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  1. David Cameron makes pledge on Holyrood powers
  2. Pro-independence firms hit back
  3. Swimming hero traces young fan
  4. Ross County sack manager Derek Adams

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By Thomas McGuigan, Bryan Quinn and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Sport

That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We're back tomorrow morning at 08:00, see you then.

MP hit with egg

A Labour MP has been hit with an egg after being confronted by pro-independence supporters while campaigning ahead of the referendum.

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The incident happened as Jim Murphy was speaking on the streets of Kirkcaldy as part of his 100 Towns in 100 Days tour for Better Together.

Salmond challenges PM on independence

First Minister Alex Salmond has challenged David Cameron to name a single job-creating power certain to come after a "No" vote.

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Salmond set out six key job-creating powers guaranteed with a "Yes" vote including control of Air Passenger Duty.

Responding to the news that 200 business leaders have signed a letter backing independence, he said bosses want prosperity.

Missing diver's family 'devastated'

Police have named a 49-year-old man who went missing while diving off the coast of the Scottish Borders at the weekend.

A major search started on Sunday at about 11:00 but failed to find Paul Brown, of Manchester, in the waters off St Abbs.

Paul Brown

Helicopters and lifeboats were involved over a number of days but the operation has now been scaled down.

A statement from his family said they were "devastated at the situation" and were in a "state of shock".

Referendum - Get Involved

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Ranald, Peebleshire: The Westminster parliament already has the power to transfer additional powers to Holyrood. Since there appears to be agreement amongst the unionist parties to transfer powers, why on earth don't they just get on with it? Surely that would kill independence, stone dead?"

Les, Burghead: Cameron promises further power and further devolution if there's a 'No'. I can remember a generation ago (1979ish) another Tory promising this (Thatcher). We had to wait for 20 years after that before anything was done. Think on Scotland, 'Yes' is the way.

Police probe blaze at Tesco store

Police are investigating a deliberate fire that caused more than £700,000 of damage to a Tesco store in Glasgow.

The fire started after rubbish piled against a fence near the store in Shettleston was set alight.

The blaze spread to the rear of the supermarket causing an explosion in the electrical units. No one was injured in the incident, which happened on Thursday.

Twenty's plenty vision

Plans to introduce 20mph speed limits across much of Edinburgh have been drawn up by the city council.

Members of the public are being asked to comment on the proposals.

The local authority says research suggests more than two thirds of local people support the introduction of reduced speed limits on all city centre streets.

Derek Adams proud of Ross County journey

Sacked Ross County boss

Derek Adams is proud of his role in the achievements of the Highland club.

Derek Adams
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The 39-year-old has been relieved of his duties after opening the Premiership campaign with four defeats.

Motorcyclist killed in crash named

A motorcyclist who died in a crash with a van on the A713 in Dumfries and Galloway on Wednesday

has been named by police.

Jim Milligan, 52, of Cannock in Staffordshire, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near Dalry.

The van driver - a 54-year-old man from Oldham - was unhurt in the collision.

Weather Update

BBC Scotland Weather


Showery rain continues to move through the east and north east of the country. Slowly brightening up behind it.

Today's top temperatures: Kinloss - 22.5C, Achnagart - 22.2C, Edinburgh - 22.1C, Leuchars - 21.8C, Charterhall - 21.5C.

Cameron's pledge on Holyrood powers

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that Holyrood will get further powers "soon" - if there's a No vote in next month's referendum.

In an interview with the BBC, asked if he "guaranteed" further devolution, Cameron replied: "yes".

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The pro-Union parties have all pledged further powers but don't agree on which ones, or when.

Mr Cameron also accused Alex Salmond of "trying to frighten people... with a scare story" over the NHS in Scotland.

The first minister has argued that a No vote in next month's referendum places the future of the NHS in doubt - despite critics insisting that the health service is totally devolved.

Referendum - Your Views

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Anonymous: SNP promises looking more like an election manifesto than a referendum. Promise anything like some dodgy salesman in return for a Yes vote, safe in the knowledge there's no turning back when they can't deliver.

Colin, Grangemouth: To Willie: I know who I would trust more, certainly not Cameron, Boris & Farage because they're the ones we will have to deal with if we vote No.

Care home criticised

A care home in Aberdeen has been told it must make improvements after being labelled 'weak' for the second consecutive time.

The Care Inspectorate made its conclusions following an unannounced visit to the Bucksburn Care Home.

Teenager stabbed over loud music row

A man who stabbed a 15-year-old boy during a row over loud music has been jailed for 10 years for attempted murder.

Ryan Taylor, 30, attacked the teenager at flats in Ayr.

Taylor denied attempting to kill the boy in January this year but was found guilty.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Taylor had a lengthy criminal record and was awaiting sentence for another offence at the time of the stabbing.

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Willie: Can't believe that people will happily allow Mr Salmond to gamble with their hard-earned life savings for him to satisfy a life's ambition. If the rash gamble fails we're all going to suffer.

Anonymous: To Stephen, Ayr. Not a needless campaign in anyway. Regardless of the vote, Salmond and co have got the population, young and old, engaged in politics in a manner not seen in this country for a great many years. Or is Better Together therefore advocating we continue with the lethargy, disenfranchisement and poor elections turnouts that have become the signature of British politics? I for one am delighted my children and grandchildren are discussing their futures, researching and drawing their own conclusions.

Wakaso out to 'make history'

Celtic's new signing Mubarak Wakaso has said he wants to "create history" at the club.

Mubarak Wakaso

Wakaso, who has signed on loan from Rubin Kazan, is the first Ghanaian to play for the Scottish champions and he

told the club's website he is ready to set an example for other players from the African nation.

Driving Force

Scottish golfer Stephen Gallacher opened with a 72 at the Italian Open as he targets a top-two finish that would earn him a Ryder Cup place.

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The 39-year-old could knock Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell out of the automatic places in the Europe team.

He is five shots off early leaders John Hahn and Gareth Maybin in Turin.

Referendum - Our National Identity

The BBC's Allan Little reflects on how being Scottish is expressed in art, music, literature and theatre. How did Scotland shake off its 'kilted straitjacket'?

Iconic Scottish scene

Latest Poles

The number of Polish people living in Scotland rose to 74,000 last year, according to figures published by the Office of National Statistics.

The figure is up by 19,000 from the time of the 2011 census.

It represents more than a quarter of all people in Scotland born outwith the UK.

Tories scrap champagne party

A champagne celebration organised by a Conservative association in anticipation of Scots rejecting independence has been cancelled.

An advert for the event said an all-night party on 18 September would be "followed in the morning with a celebration champagne brunch".

The event at the Aston Hotel in Dumfries has since been removed from the

Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Association's webpage.

A Conservative spokesman said the party was not taking anything for granted.

Dead toddler's mother bailed

A Fife mother accused of murdering and abusing her toddler son has been released on bail ahead of her trial.

Two-year-old Liam Johnson died at his family's home in Donald Crescent, Thornton, near Glenrothes on 22 March.

The cause of his death remained a mystery for months after his death - with his death certificate saying it was "unascertained".

His mother, Rachael Fee, 30, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 27, both deny murder.

Referendum - What's In It For Me?

BBC Newsnight's chief correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, in advance of a referendum documentary on BBC Two Scotland tonight,

explores if Scots would be better off by staying in the United Kingdom or if they would have more money in their pockets in an independent Scotland.

Money in Scottish purse

Aurora Borealis

BBC Weather tweets: Wow! #Aurora #Borealis taken by Alan Tough in Lossiemouth last night. More fab pics:

Aurora Borealis
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Falkirk teenager signs for Norwich

Norwich City have signed Falkirk midfielder Conor McGrandles for an undisclosed fee.

Conor McGrandles

The Bairns say they have received a club record fee for the 18-year-old, reportedly worth up to £1m.

McGrandles played 66 games in the Scottish Championship and has signed a three-year deal with the Canaries, with the option of a further 12 months.

Dry ice

The ice bucket challenge has been blamed for the water supply on the Argyll island of Colonsay being shut down.

Scores of islanders have been taking part in the charity stunt which has also become a craze with politicians and celebrities.

The Ice Bucket challenge has created a new viral trend
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Scottish Water says no customers were left without water when the flow from the island's main reservoir automatically turned off four times after drainage rose above normal levels.

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Stephen, Ayr: Of the six powers Alex Salmond has mentioned, we have them all now underwritten by our UK government already.

Richard Stephen, Clydebank: I currently sell equipment throughout the UK. Will my customers in the rest of the UK continue to buy from me if Scotland is independent or will they prefer to buy from their home suppliers?

Fran, Edinburgh: This is a pointless discussion! If you want to see what Westminster's BETTER TOGETHER vision is, look out your window. It's here, it's now. You have experienced it your whole life! There is only one way to change this and that's to vote Yes on September 18th.

Striker Signed

St Johnstone have signed striker Brian Graham on loan from Dundee United for the rest of the season.

Brian Graham

The 26-year-old moved to Tannadice from Raith Rovers in May 2013 but struggled to pin down a starting place.

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Rob in Dunblane: In an independent Scotland, priority will be given to the needs of Scotland and not to that of the city of London.

Glen, Kirkcudbright: Business thrives better in an economy that is stable as a result of a more equitable distribution of wealth.

Your Pictures - Get Involved

Iain Wales hit a real purple patch with this picture of the Sidlaw Hills, looking from King's Seat to Black Hill.

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Video - Ross County reaction to Adams's sacking

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor speaks to BBC Scotland's Andrew Thomson about the sacking of manager Derek Adams and his father George, who was director of football at the Dingwall club.

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor

Never Miss A Beatt

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

Would a Yes or a No vote be better for business in Scotland? 79% of jobs in Scotland are private sector.

You can listen to the Beattie Show


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Gordon Brewer

BBC Scotland News

Radio Scotland's

The Big Debate is holding a referendum special from the Gurdwara (place of worship for Sikhs) in Albert Drive, Glasgow, on 5 September.

I'm looking for your questions on the economy. So, if you want to discuss issues like currency, taxation, oil and public services with a panel of guests, you can apply for a ticket by emailing:

Goldie oldie

DJ Goldie found the inspiration for his latest work in a piece of medieval religious music by monks from the Scottish Borders.

The club star worked with an Oxford University academic to sample parts of the Hawick Missal Fragment.


The piece will be part of a performance at Glasgow Cathedral on Saturday.

Independent Thought

The Scottish secretary has indicated he could join Scotland's negotiating team for talks on independence

if there is a "Yes" vote in next month's referendum.

Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael

The Scotsman newspaper quoted Alistair Carmichael as saying he would find it "difficult" to remain in his current job.

But he said be believed those negotiating on behalf of Scotland would face an "enormously difficult path".

Crash victim named

A man who died after a crash involving a road roller on the A93 at Devil's Elbow near Glenshee on Monday, has been named.

Ian Bullions, 61, originally from the Kirriemuir area, will be "greatly missed," his family said.

Referendum Debate - Your Views

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

Hi business folks, why would a Yes or Better Together vote be better for you? Anyone prepared to say?

Cave monster

A geologist claims to have identified Britain's biggest cave in Shetland.

Calders Geo

The Calders Geo sea cave at Esha Ness has been found to be 60ft tall and spanning a floor area of 5,600 square metres.

New York couple buy the Big Yin's Home

A businessman from New York and his Scottish wife have been revealed as the new owners of Billy Connolly's mansion.

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Marc Lino and his wife Lynne, 44, bought Candacraig House in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, and its surrounding estate from the Big Yin and his wife Pamela Stephenson Connolly for almost £3m.

Read the full story in The Scotsman.