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AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints
03:12 PM, 10.31.2014

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Nate Galbreath, Senior Executive Adviser for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), leaves a news conference at the Pentagon. Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years, but this year’s version, developed by the Rand Corp., includes three pages of questions that detail numerous sexual acts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.


 
Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border
03:10 PM, 10.31.2014

A Turkish soldier climbs on an armored vehicle outside the gate of a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the battle against Islamist militants besieging the town, activists said.


 
Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush denied bail
03:10 PM, 10.31.2014

By Joe McDonald MILFORD Pa. (Reuters) - A bruised and gaunt Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and wearing the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of killing, was held without bail on Friday after his first court appearance on first-degree murder and other charges. The 31-year-old survivalist, who prosecutors say will face the death penalty if convicted, was caught on Thursday after a methodical seven-week search using a grid system and hundreds of law enforcement officers. A detachment of U.S. ...

 
Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria
03:10 PM, 10.31.2014

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon smiles during a news conference before Game 3 of baseball's American League division series against the Boston Red Sox in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria after one season to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. Team President Theo Epstein said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, that Renteria deserved to come back next season as the Cubs continue their rebuilding effort. But Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays and Epstein says that changed things for the Cubs.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Maddon has been hired as manager of the Cubs after the team fired Rick Renteria.


 
Suspected ETA member arrested in Germany
03:06 PM, 10.31.2014

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say they have arrested a suspected member of the Basque separatist group ETA who has been on the run since 2004.

 
Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight
03:05 PM, 10.31.2014

Virgin Galactic : Crash du vaisseau spatial financé par Richard BronsonBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia. ...


 
After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief
03:04 PM, 10.31.2014

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — U.S. marshals who captured ambush suspect Eric Frein (freen) say he had a "defeated" look on his face when they took him into custody.

 
Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling
03:02 PM, 10.31.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is asking for public comment on whether it should pay doctors for counseling patients about their options for end-of-life care.

 
Pilot dead as Virgin spaceship crashes in US desert
02:57 PM, 10.31.2014

This image obtained October 31, 2014, courtesy of NASA and Mars Scientific/Clay Center Observatory shows SpaceShipTwo as it completed its second powered flight on September 5, 2013 over the Mojave desertVirgin Galactic's pioneering spacecraft designed to take tourists into space crashed Friday in California, killing one of the two pilots and scattering debris across the desert. 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 second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Science rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Richard Branson's long-held dream of offering the first passenger space flights, which have been snapped up by celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio.


 
Mexican police questioned over US siblings' murder
02:53 PM, 10.31.2014

Bodies of three US siblings of Mexican descent were found near Matamoros, a town on the US borderA group of Mexican police officers were questioned Friday over claims they kidnapped three American siblings who were found dead in the northeast of the country near the US border. Nine agents tasked with providing security for the mayor of the town of Control, Leticia Salazar, were ordered make statements to the top prosecutor of Tamaulipas state, an official told AFP. The officers form part of the so-called Hercules Group, a specialist unit in the nearby city of Matamoros, the scene of battles between the warring Zetas and Gulf drug cartels over the control of lucrative drug routes to the United States. The three siblings were Americans of Mexican origin.


 
Early votes: Already over 15 million in 31 states
02:52 PM, 10.31.2014

With four days left in Kentucky's combative Senate race, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., a 30-year incumbent, makes a final appeal for votes during a stop in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The results of the closely watched Kentucky contest will be crucial in the midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. The facility, SRC of Lexington, Inc., remanufactures engines, drive train components and hydraulics for industrial equipment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Early votes have now soared past 15 million across 31 states. That's enough to give hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and 36 governorships at stake.


 
Feds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform
02:44 PM, 10.31.2014

FILE- In this March 30, 2014, file photo, riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., following a 10-hour protest. The U.S. Department of Justice and New Mexico's largest city are expected to make an announcement Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 about reforms for the troubled Albuquerque police force. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.


 
Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal
02:38 PM, 10.31.2014

FILE - This undated file photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. As investigators find more of the eerie faces scrawled on rocks in some of the West’s most picturesque landscapes, park managers are trying to figure out how they’ll get rid of the graffiti-like paintings. Casey Nocket, the 21-year-old suspect identified by the park service this week, allegedly used acrylic paint and markers to leave eerie faces in at least eight parks across California, Colorado, Utah and Oregon, including the one in this photo. (AP Photo/Instagram, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.


 
Man swings ax at DC officer in unprovoked attack
02:38 PM, 10.31.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said.

 
U.S. blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit
02:33 PM, 10.31.2014

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode IslandWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit next month. The U.S. Treasury Department said Aung Thaung, who was industry minister under the former military government and is now a member of Myanmar's lower house of parliament, has been involved in attacks on the democratic opposition. ...


 
Russia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays
02:29 PM, 10.31.2014

Pressure gauge is seen at a gas compressor station in Velke KapusanyMOSCOW (AP) — Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.


 
Kurdish peshmerga forces cross into Syria's besieged Kobani: fighter
02:29 PM, 10.31.2014

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces crossed from Turkey into Syria's besieged Kobani on Friday to help push back Islamic State insurgents encircling the mainly Kurdish town, a peshmerga fighter in the group told Reuters by telephone. The peshmerga forces earlier set off in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps, escorted by armored vehicles, from a holding point around 8 km (5 miles) from the border towards Kobani, which has been besieged for more than 40 days. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans)

 
Giants players smile, mug for crowd during parade
02:27 PM, 10.31.2014

San Francisco Giants fans celebrate after the Giants won Game 7 to win the World Series baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals at Civic Center Plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Under gray skies and a steady mist, tens of thousands of San Francisco Giants fans watched their favorite players take photos, wave and mug for the crowd from atop double-decker buses, as the team's victory parade wound through downtown on its way to City Hall.


 
Branson says flying to Mojave following crash of spaceship
02:26 PM, 10.31.2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Richard Branson said via Twitter on Friday that he was on his way to Mojave following the crash of a suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by his Virgin Galactic company that killed one crew member and injured a second. "Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I'm flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team," Branson tweeted. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Chris Reese)

 
Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost
02:23 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.


 
$2.25M deal reached in hot NYC jail cell death
02:22 PM, 10.31.2014

New York Comptroller Scott Stringer, left, listens as Derek Sells, lawyer for the estate of Jerome Murdough, speaks at a press conference after Stringer announced a $2.25 million settlement with the estate Friday Oct. 31, 2014, in New York. Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail on Feb. 15, eight days after he was sent to the facility because he couldn't afford to pay $2,500 bail on a trespassing arrest. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday.


 
Analysis: In Syria, no good options for West
02:21 PM, 10.31.2014

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Syrian Kurdish refugee Mohammad Hassan, 84, from Kobani, seen in the background, weeps on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, near the Turkey-Syria border. With the Syrian civil war in its fourth ruinous year, there is no end in sight, hundreds of thousands are dead, and millions have been displaced. The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, after more than a month, is limited to airstrikes and has not dislodged the radical group from a single major town it controls in Syria or Iraq.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)UNDATED (AP) — With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When it comes to the issue that has undermined the region — the survival or fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad — there is still no plan.


 
Dow, S&P 500 soar to new records on Bank of Japan stimulus
02:21 PM, 10.31.2014

The front of the New York Stock Exchange is seen on Wall Street in New York, July 23, 2012US equities powered to fresh records Friday after the Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus ignited a rally on global stock exchanges. The Dow Jones Industrial Average leaped 195.10 points (1.13 percent) to 17,390.52, surpassing the prior record by more than 100 points. The BoJ announced on Friday it would add up to 20 trillion yen ($182 billion) to its current asset-buying scheme, bringing it to 80 trillion yen annually in an unexpected shift aimed at reviving growth just as the US Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree. "This latest move by Japan surpassed all expectations and risk assets are responding in a logical fashion."


 
Ex-band FAMU member convicted in hazing death
02:16 PM, 10.31.2014

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.

 
Cubs sack manager Renteria, chase Maddon
02:14 PM, 10.31.2014

Manager Rick Renteria of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout during a game against the Washington Nationals on July 5, 2014 in Washington, DCThe Chicago Cubs sacked manager Rick Renteria on Friday and confirmed their pursuit of Joe Maddon. "Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon -- who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us -- had become a free agent," Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. "We confirmed the news with Major League Baseball, and it became public knowledge the next day. Epstein said Cubs executive Jed Hoyer had flown to San Diego last week to tell Renteria the club planned to speak to Maddon.


 
South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing
02:14 PM, 10.31.2014

Sam Meyiwa, the father of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, bottom left, reacts as he walks past a poster with his son's portrait during a memorial service held for three South African sports figures who died within days of each other at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.


 
Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter
02:12 PM, 10.31.2014

An explosion following an air-strike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fightingBy Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday towards the frontier with Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani, which has become the focus of the global war against Islamic State militants. Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as peshmerga or "those who defy death", set off cheering and making victory signs in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps, accompanied by armored vehicles and artillery. They headed from a holding point around 8 km (5 miles) from the border towards Kobani. ...


 
Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse
02:09 PM, 10.31.2014

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci 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.

 
Former Florida A&M band member convicted of manslaughter in drum major's hazing death
02:05 PM, 10.31.2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida A&M band member convicted of manslaughter in drum major's hazing death .

 
Kurdish peshmerga convoy heads towards Kobani to battle Islamic State
02:02 PM, 10.31.2014

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey headed on Friday towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents encircling the mainly Kurdish border town of Kobani, a Reuters witness said. Peshmerga fighters, cheering and making victory signs, set off in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps along with armored vehicles and artillery from a holding point around 8 km (5 miles) from the border towards Kobani, which has been besieged for more than 40 days. In an apparent bid to pave the way for the heavily-armed peshmerga, ...

 
Germany ready to train Iraq's Sunnis as well as Kurds to fight IS
02:01 PM, 10.31.2014

TEMPLIN Germany (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany was ready to help train Sunni Muslim soldiers in Iraq to fight Islamic State insurgents in addition to aid it is already giving to Iraqi Kurdish fighters. Merkel praised Baghdad for appointing a Sunni defense minister alongside Shi'ites and Kurds as part of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to improve national unity and loosen the grip of Islamic State militants on Sunni areas of the country to the north and west. ...

 
Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients
02:01 PM, 10.31.2014

By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of the Maine quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. ...

 
Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians
01:51 PM, 10.31.2014

FILE - In this July 27, 2014 file photo, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder pauses on the field after football practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Richmond, Va. A long-running dispute over the Washington Redskins’ team name will likely go another quarter. A Virginia judge suggested Friday that a group of Native Americans offended by the name are properly being sued by the football team.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.


 
Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
01:48 PM, 10.31.2014

Hearth workers cover the body of a man suspected of dying from the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The World Health Organization said this week that the rate of infection in Liberia appears to be falling but warned that the response effort must be kept up or the trend could be reversed. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.


 
Vikings' Robison has had a pain in the butt
01:43 PM, 10.31.2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brian Robison has had quite the pain in the butt.

 
Insight: U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues
01:40 PM, 10.31.2014

A customer picks up produce near a sign supporting a ballot initiative in Washington state that would require labelling of foods containing genetically modified crops at the Central Co-op in Seattle, WashingtonBy Carey Gillam and Tom Polansek (Reuters) - With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers. The Asian nation has become a major buyer of U.S. corn and soybeans in recent years, but has also shown mounting reluctance to accept some genetically modified crops grown by U.S. farmers. China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG . ...


 
GMO crops have fans, critics
01:40 PM, 10.31.2014

(Reuters) - Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. China has recently slowed its process for allowing imports of certain types of GMO corn and rejected millions of dollars worth of U.S. * GMO crop developers and other backers say many scientific studies show the crops are safe, and the USDA promotes the crops as a means to enhancing global food security. The last import approval for a GMO grain was granted in June 2013, said Matthew O'Mara, director of international affairs at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, an industry group.

 
Britain warns traveling nationals of heightened security risk from IS
01:35 PM, 10.31.2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Friday warned its citizens traveling overseas of a heightened risk of attacks against them from militants linked to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, updating its official travel advice to reflect an increase in the general threat level. "There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria," a statement from the Foreign Office said. "You should be vigilant at this time. ...

 
Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test
01:35 PM, 10.31.2014

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 file photo, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya reacts after crossing the finish line to win the women's race during the Chicago Marathon, in Chicago, Illinois. The agent for Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 that the Kenyan runner has failed a doping test. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday.


 
Don't forget to set your clocks back
01:34 PM, 10.31.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

 
 
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