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10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Oct. 21

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison  The double-amputee Olympian is handed down the sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 2. Feds revise Ebola protective gear guidelines  Officials are advising full head-to-toe protection for health workers Read More…

Colorado proposes edible pot ban, then retreats

Smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder. Recreational marijuana sellers are reaching out to novice cannabis users with edible products that impart a milder buzz and make it easy for inexperienced customers to find a dose they are less likely to regret taking. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told state pot regulators they should limitedible pot on shelves to hard lozenges and tinctures, which are a form of liquid pot that can be added to Read More…

Finding victims in Indiana case a lengthy process

Darren Vann

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of an Indiana man who police say confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span. But determining whether others have fallen prey to Darren Vann, 43, a former Marine convicted of sexual Read More…

Review: Apple Pay in action

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)

NEW YORK (AP) — If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I’ll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won’t be coming for a while, if ever, but Apple’s new payments system brings us Read More…

Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk

French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie, poses before a press conference on Feb. 13, 2013, in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into Read More…

China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years

A man walks past a billboard display showing scenic Chinese capital near a construction site in Beijing, China Tuesday. China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders’ plans for a controlled slowdown. The third quarter figures, released Tuesday, put China on course for annual growth somewhat lower than the 7.5 percent targeted by leaders, Read More…

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

Oscar de la Renta

NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs. At the end of the show, the Read More…

Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

Protesters participate in a rally outside a Burger King on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign raise the minimum wage for employees to $15 an hour. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. Looking Read More…

CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Officials on Monday night released the advice, which health workers had pushed hard for after two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the Read More…

Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5 year prison term

Oscar Pistorius, center, is led out of court in Pretoria, South Africa Tuesday.  Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African judge cited the “gross negligence” the Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home when she Read More…