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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)Pilot of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo ejected, suffered serious injuries; co-pilot died.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:10:29 -0400

Why judge sided with nurse Kaci Hickox against restrictions

Nurse Kaci Hickox is accompanied by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur as she speaks to reporters outside their home, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. A Maine judge gave Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A state judge in Maine has sided with nurse Kaci Hickox and rejected a request by state officials that her movements be restricted out of an abundance of caution over her recent exposure to the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:17:02 -0400

State Dept. defends balance of career vs. political posts

Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while participating in the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The forum is presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic at the Harman Center for the Arts. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Foreign service officers vs. political appointees, round 1 million. The State Department rejects criticism that President Barack Obama's administration has given too many diplomatic jobs to political appointees.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:37:28 -0400

Obama's 'Mad Men' reference on campaign trail

President Barack Obama gestures towards the crowd as they respond to his words while he speaks about the economy after participating in a roundtable discussion with working parents, small business owners, students and faculty, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. Four days before midterm elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats need a big turnout from female voters, Obama spoke in Rhode Island on growth in the U.S. economy and administration policies directed at women. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:58:59 -0400

Fireworks factory fire leads to massive blaze

Fireworks factory fire leads to massive blaze


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Drivers scramble for flying cash on highway

flying cashA sudden calamity led to a mad dash for cash in Maryland traffic.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:50:04 -0400

Court: Stay 3 feet away from others

Temporary order restricts Maine nurse Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in W. Africa.


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1 dead, 1 hurt in Virgin Galactic space ship crash

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)Witness says SpaceShipTwo exploded during test flight over California's Mojave Desert.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:54:04 -0400

UK Halloween sets heat record

Farmer Edie Pope collects pumpkins ahead of Halloween from her fields in Lydiate near Liverpool, north-west England on October, 14, 2014London (AFP) - Britain enjoyed the hottest Halloween on record on Friday, forecasters said, ending an unusually mild October with temperatures topping 23 degrees Celcius.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:26:01 -0400

Pa. trooper ambush suspect jeered at court appearance

State troopers escort Eric Matthew Frein from the Blooming Grove barracks early Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, accused of opening fire on the barracks Sept. 12, killing state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex T. Douglass, was arrested Thursday night after a 48-day manhunt in the Pike and Monroe County woods. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times & Tribune, Jason Farmer)MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:28:13 -0400

Crews work to recover bodies of 4 at Wichita airport

In this photo provided by Jay Boyle, emergency vehicles and first responders are on the scene of a small plane crash at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing at least four people. (AP Photo/Jay Boyle)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Six eyewitness have reported that a small plane drifted to the left side of the runway after taking off from a Kansas airport, then made a steep left bank before crashing into a flight training facility, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:49:43 -0400

Protests force out Burkina president, soldiers vie for power

People load goods looted from a building, which according to locals, belongs to Francois Compaore, the younger brother of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass street protests at his attempts to extend his 27-year rule, plunging the West African nation into uncertainty as junior officers vied with top military brass for power. 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 burned parliament and ransacked state television. ...


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:49:05 -0400

Apologies demanded for senator's comments on race

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:28:42 -0400

UN: Worldwide recruiting for jihadists is working

New report says foreign fighters joining terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," 15K in Syria, Iraq alone. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:21 -0400

Suspect arrested in killing of S. Africa's national soccer team captain

A fan cries holding a portrait of the slain Bafana-Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa during a memorial service in Johannesburg on October 30, 2014By Zandi Shabalala JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A suspect in the killing of the captain and goalkeeper of South Africa's national soccer team has been arrested after witnesses picked him out in an identity parade, police said in a statement on Friday. The police said Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, had been charged in connection with the case. Local media said the charges included murder. Soccer star Senzo Meyiwa was hit by a single gun shot to the chest on Sunday night while confronting two intruders at the home of his girlfriend, actress and singer Kelly Khumalo. ...


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:12:37 -0400

Sniper Eric Frein in court: Found at Poconos airplane hangar

FBI Most-Wanted Fugitive Eric Frein CapturedAfter a fretful 48-day manhunt in northeast Pennsylvania, police late Thursday nabbed 31-year-old Eric Frein, suspected of killing a state trooper and injuring another in a brazen sniper ambush attack on Sept. 12. He was found at an abandoned Poconos airplane hangar, where he had apparently holed up.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:59:02 -0400

Maine wins court order on nurse's quarantine

Monitoring and travel limits required for Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in W. Africa. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:52:17 -0400

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera and her brother AlexMATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities were investigating on Friday 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.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:24:19 -0400

Following violent protests, president of Burkina Faso steps down

Protestors on the rampage near the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime president Blaise Compaore who seeks another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’s rule during his 27 years in power.(AP Photo/Theo Renaut)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.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:52:17 -0400

Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:27:33 -0400

Federal charges appear unlikely in Ferguson police shooting: Washington Post

Woman walks by a memorial set up for Michael Brown in FergusonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department officials probably will not bring civil rights charges against a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager set off rioting in August, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing law enforcement officials, said investigators had all but concluded there was not a sufficiently strong case to prove officer Darren Wilson violated the rights of 18-year-old Michael Brown when he killed him in the St. Louis suburb on Aug. 9. ...


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:24:27 -0400

Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush denied bail

By Joe McDonald MILFORD Pa. (Reuters) - A bruised and gaunt Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and wearing the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of killing, was held without bail on Friday after his first court appearance on first-degree murder and other charges. The 31-year-old survivalist, who prosecutors say will face the death penalty if convicted, was caught on Thursday after a methodical seven-week search using a grid system and hundreds of law enforcement officers. A detachment of U.S. ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:10:30 -0400

Is Gov. Chris Christie's brash style presidential or bullying?

FILE - This July 17, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greeting Iowans after speaking at a fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Davenport, Iowa. Christie is headlining Branstad's birthday bash in Clive, Iowa, Saturday Oct. 25, 2014, one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, cementing his status as Branstad's favored 2016 candidate and giving him his biggest platform yet to appeal to activists in the state. (Charlie Neibergall, File/AP Photo)The "sit down and shut up" approach plays well in New Jersey, but it could be seen as phony bluster in some states.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:32:53 -0400

Penn. trooper ambush suspect captured

State troopers escort Eric Matthew Frein from the Blooming Grove barracks early Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, accused of opening fire on the barracks Sept. 12, killing state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex T. Douglass, was arrested Thursday night after a 48-day manhunt in the Pike and Monroe County woods. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times & Tribune, Jason Farmer)Survivalist Eric Frein surrenders to U.S. marshals, ending a lengthy manhunt.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:53:58 -0400

Group: State Department too top-heavy with Obama picks

OBAMA/At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:46:15 -0400

Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas

In the image from video provided by KAKE News black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport where officials say a plane crashed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Wichita, Kan. AP Photo/KAKE News) MANDATORY CREDITWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A small plane lost engine power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building at a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:48:41 -0400

Israel-Sweden tension builds even more

A Palestinian flag hangs outside the Palestinian Representative Office in Stockholm, Sweden capital, on October 30, 2014Israel responds to Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:40:08 -0400

Halloween called off in Pennsylvania town

A private open-air bazaar is selling pumpkins of all sizes as decoration, ahead of Halloween that is taking root in Poland, especially among school children, but also for soup, cakes and sweet-and-sour preserves for the winter, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)The police manhunt for Eric Frein costs kids the fun of trick-or-treating.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:53:38 -0400

Big change comes to 'The View'

Big change comes to 'The View'


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NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, seen here in Brussels on October 28, 2014, says the alliance "remains vigilant" over Russian military activity over EuropeNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted NATO airspace.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:08:31 -0400

Tuesday's elections will be landmark for conservation

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, a rackoon rests on a tree at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla. Voters from Rhode Island to California this Election Day will decide whether billions of dollars should be set aside for parks and preservation, leading some environmentalists to highlight 2014 as one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:59:07 -0400

N. Korea imposes Ebola quarantine

This Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 photo shows medical personnel in protective suits standing by an ambulance, at the Sunan International Airport, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea would seem like the last place on Earth that has anything to worry about from Ebola. But it's virtually gone on DefCon 1 over what it sees as a looming invasion from the outside world that threatens to infiltrate its borders and relentlessly attack its people unless dramatic measures are taken immediately. It has banned tourists, put business groups on hold and is looking even more suspiciously than usual at every foreign face coming across its borders. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)Foreigners will be isolated for 21 days over fears of the spread of the virus.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:48:33 -0400

Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

Menino smiles at the Boston College Chief Executives' Club of Boston luncheonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. Months after ending his final term, Menino disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, he said he would halt cancer treatments to spend more time with his family. ...


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:20:24 -0400

NC courthouse shooting: One suspect in jail, one pursued

Crime scene investigator Larry Bryant with the Nash Co. Sheriff's Dept. gathers evidence from the courthouse steps after two people were shot in front of the Nash Co. Courthouse in Nashville N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. A manhunt involving helicopters and dozens of armed officers patrolling a nearby highway was underway for two men who Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said fled in a white car. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:34:26 -0400

Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:30:05 -0400

World must do more to fight Ebola: UN envoy Power

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks during a lecture regarding the Ebola virus at the Residence Palace in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Power, who recently traveled to the Ebola-infected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, is trying to draw support for more international aid in the stricken areas. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:48:17 -0400

Obama, Christie and Ebola

Political bromance? Obama, Christie to meet again on NJ shoreSomehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:34:17 -0400

150 found in Iraq mass grave

Iraqi security forces and gunmen take positions following clashes with jihadists on September 19, 2014, in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar provinceMilitants from Islamic State said to have rounded up Sunni men from villages and executed them Wednesday.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:01:07 -0400

Nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, goes for bike ride

This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state's Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:56:16 -0400

'I'm proud to be gay,' says Apple CEO Tim Cook

FILE - Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook laughs with a group before an Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony at the state Capitol in this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo taken in Montgomery, Ala. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, and published Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For


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