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Joni ErnstThere are many questions outstanding concerning Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst.


Massive finds off coast of North Carolina

Sonar images of an American merchant tanker the "Bluefields"Washington (AFP) - Two sunken ships from World War II -- a German U-boat and an American merchant vessel -- have been found deep in the ocean off the coast of North Carolina, officials said Tuesday.


Toys R Us responds to 'Breaking Bad' controversy

FILE - In this undated file image released by AMC shows Bryan Cranston as Walter White in a scene from the series finale of "Breaking Bad". Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines. Toys R Us, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, told The Associated Press late Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, that the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves. (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.


From Bedouin Israeli doctor to jihadist

This undated photo released by Barzilai Medical Center shows Othman Abu al-Qiyan, an Israeli Bedouin, who was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel who overcome tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern, until he joined Jihadis and found his death in Syria. Several family members said all they knew is that Abu al-Qiyan left for what he said was a vacation in Turkey with a cousin. They said Abu al-Qiyan later called them from Syria, saying he would meet them in paradise. (AP Photo)HURA, Israel (AP) — He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.


Giants stun in World Series opener

The Giants snapped Kansas City's eight-game postseason winning streak, riding a Hunter Pence home run, another sublime Madison Bumgarner performance and a mistake-filled Royals showing to a 7-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.


CDC debuts new safety steps in Ebola training for thousands

NYC Health Workers Attend Mass Ebola TrainingThousands of New York City health-care workers — from nurses to janitors — learned how to safely put on and take off a full suit of protective equipment to treat a patient with Ebola at an upbeat Centers for Disease Control and Prevention event in Manhattan Tuesday morning.


The Ben Bradlee mystique

FILE - In this June 21, 1971 file photo, Washington Post Executive Director Ben Bradlee and Post Publisher Katharine Graham leave U.S. District Court in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo, File)The famed Washington Post editor was a one-of-a kind newsman from an age gone by.


U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Prescreening is done on a passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...


North Korea cites Obama requests in freeing American prisoner

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoSEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration "repeated requests" of U.S. President Barack Obama, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. "The criminal was handed over to the U.S. side according to a relevant legal procedure," KCNA said. Fowle was unexpectedly freed on Tuesday and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. ...


U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

Jay Radcliffe displays a Medtronic Corp insulin pump at his home in Meridian, IdahoBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...


Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben BradleeIn a charmed life of newspapering, Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.


Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

Cameraman infected with Ebola relieved to be back in U.S.American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo will be released from the hospital soon, officials say.


Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty fields questions at a news conference in Hammond, Ind. regarding the bodies of seven women found over the weekend in nearby Gary, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Police investigating the slayings said it could be the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect, 43-year-old Darren Vann, of Gary, has told them his victims might go back 20 years. (AP Photo/The Times, John J. Watkins) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUTGARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana.


Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

FBI agents prepare to patrol the woods on Lower Swiftwater Road on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, during a massive manhunt for killer Eric Frein in Swiftwater, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania.


NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea

A pilot climbs from a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet at Siauliai Air Base in LithuaniaNATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.


Ebola nurse's status upgraded to good from fair

Staff members of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital gather outside the emergency room to show support for fellow nurse Nina Pham, in DallasNEW YORK (Reuters) - The medical status of nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola when she helped treat the first patient to be diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, was upgraded to good from fair on Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced. Pham was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16. (Reporting by Sharon Begley)


Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

New Ebola Screening Procedures At Dulles Airport Take EffectEveryone coming to the U.S. from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease.


Doctor gets emotional recounting Ebola patient's final days

Ebola doctor Gary Weinstein (screen shot)Dallas doctor Gary Weinstein describes Texas Health Presbyterian's efforts to care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the country's first Ebola patient.


Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

A member of the Iraqi security force searches a man at a checkpoint in RamadiIn recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.


North Korea's big move on captured American

FILE- In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to The Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle, detained since May and charged with "anti-state" crimes there, has lost his job in Ohio. The city of Moraine, Ohio decision to terminate the 56-year-old's job effective Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, includes severance pay and reinstatement ability. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.


Man to Obama: 'Don't touch my girlfriend'

A funny thing happened when the President went to the voting booth.


Stone in Jerusalem may answer ancient mystery

A stone bearing an ancient Latin inscription is displayed for the media outside Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in JerusalemJERUSALEM (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.


Islamic Front propaganda video as good as martial arts movie

Islamic Front propaganda video as good as martial arts movieThe Islamic Front, an alliance of militant groups in Syria, released a video on October 20, described as showing “special operations” unit training camp. The unit, dubbed War Lions, are filmed undergoing vigorous exercises. A fighter being interviewed in 1’00" says that main reason they come to the training camp is to defeat militias from different countries that have recently entered Syria. The video states that a number of unit leaders were killed in battle in Aleppo. Credit: YouTube/Islamic Front


6,000-year-old temple discovered with altars for sacrifices

6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars DiscoveredA 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists' annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere." [See Photos of the Prehistoric Temple & Animal Remains]


Hottest year on record?

women in Los AngelesWASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.


Americans more worried about economy than Ebola: Poll

Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonVirus made Gallup poll's top 10 concerns, but remained behind economy, dissatisfaction with government, jobs, healthcare, immigration.


Soldier run over in Quebec parking lot by suspected jihadi has died

The assailant, who was fatally shot by police in the incident on Monday, ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car in a Quebec parking lotOttawa (AFP) - Canada has raised its national "terrorism" alert, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital.


Purple Heart medal, lost 20 years, finds way home

Purple HeartMANLIUS, N.Y. (AP) — A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a New York soldier killed in Vietnam is being returned to his family about two decades after it was found on a school playground.


Snowplow driver drunk in plane collision that killed oil CEO

The CEO of French oil giant Total Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoffMoscow (AFP) - Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the head of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff.


'Harlem Kevorkian' sentenced in death of motivational speaker

Kenneth Minor in New York State Supreme CourtBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man convicted of helping a debt-ridden motivational speaker commit suicide to make the death look like a robbery was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday, prosecutors said. Kenneth Minor, 42, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month in the stabbing death of Jeffrey Locker in 2009, a spokeswoman with the Manhattan District Attorney's office said. Locker, a 52-year-old motivational speaker, hired Minor to help him kill himself and make it look like a robbery so his family could collect life insurance payouts, prosecutors said. ...


Pope's historic trip to unstable region

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after he celebrated the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Pope Francis will make his first visit to the predominantly Muslim nation of Turkey.


Silicon Valley and politics meet

a Facebook worker waits for friends in Menlo Park, CalifA database of all political giving for the last 30 years, which ranks the intensity of donors' liberalism or conservatism, shows Democrats get the lion's share of donations from tech company employees.


Oscar Pistorius gets sentenced

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in PretoriaOlympic, Paralympic sprinter was convicted of culpable homicide in girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's death.


Cop surprised when citizen turns tables on him
In an attempt to bring attention to the issue of unlawful traffic stops by police impersonators, Gavin Seim of Washington state flagged down a police officer on the side of the road.
Very bad news for McDonald's

McDonald’s Begins Online Campaign To Dispel Food Ingredient RumorsThe fast food giant posted huge disappointments that should have stockholders reeling.


Fashion icon dies at 82

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)Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.


Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect
Police shifted their search and a northeastern Pennsylvania school district tightened security amid another reported sighting Monday of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush.
Pistorius gets sentenced

Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius will finally learn his fate when judge Thokozile Masipais is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)A South African judge sentences the runner for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


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