October 31, 2014

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Hawaii residents leave homes as lava flow nears

Lava has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in the Big Island community Tuesday. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Jeff and Denise Lagrimas’ single-story home is just across the street from properties where lava from Kilauea volcano is expected to slither past on its way to the ocean. But they’re moving to another town 14 miles away before they’re able to find out whether this forecast comes true or whether the molten rock oozes Read More…

Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town from Turkey

Thousands of supporters of Kurdish Peshmerga forces gather to celebrate and wait for the troops to cross the border into Turkey en route to Kobani, at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing, in the Northern Kurdish Region of Iraq.  (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — A small group of Syrian rebels entered the embattled border town of Kobani from Turkey on Wednesday on a mission to help Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State extremists in Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said. The group of around 50 armed men is from the Free Syrian Army, and it’s separate Read More…

Analysts: Al-Qaida still offers olive branch to IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida is using U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the younger group’s ruthless advance Read More…

World Series: Royals rout Giants to force Game 7 in KC

Kansas City Royals pitcher Tim Collins celebrates after striking out San Francisco Giants Gregor Blanco to end Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals defeated the Giants 10-0 to tie the series at 3-3.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night. As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 — just like Read More…

Nurse who had Ebola being released from hospital

Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, right, embraces Emory University Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Ribner, as she leaves a press conference after being discharged from the hospital Tuesday in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber Vinson, a nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient in Dallas, is now virus-free, and was celebrated Tuesday by her caregivers as courageous and passionate before getting out of the hospital. Another nurse who was held for days against her will in Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Oct. 28

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Why federal, state Ebola quarantine rules diverge  Quarantines are determined state by state in the U.S., and federal health officials are only empowered to issue guidelines. 2. Maine nurse agrees to home quarantine after release from New Read More…

Syria’s 3 ½-year conflict roiling the economy

APTOPIX Mideast Syria Fraying Economy

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The middle-aged salesman sat glumly among an array of shorts, khaki leisure suits bedecked with gold belts and dresses with plunging necklines in the ancient Damascus bazaar — luxuries few can afford in today’s Syria. He, like many traders, lost most of his customers when Syria’s uprising erupted in 2011 against the rule of President Bashar Read More…

Toronto elects a new mayor, ends Ford era

Newly elected Mayor John Tory, right, stands with his wife Barbara Hackett as he waves to supporters at a rally after winning the municipal election in Toronto on Monday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

TORONTO (AP) — The Rob Ford era is over as Toronto elected a new mayor, someone who is unlikely to ever make headlines for illegal drug use and public drunkenness. John Tory, a straight-laced, button-down moderate conservative, won Monday’s election with 40 percent of the vote, compared to 33 percent for Doug Ford, brother of the outgoing mayor. Read More…

Blogger’s sketchy anti-US facts draw fans in China

This screen shot shows Chinese Patriotic Blogger, Zhou Xiaoping's Sina Weibo account and his selfie near Chinese President Xi Jinping with officials at the Great Hall of the People, in his blog. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — So, dear Chinese reader, you still think the American Dream eclipses the Chinese one? Well, take a look at Zhou Xiaoping’s blogs and learn that in the U.S. you would have to shell out $3,500 in mandatory car insurance a year and spend $30,000 for a low-end domestic car, and that more than half of Read More…

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, demonstrates the new Apple Pay mobile payment system at a Whole Foods store in Cupertino, Calif. The new system launches on Monday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. “We’re already No. 1. We’re more than the total of the other guys,” Cook boasted Monday during a tech Read More…