iraqis face a bleak Ramadan this year. Extremists have taken over much of the country and show no sign of easing their fighting.
June 29, 2014
The debate over the federal minimum wage, which raised to $7.25 in 2009, is playing out across the country. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped workers hasn't gone up for 23 years.
June 29, 2014
In 2004, Jason Hansman was helping to rebuild Mosul with the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion. A decade later, he and other veterans are watching the cities where they served fall to Sunni militants.
June 29, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently in a sea of trouble. A White House report said its "corrosive culture" led to systematic failures.
June 29, 2014
The term dates back to the 19th century when white traders would swap "firewater" for Indian goods and "off the reservation" was "a lonely and dangerous place for an aboriginal American to be."
June 29, 2014
Some analysts says the move may signal the birth of a new era of transnational jihadism. ISIS also announced that because it was expanding its territory, it would now be known as the Islamic State.
June 29, 2014
Narendra Modi became prime minister just a month ago. He had a big agenda, but has yet to launch any major programs. But the tech-savvy leader has racked up 5 million Twitter followers.
June 29, 2014
The unofficial referendum was branded as illegal by local and mainland Chinese officials. The referendum called for Hong Kong to be able to democratically elect its leaders.
June 29, 2014
Bake them, grill them, even smother them in chocolate. College students and food writers who count instant ramen noodles as a staple are devising all sorts of ways to make them healthier and tastier.
June 29, 2014
Paris streets are often too dangerous for kids to learn to ride, and most parents have no room to store bikes in their apartments. So the city has started renting bikes for smallest Parisiens.
June 29, 2014
More than six years after the housing crash, the housing market may be settling into a better-than-dismal but still disappointingly long, slow slog back to normal.
June 29, 2014
According to multiple reports, Obama will also seek an emergency appropriation of $2 billion to deal with the surge of Central American immigrants flooding the southern border.
June 29, 2014

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