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  • LONDON, Sept 19- European equities surged on Friday, with a key index hitting a 6-1/ 2- year high after Scotland's decision to vote against independence buoyed equity markets and eased concerns about similar separatist movements in Spain.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its "cool" factor Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Sterling's gains to a two-year peak against the euro and a two-week high versus the dollar on Friday after Scottish voters rejected independence ran out of steam as investors focused on the UK economy and new constitutional problems for Britain. These could add some uncertainty to UK growth prospects and tie sterling down in the near term.

  • *Gold headed for 0.5 percent drop for the week. LONDON, Sept 19- Gold fell on Friday, heading for a third straight weekly drop, as the dollar was buoyed by a decline in U.S. jobless claims that reinforced the chance of a faster-than-expected tightening in U.S. monetary policy, while stronger shares also weighed.

  • Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 5:59 AM ET

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone— Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged his countrymen to cooperate.

  • *Nationalist leader Alex Salmond concedes defeat. EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout. But leaders from across the United Kingdom said the union must change if it is to endure.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Investors in British financial markets breathed a sigh of relief on Friday, after a Scottish vote against independence spared them prolonged and unprecedented uncertainty that a break up of the United Kingdom might have unleashed. Royal Bank of Scotland said it had scrapped contingency plans to relocate to England.

  • *Talk of OPEC cuts, lower Libyan output support prices. LONDON, Sept 19- Brent crude slipped towards $97 a barrel on Friday, not far above 26- month lows reached at the start of the week, as OPEC talk of a production cut failed to calm market nerves about ample supply at a time of fragile demand.

  • *Bund yields edge up as uncertainty over Scotland subsides. LONDON, Sept 19- Spanish bonds and stocks were Europe's top performers on Friday as markets viewed Scotland's vote against independence as diminishing prospects of a stronger push for secession in Catalonia.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Sterling fell back against the dollar on Friday to stand lower on the day, handing back all of its gains since the first signs overnight that Scotland was voting "No" to splitting off from the United Kingdom.

  • *Sterling gains as Scotland voters decide to stay in UK. LONDON, Sept 19- British markets rallied and the rest of Europe followed suit on Friday as Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom eased investors past the latest in a recent run of global political obstacles.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- British Prime Minister David Cameron said the issue of Scottish independence had been settled "for a generation" on Friday but pledged a swift constitutional shake-up after what he called "a clear vote" by Scots to stay part of the United Kingdom.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Sterling climbed to a two-year peak against the euro and a two-week high against the dollar on Friday after Scottish voters rejected independence, averting a break-up of the United Kingdom and prolonged uncertainty.

  • Edinburgh, Sept 19- As Scotland's regions reported their decisions in a momentous independence referendum to the central counting operation in Edinburgh in the early hours of Friday morning, the "Yes" supporters' mood grew ever more deflated. Hopefully we can get on now with a timetable for a federal UK with Scotland as the leader, "he said.

  • Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    LONDON— Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- European shares surged higher early on Friday, buoyed by gains on the UK stock market which rose after Scotland's decision to vote "No" to independence from the United Kingdom.

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.

  • LONDON/ EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scottish voters have rejected independence from the rest of the United Kingdom in a vote that had threatened to break up the world's sixth-biggest economy. UK PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON. "Scotland has by a majority decided not, at this stage, to become an independent country.

  • *Sterling gains as Scotland voters decide to stay in UK. TOKYO, Sept 19- The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares.