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10/31/2014 02:51 PM
Democrats in tight New England governor races

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, left, and her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein prepare for their gubernatorial debate in Concord, N.H. Facing a darkening political climate, Democrats are locked in competitive governor races across New England as Republicans push their midterm offensive into one of the nation’s last Democratic strongholds. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Facing a darkening political climate, Democrats are locked in competitive governor races across New England as Republicans push their midterm offensive into one of the nation's last Democratic strongholds.



10/31/2014 02:51 PM
Virgin spaceship crashes, fate of pilots unknown

A man walks past the SpaceShipTwo vessel at Spaceport America, northeast of Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico, on October 17, 2011Los Angeles (United States) (AFP) - Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo craft crashed Friday after getting into difficulties during a test flight over California and the fate of two pilots is unknown, the company said



10/31/2014 02:50 PM
Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight

Entrepreneur Branson waves a model of the LauncherOne cargo spacecraft from a window of an actual size model of SpaceShipTwo on display, after Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne announcement and news conference, at the Farnborough Airshow 2012By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately known if they were able to parachute to safety. More than 800 people have paid or put down deposits to fly aboard the spaceship, which is carried to an altitude of about 45,000 feet and released. ...



10/31/2014 02:49 PM
Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the status of the pilots is unclear.

10/31/2014 02:46 PM
Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site

Palestinian youths clash with Israeli border police after Moatez Higazi was shot in east Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Israeli police shot and killed Higazi suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city.



10/31/2014 02:46 PM
Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers

Hearth workers cover the body of a man suspected of dying from the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The World Health Organization said this week that the rate of infection in Liberia appears to be falling but warned that the response effort must be kept up or the trend could be reversed. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.



10/31/2014 02:45 PM
Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail — and the threat of a 14 year prison sentence — as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that's ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.

10/31/2014 02:44 PM
Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

Police officers and rescue worker stand by the burning state radio headquarters, known as Maison de la Radio, in Paris, France, Friday, Oct.31, 2014. The massive building was undergoing renovations when the fire began. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio forced radio stations housed inside to interrupt broadcasts, as columns of black smoke spilled out of windows.



10/31/2014 02:43 PM
Virgin Galactic says SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost; status of pilots unclear
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic says SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost; status of pilots unclear.

10/31/2014 02:41 PM
Man swings ax at DC officer in unprovoked attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said.

10/31/2014 02:38 PM
AP NewsBreak: Albuquerque police reforms ordered

FILE- In this March 30, 2014, file photo, riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., following a 10-hour protest. The U.S. Department of Justice and New Mexico's largest city are expected to make an announcement Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 about reforms for the troubled Albuquerque police force. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.



10/31/2014 02:36 PM
Dollar General extends hostile bid for Family Dollar

People are seen outside the official opening of the North Arlington Dollar General Store on September 12, 2009, New JerseyDiscount retail chain Dollar General extended its nearly $10 billion hostile bid for rival Family Dollar Friday in hopes that Family Dollar's shareholders will vote down its planned merger with another firm. Dollar General said the $80-a-share offer it made at the beginning of September will remain alive to the end of the year, enough to span Family Dollar's December 11 special shareholders meeting, called to vote on selling the company to smaller rival Dollar Tree. Family Dollar has twice brushed off friendly Dollar General proposals in favor of Dollar Tree's $74.50-a-share bid, arguing in part that a merger with Dollar General could be blocked by US antitrust regulators.



10/31/2014 02:34 PM
Judge rejection of quarantine over Ebola good compromise: nurse
(Reuters) - The American nurse who had defied the state of Maine's quarantine order after her return from Sierra Leone treating Ebola patients said a judge's rejection of the order on Friday was a good compromise. Maine Governor Paul LePage wanted the nurse, Kaci Hickox, to be quarantined in her house until the middle of next month even though she has tested negative for the virus and says she is healthy. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Grant McCool)

10/31/2014 02:33 PM
Wall Street caps a wild month with a rally

Costumed characters distribute Hershey candies as trader Edward Curran works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher following big gains in Asia after Japan made moves to rev up its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is capping a seesaw month by jumping to all-time highs just two weeks after enduring its worst slump since 2012.



10/31/2014 02:33 PM
Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has given nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat in their bid to isolate her.

10/31/2014 02:29 PM
Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

10/31/2014 02:29 PM
US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row

A police car outside of the home of Kaci Hickox on October 31, 2014 in Fort Kent, MaineA US judge ruled Friday that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious. The decision from a district judge in the northeastern state of Maine is the latest twist in a bitter row over enforced quarantine of American medics returning from relief work in West Africa. It reversed a temporary order that prevented her from visiting cinemas and shopping centers, and demanded she keep three feet away from others while Judge Charles LaVadiere examined the case. Kaci Hickox insists that she is perfectly healthy and has fought efforts of US authorities to keep her in quarantine for 21 days, the incubation period for the virus, since returning home.



10/31/2014 02:28 PM
Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

10/31/2014 02:27 PM
Italy phases out sea rescues to save migrants

FILE -- In this April 19, 2011 file photo provided by the Italian Coastguard, a boat reportedly carrying 760 migrants arrives at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy. Italy is officially ending its Mare Nostrum rescue operations Friday Nov. 1 2014, and the EU's Frontex border control will begin its Tritone mission Saturday. Italy launched the Mare Nostrum operation last year after 366 would-be migrants drowned off Sicily. Ships and aircraft involved in the 9.5 million-euro ($11.9 million) per month mission patrolled close to the Libyan coast, rescuing over 100,000 people. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Italy will still honor its obligation to respond to ships in distress and that no lives will be sacrificed. (AP Photo/Italian Coastguard, h.o. FILE)ROME (AP) — Italy insisted Friday that lives won't be sacrificed as it ended its costly Mediterranean Sea rescue operation and shifted over to a less ambitious joint patrol with the European Union.



10/31/2014 02:26 PM
Judge eases limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients
By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge on Friday imposed limited restrictions on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and rejected a bid by state officials for more stringent measures. The confrontation between Kaci Hickox and officials in the state of Maine has become the focal point of a dispute pitting several U.S. states opting for strict quarantines against the federal government, which opposes such measures. ...

10/31/2014 02:24 PM
Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

Burkina Faso's new interim leader Gen. Honore Nabere Traore, third from left in front, speaks during a press conference held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday, pushed from power in Burkina Faso after 27 years by a burst of violent protests that set the parliament ablaze and refused to accept anything short of resignation. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass protests against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore, a taciturn former soldier in office since a 1987 military coup, had sought to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent unrest on Thursday in which demonstrators stormed parliament and state television. ...



10/31/2014 02:24 PM
Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera and her brother AlexMATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.



10/31/2014 02:24 PM
Head of UK sex-abuse inquiry quits
LONDON (AP) — The head of an inquiry into alleged sex abuse by powerful figures in British society resigned Friday after victims' groups said she was too close to a politician under scrutiny.

10/31/2014 02:24 PM
Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew. The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago. Jesse Matthew will appear Friday morning for his arraignment in Fairfax County Circuit Court via video from a jail in the Charlottesville area, where he is being held. Matthew was indicted earlier this month on charges including attempted capital murder in connection with a September 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.



10/31/2014 02:23 PM
Pilot in Kansas small plane crash identified

Map locates Wichita airport plane crash.;WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The bodies of four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport remained at the site Friday as authorities assessed what needed to be done to make the building safe to enter.



10/31/2014 02:21 PM
Gentiloni named new foreign minister of Italy
ROME (AP) — Italy's premier has named Paolo Gentiloni as his new foreign minister, tapping a longtime center-left lawmaker and former Cabinet minister in the Romano Prodi government.

10/31/2014 02:12 PM
Protests push Burkina Faso president from power
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him.

10/31/2014 02:11 PM
Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.



10/31/2014 02:07 PM
Did you remember to set your clocks back?

Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn back the clocksWASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.



10/31/2014 02:07 PM
RG3 can't wait to get started again
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — After six-plus games on the sideline, Robert Griffin III is back as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins for Sunday's game at Minnesota.

10/31/2014 02:03 PM
AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Nate Galbreath, Senior Executive Adviser for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), leaves a news conference at the Pentagon. Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years, but this year’s version, developed by the Rand Corp., includes three pages of questions that detail numerous sexual acts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.



10/31/2014 02:01 PM
$2.25M deal reached in hot NYC jail cell death

FILE - In this March 12, 2014 file photo, a picture of Jerome Murdough is held by his mother Alma Murdough left, and sister Cheryl Warner at Alma Murdough's home in the Queens borough of New York. The homeless former Marine died in February, 2014 in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. The city on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 reached a $2.25 million settlement with Alma Murdough. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday.



10/31/2014 01:47 PM
Kurdish official blames Turkey for peshmerga delay

A Turkish soldier climbs on an armored vehicle outside the gate of a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay.



10/31/2014 01:44 PM
Michigan athletic director Brandon resigns

FILE - This is a Jan. 5, 2011, file photo showing University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announcing that head football coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich. Brandon has resigned, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments.



10/31/2014 01:43 PM
Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

posters of slain Syrian soldiers and a poster of Syrian President Bashar AssadDWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) — The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.



10/31/2014 01:43 PM
Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque amid tight security

Palestinians pray as Israeli police officers stand guard during Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-JozBy Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around the Old City's cobbled streets and the ancient gates that lead to al Aqsa, a spokeswoman said, in addition to undercover anti-riot units and observation balloons floating in the sky. ...



10/31/2014 01:43 PM
Judge's rejection of nurse quarantine 'unfortunate': Maine governor
(Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Friday it was unfortunate that a judge rejected the state's attempts to impose a strict quarantine on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, but said he will abide by the ruling. The ruling appeared to end a stand-off between the state and the nurse, Kaci Hickox, who had defied officials by leaving her house and going for a bike ride. "The judge has eased restrictions with this ruling. And I believe it is unfortunate," LePage said in a statement. "However, the state will abide by law." (Reporting by Jonathan Allen)

10/31/2014 01:39 PM
Agent: Chicago Marathon champion fails doping test

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 file photo, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya reacts after crossing the finish line to win the women's race during the Chicago Marathon, in Chicago, Illinois. The agent for Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 that the Kenyan runner has failed a doping test. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo failed a doping test in September, the Kenyan runner's agent said Friday.



10/31/2014 01:37 PM
Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 photo, Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai watches a data during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo. Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. The poor result released Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 was despite a 7 percent increase in quarterly sales to 1.9 trillion yen ($17.3 billion) as performance improved in cameras, TVs and game businesses. The Japanese characters in the background reads: "Debt."(AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)TOKYO (AP) — Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.



10/31/2014 01:35 PM
Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A government watchdog agency says Medicare’s prescription drug program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem seems to have started with a bureaucratic rule now getting a second look. A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services inspector general says Medicare has been allowing payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient’s death. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications even after the patients were dead.



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