In the Know: September 19, 2014

“The people of Scotland have spoken. We have chosen unity over division and positive change rather than needless separation. Today is a momentous result for Scotland and also for the United Kingdom as a whole—by confirming our place within the union we reaffirm all that we have in common and the bonds that tie us together. Let them never be broken.” Labour lawmaker Alistair Darling, who led the pro-union campaign in the Scottish referendum, hailed the result but said that the message that the people of Scotland want change must be heard.

Nation
The Senate gave its approval to arm and train Syrian rebels this week, then headed home to campaign, just in time to avoid a greater debate on the use of force in the Middle East.

Home Depot said Thursday that it has identified the malware used to steal customer payment information and has eliminated it from the company’s network. An estimated 56 million credit and debit cards are at risk.

World
Over the weekend, the Islamic State beheaded a third hostage, British aid worker David Haines. Prime Minister David Cameron said that the UK would “hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”

Ukraine’s President asked the U.S. for heavy weapons, but didn’t exactly get what he wants.

Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by Islamic State group supporters when they raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.

The bodies of eight people, including five health workers and three journalists, were found in Guinea. They were attacked while distributing information on the Ebola virus.

Politics
Scotland voted on independence yesterday—and decided to remain part of the United Kingdom with a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent.

Business
Alibaba officially launched the largest IPO in U.S. history this week. To celebrate, the company will give a giant “Tao doll” to the New York Stock Exchange.

Health
A respiratory virus affecting children across the nation has spread to the northeast. The virus has now hit 17 states.

The U.S. government recommends a yearly vaccine for nearly everyone starting at 6 months of age. Yet only about half of Americans get one.

Women’s Affairs
Women across the country are both horrified by, and weighing in on, the NFL’s recent domestic violence and child abuse scandals.

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