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Mexico court orders US ex-Marine's release
01:06 AM, 11.01.2014

US military veterans in Washington demand the release of US Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi, who was being held on gun charges in Mexico, October 25, 2014A Mexican court ordered the release of a former US Marine jailed in the country since March for carrying weapons, after pressure from top US officials. Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, a 25-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan, was arrested on March 31 when he entered Mexico from California. Tahmooressi's family has said that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and crossed the border inadvertently with several weapons in his car that he had purchased legally in the United States. Tahmooressi's case garnered broad national attention in the United States, with dozens of politicians and top US officials calling on Mexico to release him.


 
Griffin scores 39, Clippers beat Lakers 118-111
12:54 AM, 11.01.2014

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin pulls down a rebound ahead of Los Angeles Lakers' Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin used a banking analogy to describe his dominant performance against the Lakers on Friday night. And most of the time the Clippers got the ball to him, he was right on the money.


 
Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president
12:28 AM, 11.01.2014

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.

 
Space tourism set back by accident, industry still sees lift off
12:14 AM, 11.01.2014

By Alwyn Scott and Irene Klotz NEW YORK/CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - The wait for paying passengers to see Earth from the vantage point of space looked a lot longer on Friday, following the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s first spaceship, but aspiring space tourists did not appear to be lining up for refunds. About 800 people already have paid or put down deposits for rides on SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot suborbital spaceship owned by Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which aims to be the first commercial space ride for tourists. ...

 
Factbox: Branson's Virgin Galactic and the quest for space tourism
12:14 AM, 11.01.2014

(Reuters) - A brief look at Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which suffered a setback on Friday to its plans for a new era of space tourism when its experimental spaceship crashed during a test flight in California: SpaceShipTwo was designed and built by Scaled Composites, a Mojave, California-based subsidiary of defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Virgin Galactic is owned by Branson's London-based Virgin Group, with outside investment from Aabar Investments, which is controlled by the Abu Dhabi government. ...

 
Canada's new human rights museum shares oral histories
12:00 AM, 11.01.2014

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights on the shores of the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 11, 2014A new museum in Canada's western prairies has amassed a unique collection of personal stories from genocide survivors, human rights defenders and others, and wants to share them. Dedicated to the 60-year-old notion of human rights, a singular but intricate ideal, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba will open its doors on November 11.


 
Amid Ebola scare, Canada restricts visas
11:54 PM, 10.31.2014

In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, and CBP supervisor Sam Ko conduct prescreening measures on a passenger, right, who arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away. Canada's Conservative government said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of Ebola virus disease. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Melissa Maraj, File)TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Conservative government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.


 
Australia confident of Antarctic marine reserve in 2015
11:53 PM, 10.31.2014

Penguins are pictured on an iceberg, in front of Brazil's Comandante Ferraz base in Antarctica, on March 10, 2014Australia said on Saturday it was confident its plans for a marine reserve to protect biodiversity in East Antarctica would succeed next year, after international talks in Hobart failed to agree on the measure. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting closed late Friday with the 25 members unable to reach consensus on two Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Australia's joint proposal with France and the European Union for reserves in East Antarctic waters was blocked by China and Russia, as was another put forward by New Zealand and the United States for the Ross Sea, environmental campaigners said.


 
Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general
11:49 PM, 10.31.2014

Anti-government protesters gather in the Place de la Nation in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkougou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff. Compaore stepped down on Friday after two days of mass protests against his attempts to change the constitution to extend his 27-year rule. At least three people were killed after protesters stormed the parliament building and set it on fire. ...


 
Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost
11:45 PM, 10.31.2014

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)MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A witness says Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert.


 
3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run
11:41 PM, 10.31.2014

Police and emergency respoders at the scene where three teenage girls trick-or-treating in costume were hit by a vehicle and killed while walking across a Southern California intersection in Santa Ana Calif., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the girls were hit while in a crosswalk near an elementary school early Friday evening. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said.


 
China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief
11:38 PM, 10.31.2014

Former China's Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang attends the closing ceremony of the NPC in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday. Jiang Bixin, the deputy head of the Supreme People's Court, China's highest court, said any case against Zhou would be handled by the courts in compliance with the law once it was lodged. He was responding to a journalist's question about Zhou's fate at a news conference in Beijing that was carried live on the website of the state-run China News service. ...


 
China manufacturing growth slows in October: govt
11:25 PM, 10.31.2014

An employee works on assembly line at an auto factory in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, on Spetember 23, 2014Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in October, the government said on Saturday, as the world's second-largest economy expands at its weakest pace in five years. China's official purchasing managers index (PMI), a measure of activity in the sector, came in at 50.8 last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The figure was lower than the 51.1 recorded in September and compared with the preliminary 50.4 figure in a private survey released by British bank HSBC on October 23. PMI tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is a closely-watched indicator of the health of the economy.


 
Nurse free to move about as restrictions eased
11:19 PM, 10.31.2014

Nurse Kaci Hickox 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)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse in who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a judge eased state-imposed restrictions on her, handing officials in Maine a defeat in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.


 
Hospital: Girl, 14, dies after school shooting
11:02 PM, 10.31.2014

File- This Oct. 30, 2014, file photo shows Gay Soriano, left, talking with daughter Gabby, 11, as her brother Titan, 13, and father Rick walk nearby and along a memorial for victims of a deadly school shooting nearly a week earlier, in Marysville, Wash. One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Friday, raising to four the number of fatalities from the moment when a student opened fire in a cafeteria a week ago. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died late Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Friday, raising to four the number of fatalities after a student opened fire in a cafeteria a week ago.


 
James leads Cavaliers past Bulls, 114-108 in OT
10:58 PM, 10.31.2014

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team.


 
'We just had a hunch': US marshals nab Eric Frein
10:54 PM, 10.31.2014

Eric Frein, charged with murder of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Byron Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass Sept. 10, is taken to prison after a preliminary hearing in Pike County Courthouse on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 in Milford, Pa. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen)MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — Scott Malkowski, a task force commander with the U.S. Marshals Service, spied a figure moving from the woods toward an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains. Looking at his face, his black hat and fleece, and his height and weight, Malkowski was certain he had his man.


 
Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot
10:47 PM, 10.31.2014

Virgin chief Richard Branson, while voicing shock at the accident involving Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, has vowed to push forward towards the dream of space flight for the paying publicVirgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about the program's future. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. The incident is the second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Branson's long-held dream of offering the first passenger space flights, which have been snapped up by Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities.


 
Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees
10:38 PM, 10.31.2014

A crowd gathers on October 31, 2014 in front of army headquarters in Ouagadougou, demanding that the army take over following the resignation of the president of Burkina FasoThe second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said on Saturday he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Zida declared a rival claim by army chief Navere Honore Traore was "obsolete" in a televised speech. The tussle for power comes after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze.


 
China's October factory growth unexpectedly hits five-month low: official PMI
10:31 PM, 10.31.2014

An employee works at the production line of an automobile factory in DalianBEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity unexpectedly fell to a five-month low in October as firms fought slowing orders and rising costs in the cooling economy, reinforcing views that the country's growth outlook is hazy at best. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, but above the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 51.2. ...


 
Wolves give Ricky Rubio 4-year, $56M deal
10:25 PM, 10.31.2014

Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, and head coach Flip Saunders celebrate after they defeated the Detroit Pistons 97-91 in a NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The clock was ticking down toward the deadline for reaching agreement on an extension of his rookie contract, and just like he does on the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio took charge.


 
US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row
10:08 PM, 10.31.2014

A police car outside of the home of Kaci Hickox on October 31, 2014 in Fort Kent, MaineA US judge ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious. The decision from a district judge in the northeastern state of Maine is the latest twist in a bitter row over enforced quarantine of American medics returning from relief work in West Africa. It reversed a temporary order that prevented her from visiting cinemas and shopping centers, and demanded she keep three feet away from others while Judge Charles LaVerdiere examined the case. Kaci Hickox insists that she is perfectly healthy and has fought efforts of US authorities to keep her in quarantine for 21 days, the incubation period for the virus, since returning home.


 
Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town
10:06 PM, 10.31.2014

Kurdish peshmerga fighters wave as they ride towards the Syrian town of Kobane, from the Turkish border town of Suruc on October 31, 2014Kurdish peshmerga forces streamed across the Syrian border from Turkey late Friday to bolster defenders in the key border town of Kobane which is under assault by Islamic State group jihadists. Horns blaring, the trucks carried some 150 Iraqi peshmerga fighters, many of them chanting "Kobane" and waving to jubilant crowds who cheered them across the border where they will join the fight against the jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the Kurdish fighters had entered the embattled frontier town. The peshmerga drove out of a heavily guarded Turkish military warehouse and headed for the border to reinforce Syrian Kurds in the battle for Kobane, an AFP correspondent reported.


 
Today in History
10:00 PM, 10.31.2014

Today is Saturday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2014. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday. Clocks go back one hour.

 
Lieutenant Colonel Zida says taking power in Burkina Faso
09:37 PM, 10.31.2014

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Lieutenant Colonel Issaac Zida said on Saturday he was taking over as head of state in Burkina Faso, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff Honore Traore who had earlier said he would lead a transition. Burkina Faso's longtime President Blaise Compaore had resigned on Friday amid mass protests against his efforts to extend his 27-year rule, leaving two military factions vying for control of the West African country. ...

 
Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
09:36 PM, 10.31.2014

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.


 
NYC worker suspended for using 'robotic voice'
09:23 PM, 10.31.2014

NEW YORK (AP) — If some workplace problems happen because employees are only human, one New York City government worker got in trouble for virtually the opposite.

 
Campaigners confident ahead of DC marijuana vote
09:22 PM, 10.31.2014

A "legalize" poster for a referendum about marijuana is placed with mayoral posters in Washington, DC on October 31, 2014Campaigners expressed confidence Friday that residents of the US capital will embrace an initiative to legalize the personal possession and home cultivation of marijuana when it is put to a vote next week. "I'm very confident it's going to pass," said Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, which is spearheading the initiative. Colorado was the first US state to legalize marijuana, followed by Washington state, in both cases after voter initiatives. Florida voters are being asked to cast their ballots on whether their state should join 23 others that already permit doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to seriously ill patients.


 
All Blacks visit milestone moment for USA Rugby
09:01 PM, 10.31.2014

New Zealand All Blacks' Cory Jane passes the ball during the Captain's Run at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, on October 31, 2014The All Blacks' first visit to the United States in 34 years is set to shatter the rugby attendance record in America and, hopefully, pique interest in the game Stateside. Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears, is sold-out for the one-off Test on Saturday, promising an historic crowd of 61,000-plus that will more than treble the previous record rugby crowd of 20,181 for a United States match against Ireland in Houston in 2013. Regardless of the outcome, it's a milestone moment for a USA Rugby federation keen to raise the profile of the game in the crowded US sports landscape. "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the global game of rugby to American sports fans," said USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville, a former England captain.


 
Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'
09:01 PM, 10.31.2014

A screengrab from a Boko Haram video allegedly shows missing schoolgirls being filmed by an unidentified man in an undisclosed location in May 2014Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday. The Islamist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, also denied claims by Nigeria's government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks. In addition, Shekau said the Islamists were holding a German national, who was kidnapped in Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria in July. The schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok in Borno state in April, raising global awareness about the group whose five-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives.


 
China experimental moon orbiter returns
08:42 PM, 10.31.2014

BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

 
88-year-old Missouri man charged with killing wife
08:42 PM, 10.31.2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police say an 88-year-old central Missouri man accused of fatally stabbing his 86-year-old wife told investigators he didn't want the couple to be a burden on their family.

 
Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare
08:32 PM, 10.31.2014

In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, and CBP supervisor Sam Ko conduct prescreening measures on a passenger, right, who arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away. Canada's Conservative government said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of Ebola virus disease. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Melissa Maraj, File)TORONTO (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.


 
Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death
08:29 PM, 10.31.2014

Dante Martin, right, a former member of Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band looks at his family as he is fingerprinted Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, after being found guilty of manslaughter in the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion. Martin faces up to 22 years in prison, was found guilty of felony hazing and two misdemeanor counts of hazing involving two other band members. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Red Huber, Pool)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.


 
Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson
08:25 PM, 10.31.2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

 
Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients
08:21 PM, 10.31.2014

Nurse Kaci Hickox joined by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur speak with the media outside of their home in Fort Kent, MaineBy Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational." Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day isolation regime became a key battle in the dispute between some U.S. states and the federal government. ...


 
Creator of Operation couldn't afford own operation
08:18 PM, 10.31.2014

John Spinello sits in front of merchandise from the game "Operation" at his Bloomingdale, Ill. home on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Spinello, the game's creator, is finding out how much people love the 50-year-old game after friends raised funds beyond their expectations in an online campaign in October 2014. He invented the buzzing game as a college student and sold the concept for $500 to a toy invention firm. The game was later licensed to Milton Bradley. But Spinello never got any royalties from the game or merchandise. Now he can't afford the $25,000 for oral surgery. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn't afford to pay for it.


 
Superheroes, hazmat suits in NY Halloween parade
08:01 PM, 10.31.2014

Skeleton puppets move up New York's Sixth Avenue during the Village Halloween Parade in New York, Friday Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Bloody zombies lumbered alongside superheroes, cowboys shared the road with villains and marchers in hazardous-materials garb evoked the Ebola crisis as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade made its freewheeling way through downtown Manhattan on Friday.


 
Orange fever reigns over drizzly Giants' parade
07:59 PM, 10.31.2014

San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal waves to the crowd during the victory parade for the 2014 World Series baseball champions on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the World Series champions.


 
Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran
07:57 PM, 10.31.2014

Former U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi is escorted to a federal court in TijuanaSAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.


 
 
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