• Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site

    Investigators will examine the wreckage of the winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth.

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  • New question in Texas: Can Wendy Davis survive defeat?

    KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — It's a sunny afternoon just before the election and Wendy Davis isn't addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors.

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  • Ebola quarantines a 'disincentive' for health workers

    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Yahoo News Friday that “blanket restrictions” on health care workers returning from West Africa could worsen the Ebola epidemic in the region.

  • Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

    By Alex Dobuzinskis MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California's Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space travel, saying on the company's web site: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together. ...

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  • Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

    By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational." Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day isolation regime became a key battle in the dispute between some U.S. states and the federal government. ...

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  • Third victim in Washington state school shooting rampage dies

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A girl shot during a rampage at a Washington state high school last week that left two other girls dead along with the gunman has died from her wounds, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett said on Friday. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died at 4:45 p.m. at the hospital as a result of severe injuries after being shot in the head during last Friday's incident in a cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, an hour's drive north of Seattle. ...

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  • 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.

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  • 3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run

    The girls were hit at an intersection in Santa Ana, Calif., authorities said.

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  • Tech-savvy grandma saves Kansas Democrats

    Joan Wagnon, 74, is close to reviving her party after a stunning GOP defeat in 2010.

  • Why judge sided with nurse Kaci Hickox against restrictions

    A state judge in Maine has sided with nurse Kaci Hickox and rejected a request by state officials that her movements be restricted out of an abundance of caution over her recent exposure to the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa.

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  • State Dept. defends balance of career vs. political posts

    Foreign service officers vs. political appointees, round 1 million. The State Department rejects criticism that President Barack Obama's administration has given too many diplomatic jobs to political appointees.

  • Obama's 'Mad Men' reference on campaign trail

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."

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  • Drivers scramble for flying cash on highway

    A sudden calamity led to a mad dash for cash in Maryland traffic.

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  • Court: Stay 3 feet away from others

    Temporary order restricts Maine nurse Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in W. Africa.

  • 1 dead, 1 hurt in Virgin Galactic space ship crash

    Witness says SpaceShipTwo exploded during test flight over California's Mojave Desert.

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  • UK Halloween sets heat record

    London (AFP) - Britain enjoyed the hottest Halloween on record on Friday, forecasters said, ending an unusually mild October with temperatures topping 23 degrees Celcius.

    AFP
  • Pa. trooper ambush suspect jeered at court appearance

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.

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  • Crews work to recover bodies of 4 at Wichita airport

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Six eyewitness have reported that a small plane drifted to the left side of the runway after taking off from a Kansas airport, then made a steep left bank before crashing into a flight training facility, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

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  • Protests force out Burkina president, soldiers vie for power

    By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass street protests at his attempts to extend his 27-year rule, plunging the West African nation into uncertainty as junior officers vied with top military brass for power. Compaore, a taciturn former soldier in office since a 1987 military coup, had sought to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent unrest on Thursday in which demonstrators burned parliament and ransacked state television. ...

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