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10/23/2014 07:56 PM
Prosecutors: Michigan girl meant to kill family

This photo released by the Plymouth Township Police Department, shows Michael Rivera. A 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl accused of stabbing her younger brother as part of a plot to kill her family so that she could run off with Rivera was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Rivera, who prosecutors and the girl's parents describe as her boyfriend, was ordered held on $1 million bond Sunday. He faces the same charges as the girl, plus a felonious assault charge. (AP Photo/Plymouth Township Police Department) (AP Photo/Plymouth Township Police Department)PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl accused of stabbing her younger brother as part of a plot to kill her family so that she could run off with a 23-year-old man was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday.



10/23/2014 07:55 PM
PGA president refers to Poulter as 'lil girl'
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a "lil girl' for his criticism of the way Nick Faldo and Tom Watson captained their Ryder Cup teams.

10/23/2014 07:53 PM
GOP outraises Democrats in early October
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors gave the Republican National Committee $8.1 million during the first two weeks of October, and the party borrowed another $5 million to help its campaign allies working on House and Senate races, according to finance reports filed Thursday.

10/23/2014 07:52 PM
MPs slam police over Cliff Richard house search

Singer Cliff Richard performs during the Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace in LondonThe search of Cliff Richard's house by police investigating allegations of child sex crimes, which was broadcast live on television, was "inept" and caused "irreparable damage" to the British singer's reputation, lawmakers said on Friday. Officers raided the home of Richard, 74, one of Britain's best-known entertainers, in August, with the search carried out in the glare of BBC cameras after the broadcaster was given advance warning. Richard has denied any wrongdoing over the allegations, which date back to the 1980s and involve an underage boy. "South Yorkshire Police's handling of this situation was utterly inept," said the committee's chairman Keith Vaz.



10/23/2014 07:49 PM
Autopsy: St. Louis officer shot Myers from behind
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An 18-year-old killed earlier this month by an off-duty St. Louis police officer was shot eight times, including six from behind, said a forensic pathologist who performed a private autopsy Thursday.

10/23/2014 07:36 PM
Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

This undated photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. The National Park Service is investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country’s most recognizable wilderness areas, including Crater Lake. (AP Photo/Instagram)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.



10/23/2014 07:32 PM
Police: Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Firefighters respond to a mid-air collision between an airplane and a helicopter near the Frederick Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Frederick, Md. A fire department official said three people were killed and two others were injured in the accident. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Graham Cullen)FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.



10/23/2014 07:31 PM
Roz Chast wins $50,000 literary prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Roz Chast is having a busy awards season.

10/23/2014 07:29 PM
Lawmakers seek to end benefits to former Nazis

In this July 28, 2014, photo, Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Osijek, eastern Croatia. Denzinger is among dozens of death camp guards and suspected Nazi war criminals who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments despite being forced out of the U.S. An Associated Press investigation found dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the United States.



10/23/2014 07:28 PM
EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power StationBy Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked the guideline text on global warming to protect varied economic interests, from nuclear plants and cross-border power lines to farmers whose livestock belch out polluting methane. ...



10/23/2014 07:26 PM
EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Activists dressed as corporate lobbyists hold bags of coal and put up blackened hands as they demonstrate outside an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Demonstrators called for EU leaders to resist pressure by the fossil fuel industry and agree an EU 2030 climate and energy package. EU leaders will gather Thursday for a two-day summit in which they will discuss energy and climate change. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Leaders have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.



10/23/2014 07:26 PM
Dallas man's Halloween decor inspired by Ebola

Homeowner James Faulk stands in front of an Ebola themed Halloween display he made at his town home in the University Park section of Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. According to Faulk, he is just trying to get people to smile and enjoy Halloween. (AP Photo/LM Otero)UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) — Taking inspiration from the fear of Ebola, a Dallas-area man has stacked up barrels marked "biohazard," surrounded his yard with yellow caution tape and crossed his door and windows with white tape marked "quarantine."



10/23/2014 07:23 PM
Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results

FILE - In this Aug. 3 2014 file photo, John Nisi, chief technology officer for Microsoft, works on a Surface tablet before the New York Giants play the Buffalo Bills at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition NFL football game in Canton, Ohio. Microsoft reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. Revenue ...



10/23/2014 07:20 PM
EU reaches deal to cut emissions by at least 40 percent versus 1990 levels

Outgoing European Council President Van Rompuy poses for a family photo with relatives and European leaders during an EU summit in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders reached a deal early on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030 versus 1990 levels, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a Twitter message. EU leaders also agreed two other 2030 targets to increase renewable energy use to 27 percent of the total and to improve their measure of energy efficiency to at least 27 percent compared with what it would be under business as usual. In addition, they pledged to boost cross-border links to improve the flow of energy supplies between member states. ...



10/23/2014 07:18 PM
Latest White House intruder charged

An unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogsA man who jumped the White House fence was charged Thursday with two felony counts for allegedly kicking and punching two guard dogs that were hailed for their bravery in tackling him. Dominic Adesanya, 23, scaled the north fence of the presidential mansion on Wednesday evening in yet another security breach, before lashing out at the animals when they ran to intercept him. Adesanya was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer -- in this case the dogs -- four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and unlawful entry, and a felony count of making threats, the Secret Service said. Adesanya's father Victor told CNN affiliate WMAR that his son suffers mental health problems and was arrested near the White House about two months ago.



10/23/2014 07:17 PM
Man who attacked Canada's parliament had troubled, transient past
By Allison Lampert and Julie Gordon MONTREAL/VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The gunman who killed a soldier in Ottawa and then raced through Canada's parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and perhaps mentally ill, according to police, friends and family, while his troubled and transient past included robbery and drug offenses. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, a Canadian citizen and convert to Islam, was identified by police on Thursday as the attacker in the incident that rocked Canada. "(He) was lost and did not fit in. ...

10/23/2014 07:17 PM
Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up

Microsoft CEO Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San FranciscoBy Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact. The results on Thursday allayed fears of investors in recent days that the industry shift toward lower-margin cloud services was proving hard for established technology leaders to master. Microsoft shares, which have climbed 33 percent over the past year, rose another 3 percent in after-hours trading to $46.36. ...



10/23/2014 07:16 PM
New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A physician with Doctors without Borders who returned from West Africa recently and developed potential symptoms was being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus. The doctor was identified as Craig Spencer, who was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola. ...

10/23/2014 07:06 PM
Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — He seemed lost, "did not fit in," had drug problems, and went more than five years without seeing his mother. In recent weeks, he had been living at a homeless shelter and had talked about wanting to go to Libya — or Syria — but became agitated when he couldn't get a passport.

10/23/2014 07:03 PM
First lady stumps in close Colorado Senate race

As first lady Michelle Obama speaks during rally for his re-election bid, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, left, D-Colo., and his daughter, Tess, look on during speech in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Mrs. Obama will make another stop on Thursday when she appears at a rally for Udall's campaign in Moby Arena on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama urged Colorado Democrats Thursday to recapture the energy of six years ago, choking up in a college town and reminiscing on her husband's first nomination in Denver.



10/23/2014 07:02 PM
Iran will be seen as responsible if nuclear talks fail: U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton, and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif participate in a trilateral meeting in ViennaBy Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran will be widely seen to be responsible if a comprehensive deal to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief is not reached, the top U.S. negotiator said on Thursday. U.S. Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman also said major powers negotiating with Iran have offered it ideas that are "equitable, enforceable and consistent with Tehran's expressed desire for a viable civilian nuclear program." Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are seeking to reach a deal with Iran by Nov. 24. ...



10/23/2014 07:01 PM
Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria: police

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa,By Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) - The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He said the suspect had no apparent links to another Canadian who killed a soldier in Quebec earlier in the week. ...



10/23/2014 06:52 PM
Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

10/23/2014 06:51 PM
US officials: Iraqi army regrouping slowly

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, Army soldiers search Iraqis amid tight security during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.



10/23/2014 06:49 PM
Syria's Kobani less at risk but could still fall: U.S. officials

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrikeBy Phil Stewart MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. (Reuters) - The Syrian border town of Kobani appears in less danger of falling to the Islamic State, but the threat still remains, U.S. officials said on Thursday, offering a measured view of a key battle against the militant group. Officials at the U.S. military's Central Command warned the Islamic State could ultimately capture the town, even after coalition air strikes and air drops of weapons and medical supplies to help Syrian Kurdish fighters fend off the militants in street battles. One U.S. ...



10/23/2014 06:47 PM
Cheers, tributes for Canadian guard credited with killing gunman
By Randall Palmer and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) - The guard credited with killing a gunman in Canada's parliament fought back tears as lawmakers greeted him with a prolonged standing ovation, cheers and whistles on Thursday when he resumed his duties. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and fellow lawmakers stood for a thunderous, minutes-long ovation as Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons' Sergeant-at-Arms, led the traditional parade that opens every House session, dressed in ceremonial garb. ...

10/23/2014 06:44 PM
Amazon took $170 million charge in Q3 on phone inventory, supplier costs
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc took a $170 million writedown in the third-quarter largely related to its unsold stockpile of Fire smart phones as well as supplier commitment costs, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday. The online retailer, which also issued a disappointing fourth-quarter outlook that sent shares down 9 percent in after-hours trading, ended the third quarter with about $83 million worth of Fire phone inventory. The Fire phone debuted this summer to both lackluster sales and reviews. ...

10/23/2014 06:43 PM
Judge: Chris Brown following probation rules

R&B singer Chris Brown, center, appears in court at a progress report hearing with his attorney, Mark Geragos, right, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Brown continues to serve out his probation for the 2009 beating of his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Another progress report hearing for Brown has been scheduled for Jan. 2015. (AP Photo/Robyn Beck, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says Chris Brown has been doing well and following his probation rules since his last hearing in August.



10/23/2014 06:38 PM
1st Ebola case in W. African nation of Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's health minister says the West African country has confirmed its first case of Ebola.

10/23/2014 06:36 PM
Russian captured in Afghanistan to face terrorism charges in U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian captured while fighting with militants in Afghanistan and held by the U.S. military there, will be flown to the United States to face terrorism charges, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The detainee was identified by the officials as the prisoner known as Irek Hamidullan. He was captured in 2009 and has been held at a detention facility at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. The officials said Hamidullan would be transferred to the United States for trial on unspecified terrorism charges. ...

10/23/2014 06:35 PM
Compton among early leaders at Sea Island

Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he's not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.



10/23/2014 06:35 PM
Failures in oversight worsened UNC academic fraud

University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt addresses members of the media regarding an investigation into academic irregularities at the University during a press conference following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal's fallout.



10/23/2014 06:35 PM
NY doctor being tested for Ebola has not been working at hospital
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The doctor being tested in New York for Ebola has not been back to his hospital job or seen patients since returning from West Africa, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center said on Thursday. Dr. Craig Spencer was described as a "committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first" in a statement released by the hospital in upper Manhattan. Spencer, 33, who was in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, was being tested at Bellevue Hospital after experiencing fever and gastrointestinal discomfort. ...

10/23/2014 06:29 PM
'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, center, is greeted by Vietnam war veteran Ronnie Rogers as he campaigns in Marietta, Ga. Democrats are hoping to pull an upset in Georgia after GOP Senate nominee David Perdue has had to spend weeks defending his business record. Perdue has run as a former corporate executive with the experience necessary to help boost the economy. But Democrat Michelle Nunn for weeks has hammered Perdue as an overpaid CEO who mistreated employees. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.



10/23/2014 06:25 PM
Canada faces jihadist threat after home-grown attacks

Canadian security forces guard the parliament on October 23, 2014, in OttawaTwo young Canadian men who launched deadly attacks in their own homeland were extremists tempted by war in Syria but police have found no evidence of a wider plot, officials said Thursday. "These are difficult threats to detect," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said. In the House of Commons, members applauded Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who on Wednesday fired the shot that halted the attacker, identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country and to interrupt the business of government," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the chamber as business resumed.



10/23/2014 06:10 PM
Travel bans issued in reaction to Ebola
(Reuters) - The deadliest outbreak on record of the Ebola virus has prompted some countries to respond with travel bans, in an attempt to curb the spread of the deadly virus. The World Health Organization has recommended against any general ban on travel or trade with the West African countries that have been affected by the epidemic. The three countries most affected by the virus are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There were a small number of cases in both Senegal and Nigeria, but the WHO declared Senegal Ebola-free on Oct. 18 and declared Nigeria Ebola-free on Oct. 20. ...

10/23/2014 06:08 PM
Fed lays out scenarios for 2015 bank stress tests

An eagle tops the U.S. Federal Reserve building's facade in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Thursday it would assume wider corporate bond spreads and a higher oil price in the most strenuous scenario it will use in next year's run of its annual check of banks' health. Overall, however, the Fed said its "severely adverse" scenario was largely similar to the one it had used in its 2014 run of the so-called stress tests, mandatory for any bank with assets of more than $50 billion. ...



10/23/2014 06:03 PM
Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive

A worker walks past Amazon Fresh delivery vans parked at an Amazon Fresh warehouse in InglewoodBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower on Thursday. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile phones and Hollywood-style production to grocery deliveries, investors were ready to see it curtail its ambitions and start delivering sustainable profits. ...



10/23/2014 06:00 PM
Iowa Senate candidate cancels on newspaper editors

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2014 file photo Iowa Republican senate candidate Joni Ernst, makes her way through the Kent Campus Center at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Ernst cancelled a Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 meeting with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa. Ernst faces four-term Democratic congressman Bruce Braley. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has canceled a meeting with The Des Moines Register's editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa.



10/23/2014 05:59 PM
10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.



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