Scotland awaits result of historic U.K. referendum

The vote is over and, in a matter of hours, they’ll know whether their future is tied to Britain or whether a breakup is at hand.

New Androids will put data
privacy before police access

The move is part of a shift by U.S. tech firms to make their products more resistant to government snooping.

One of Alibaba's retail sites in China’s Shandong Province. (EPA)

Web-retail titan Alibaba took over China. Can it do the same in the U.S.?

Its Friday debut at the New York Stock Exchange is the most aggressive effort yet by a Chinese firm to stand shoulder-to- shoulder with U.S. giants that rule the digital economy in the West.

    Congress votes to fight Islamic State militants by arming Syrian rebels

    Congress votes to fight Islamic State militants by arming Syrian rebels

    The plan calls for training and equipping moderate rebels in hopes of stemming the growing threat.

    Police release description of man last seen with missing U-Va. student

    Police release description of man last seen with missing U-Va. student

    A witness said he saw the man put his arm around Hannah Graham early Saturday in Charlottesville.

    He finished second on reality TV.
    Now, Clay Aiken is going for first.

    He finished second on reality TV. <br>Now, Clay Aiken is going for first.

    The pop star-turned-Democratic-candidate is hoping to win over voters in a N.C. congressional race.

    Attack on team helping to fight Ebola outbreak in Guinea leaves 8 dead

    Attack on team helping to fight Ebola outbreak in Guinea leaves 8 dead

    Several health workers and three journalists were among the victims, some of whom had their throats slit.

    For Jewish fans of the Nats, playoff elation collides with religious reality

    For Jewish fans of the Nats, playoff elation collides with religious reality

    The first playoff games will likely occur during Yom Kippur, the holiest 24 hours on the Jewish calendar.

    Politics

    Court orders Democrat Taylor off Kansas ballot

    Court orders Democrat Taylor off Kansas ballot

    The ruling appears to make the path to victory more difficult for Sen. Pat Roberts.

    World

    Love in the time of Ebola

    Love in the time of Ebola

    Her family begged her not to return to Sierra Leone. But the love of her life was there. So Najmeh Modarres had to make a choice.

    Sports

    Redskins finally have a 3-4 defense that causes trouble

    Redskins finally have a 3-4 defense that causes trouble

    COLUMN | With a difference-maker on the line and athletic inside linebackers, the early returns on defense are good.

    Lifestyle

    He finished second on reality TV.
    Now, Clay Aiken is going for first.

    He finished second on reality TV. <br>Now, Clay Aiken is going for first.

    The pop star-turned-Democratic-candidate is hoping to win over voters in a N.C. congressional race.

    Arts

    A staging to themselves, or at least something similar

    A staging to themselves, or at least something similar

    A National Portrait Gallery exhibit, “Staging the Self,” features an exploration of Latin self-identity

    Technology

    Facebook just changed its News Feed yet again. Here’s how it could affect you.

    Facebook just changed its News Feed yet again. Here’s how it could affect you.

    It’s hard to tell what predicated the change, but Facebook is shifting around its mysterious News Feed algorithm to show fewer old posts in favor of more “timely” ones.

    Business

    Just how oil rich is Scotland?

    Just how oil rich is Scotland?

    WONKBLOG | Many oil and gas experts have warned that Scotland might not be quite as well off as nationalists are claiming.

    Federal Government

    What will be the mail truck of the future?

    What will be the mail truck of the future?

    FEDERAL EYE | Replacing the USPS fleet would cost postal officials about $5 billion, and that’s a check that at the moment they can’t write.

    Real Estate

    Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

    Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

    The prolonged flat, stable period of mortgage rates came to an end this week as the 30-year fixed-rate average spiked to 4.23 percent.

    Diversions