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It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle

Irn Bru is a neon orange soda that inspires passion and may help explain the strong independent streak in Scotland as it prepares to vote Sept. 18 on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures'

The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country.

Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

In Houston County, Two Star Quarterbacks Are Only Miles Apart

How typical is it to have two highly touted, pro-style quarterbacks essentially next door to each other in Houston County? “I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of it,” said Von Lassiter, head coach for Houston County High School’s football team. David Bruce, head coach and athletic director at Veterans High School, agrees. “I think it is pretty rare down here. I can’t think of the last time we had two guys with their kind of potential as pocket passers. But you know the Fromm kid can run, too. I’ve watched some film on him and he’s pretty salty.”

Teaching Theology For Profit: The Next Wave Of Religious Education?

You might not think of a for-profit college as a place to enter a profession that’s often associated with vows of poverty. Most of the marketing for these schools focuses on getting a practical degree – like business or medical assisting. But one for-profit university based in Savannah is venturing into new territory – offering theology degrees to aspiring clergy members.

Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. So the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.

Peake: Expand Medical Marijuana To More Georgians

The lawmaker behind a bill to legalize medical marijuana for seizure patients said Wednesday the state should go one step further. Earlier this year, Representative Allen Peake, R-Macon, championed a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for patients with seizure disorders. That effort ultimately failed in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session. Peake's resolve, however, did not. Representative Peake and other members of the new Medical Cannabis Study Committee met for the first time at the state Capitol Wednesday. The committee heard testimony from Paige Figi, a Colorado mother whose daughter Charlotte has become a symbol of the medical marijuana fight.

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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