October 30, 2014

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10 Things to Know, Thursday, Oct. 30

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Ebola crisis stirs debate over quarantines  Medical experts are debating the benefits of isolating patients of deadly diseases — many are saying in this case quarantines may not be warranted or effective. 2. Iraqi Kurds slowly making Read More…

Girls’ jihadi quest stirs Muslim communities’ fear

Somali-American Ahmed Odowaay, who works as a community advocate and professional translator, makes his midday prayer inside an office used by the Colorado Muslim Council, in Aurora, Colo., Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria has many in their close-knit east African community worried about whether their own children will be the next to be lured to terror. The girls’ voyage has mystified many in the U.S., Read More…

Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges

A student looks at an advertisement of Samsung Electronics' micro SD cards at a Samsung Electronics shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past three years, had prided Read More…

Haiti hopes to woo back tourists with resorts

Haitian Tourism Minister Stephanie B. Villedrouin sips strong Haitian coffee in front of a freshly-painted home where she coached local residents on how to welcome tourists to the fishing village of Cotes-de-Fer, Haiti. President Michel Martelly’s administration is pursuing plans for Haiti’s biggest tourism development ever in the poor coastal area and officials are trying to line up investors to help spur an economic revival.(AP Photo/David McFadden)

COTES-DE-FER, Haiti (AP) — Off this sleepy southern Haitian village, fishermen in weathered wooden boats slowly move across azure waters. Miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches slope gently, fringed by grasses and framed by mountains. In any other Caribbean country, such a pristine stretch of shore would have been developed long ago. But in Haiti, the poorest country in Read More…

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors

A crowd gathers to watch rescue operation at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, east of Colombo, Wednesday. The mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at the tea plantation, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — There was no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official said Thursday, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been buried alive under the mud. Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera estimated the number of dead in Wednesday’s disaster at the Koslanda tea plantation Read More…

Anti-Islamists take most seats in Tunisia poll

Supporters of Tunisian party Nida Tunis (Tunisia Calls) celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections in Tunis Tuesday. Nida Tunis took around 35 percent of the seats of the parliament, giving it the right to present a prime minister and form a governing coalition. The Islamists trailed with just 25 percent of the seats. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A liberal party with ties to the deposed regime took the most seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections, leaving the once dominant Islamists running a close second, the election commission announced in the early hours of the morning Thursday. The Nida Tunis (Tunis Calls) Party, running on an explicitly anti-Islamist platform, won 85 of Read More…

Senate control could turn on 2 independents’ moves

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After millions of Americans vote next week, it’s possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate. One is Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who generally “caucuses” — or cooperates — with Democrats but says he might switch to the Republicans. The other is Greg Orman of Read More…

Iraqi Kurds head to fight militants in Syria

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops arrived in Turkey early Wednesday and headed toward the border to help their Syrian brethren fight Islamic State extremists in the embattled town of Kobani. Earlier, they received a rousing send-off from thousands of cheering, flag-waving supporters as they left the Iraqi Kurdish capital Read More…

Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scalequarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S. Health experts say putting people into quarantine can be appropriate on a case-by-case basis. In a high-profile case in 2007, Read More…

Sistine Chapel gets brighter look, cooler feel

VATICAN CITY (AP) –€” The Sistine Chapel has a brighter, cooler new look. The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled a state-of-the art illumination and air conditioning system designed to better show off the chapel’s precious frescoes and protect them from the dirt, breath and heat of the nearly 6 million people who marvel at them every year. The three-year, 3 million Read More…