As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three decades gets underway.

James Wheldon woke early Thursday and hit the streets in a rented van plastered with posters urging voters to back Scottish independence, and end a 307-year union with England that the world knows as the United Kingdom.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from South Florida who doubles as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was blasted in a lengthy article in Politico that documented her rocky relationship with the Obama White House and indicated her tenure might be limited.

Today, Scottish voters had to the polling places to vote on a referendum whether they’ll stay in the United Kingdom or become an independent country. Photographer Claudia Himmelreich tells their story.

A British photographer whose kidnapping in Syria has been subject to a media blackout for nearly two years has appeared in an Islamic State video that was posted on the Internet Thursday.

Following up on the Ferguson debacle, Justice Department officials Thursday announced a new program to “build trust” between law enforcement and local communities.

Democrats in North Carolina and Minnesota got good news Thursday from Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball--their Senate races now look more winnable. Not so, though, in New Hampshire.

In a wide-ranging speech that alternately took shots at the foreign policy – or lack thereof – of President Barack Obama and highlighted his own ideas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio laid out a case for a strong foreign policy and said “our nation is never isolated from the world.”

Boise resident Ken Miracle was presented with a $5,000 grant award Wednesday night for his work toward greater sage grouse conservation in southern Idaho.

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday tore apart the Obama administration’s strategy to fight the Islamic State, expressing skepticism about the scope, duration and partners involved in what Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged would be a “multi-year effort.”

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the agency now expects tens of thousands of people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current epidemic is contained, and it called for nations to commit far more resources to combating the outbreak, which is ravaging the poor African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

A divided House of Representatives gave tentative approval Wednesday to President Barack Obama’s plan to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State, as members of both parties expressed concerns about the plans and insisted he come back in December to ask again.

Lawmakers this week are showing they can sometimes march together, at least when it comes to helping veterans.

As House Democrats made a Hail Mary attempt to force a vote on laws to protect gays in the workplace, Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., continues to stand by comments he made earlier this month that businesses should be free to fire employees based on their sexual orientation.

Seven hundred years ago, Robert the Bruce reclaimed Scottish independence here with the help of a two-handed sword. Thursday, Scotland’s current first minister, Alex Salmond, hopes to repeat that success with the help of 16-year-old voters.

The Chinese government has frequently hacked into the computer systems of defense contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command, the Pentagon agency responsible for deploying American troops and military equipment worldwide.

Applying 20th century laws to 21st century technology is not the answer to protect the free Internet despite the overwhelming amount of public support for that approach, anti-regulation advocates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in a hearing on net neutrality.

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, a former sheriff from Washington state, wants to make sure that poor people don’t spend their welfare benefits on marijuana.

In the over two years since Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the State Department says it has overhauled its strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts overseas.

The Federal Reserve Wednesday announced it would trim its bond buying by another $10 billion, leaving it on course to end next month the controversial program designed to support the sluggish U. S. economic recovery.

It might be a stretch to describe Aguascalientes in north-central Mexico as the new Detroit. But it wouldn’t be a huge stretch.

That’s what a Democratic-affiliated group is asking -- in a complaint it filed with the Internal Revenue Service, asking it to investigate whether former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown violated federal law by claiming deductions on his 2010 and 2011 tax returns for "grooming" expenses.

Citing a “troubling return” to the kinds of risky behavior that led to the 2008 financial meltdown, Attorney General Eric Holder called on Congress Wednesday to sweeten “paltry” financial incentives for corporate insiders who blow the whistle on white-collar crime.

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday he made a “poor choice of words” when he used the word “shylock” to describe nefarious lenders.

Republican Joni Ernst has opened up a 6 percentage point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., will host more than 60 members of parliaments from 24 European nations this week for a three-day intelligence security forum.

At 3 years old, the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has survived opponents’ attempts to dismantle it and is busy rolling out new regulations and doling out punishment to companies accused of bilking consumers.

The House of Representatives is expected to approve a short-term measure Wednesday that would keep the federal government open after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and temporarily authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels to battle the Islamic State.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) told reporters Tuesday what many already knew -- that he was considering a run for the White House in 2016.

In a break from the recent slate of doom-and-gloom reports of catastrophes, wars and destruction, a United Nations report released Tuesday says the number of children under 5 who die each year fell by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, saving 17,000 lives every day.

A 97-year-old woman from Fresno sat looking out at the sun shining on the World War II Memorial.

In their first public briefing since President Barack Obama laid out his new strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the nation’s two top defense officials on Tuesday provided few details of their plans and no guarantees of success.

Amid growing concern that hundreds of westerners are being lured into traveling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that a series of pilot programs will be conducted in cities across the country to combat violent extremism.

South Carolina’s Republican delegation is skeptical of the president’s plan to combat the Islamic State, and many say the commander-in-chief’s hastily announced strategy to arm moderate Syrian rebel groups needs to be reconsidered.

Former President Bill Clinton says voters in Scotland should elect to stay in the United Kingdom.

Ken Miracle can’t remember exactly when he became fascinated with the plump greater sage grouse that strut about on the once-endless sagebrush expanses of southern Idaho.

An improved economy with more full-time workers drove a decline in the national poverty rate in 2013 _ the first in seven years _ and the first decline in the nation’s child poverty rate in 13 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday.

A bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives – including those from South Florida – is pushing the Obama administration to create an immigration program for Haitians that would accelerate the flow of immigrants from that country and help it recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

China is a country with gargantuan environmental problems, deep distrust of government and a population that is increasingly wired through mobile devices. Put that together and it’s no surprise that large street protests are breaking out against waste incinerators, chemical plants and other industrial projects.

President Barack Obama heads to the United Nations next week -- but he’s not scheduled to meet there with Russian President Vladimir Putin or Iran’s Hassan Rouhani -- despite potential common ground for a conversation.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on an amendment to train and equip moderate forces in Syria as part of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat the Islamic State.

Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, withdrew his name from consideration Monday, unable to overcome a bipartisan Senate filibuster.

President Barack Obama plans to dispatch 3,000 U.S. military personnel to Africa as part of a major U.S. boost to counter the outbreak of Ebola as world health agencies warn that there aren’t enough medical personnel willing to work there to stem the tide of the disease.

The United States bombed an Islamic State position southwest of Baghdad on Monday in what the U.S. Central Command said was the first airstrike undertaken under expanded rules of engagement President Barack Obama outlined in a speech last week.

A group of Barack Obama’s longtime friends and supporters announced Monday that it had narrowed down the list of possible locations for a multimillion-dollar presidential library.

After failing to respond to multiple outreach attempts, more than 100,000 people could lose their federal marketplace health coverage on Sept. 30, while more than three times that many could see their premiums increase, if they fail to verify their income, U.S. residency or immigration status as required by the Obama administration.

Faulty fracking wells are to blame for drinking water contamination in Texas and Pennsylvania, according to new findings from researchers at five universities.

President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to a pair of soldiers for their bravery during the Vietnam War during a White House ceremony Monday.

With Scottish voters heading to the polls on Thursday to decide whether or not to split from the United Kingdom, the White House is making it (sort of) clear that it prefers togetherness.

Hillary Clinton is trapped in a bubble.

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