Thousands of defence jobs will be at risk if Scotland votes for independence in September, according to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.
The boss of Scotland's largest industrial company tells ITV News he believes Scottish independence would bring "real costs" for business.
A 12-year-old pupil has died at a school in Edinburgh after a wall collapsed inside a changing room.
The UK's nuclear deterrent, Trident, will not be got rid of "quick and easy" if Scotland votes for independence, the Defence Secretary is expected to say.
– Philip Hammond
He (Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond) also wants to dictate the timescales for removing our nuclear deterrent within the first term of Parliament following independence.
But Alex Salmond knows, as I know, that the future of our naval base at Faslane would be just one of many defence issues that would be the subject of long and protracted negotiations if there were to be a Yes vote in the referendum.
Because if they insist that it has to go, there would have to be complex talks about the costs and timescales involved. Any notion that it would be quick and easy is just plain wrong.
There will be "long and protracted negotiations" over the future of Britain's defences and armed forces if Scotland votes to become independent this September, according to Philip Hammond.
The Defence Secretary will outline his argument for Scotland remaining in the union in a speech at electronics company Thales Optronics in Glasgow, touching on issues like Trident nuclear weapons.
He will say that defence "provides the security and the peace of mind that underpins almost every single other area of this debate".
He will add: "What we have is precious... It is our shared history, our common values and our unity of purpose which makes us what we are today. It is Scotland which makes the UK united, and adds the Great to Great Britain.
"Drawn from the four corners of these islands, nothing epitomises more the strength we derive from being a United Kingdom than the men and women in our Navy, Army and Air Force, coming together with a common purpose, to keep our country and our people safe and secure."
An independent Scotland would be able to deliver a £70 cut in energy bills, and maintain the UK's energy supply.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing explained:
– Fergus Ewing
Scotland's huge natural resources mean that we can supply electricity - reliably and affordably - and can help the UK keep the lights on and the bills down.
Scotland exports electricity to England and Wales every year - in 2012 a quarter of the electricity generated here helped keep lights on across the rest of the UK.
With the powers of independence we will deliver a permanent, ongoing annual cut in energy bills of £70 - by removing the Energy Company Obligation and the Warm Homes Discount from consumer bills.
The referendum on Scottish independence risks scaring away investors who will want to "hold on to their cash" until the UK is more settled, the Energy Secretary will warn.
– Energy Secretary Ed Davey
The energy sector in Scotland is booming and growing, with more and more jobs and attracting more investment.
I fear the economic and energy progress will be seriously affected by the uncertainty and disruption of independence, as investors will hold on to their cash rather than risk it.
The "uncertainty and disruption" caused by the looming referendum on Scottish independence will have a detrimental effect on progress in the economy and energy sector, a cabinet minister will warn.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey is expected to issue the warning later today as he launches the Government's latest Scotland Analysis paper in Edinburgh, focusing on gas and electricity.
The paper looks in detail at how the United Kingdom can maximise energy investment to support thousands of jobs and keep bills as low as possible.
The UK Government said its analysis shows that people in an independent Scotland would have to pay £3,800 per person to match the £20 billion the UK Government has committed towards decommissioning in the North Sea.
Almost one hundred years after the start of the First World War, a statue of a Black Watch soldier will travel from Edinburgh to Belgium, to commemorate thousands of British troops who were killed.
The bronze highlander will be erected next month near Ypres, in honour of the nearly 9,000 men from the famous regiment who died.
Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports:
A Scottish charity has been “inundated” with calls from members of the public over the illegal killing of 16 birds of prey in the Highlands, as the reward for information about the deaths has reached £10,000.
At least some of the dead raptors - 12 red kites and four buzzards - found dead in the Conon Bridge area of Ross-shire in the last two weeks had been poisoned, STV reported.
A police investigation into the killings is now underway and a £5,000 reward put up by RSPB Scotland for information about the killings leading to conviction has been doubled by an anonymous donor.
Duncan Orr-Ewing, of RSPB Scotland, said: “Our staff have been inundated with calls from concerned members of the public voicing their personal anger and frustration about this appalling incident and calling for firm action by the authorities against the perpetrators.
“Many people have said they would like to contribute financially to the reward already on offer.”
The charity has set up a webpage where members of the public can contribute to the reward. If the cash goes unclaimed, it will be used to help fund future RSPB Scotland wildlife crime investigations
Margo MacDonald, the former SNP deputy leader who campaigned in the Scottish Parliament for the legalisation of assisted suicide, has died aged 70.
Eddie Izzard has explained he painted a Union Jack and a European Union flag on his fingernails as "a political statement" about his identity as a "British European transvestite".
The comic, who is a long time Labour supporter, also brushed off the prospect of being insulted by Scottish Nationalist supporters after lending his voice to the Better Together campaign.
Reporters laughed as the cross-dressing comedian said "You've got to realise I am a transvestite, I've already had a lot of negative things said to me over the years."
Eddie Izzard has lent his voice to the Better Together campaign, urging Scots not to leave the UK.
The comedian said he was speaking up for English, Welsh and Northern Irish people who are "probably not being heard" but who want Scotland to remain part of the union.