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911 caller: Cop told man to drop gun at Wal-Mart
12:10 PM, 10.01.2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 911 caller who reported a man carrying a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart told state investigators he heard an officer repeatedly say "put it down" just before police shot the man, killing him, according to a summary of the interview released by the state.

US stocks drop sharply; Airlines sink
12:10 PM, 10.01.2014

US stocks drop sharply; Airlines sinkThe stock market sank Wednesday, and the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 250 points, on disappointing economic news and a slide in airlines stocks over Ebola fears. Investors moved money into ...

GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV
12:08 PM, 10.01.2014

This photo released by Fox shows, Lea Michele, left, and Chris Colfer, in a scene from "Glee." The media advocacy group GLAAD on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, released its annual report on diversity on TV, including depictions of gay characters. (AP Photo/Fox, Eddy Chen)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television has increased its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday by the advocacy group GLAAD.

Court blocks parts of new NC voting law
12:03 PM, 10.01.2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel is ordering parts of North Carolina's strict new voting law set aside for next month's elections because it is likely to disenfranchise black voters.

Respiratory virus seen in 3 deaths; role unclear
12:01 PM, 10.01.2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say three people died who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. But what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear.

Russia halts student exchange program with US
11:59 AM, 10.01.2014

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program.

Deep discount lures buyer for Revel casino
11:58 AM, 10.01.2014

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 file photograph, the closing Revel Casino Hotel, right, is seen next to the already closed Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. When the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, closed, it was the most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, a bankruptcy court auction for Revel is scheduled to resume. An auction that began a week earlier was suspended due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As one Atlantic City casino after another shut down and left thousands of workers jobless, Mayor Don Guardian insisted that the meltdown that claimed four of his city's 12 casinos since January was actually the opportunity of a lifetime for savvy investors.

Official: 5 kids had contact with Ebola patient
11:57 AM, 10.01.2014

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say five students who had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas are being monitored but are showing no symptoms of the disease.

Hong Kong's embattled leader believes protests could last weeks: source
11:56 AM, 10.01.2014

Protesters sit under umbrellas at a main street at Mongkok shopping district after thousand of protesters blocked the road in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities will not immediately move to clear tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupying large areas of the city, and will let them stay for weeks if need be, a source with ties to leader Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday. In contrast, students spearheading the protest movement ratcheted up pressure on Leung, saying they would occupy more government buildings unless the Beijing-backed chief executive stepped down by Thursday night. ...

Prada says closing Hong Kong shops early when necessary
11:56 AM, 10.01.2014

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian luxury group Prada said on Wednesday it was monitoring unrest in Hong Kong on a hourly basis and closing shops early when necessary. Domestic rival Tod's also said its Hong Kong shops located in the Landmark and Pacific Place shopping malls had closed one hour early on Sunday and Monday, in line with guidance issued by the malls. Tens of thousands of people, mostly students, have occupied large areas of Hong Kong in protest against China's decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election. ...

France ups military deployment against IS group
11:56 AM, 10.01.2014

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian walks in the lobby of the Elysee Palace on his way to a special defense meeting, on the country's mission against the Islamic State group, with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)PARIS (AP) — France is deploying an anti-aircraft frigate and more fighter jets in the Persian Gulf region to boost its ability to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

APNewsBreak: Iowa rejects calls to reinstate coach
11:55 AM, 10.01.2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is refusing to reinstate fired women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum or to investigate what her supporters call a pattern of unfair treatment of female coaches, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press.

Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016
11:52 AM, 10.01.2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.

Joy Behar to debut a 1-woman show in New York
11:49 AM, 10.01.2014

FILE - In this April 1, 2013 file photo, TV personality Joy Behar arrives at the "Lucky Guy" Opening Night in New York. Behar will star in a solo theater show “Me, My Mouth and I” at the Cherry Lane Theatre this fall. Previews begin Nov. 6 with an opening set for Nov. 23. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar may have left "The View" but she's not finished offering her views on everything.

School bombing kills 41 children in Syria: monitor
11:49 AM, 10.01.2014

Picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reportedly shows Syrian security forces inspecting the scene of a car bomb explosion outside the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school in the central city of Homs on October 1, 2014Beirut (AFP) - At least 41 Syrian children aged under 12 were killed Wednesday in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs, a monitor said.

First US child dies from enterovirus D68
11:49 AM, 10.01.2014

The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado has seen 10 patients present with respiratory enterovirus EV-D68Washington (AFP) - A child in the northeastern US state of Rhode Island has become the first to die from an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory virus, enterovirus D68, health officials said Wednesday.

Court blocks part of North Carolina voting law, says it may disenfranchise black voters
11:47 AM, 10.01.2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Court blocks part of North Carolina voting law, says it may disenfranchise black voters.

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
11:46 AM, 10.01.2014

Rescue workers and pro-Russian rebels carry the body of man who was killed during shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.

Pepsi to launch soda sweetened with stevia
11:46 AM, 10.01.2014

This product image provided by PepsiCo Inc. shows the company's new product, Pepsi True. PepsiCo Inc. says Pepsi True will have 30 percent fewer calories than the regular version and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia, a natural sweetener with no calories. (AP Photo/PepsiCo)NEW YORK (AP) — Coke and Pepsi are squaring off again, this time with natural sweeteners.

Sister: US Ebola patient said he was from Liberia
11:46 AM, 10.01.2014

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasDALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told relatives that he notified health care workers the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting the U.S. from Liberia, the man's sister said Wednesday.

Senior Republican wants Secret Service chief out
11:46 AM, 10.01.2014

Secret Service Director Julia PiersonWASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican lawmaker called for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to resign, and a senior Democrat said he is not comfortable with her leading the agency, as support for Pierson eroded Wednesday in the wake of her poorly received testimony about the White House break-in.

Report IDs 'major weaknesses' at nuclear-arms lab
11:43 AM, 10.01.2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories is being called out by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy for "major weaknesses" in the way it packaged contaminated waste before shipping it to an underground repository in southern New Mexico.

Norway government rejects 2022 Winter Olympics
11:43 AM, 10.01.2014

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Norwegian government rejected Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Wednesday amid financial concerns, meaning the candidacy will almost certainly be dropped.

Federal appeals court to mull guns in post offices
11:43 AM, 10.01.2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service and a Colorado man are arguing over where on postal property people can carry guns.

Police: Worker hid $1,200 worth of meat in pants
11:38 AM, 10.01.2014

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York supermarket employee has been accused of leaving the store with $1,200 worth of meat hidden in his pants.

US Ebola patient had contact with kids: governor
11:34 AM, 10.01.2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014Washington (AFP) - A man who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Texas came in contact with young children, and experts are monitoring them for any signs of disease, governor Rick Perry said Wednesday.

Girl, 10, dies from complications of enterovirus
11:33 AM, 10.01.2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State health officials say a 10-year-old Rhode Island girl has died from complications of an unusual respiratory virus that has been affecting children across the U.S.

Liberia says U.S. Ebola case showed no symptoms when he left
11:33 AM, 10.01.2014

DAKAR (Reuters) - The man being treated for Ebola in Texas showed no signs of fever or symptoms of the virus when he left Liberia for the United States via Brussels on Sept. 19, the Liberian government said on Wednesday. The case is the first to be diagnosed outside West Africa during the current outbreak, raising the prospect that the worst epidemic of the deadly hemorrhagic fever on record could spread to nations beyond the region. ...

Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient
11:32 AM, 10.01.2014

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said. On the patient's first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday, he walked into the hospital presenting “non-specific symptoms” and was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, Dr. ...

Louis Vuitton $100M venue outshines show, celebs
11:31 AM, 10.01.2014

The Louis Vuitton Foundation building is pictured before the presentation of Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The foundation, designed by American architect Frank Gehry, will open its doors to the public on Oct. 27 , 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of attendees Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.

Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
11:30 AM, 10.01.2014

FILE - This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, came word that it had happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/CDC, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

U.S. factories lose steam but private sector steps up hiring
11:30 AM, 10.01.2014

Workers assemble built-in appliances at the Whirlpool manufacturing plant in ClevelandBy Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Growth in U.S. factory activity slowed more than expected in September even as hiring in the private sector accelerated, signs of an uneven expansion in the U.S. economy. The Institute for Supply Management said on Wednesday its index of national factory activity dropped to 56.6 last month, its lowest level since June, from 59.0 in August. Economists had forecast it would slide to just 58.5. A gauge of new orders fell to 60.0 from 66.7. Analysts have warned that U.S. ...

US Navy says crew member missing in Persian Gulf
11:29 AM, 10.01.2014

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who ejected over the Persian Gulf.

Small businesses scramble to keep top staffers
11:27 AM, 10.01.2014

In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo, Fred Astaire Dance Studio owner Andrea Bisconti, right, poses on the dance floor with instructor Kellie Love, in Willoughby, Ohio. Faced with the prospect of losing Love, who wanted to start her own studio, Bisconti is negotiating to make her a business partner. They are now looking to take over a studio that's up for sale. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)NEW YORK (AP) — People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that's pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent.

A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider
11:27 AM, 10.01.2014

In this July 28, 2014 photo, the home of Tammy and Rick Huffstutlar is surrounded by wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners. Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)CALUMET, Okla. (AP) — A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects.

Hospital official: Information about Ebola patient's travel not relayed to all who treated him
11:25 AM, 10.01.2014

DALLAS (AP) — Hospital official: Information about Ebola patient's travel not relayed to all who treated him.

Questions mount over failure to spot US Ebola patient
11:22 AM, 10.01.2014

Traffic moves past Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where a patient has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus on September 30, 2014 in Dallas, TexasWashington (AFP) - Questions mounted Wednesday over why US doctors failed to immediately identify a patient who sought care for symptoms of Ebola, exposing others for four full days before he was isolated.

New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible
11:20 AM, 10.01.2014

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives for his first day of work at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. A two-time prime minister, Stoltenberg became a recognizable face on the international scene with his dignified response to the twin terror attacks that killed 77 people in Norway in July 2011. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West.

Syria blasts at school kill 32, including 10 kids
11:17 AM, 10.01.2014

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens check the damaged school entrance in Akrama neighborhood in Homs province, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Twin bombings near a school in central Syria killed over a dozen of people on Wednesday, as gruesome images appeared on social media networks purported to show Kurdish fighters slain at the hands of Islamic State militants during battles near Syria's border with Turkey. (AP Photo/SANA)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.

New NATO leader offers olive branch to Russia
11:16 AM, 10.01.2014

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO's new leader offered an olive branch to Russia on Wednesday, saying he saw no contradiction between a strong alliance and building a constructive relationship with Moscow. Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who took over on Wednesday as NATO secretary-general, struck a more conciliatory tone towards Moscow than his Danish predecessor Anders Fogh Rasmussen. ... Facebook Page

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