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532150 A No campaign supporter and Yes campaign supporter debate with each outside the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.  Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)AP
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Polls close in Scotland, vote counting begins

Excitement vied with apprehension Thursday as voters went to the polls -- and a 307-year union with England hung in the balance.

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