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WASHINGTON, Sept 18- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed his dissatisfaction with a chronically high jobless rate and complained of a "very sick idea" that the unemployed would "rather just sit around."
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- President Barack Obama will highlight strides the United States has made on climate change when he addresses a major U.N. climate summit next week, senior administration officials said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON— Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year.
*London offers more powers if Scotland stays. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307- year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences. The gap is sufficiently close that if the pollsters have got it marginally wrong, Scotland could go its own way.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed for more U.S. assistance, including arms, in a warmly received appearance before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, but the latest offer of American help did not include the weaponry he is seeking.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The Obama administration on Thursday said 7.3 million people were up to date on their monthly premiums for private health plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare law as of Aug. 15.
PARIS— Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.
*London offers more powers if Scotland stays. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307- year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences.
*Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307- year-old union with England and become an independent nation or stay within the United Kingdom- a decision which could have consequences across the globe.
*Riyadh trains Syrian rebels, praised new Iraq govt. RIYADH, Sept 17- In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.
WASHINGTON— House Democrats' campaign arm spent heavily last month but still has almost $55 million left in the bank for an uphill fight against the Republican majority, party officials said Thursday. Its GOP rival, the National Republican Congressional Committee, has not yet released its August fundraising tally and faces a Saturday deadline to do so.
WASHINGTON— The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.
*Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307- year union or back secession. "This is an historic day for Scotland.
CHICAGO— Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.
*Polling stations open at 0600 GMT on Thursday. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307- year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The United States said on Wednesday it will press India's new prime minister to end his blockage of a global trade pact when he visits Washington this month, something that could dampen the mood of a trip aimed at revitalizing strategic ties.
*Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. *Polling stations open at 0600 GMT on Thursday. EDINBURGH, Sept 17- On the eve of Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307- year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.
A must-do temporary funding bill has been selected as the House legislative vehicle to grant President Barack Obama's request to permit the U.S. military to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. —Renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance foreign purchases of U.S. exports, through June 30, 2015.
A report said Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum and Facebook are among the multinational S&P 100 corporations hit with the highest tax rates in 2013.