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White House says immigration plans not final yet
The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department ...
US girls stopped in Germany, suspected of trying to join IS
Washington (AFP) - Three teenage American girls who were suspected of wanting to join Islamic State jihadists were sent home after they were intercepted in Germany, US media reports and officials said Wednesday.
Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia
TIRANA, Albania (AP) ? Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match.
Bank robber who bummed cigarette gets 10 years
PITTSBURGH (AP) ? A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she's "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life."
Canada parliament attacks: Live Report
Ottawa (AFP) - 18:43 GMT - Pictures? - Authories ask the public to send in any pictures of videos of the suspect via email to NatDiv_Media_DivNat@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday. The Estonian Foreign Ministry called the Russian ambassador to the ministry and gave him a protest note over the incursion, the Estonian defense forces said. Fighters from Denmark as well as Portuguese F-16s from NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics took off after radar detected an unidentified aircraft flying close to NATO airspace in the Baltic Sea, NATO said. ...
Lloyds to cut 9,000 jobs over next three years - sources
LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group will next week announce plans to cut 9,000 jobs over the next three years, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The cuts amount to about 10 percent of Lloyds' workforce and will be announced as part of Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio's strategy review next Tuesday, the sources said. Horta-Osorio's new three-year plan is expected to include the closure of some branches as the bank responds to a growing number of transactions being executed online, and the automation of some back-office functions. ...
Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town
By Isabel Coles and Dasha Afanasieva ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war. Kobani lies on the border with Turkey and Islamic State fighters keen to consolidate territorial gains in northern Syria have pressed an offensive against the town even as U.S.-led forces started bombing their positions. ...
Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest
BAGHDAD (AP) ? Iraqi students returned to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings.
US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That includes returning American aid workers, federal health employees and journalists, as well as West African travelers.
Canada soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa parliament attack
Ottawa (AFP) - Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday as police shot dead a gunman who had killed a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building.
Nebraska trucker returns bull mastiff to Arizona
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) ? A dog-loving Nebraska trucker has taken a lost 95-pound bull mastiff on a 1,380-mile trip back to her owners in Arizona.
Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000. ...
Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country.
2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ? A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching for as many as two others.
U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings
By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world. ...
Ottawa police say male suspect in attack and soldier are dead
OTTAWA (Reuters) - A man suspected of launching an armed attack in Ottawa has died, local police said on Wednesday and confirmed that a male soldier shot at the National War Memorial had also died. "One shooting victim succumbed to injuries ... one male suspect has also been confirmed deceased," the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement. It did not say where the suspect had died. A gunman shot and fatally wounded the soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa, and then entered the country's parliament buildings, which remain in lockdown. ...
At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns of new East-West tensions
Berlin (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry visited remnants of the Berlin Wall on Wednesday and warned that East-West tensions again threaten freedom in Europe, 25 years after its collapse.
Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.
Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.
Leafs-Senators game postponed after shootings
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ? The NHL postponed Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators because of shootings in Ottawa.
U.S. offers assistance to Canada in wake of Ottawa shootings
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States offered assistance to Canada on Wednesday in the wake of shootings at the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa, the White House said. Spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke by phone to discuss the incident. He said Americans' thoughts and prayers are with the Canadian people and emphasized the strength of U.S.-Canadian relations. Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials, including from the White House, have been in touch with Canadian counterparts to offer U.S. assistance. He said U.S. ...
Canada PM talking to lawmakers when attack happened 'outside door'
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators from his Conservative party in parliament on Wednesday when an armed man burst into the building and ran right by the door of the room, a cabinet minister told Reuters. "PM was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door," Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement said. Eyewitnesses say police chased the man in the building and say at least 30 shots were fired. ...
A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen
WASHINGTON (AP) ? If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Barack Obama's national security policies.
Police say soldier, 1 suspected gunman dead in Ottawa shootings
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ? Police say soldier, 1 suspected gunman dead in Ottawa shootings.
Redskins' Gruden: RG3 is 'wild card' for Monday
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) ? Jay Gruden says Colt McCoy remains the Washington Redskins starting quarterback as of "right now" ? but the coach called Robert Griffin III a "wild card" who still has a chance to start Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
ACC cherishes exposure of Thursday Night Lights
Atlantic Coast Conference football has enjoyed a long run in the starring role on Thursday Night Lights.
Cases of troubling NYC jail deaths deemed medical
NEW YORK (AP) ? Hundreds of documents obtained by The Associated Press raise serious questions about the quality and timeliness of care given to least 15 inmates who died over the past five years while being held at New York City's Rikers Island jail.
Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station
JERUSALEM (AP) ? A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.
Driver in Jerusalem attack a Hamas member: Israel
Jerusalem (AFP) - A Palestinian who ran over a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby, was a member of Hamas, a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister's office said.
Ottawa police say they believe there is more than one shooter
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ? Ottawa police say they believe there is more than one shooter.
Vermont man guilty of luring, killing teacher
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) ? A part-time snowplow driver who told police he and his wife set out "to get a girl" was convicted Wednesday of luring a prep-school teacher out of her Vermont home and then killing her.
WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths
LONDON (AP) ? Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains "persistent and widespread" in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) ? An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.
Ottawa hospital says it treated 3 shooting victims
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ? A hospital says it has received three victims from the shootings in Canada's capital.
Q&A: Poitras on capturing history in a hotel room
NEW YORK (AP) ? Imagine if Bob Woodward's clandestine meetings in a Washington D.C. parking garage with Deep Throat had been documented ? or, better yet, filmed by Woodward, himself.
Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to fight Ebola alongside U.S.
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A team of Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on record alongside a U.S. military mission deploying in the West Africa country. A jet from the national airline Cubana carrying the 51 medical personnel touched down at 6.45 a.m. EDT at the Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia, a stone's throw from a new Ebola clinic built by U.S. forces. The doctors and nurses, dressed in white uniforms, disembarked from the aircraft waving Cuban flags. ...
Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to speed up the development of an Ebola vaccine and hope to produce millions of doses for use next year. U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. ...
3rd spacewalk in 3 weeks at space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) ? Spacewalking astronauts doubled as trash men Wednesday, heaving an old science experiment and two antennas overboard at the International Space Station.