Turnout huge as voters reject independence

The decisive “no” vote following a divisive campaign and an extraordinary voter turnout means new life for a 307-year union that had appeared in grave danger of breaking apart.

Royal and Ancient Golf Club votes to accept women

In another significant Scottish vote on Thursday, the venerable golf club decided to accept women members for the first time in its 260-year history.

"No" supporters celebrate in Edinburgh, Scotland, early Friday. (Andy Rain/EPA)

Nations’ union has often been uneasy

It was only after the 18th century, as Scots got involved in Britain's imperial adventures, that a true sense of shared identity emerged.

Local News

First debate in D.C. mayoral race
a heated, three-way sparring match

First debate in D.C. mayoral race <br>a heated, three-way sparring match

Tension let loose as Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz lobbed criticism for 90 minutes.

Police seek man seen with missing U-Va. student

Police seek man seen with missing U-Va. student

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

McDonnell asks to be acquitted
of public corruption charges

McDonnell asks to be acquitted <br>of public corruption charges

The former Va. governor wants a federal judge to overturn the guilty verdicts or grant him a new trial.

Recession-proof? Not this town.

Recession-proof? Not this town.

WONKBLOG | As the rest of the nation recovers, Washington’s economy is hitting a rough spot.

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.

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Rail station at Sobibor death camp. (Reuters)

Rail station at Sobibor death camp. (Reuters)

Unearthed: Nazi death chambers where thousands perished

Nazis destroyed the Sobibor camp where 250,000 Jews perished but archeologists have dug up its horrors.

Milestone 184-mile hike ensured
preservation of the C&O Canal

Milestone 184-mile hike ensured <br>preservation of the C&O Canal <br>

Sixty years ago a Supreme Court justice issued a challenge to safeguard the canal and its towpath.

7 things to do this weekend

7 things to do this weekend

Eat vegan morsels at D.C. VegFest, visit the H Street Festival and root for dachshunds in the Wiener 500.

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

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

The world’s biggest online retailer, larger than Amazon and eBay, may post the biggest stock debut ever.

Clay Aiken learns that in politics,
fame can be a blessing and a curse

Clay Aiken learns that in politics, <br>fame can be a blessing and a curse

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

New wave of Android devices to put
data privacy before police access

New wave of Android devices to put <br>data privacy before police access

It’s part of a shift by U.S. tech firms to make their products more resistant to government snooping.

Local Columnists

No votes in Congress? Tough luck.

No votes in Congress? Tough luck.

COLUMN | Opponents of D.C. statehood offer nothing more than flawed, phony objections.

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.

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.

Federal Government

In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

IN THE LOOP | Lawmakers had to choose between a picnic or listening to Gingrich and DeLay discuss 1994.

National

Rare respiratory illness now in 19 states as cases are confirmed in California, Minnesota and New Jersey

The virus continues to crop up in new states, with other cases likely in several other states as well.

Lifestyle

From ‘Marry Me’ to ‘Selfie,’ fall TV is filled with love stories. Isn’t the rom-com genre dead?

From ‘Marry Me’ to ‘Selfie,’ fall TV is filled with love stories. Isn’t the rom-com genre dead?

The romantic comedy genre is supposedly dead. Looks like someone forgot to tell the 2014 fall television season.

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

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.

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