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Ukraine votes to overhaul parliament

Ukrainian voters cast their ballots at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Voters in Ukraine headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Voters in Ukraine headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.


NJ Gov. Christie back again in Iowa; 2016 on mind?

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, listen as Branstad's granddaughters sing Happy Birthday during Branstad's birthday bash on Saturday Oct. 25, 2014 in Clive, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Bryon Houlgrave)CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, returning to Iowa to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, criticized President Barack Obama in a fiery speech Saturday night that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch.


U.S. envoy travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power arrives at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and will also visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the trip despite calls by some U.S. lawmakers for a travel ban on the three West African countries worst-affected by Ebola. Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday. ...


U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power speaks to members of the Security Council during a meeting on the Ebola crisis in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...


Washington state teen shooter's family living in 'nightmare'

Student Tyanna Davis and others place flowers outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School the day after a shooting at the school in Marysville, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a "nightmare" and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself. One girl was killed and four other freshman students were severely wounded in Friday's morning rampage inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, north of Seattle. ...


Suspect in two California deputy deaths charged with murder, carjacking

Crime scene tape criss-cross a Motel 6 parking lot where Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver was killed in Sacramento(Reuters) - A Utah man was charged with carrying out a crime spree in Sacramento that killed two California sheriff's deputies and wounded a third, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. A fourth victim, a motorist who was shot in the head, remained hospitalized Saturday, officials said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, of Salt Lake City, was booked into Sacramento County Jail early Saturday and faces two counts of murder, two counts attempted murder and carjacking charges, a sheriff's spokesman said. ...


Hawaii officials warn of possible lava evacuation

In this Oct. 24, 2014 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey, the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that began June 27 is seen as it crossed Apa?a Street near Cemetery Road near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near the active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across the country road and edged closer to homes. The USGS says the flow is currently about 160 to 230 feet (50 to 70 meters) wide and moving northeast at about 10 yards (nine meters) per hour. It's currently about six-tenths of a mile (one kilometer) from Pahoa Village Road, the town's main street. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes.


U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

Members of the Brooklyn Borough President's office hand out fliers detailing the risks of Ebola outside The Gutter bowling alley, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Since there's no specific treatment, care is focused on easing symptoms to give the body enough time to fight off an infection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...


US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states

Supporters rally outside of the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments Friday on South Dakota's request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage but will file her decision later. (AP Photo/The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn) NO SALESWASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.


Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

Teen Gunman Terrorizes Wash. State High SchoolTULALIP, Wash. (AP) — A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.


Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in front of the state-run TV ahead of a military funeral for troops killed in an assault in the Sinai Peninsula, as he stands with army commanders in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. El-Sissi said the deadly assault on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai that killed at least 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation." No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/MENA, Mohammed Samaha)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 31 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.


2 dead in Washington state school shooting

MarysvilleA student opened fire in Marysville, fatally wounding one before he was killed.


Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response

President Barack Obama meets with Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science — not fear — as it responds to Ebola.


Tracking Dr. Spencer's contacts isn't easy

NYC Doctor Diagnosed With EbolaAs a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola, officials face a difficult challenge.


US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at the newly completed Yonphung Scientists Rest Home, south of PyongyangWASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are "pretty darn low," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.


7 hurt when car smashes into California restaurant

This Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 photo provided by Leonard Rhone shows a car that plowed through a storefront in Dublin, Calif. Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into the restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. A 56-year-old female driver had just pulled into a parking lot outside Taqueria Los Pericos in Dublin on Thursday night when she accidentally accelerated and plowed through the storefront. (AP Photo/Leonard Rhone)DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Police say all seven people injured when a car crashed into a Northern California restaurant have now been released from hospitals.


Deadly violence in the West Bank

Palestinians from the Jalazoun refugee camp clash with Israeli security forces at the entrance of the Jewish West Bank settlement Beit El, north of Ramallah, after a march against Israeli restrictions on the Al-Aqsa mosque, October 24, 2014RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian-American teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank.


Man in NYC hatchet attack said to have Islamic 'extremist leanings'

Four police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photographs when they were attackedA hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference on Friday, one day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" describing it as a "terrorist attack." Police said Zale Thompson, who was 32, unmarried and unemployed, appeared to have acted alone and was not affiliated to a particular group, but that the investigation was ongoing. A loner who spent hours locked away in his bedroom, he had looked at websites about groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and watched beheadings and Wednesday's deadly attack in Canada.


Islamic State used chlorine gas in fight north of Baghdad, say Iraq officials

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)BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday.


Nurse Nina Pham Ebola-free, meets Obama
DALLAS — After nearly two weeks in isolation, Ebola patient Nina Pham walked out of a Maryland hospital on Friday free of the deadly disease that has seized the nation’s attention.
Why NYC Ebola case won’t be rerun of Dallas

Traffic passes Bellevue Hospital, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Dr. Craig Spencer, a resident of New York City and a member of Doctors Without Borders, was admitted to Bellevue Thursday and has been diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)City designated single hospital as go-to place for Ebola patients, gave specialized training to health workers.


Canada tries to come to terms with capital shootings

Police officers look for evidence at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.


How N.C. Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014

Senate North Carolina DebateBut with less than two weeks left until the midterm elections, it’s clear the Tar Heel State has indeed emerged as a ground zero — though not in the way the GOP chairman meant. The highly competitive Senate race in North Carolina is the multimillion-dollar epicenter of the negative campaigning that has come to define this election and that parties are using to try to win tight races nationwide.


Suspicious yellow powder sent to U.S., other consulates in Istanbul

A member of Turkey's disaster management agency disinfects the garden of the German consulate in IstanbulBy Jonny Hogg ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul on Friday, officials said, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week. Consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium received suspicious packages, the officials said. It was not immediately clear what the powder was and Turkish officials said results of tests on them were due on Monday. ...


Doctor becomes NYC's first Ebola patient

SITUATION 'UNDER CONTROL' AFTER FIRST CONFIRMED NYC EBOLA CASEThree others are quarantined after a doctor who worked in Africa tests positive.


Hunt for missing MH370 flight to take many more months

This map provided Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, by The Australian Transport Safety Bureau shows the area surveyed so far which is marked in yellow in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the passenger plane in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday, Oct. 24. Peter Foley, an Australian search coordinator, said there is optimism with two ships using high-tech sonar devices to search for the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLYKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday.


Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth waves as she arrives during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, ScotlandLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (6.35 a.m. EDT), had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...


Police: Hatchet-wielding suspect shot by officers

In this frame grab taken from video provided by the New York Police Department, an unidentified man approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the Queens borough of New York. The man injured two with the hatchet before the other officers shot and killed him, police said. A bystander was wounded in the gunfire. Investigators were still trying to confirm the identity of the assailant and determine a motive. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens.


China launches first mission to moon and back
China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite. The unnamed, unmanned probe will travel to the moon, fly around it and head back to Earth, re-entering the atmosphere and landing, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said in a statement. "The first stage of the first return journey test in China's moon probe programme has been successful," it said after the launch, from the Xichang space base in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The module will be 413,000 kilometres from Earth at its furthest point on the eight-day mission, it added.
Inside the Islamic State’s million-dollar money stream

How can US officials track ISIS sympathizers?The Islamic State militants got rich off smuggled oil, kidnappings for ransom, and extortion. Here is how the United States is responding.


Police: Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Official: 3 dead, 2 hurt in Maryland midair crashFREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.


Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York CityBy Ellen Wulfhorst and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama's administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. ...


New York officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

Officials: New York doctor has Ebola, 1st in cityNEW YORK (AP) — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday.


NYC hospital tests doctor who had been to West Africa for Ebola
A doctor who recently returned to the United States from West Africa was rushed to a hospital in New York City on Thursday and is being tested for Ebola, hospital officials said.
Pat Robertson calls gay rights activists 'terrorists'
A day after his controversial comments about AIDS were obliterated by Anderson Cooper, the conservative televangelist called gay rights activists “terrorists."
Clinton backs Gov. Cuomo; GOP foe claims momentum

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sit together on the stage during a "Women for Cuomo" campaign event in New York, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Mrs Clinton is backing Cuomo in his bid for a second term. Cuomo faces Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in the Nov. 4 general election. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo raced into the final stretch of his re-election bid Thursday with help from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton while Republican challenger Rob Astorino maintained their recent debate helped push momentum to his side.


NFL says it's 'on track' in 15-year plan to field London team

NFL logo and set are seen at New York's Radio City Music Hall before the start of the 2013 NFL DraftBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Football League is "exactly on track" with its plans to field a team in London and could have a franchise there by 2022, the league's international chief said Thursday. Mark Waller said he believed in 2007 when the NFL first started playing in the British capital it would take 15 years to place a team there and, so far, he's encountered no stumbling blocks. ...


US announces $840M to improve medical care

Visitors take photos of the White House on the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The 23-year old Maryland man who climbed the White House fence on Wednesday has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is announcing an $840 million grant program to help doctors and hospitals improve the quality of care delivered to patients.


Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings 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. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.


Who was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, gunman killed in Ottawa shootings?
Here's what we know about the suspect so far.

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