Australia Thwarts Beheading Plot, Scotland Vote,& Walter White Is Back

1. ISIS    

AUSTRALIA THREAT: Sydney police arrested 15 people overnight in the largest counter-terrorism raid in Australian history. They say supporters of ISIS planned a public killing in Sydney, grabbing someone off the street and beheading them. ABC NEWSCONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL: The House of Representatives voted to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels to confront ISIS, backing President Obama after he personally pleaded for support. The Senate hopes to pass it today. NY TIMES

Voters in Scotland head to the polls today in a historic referendum on whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom. The most recent polls find that the independence side had gained ground, but the project that the ”Better Together” campaign will likely win. CNN

3. NFL

The Minnesota Vikings reversed their decision to let accused child abuser Adrian Peterson play this weekend because of mounting pressure from sponsors, fans and the media. Peterson’s indefinitely benched– and could eventually be terminated. ESPN



The Dow closed at a record high on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed that it won’t raise a key short-term interest rate for a “considerable time.” The Central Bank has kept the interest rates near zero since the 2008 financial crisis. WALL STREET JOURNAL



Apple released its new operating system iOS 8 yesterday for more recent models of iPhones and iPads. The new system has a number of features, including a smart keyboard that can finish your sentence based on to whom you’re typing. Here’s how to get it. ZDNET

And the download streams are wide open right now, because everyone who wants iOS 8 is in line at the Apple store waiting for the iPhone 6.



Starbucks is testing a Frappuccino Mini at some its stores. It’s 10 ounces, which is two ounces less than a Tall, and costs about 30 cents less. LA TIMES

We prefer ”vertically challenged.” 



Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker and two other suspended players now are eligible to play this weekend after the NFL and its union agreed on a new performance-enhancing drugs policy that includes testing for HGH and neutral arbitration for appeals.  CBS SPORTS

Meanwhile, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested yesterday for a domestic violence-related incident. MEDIAITE



Gwen Korovin, the New York doctor who performed the fatal operation on Joan Rivers is accused of performing an unauthorized biopsy on the comedian– and of taking a selfie in the procedure room. DAILY BEAST


9. TV TIME  

Inspired by #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft, TV host Meredith Vieira revealed she had stayed in a physically abusive relationship. She said an ex “threw me into a shower, naked with scalding water, and then he threw me outside into the hallway.” MORE



…Benedict Cumberbatch, posing nearly shirtless in a river a la Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, for a charity campaign supporting cancer research. SEE PIC

If you listen you can hear Keira Knightley quietly sobbing, “Why, God? Why?”



Bryan Cranston follows up Breaking Bad with a new one-man-show about baseball– that’s really a hilarious ad for TBS’ coverage of the American League playoffs. POPWATCH

Breaking Bats.



@gotmyhairdid: They should make a medal for anyone who uses a whole tube of chapstick before losing it.


And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Thursday, September 18, 2014…



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