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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Report says 60,000 veterans get triple benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nearly 60,000 veterans were triple dippers last year, drawing a total of $3.5 billion in military retirement pay plus veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, congressional auditors report.
Blackout hits Bangladesh as line from India fails
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) ? Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, an official from the state power company said.
'We just had a hunch': US marshals nab Eric Frein
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
Virgin'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.
Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) ? The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.
Canada imposes visa ban on nations where Ebola raging
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will stop issuing visas to people from those West African nations where the Ebola virus is widespread, the government said on Friday. The federal citizenship ministry, explaining the move, said in an official document that "the introduction or spread of the disease would pose an imminent and severe risk to public health in Canada".
European Union to end curbs on aid to Zimbabwe
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will take another step towards normal relations with Zimbabwe from Saturday by ending restrictions on aid, paving the way for 234 million euros ($293 million) of new funding, the bloc said on Friday. The 28-nation EU has been gradually easing sanctions on Zimbabwe to encourage political reform, although it has kept an asset freeze and a travel ban on veteran President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, as well as an arms embargo. ...
Hospital: Girl, 14, dies after school shooting
SEATTLE (AP) ? Another of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting has died, raising to four the number of fatalities after a student opened fire in a cafeteria a week ago.
Third victory parade in 5 years charms Giants fans
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The Giants celebrated a third World Series victory in five years with a ticker-tape parade, and it seemed everyone had a story about brought them to rainy downtown San Francisco.
U.S. envoy Power defends Ebola guidelines, warns on Guinea
By Louis Charbonneau and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries while urging greater coordination to contain the outbreak in Guinea. There is a growing controversy in the United States over some states ordering 21-day quarantines for nurses and doctors returning after treating Ebola patients, an idea that medical experts have criticized. ...
Driver sought in crash that killed 3 on Halloween
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Los Angeles area authorities say they're looking for a motorist who crashed into three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes, leaving them with fatal injuries and fleeing the scene.
Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general
By 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. ...
It's time to fall back an hour, get extra shut-eye
WASHINGTON (AP) ? It's time to reclaim that hour of sleep you lost last spring.
James rebounds, leads Cavaliers past Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) ? Never mind that sluggish opener.
Brandon's exit may not be only change at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ? Less than a year after taking over Michigan's athletic department, Dave Brandon hired Brady Hoke to be his football coach.
Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran
SAN DIEGO (AP) ? A Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.
US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row
A US judge ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients in Africa 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. Kaci Hickox insists that she is perfectly healthy, and since returning to the US has fought efforts by authorities to keep her in quarantine for 21 days, the incubation period for the deadly virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people, most of them in west Africa. People infected with Ebola are contagious if showing symptoms, like a fever, and Hickox has argued that since she was not showing any symptoms, there was no need to keep her under quarantine.
Virgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities
The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:
Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) ? Federal accident investigators are headed to a desert crash site where a winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth broke up during a test flight, killing one pilot and badly injuring another.
3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run
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.
Mexico court orders US ex-Marine's release
A 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
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
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
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
(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
A 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
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
Australia 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.
Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) ? A witness says Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert.
China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief
BEIJING (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
Chinese 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
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.
James leads Cavaliers past Bulls, 114-108 in OT
CHICAGO (AP) ? LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team.
Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees
The 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
BEIJING (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. ...
China manufacturing growth falls in October
BEIJING (AP) ? China's manufacturing growth declined further in October amid a slowing economy and languishing global demand, according to surveys released Saturday.
Wolves give Ricky Rubio 4-year, $56M deal
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.
Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town
Kurdish 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.
US stocks end a turbulent month at a record high
NEW YORK (AP) ? For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October.