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10/21/2014 08:15 AM
Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried to star onstage

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, actress Amanda Seyfried poses for photographs on the red carpet for the new movie "While We're Young" during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Seyfried, along with Melanie Griffith, Uzo Aduba, Peter Dinklage, Nina Dobrev and Pablo Schreiber will be appearing next month in the 14th annual benefit "The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway," which asks over a dozen actors, six writers and six directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Actors often complain about short rehearsal times, but some of entertainment's biggest names — including Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried, Uzo Aduba, Peter Dinklage, Nina Dobrev and Pablo Schreiber — are about to have virtually none.



10/21/2014 08:09 AM
Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.



10/21/2014 09:52 AM
Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

10/21/2014 09:45 AM
Reynolds' net rises on higher cigarette prices

Reynolds' net rises on higher cigarette pricesCamel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s net income rose 2.2 percent in the third quarter as higher prices helped offset a continued decline in cigarettes sold. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based ...



10/21/2014 08:02 AM
AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)The deadly virus Ebola dominated the news last week. AP photographers captured a health care worker donning protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the hard-hit West African nation of Sierra Leone and followed an Ebola burial team in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.



10/21/2014 09:46 AM
Jerusalem stone may answer Jewish revolt questions
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment.

10/21/2014 08:01 AM
Pistorius out of Paralympic events for 5 years

Oscar Pistorius, left front, greets his uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, and other family members as he is led out of court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)LONDON (AP) — Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete in Paralympic events during the entirety of his five-year prison sentence.



10/21/2014 08:00 AM
EU targets ministers, UAE firm in latest Syria sanctions
By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria. The moves were part of a gradual tightening of EU sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has clung to power despite a three-year-old civil war in which close to 200,000 people have been killed. ...

10/21/2014 07:59 AM
In Steenkamp family's bar, mixed feelings over Pistorius sentence

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp leave the court after the sentencing of South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius in PretoriaBy Ed Stoddard PORT ELIZABETH South Africa (Reuters) - As Judge Thokolize Masipa told track star Oscar Pistorius he would go to jail for killing Reeva Steenkamp, customers at the bar owned by her parents held up their palms to signify "five years" and murmured approval. The gathering of half a dozen of Steenkamp's family friends sat glued to the television at the "Barking Spider", smoking and drinking beer despite the early workday hour. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. ...



10/21/2014 09:39 AM
Iran president pledges to back Iraq amid attacks

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, left, meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, at Tehran's Saadabad Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Rouhani said Iran will stand by its neighbor Iraq in its fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group and will continue to provide Baghdad with military advisers and weapons, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency. He also criticized the U.S. for allegedly failing to sufficiently support Iraq. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sunni insurgency spearheaded by the Islamic State group.



10/21/2014 07:52 AM
Sudan's Bashir chosen by his ruling party as sole candidate for 2015 elections

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses a crowd in North KhartoumKHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's ruling party has chosen sitting President Omar Hassan al-Bashir as its candidate for presidential elections scheduled for April 2015, a top party official said on Tuesday. Ibrahim Ghandour, vice president of the National Congress Party, told Reuters Bashir had been chosen by the party's decision-making council out of five candidates. His name would be the only one put forward for a final approval vote at a party conference starting on Thursday, Ghandour added. ...



10/21/2014 08:27 AM
Schools closed in ambush suspect search area

U.S. Marshals Service members aim their rifles toward the woods on Lower Swiftwater Road on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Swiftwater, Pa., during a massive manhunt for killer Eric Frein. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)A northeastern Pennsylvania school district closed its schools Tuesday after at least two reported sightings of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush.



10/21/2014 07:47 AM
Rising UK borrowing leaves no room for pre-election sweeteners

Britain's Chancellor George Osborne speaks on the second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham central EnglandBy David Milliken and Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - British government borrowing rose more than 10 percent in the first half of the financial year, giving Chancellor George Osborne little scope to offer sweeteners to voters before a parliamentary election in May. Osborne said in March he would aim to reduce the budget deficit by more than 10 percent over the following 12 months, helped by Britain's fast-recovering economy. But Tuesday's official data make that target look out of reach. ...



10/21/2014 09:20 AM
Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat
Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. ...

10/21/2014 09:51 AM
America says no to cappuccino potato chips

FILE - This combination file photo made from images provided by Frito-Lay shows the four finalists for its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest in the United States. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out Cappuccino, Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the Do Us A Flavor promotion, a sales driver it has launched in more than a dozen countries. (AP Photo/Frito-Lay, File)NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.



10/21/2014 08:53 AM
WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January

Health workers bury the body of a woman who is suspected of having died of the Ebola virus in Bomi county, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)GENEVA (AP) — The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.



10/21/2014 07:41 AM
Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air

Women supporters of Pakistan's fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri wave party flags as they take part in an anti government rally in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Thousands of anti-government protestors led Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri rallied in Lahore demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary) (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)ISLAMABAD (AP) — An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country's judiciary, the country's media regulation authority said.



10/21/2014 07:35 AM
Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad

FILE - In this June 9, 2013 file photo, an Israeli member of the "Woman of the Wall" organization, right, tries to hug an ultra-Orthodox woman as they pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's old city. Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked buses bearing photos of women worshipping like men do. The advertisements on the buses were by Women of the Wall, a group that seeks to promote gender equality at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The ads showed women and girls holding Torah scrolls, an act which many Orthodox Jews say is reserved for men. (AP Photo/Michal Fattal,File) ISRAEL OUTJERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday.



10/21/2014 08:19 AM
Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.

10/21/2014 07:28 AM
Juncker's EU team members get parliamentary approval

Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, presents the list of the European Commissioners and their jobs for the next five years, during a news conference at the EC headquarters in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The incoming EU executive led by Jean-Claude Juncker looks set to take office on schedule next month after lawmakers said committees in the European Parliament had endorsed a final two nominees on Tuesday. Violeta Bulc, a replacement candidate from Slovenia, was approved as transport commissioner following a confirmation hearing late on Monday. So was Slovak Maros Sefcovic, who has a reshuffled role as vice-president for energy union. Parliament is due to vote in a plenary session on Wednesday on whether Juncker's 28-strong European Commission should take office on Nov. ...



10/21/2014 07:27 AM
Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. ...



10/21/2014 07:26 AM
US military drone makes 'hard landing' in Niger
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military says one of its surveillance drones made what the military labeled a "hard landing" at an airport in Niger.

10/21/2014 07:26 AM
Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria

Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon arrives for a Cobra meeting at the Cabinet Office in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing spy planes and armed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants. Britain announced the deployment after Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border. ...



10/21/2014 07:23 AM
Ukraine, Russia, EU energy chiefs meet to finalize gas deal

Russia's President Putin shakes hands with Ukraine's President Poroshenko as he arrives for a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies on Tuesday as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner. Citing unpaid bills worth more than $5 billion, Russia cut off gas flows to Kiev in mid-June, adding to tensions sparked by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. After months of stalemate, pressure has mounted to reach a deal to allow gas deliveries for heating as winter approaches. ...



10/21/2014 07:18 AM
India warns Pakistan of more pain in Kashmir fighting

A member of a female Indian police contingent holds her face in her hands as she sits during a parade to mark Police Commemoration Day in ZewanNEW DELHI (Reuters) - India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more "pain" if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks. The two sides exchanged mortars and intense gunfire this month, killing at least 20 civilians and wounding dozens in the worst violation to date of a 2003 ceasefire. While the firing has abated, tension remains high along a 200-km (125-mile) stretch of the border dividing the nuclear-armed rivals. "Our conventional strength is far more than theirs. ...



10/21/2014 08:43 AM
Reports: Televangelist urged vasectomies, abortion

File-This April 12, 1976, file photo shows Reverend Ernest W. Angley, Faith Healer from Grace Cathedral, Norfolk, Va. A newspaper reports that the Ohio televangelist advised church members not to have children, encouraged people to shun those who leave the fold and used free labor at his for-profit businesses. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bruce Colwell)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.



10/21/2014 08:25 AM
Hong Kong students, officials talk but don't agree

Hong Kong government officials, from right, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau Undersecretary Lau Kong-wah, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen and Chief Executive's Office Director Edward Yau Tang-wah, sit opposite to the student leaders from the Hong Kong Federation of Students, from fifth left to far left, General Secretary Eason Chung, Deputy Secretary-General Lester Shum, Secretary-General Alex Chow, Council Members Nathan Law and Yvonne Leung during a photo call before their talks in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Hong Kong officials and student leaders hold talks Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides. The MC, center, is Lingnan University President Cheng Kwok Hon. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong student leaders and government officials held talks Tuesday to end pro-democracy protests now in their fourth week even as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the activists' key demand.



10/21/2014 07:09 AM
British surveillance drones to fly over Syria
LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense ministry says Royal Air Force drones will fly intelligence-gathering missions over Syria, in a broadening of U.K. operations against the Islamic State group beyond Iraq.

10/21/2014 09:23 AM
Hong Kong students put their case to government, but no breakthrough

A pro-democracy protester sleeps beside supplies at a make-shift logistic centre on the blocked Nathan Road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong KongBy James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of Hong Kong protesters listened raptly from the streets on Tuesday as student leaders debated their call for full democracy for the Chinese-run city with government leaders to try end a weeks-long occupation of major traffic arteries. But, as had been widely expected, there was no breakthrough. Student leaders had yet to decide whether or not to hold a second round. ...



10/21/2014 09:49 AM
Canadian soldier dies following car attack
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) — One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in a city near Montreal has died and authorities are examining whether the driver's links to radical Islam had spurred the attack. Neighbors said he was a recent convert.

10/21/2014 09:32 AM
Hong Kong officials, democracy protesters hold first talks 

A pro-democracy protester sit on a ladder in front of barricades in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong, early on October 21, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protesters Tuesday held their first talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed parts of the city, after its leader ruled out major reforms.



10/21/2014 06:42 AM
Pistorius jailed for 5 years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius reacts after he was sentenced at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. ...



10/21/2014 09:08 AM
Pistorius starts five-year jail term for killing girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken down to the cellsPretoria (AFP) - South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend, in the climax to his sensational trial watched around the world.



10/21/2014 06:39 AM
Head of Iran's chief clerical body dead at 83

FILE - In this Tuesday, March. 4, 2014 file photo, Head of the Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani speaks during a biannual meeting of the assembly in Tehran, Iran. Kani, the head of Iran's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the country's supreme leader, has died. He was 83. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83.



10/21/2014 06:31 AM
Paralysed man walks again after breakthrough spinal treatment

Undated picture released by the BBC shows Bulgarian man Darek Fidyka (R) walking with the aid of leg-braces and parallel bars at the Akron Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Wroclaw, Poland after treatment to repair his severed spinal columnLondon (AFP) - A paralysed Bulgarian man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment in Poland in a breakthrough hailed by one of the British scientists responsible as "more impressive than a man walking on the Moon".



10/21/2014 06:14 AM
Strike shuts Lisbon subway for 12th time this year
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government's plan to privatize debt-heavy public transport companies is meeting tough opposition from trade unions as Lisbon subway workers walked off the job for the 12th time this year.

10/21/2014 05:54 AM
Pistorius judge: non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses 'not appropriate'
PRETORIA (Reuters) - The non-custodial sentences proposed by defense witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius trial "would not be appropriate", Judge Thokozile Masipa said on Tuesday, as she read out her sentence for the South African track star. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

10/21/2014 05:54 AM
South Africa prosecutors undecided on Pistorius appeal
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's state prosecuting authority has not yet decided whether to appeal against Oscar Pistorius' conviction for culpable homicide, spokesman Nathi Mncube said on Tuesday. Pistorius was sentenced to a five-year jail term for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. The sentence follows his conviction last month for culpable homicide, the local equivalent of manslaughter. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ed Cropley)

10/21/2014 05:54 AM
Judge begins reading of Pistorius sentencing in South African court
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African judge Thokozile Masipa began reading her sentencing for Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, bringing the high-profile trial closer to conclusion. (Reporting by Joe Brock; writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

10/21/2014 05:54 AM
Pistorius escorted out of court by police to holding cells
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African track star Oscar Pistorius was escorted out of the Pretoria High Court by police to a holding cell on Tuesday, after he was sentenced to a five-year jail term for the killing of his girlfriend. (Reporting by Joe Brock; writing by David Dolan)

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