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  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:36:57 -0400

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.


SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia may have found its ultimate gold digger.
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:33:47 -0400
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the third week in a row, astronauts are spacewalking up at the International Space Station. This time, it's on the Russian side of the house.

Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipmentWASHINGTON (AP) — A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama's new Ebola "czar" got to work trying to pull together a coherent national response to the deadly disease.


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:26:29 -0400
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:23:15 -0400
LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.

FILE -In this May 8, 2008 file photo, blank U.S. Treasury checks are seen on a roll at the Philadelphia Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies, in Philadelphia. Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It’s the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s more than a fifth of the country. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.


Current gas prices are shown at a Shell gas station in Encinitas, CaliforniaBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in September, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a broad decline in energy prices. The CPI had dropped 0.2 percent in August and economists had expected a flat reading in September. U.S. Treasury debt prices fell on the slightly firmer reading, while the dollar rose modestly. ...


  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:15:21 -0400

Serena Williams of the U.S. sits in her chair between games during her singles match against Romania's Simona Halep at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.


ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of the U.S. supplies dropped on Sunday had reached the Kurdish fighters despite an online video showing Islamic State jihadists with a bundle. "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. ...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.

U.N. peacekeepers patrol near the border crossing point between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in GomaBy Kenny Katombe BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. Crowds gathered at the U.N. base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a protest over the U.N. mission's failure to stem violence blamed on Ugandan rebels that has killed dozens of civilians in recent weeks. ...


Volunteer Ruth Atkins has blood taken before receiving an injection of the Ebola vaccine at the Oxford Vaccine Group Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM) in OxfordBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to accelerate development of an Ebola vaccine and produce millions of doses of the most effective experimental product for use next year. Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. The U.S. ...


Netanyahu delivers statements in JerusalemBy Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years. With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria and growing unrest in Egypt's Sinai, the north and south are on edge. By comparison, the eastern frontier with Jordan looks like an oasis of calm. ...


BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former Romanian prison commander charged with torturing and causing the deaths of 12 political prisoners in the 1950s and 1960s failed to show up for his trial Wednesday, saying he is sick.
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:38:01 -0400

This image released by Allied Live shows Paige Faure as Cinderella in "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella,"on tour. The tour is now in Florida and plans stops in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Iowa and South Carolina. (AP Photo/Allied Live, Carol Rosegg)NEW YORK (AP) — The actress playing Cinderella on tour has something much more precious than a pair of sparkly slippers waiting backstage. She's got a bouncing baby boy.


WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer prices rose tiny 0.1 percent in September as gas prices dropped for third month.

FILE - In this June 11, 2012 file photo, Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, listens during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate, at the Watergate office building in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.


  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:27:13 -0400
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is working on a plan to compensate Roma women sterilized against their will.
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:23:14 -0400

The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen, left, and a guard boat in Namdo Bay, Sweden,Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. The navy has demanded a 1000-meter (yard) no-go radius around naval vessels taking part in the current operation. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Fredrik Sandberg) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's military has withdrawn some of the ships taking part in a submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago.


LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline expects to have the first doses of its Ebola vaccine ready late this year and is looking to work with the rest of the pharmaceutical industry to scale up production. "I fully anticipate that the initial supply should be available before the year end," Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters on Wednesday after reporting quarterly results. "It will give WHO (World Health Organization) and other agencies a useful tool," he said, adding that the GSK product was likely to be the first vaccine to be deployed. ...
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:18:17 -0400
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors say a Polish parish priest has been formally charged in his native country with sexually molesting minors in both the Dominican Republic and Poland.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, delivers his speech as he attends the presentation of the college of Commissioners and their program during a plenary session at the EU Parliament in StrasbourgBy Gilbert Reilhac STRASBOURG France (Reuters) - The European Union will have a new executive in place next month led by Jean-Claude Juncker following its approval in a vote by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Addressing the chamber before his European Commission was approved by 423 votes to 209, the former Luxembourg premier warned that voters were losing patience with EU bureaucracy and a failure to create prosperity. He promised a major plan for new investment within two months of him taking office on Nov. 1. ...


  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:16:46 -0400
(Reuters) - The European Parliament votes on Wednesday in Strasbourg on whether to confirm in office the new European Commission, the EU executive to be led by Jean-Claude Juncker. Each of the 28 member states nominates a commissioner. All have passed individual confirmation hearings in the legislature. The line-up proposed by Juncker is as follows: PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER Luxembourg, center-right, 59. Prime minister for 19 years. Confirmed in office by parliament after nomination by national leaders in July over strong British objections. ...
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A plane carrying some 50 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help treat victims of Ebola in the West African country, where a U.S. military mission is also deploying to fight the deadly virus. An Air Cubana jet carrying the 51 medical staff touched down at Monrovia's Roberts International Airport. Another group of around 40 doctors from the communist-led Caribbean island were due to arrive in neighboring Guinea on Wednesday. ...

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoBERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin. He was freed on Tuesday and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane, without, Kerry said, any quid pro quo. ...


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Attackers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli troops across the border on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers, the Israeli military said. Islamist militants are active in the lawless peninsula, which borders southern Israel, though assaults across that boundary are rare. The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis, the military said in a statement. "Two soldiers were injured by fire directed at them from Egypt," it added, without naming the attackers. ...
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:05:22 -0400

A visitor walks past a Cisco advertising panel as she looks at her mobile phone at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...


(Reuters) - A Liberian passenger who flew into New Jersey on Tuesday was taken to hospital over fears he had been exposed to Ebola, media reported. The man, who had flown from Liberia to Brussels and then caught a connecting flight to Newark, had a fever, NBC New York reported, citing unnamed officials. The passenger was "identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola," a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the network. The CDC was not immediately available for comment. ...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 file photo, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. International pressure on North Korea began to mount early this year, when a groundbreaking U.N. report by a commission of inquiry laid out widespread abuses, including a harsh system of political prison camps of up to 120,000 people. The commission head, Michael Kirby, said the country's human rights situation "exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror." Now the European Union and Japan have teamed up on a demand for the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body, to follow the commission of inquiry's advice and refer North Korea's situation to the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and suggests a "coffee meeting to exchange views."


people walk outside the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services prison in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years imprisonment at the facility by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official.


STRASBOURG France (Reuters) - The European Commission's incoming president promised on Wednesday a tough stance on the most divisive part of a proposed EU-U.S. free-trade deal, appointing his deputy to ensure the final deal limits the power of multinationals. Investment protection has emerged as a highly sensitive issue in talks toward the world's biggest trade deal and EU lawmakers say they will reject an agreement that contains a clause allowing companies to bring claims against a government seen to breach the trade treaty. ...

Boeing says biofuel will play a key role in supporting growth in the aviation industryUS aircraft maker Boeing has set up a facility with a Chinese firm to transform waste cooking oil -- the source of repeated food safety scandals -- into jet fuel, it said Wednesday.


File photo obtained on June 10, 2014 courtesy of The City of Moraine, Ohio, shows Jeffrey Fowle, the US tourist who was released in North Korea on October 21, 2014Washington (AFP) - An American man held for five months in North Korea has arrived back in the United States, US television reported Wednesday, showing his plane landing at an airport in Ohio.


BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday there was no quid pro quo involved in North Korea's release of Jeffrey Fowle and expressed hope that denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang could start again soon. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family. The move comes as international pressure mounts on Pyongyang over its human rights record. Kerry said the U.S. was in contact with the families of the other detained Americans and hoped they would also be released soon. He said the U.S. ...

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoBy Roberta Rampton and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record. North Korea has been on a diplomatic campaign to counter charges by a U.N. body that highlighted widespread human rights abuses and a move by some U.N. members to refer the state to an international tribunal. ...


  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:42:12 -0400

Breaking Bad figuresNEW 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.


Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone on October 8, 2014Freetown (AFP) - Two people died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked when health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman, doctors told AFP on Wednesday.



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