Soldier with Mass. ties killed in Afghanistan

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Debate continues on pay raise for Boston City Council

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An image taken from a video  posted on YouTube  shows British photojournalist John Cantlie.

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The captive journalist, apparently reading from a script, warns America and its allies about heading into an unwinnable war.

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Excitement, apprehension as Scotland decides its future

The independence referendum today has generated an unprecedented volume and intensity of public debate and participation.

Pro-independence campaigners gathered outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Thursday.

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Pro-independence campaigners gathered outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Thursday.

A young bagpiper played in George Square, just a few hours before polling stations closed in Glasgow.

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A young bagpiper played in George Square, just a few hours before polling stations closed in Glasgow.

The referendum is the culmination of almost two years of competing arguments over the viability of an independent Scotland.

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The referendum is the culmination of almost two years of competing arguments over the viability of an independent Scotland.

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A No campaigner burst into song at Notre Dame Primary School as the people of Scotland took to the polls in Glasgow.

A No supporter debated with a Yes supporter outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

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A No supporter debated with a Yes supporter outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

A final survey published Thursday showed opponents of independence ahead by 53 percent to 47 percent.

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A final survey published Thursday showed opponents of independence ahead by 53 percent to 47 percent.

No supporters were seen outside a polling station in Edinburgh.

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No supporters were seen outside a polling station in Edinburgh.

A man with a mohawk held a Saltire flag as he walked past Bannockburn polling station in Scotland.

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A man with a mohawk held a Saltire flag as he walked past Bannockburn polling station in Scotland.

10 things to know about Scotland’s independence vote

What will happen if Scotland leaves the UK and reestablishes itself as a sovereign nation? Here are some possibilities.

Rusney Castillo made his major league debut in the Red Sox’ 9-1 loss to the Pirates.

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