October 23, 2014

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The Clintons, the Democrats’ 2014 super surrogates

Former President Bill Clinton speaks during a rally for Kentucky democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall, attending fundraisers and get-out-the-vote Read More…

North Korean detainee lands back home in Ohio

Jeffrey Fowle speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea has landed back home. Officials say a plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton. The State Department announced Tuesday that the 56-year-old Miamisburg resident had been released. The news came about six Read More…

Liberians exiled by Ebola pray for end of outbreak

Amanda Johnson, right, stands next to an unidentified family member in a Liberian refugee camp on the outskirts of the capital city of Accra, Ghana where she is currently living. Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance’s departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because she fears Ebola. (AP Photo/Christian Thompson)

BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can’t get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance’s departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola. Read More…

Ebola airport checks expand; nurses get training

Passenger Don Heim, right, of Alpharetta, Ga., is briefed by Transportation Security Administration trainer Byron Gibson before going through a new expedited security line at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Goldman)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is closing a gap in Ebola screening at airports while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals and nurses ready in case another patient turns up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease. Under the rule going into effect Wednesday, air travelers from the West Read More…

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

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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…