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Senate candidate Weiland keeps at populist message

FOR USE ANYTIME WITH SOUTH DAKOTA SENATE STORIES - FILE - This combo of file photos shows South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates, from left: Republican Mike Rounds; independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie and Democrat Rick Weiland. They are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson. (AP Photo/File)PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — When U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson announced he wouldn't seek re-election — putting a seat in conservative-leaning South Dakota in play — national Democrats had a few candidates in mind to replace him.


New York cop in serious condition after hatchet attack

A man holding a hatchet is seen in a still image from surveillance video provided by the New York Police DepartmentA rookie New York police officer remained in hospital in a serious condition on Friday after being attacked by a man with a hatchet who was then shot dead by officers. Police are investigating the motive but New York state governor Andrew Cuomo said he had no definitive information on suggestions that the attack Thursday was terror-related. "There is nothing we know of at this time that would indicate that were the case," police commissioner Bill Bratton said. The 25-year-old New York police officer, who was patrolling on foot in the city's borough of Queens with three other rookie officers, was seriously injured in the back of his head.


Republicans question federal response on Ebola

Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Health and Human Services Department, appears on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee hearing as lawmakers examine the government's response to the Ebola outbreak. In a prepared statement Thursday, Dr. Lurie said the likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. is remote, while assuring Congress that government agencies are preparing for any contingency. However, her statement came before news broke late Thursday of a fourth Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. — a doctor in New York City who had treated patients in Guinea. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Ebola infection in New York City exposed flaws in the system and raised new concerns, lawmakers said Friday, as they criticized the federal response to the outbreak and questioned top officials' credibility.


Nadal rules himself out of ATP World Tour Finals

Spain's Nadal leaves after losing his match against Coric of Croatia at the Swiss Indoors ATP tennis tournament in BaselLONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Rafa Nadal will miss the ATP World Tour Finals next month after opting to have surgery to remove his appendix. The Spanish 14-times grand slam champion told reporters after losing to Croatian teenager Borna Coric at the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Friday that he would have surgery on Nov. 3. "I'm not going to play Paris or London, I'm not competitive enough," said the 28-year-old who has been treating his appendicitis with antibiotics. The eight-man London season-ender begins on Nov. 9. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)


Police: Student shooter dead after school attackMARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police responded Friday to a high school north of Seattle following reports of a shooting.Ebola case in NYC brings demands for quarantines

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.


Greeks get 8 years to clear austerity tax billATHENS, Greece (AP) — Parliament has approved draft legislation that would give distressed Greeks more than eight years to settle unpaid taxes imposed under the country's austerity measures.Student opens fire at Washington state high school, now dead: police

MarysvilleSEATTLE (Reuters) - A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state on Friday, wounding an unknown number of victims, and the assailant was now dead, police said. It was not immediately clear how many people were wounded in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 30 miles north of Seattle, but the shooter was the only fatality, Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters. Lamoureux said authorities believed that the shooter acted alone, but had no immediate word on a motive. He said they were not yet releasing the suspect's identity or gender. ...


Ebola jitters for some _ but not all _ New YorkersNEW YORK (AP) — Traveling into Manhattan by subway from Brooklyn on Friday, the day after a New York doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, Dennis Johnson and his fiancee, Lian Robinson, were trying to be sensible about the odds of the disease spreading.Clinton rallies Democrats to defeat Gov. Walker

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and former President Bill Clinton wave to a crowd of supporters during a campaign stop in the Wisconsin Governor race Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton tried to energize fellow Democrats Friday in Milwaukee, where strong turnout could be a deciding factor in a close governor's race between Mary Burke and Republican incumbent Scott Walker.


Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci (2nd L) hugs Nina Pham (5th L), the nurse who was infected with Ebola from treating a patientTwo American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave the hospital and meet President Barack Obama for a hug. The good news for the nurses, who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas, came as the city of New York was dealing with its first case of the deadly virus. Nina Pham smiled often and appeared healthy, wearing a turquoise shirt and dark business suit, as she addressed reporters outside the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," Pham said.


Militant group said to be using chlorine bombs

A man watches fighting across the border in Kobani from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Friday, Oct. 24, 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/Vadim Ghirda)MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — New allegations have emerged that Islamic State extremists have expanded their arsenal with chlorine bombs and captured fighter jets — weapons that could help the militants in Iraq and Syria.


Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012, file photo, women walk by a statue of Joseph and Emma Smith outside the church office building during the 182nd Semiannual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay reveals. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith’s wives were between 20 and 40 years old but that one was just 14. While part of the church's early days, polygamy has been banned in the faith since 1890. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay acknowledges.


Nadal to have season-ending appendicitis surgery

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns a ball to France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert during their round of sixteen match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal says he will have season-ending appendicitis surgery next month, ruling him out of the upcoming Paris Masters and the ATP finals in London.


'We won't pay,' furious Cameron tells EU over surprise bill

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron points at reporters as he attends a news conference after an EU summit in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a vivid display of fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro (1.65 billion pounds) bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used. Eurosceptics at home branded the EU a "thirsty vampire" for seeking an additional, immediate sum worth a seventh of London's annual payment following a major statistical review of national incomes. Cameron demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit, calling the sudden bill "completely unacceptable". Cameron told reporters Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lambasted "bureaucrats without a heart", who made it harder to fend off the attacks of Eurosceptics.


US officials: Israel defense chief denied meetingsWASHINGTON (AP) — Still miffed over negative comments that Israel's defense minister made about Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Obama administration this week refused his requests to meet several top national security aides, U.S. officials said Friday.Attack on Egypt army post kills 30EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by Islamic extremists since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.Navajo election at standstill amid confusion

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters in Window Rock, Ariz. Deschene has lost another round in a language fluency dispute, all but ending his bid for office. The tribe's high court on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Deschene is not qualified to seek the top elected post because he doesn't speak fluent Navajo. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)PHOENIX (AP) — With their presidential election less than two weeks away, Navajo Nation officials are trying to figure out how they'll proceed with a race that has become increasingly embroiled in confusion amid a debate over the tribe's language.


4 consulates get suspicious packages in Turkey

A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons Unit vehicle from Turkey's Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management department, is stationed outside the Belgian consulate during an investigation, in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday. They said that seven people from the Canadian consulate, four from German consulate and two from Belgian consulate have been hospitalized as a precaution after they received suspicious packages. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday.


Judge may enter Georgia voter registration disputeATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state judge is weighing whether it's appropriate for him to intervene in a dispute over more than 50,000 voter registration records in one of the nation's most politically contested states.Review: Army biased against transgender workerHUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Army officials discriminated against a transgender employee who underwent a sex change while working at an Alabama installation, restricting her from the women's restroom and using her male name despite her preference to be referred to as a woman, a federal investigation found.WHO: Mali case put many at risk for EbolaDAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea, the World Health Organization warned Friday.Western Conference, defending champs tough as ever

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan; Manu Ginobili, of Argentina; and Tony Parker, of France, talk on the bench during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami won 111-108 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Calling it the Wild West just doesn't do it justice anymore.


Henley's putting gets him early lead at Sea Island

Russell Henley tips his hat after making a par putt on the ninth green during the second round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Russell Henley has a reminder on his phone that goes off every day at noon to tell him he's the best putter in the world. He didn't need one Friday in the McGladrey Classic.


Rwanda suspends BBC's local radio service over genocide documentaryRwanda has suspended the BBC's local radio service after the broadcaster aired a documentary that questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority said on Friday. "Rwanda: The Untold Story," which aired on Oct. 1, includes interviews with former aides to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the former rebel leader, in which they accuse him of plotting to shoot down a plane carrying former President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose assassination marked the start of the 100-day genocide. The documentary also suggests that Tutsi rebels, led by Kagame, committed war crimes. Kagame called the BBC documentary "cynicism of the highest order", and this week Rwanda's parliament voted to ban the BBC from its airwaves.Police: Shooter dead after attack at high school north of SeattleMARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police: Shooter dead after attack at high school north of Seattle.Coric upsets Nadal to reach Swiss Indoors semis

Belgium's David Goffin returns a ball to Canada's Milos Raonic during their quarter final match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas)BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Teenager Borna Coric upset second-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets Friday to reach the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors and announce himself as one of the rising stars of tennis.


Redskins' RG3 speaks, says he won't rush returnASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins finally allowed Robert Griffin III to speak. So he referenced Winston Churchill and played along with the uncertainty whether he might make his return Monday night.GOP candidates treading gingerly on climate change

FILE - In this June 3, 2014 file photo Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Republicans in competitive races are treading gingerly around climate change this campaign season. Many say they are not in a good position to make a judgment about the issue, then voice concern for the environment, the economy or both. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in competitive races are treading gingerly around climate change this campaign season, often saying they are not in a good position to make a judgment on the issue, then pivoting quickly to express concern for the environment, the economy or both.


Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people. (Interactive graphic on Ebola: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. ...Canada to deliver spy agency bill next week, more to comeBy Euan Rocha and Randall Palmer BRAMPTON Ontario/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will introduce legislation next week to give more powers to its spy agency, a bill that will be largely unchanged from one drafted before this week's attack in Ottawa, a government source said on Friday. The government will put forward more measures later, the source said, and they will include wider powers to address security threats in the wake of the killing this week of two soldiers and the assault on Parliament on Wednesday. ...No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attackNEW YORK (AP) — A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, police said Friday.Rowling writes backstory of Potter character

FILE - This Oct. 16, 2012 file photo shows author J.K. Rowling at an appearance to promote her latest book "The Casual Vacancy," at The David H. Koch Theater in New York. Harry Potter fans can look forward to a Halloween treat, with some tricks, from Rowling. In an announcement posted Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, on her web site, www.pottermore.com, the author revealed that she has prepared a 1,700 word story about the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Potter fans can look forward to a Halloween treat, with some tricks, from J.K. Rowling.


NY doctor with Ebola a serious student with funny side, friends sayBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The young doctor diagnosed with Ebola in New York City is a big-hearted man with a serious interest in international emergency medicine and a flair for languages, yet his friends call him "a goofball." Craig Spencer, originally from the Detroit area, has specialized in International Emergency Medicine at the highly respected Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital since 2011, according to his online LinkedIn resume. ...Three more killed in separate attack in Sinai: sourcesCAIRO (Reuters) - Three more members of Egypt's security forces were killed in an attack in a town in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday, hours after a car bombing claimed 25 lives, security sources said. Men opened fire at the security forces at a checkpoint in the town of al-Arish, they said. It was not immediately clear whether the dead were soldiers or police. (Reporting by Maggie Fick; editing by Andrew Roche)Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill at least 28 security personnelBy Yusri Mohamed ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed at least 28 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year. More than 25 people died in the first attack in the al-Kharouba area northwest of al-Arish, near the Gaza Strip, the sources said. Medical sources expected the toll to increase because some of the wounded were in a critical condition. ...Venezuelans brace for slump in oil prices

Milagro Alvarez holds her five-month-old daughter Annabeth as she waits in line outside the Farmatodo pharmacy in hopes of buying more disposable diapers in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The store refused to sell her diapers because of a government rationing system that only allows her to buy two packages of 20 diapers a week. The falling oil prices that are providing relief to drivers around the world threaten to bring more misery to the life of Alvarez and millions of other Venezuelans, whose country depends almost exclusively on oil revenue. The math teacher has been getting up before dawn each day and rushing out to hunt for disposable diapers, one of many products that have been in short supply due to price restrictions and currency controls put in place by the socialist government long before the slide in petroleum prices. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The falling oil prices that are providing relief to drivers around the world threaten to bring more misery to the life of Milagro Alvarez and millions of other Venezuelans, whose country depends almost exclusively on oil revenue.


Canada to give slain soldier hero's send-off

Ruxandra Tibu places flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial, in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Justin Tang)OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The soldier shot dead by a gunman who then stormed Canada's seat of government was given a hero's send-off Friday, with a motorcade along the highway where the country honors its war dead.


Car smashes Ten Commandments statue, man detained

The damaged remains of a Ten Commandments monument are gathered on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 in Oklahoma City. Authorities say someone drove across the Oklahoma Capitol lawn and knocked over the monument. The American Civil Liberties Union had been suing to have the monument removed, arguing it violates the Oklahoma Constitution. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities took a man into custody Friday after they say he admitted driving a car onto the Oklahoma Capitol grounds overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces.


Oklahoma inmate attacks lawyer, then gets lifeOKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Oklahoma inmate attacked his attorney with a razorblade moments before he was to be sentenced in the killings of two young girls and his fiancee.

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