Republican and Democratic leaders in the US Senate have struck a deal to raise the debt ceiling and avert a potential default, Republican senator Kelly Ayotte has told the Associated Press.
The measure still has to pass a deeply divided, Republican-controlled House of Representatives that failed twice on Tuesday to produce its own plan.
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However the vote goes, bonds of blood, history and geography mean the people of the Scottish borders will stay closely linked to England.
Alex Salmond could be hailed the future leader of a new country, but there is still no agreement on how an independent Scotland would work.
Corby has the largest Scottish exile community - although they are not entitled to vote, if they could it would be an overwhelming "No".