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  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:58:12 GMT

    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.

  • Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:52:07 GMT

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers.

  • Republicans take big lead in Colorado early voting

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:46:51 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Republicans are taking a big lead in early voting in Colorado.

  • Early votes exceed 15 million _ but who benefits?

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:32:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving 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 and 36 governorships at stake.

  • AIG to pay NY $35M to settle licensing allegations

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:26:11 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Insurance company American International Group Inc. has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state.

  • Mostly treats, no tricks at White House Halloween

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:25:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There were mostly treats at the White House this Halloween.

  • 3 California counties voting on fracking bans

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:24:30 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production.

  • Students isolated as expulsion alternative

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:19:34 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate.

  • Los Angeles airport shooting lessons linger

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:03:05 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year after a man walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and vendetta against security screeners, efforts are still underway to prepare for such attacks.

  • Milwaukee chief: Union vote is political move

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:01:26 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police angered by the firing of an officer who shot and killed a man in a downtown park took a vote expressing a lack of confidence in their chief, but the city's mayor said Friday that he was standing by Edward Flynn.

  • Georgia, North Carolina midterms: Race matters

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:00:14 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — With Republicans confident of reclaiming control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats are looking to black voters in two southern states to help preserve their majority.

  • Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:57:34 GMT

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church.

  • Former Fla. Congressman has drug record expunged

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:54:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Congressman Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession, has had his record expunged.

  • Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:52:07 GMT

    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 the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

  • Ex-Union Carbide chief Anderson dead at 92

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:40:27 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Warren M. Anderson, who headed Union Carbide Corp. when a chemical leak killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India, in 1984, has died in Florida at 92.

  • Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:30:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's health care law five years ago.

  • North Texas town voting on fracking ban

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:22:41 GMT

    DENTON, Texas (AP) — Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.

  • Trick-or-treating back on after manhunt ends

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:17:19 GMT

    MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — A state police official is showing his support for a northeast Pennsylvania community where Halloween came very close to being scrubbed.

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:12:16 GMT

    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

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:10:25 GMT

    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.

  • Kansas urges judge not to rule on gay marriage

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:07:19 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general's office has argued that a federal court should not weigh in on the state's gay marriage ban until the Kansas Supreme Court has reviewed it.