Sony shares plunge on ballooning loss forecast

Sony has cut expectations for sales in the smartphone business, which has been reporting operating losses as it faces off against global rivals including Apple and South Korea's SamsungTokyo (AFP) - Sony shares plunged Thursday after the electronics giant warned of a $2.14 billion annual loss linked to its struggling mobile phone unit, taking investors by surprise and dealing another blow to its turnaround plan.



Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain

A young voter leaves a polling station after casting her ballot in Edinburgh on September 18, 2014, as voting begins in the Scotland's independence referendumEdinburgh (AFP) - Scotland began voting Thursday on whether to become independent, in a referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest country since the collapse of Yugoslavia.



Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

Police investigators work at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney, Australia after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of an operation Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Australian police detained 15 people earlier on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY (AP) — Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.



Syrian air force attacks IS-held northern town

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian government helicopter gunships have attacked a northern town held by Muslim militants, killing at least a dozen people and wounding dozens more.
Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trial

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact — that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter.


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