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Microsoft profit dips on charges, while sales jump

Microsoft CEO Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San FranciscoSEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday fiscal first-quarter profit fell 13 percent as it took a $1.1 billion charge related to mass layoffs announced in July. The world's largest software company reported profit of $4.5 billion, or 54 cents per share, compared with $5.2 billion, or 62 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 25 percent to $23.2 billion, helped by the phone business it bought from Nokia in April, easily beating analysts' average estimate of $22 billion. (Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Chris Reese)


Amazon holiday quarter sales forecasts disappoint, shares dive

A worker walks past Amazon Fresh delivery vans parked at an Amazon Fresh warehouse in InglewoodSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed, and third-quarter results missed Wall Street's targets, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower. Some analysts fear that the U.S. holiday shopping season, the biggest quarter for most retailers, might turn out weaker than anticipated. The company projected on Thursday net sales of between $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion for the holiday quarter, lagging the $30.89 billion analysts had expected on average. ...


Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford

Google signage seen at the company's offices in New YorkBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts. Google will make a "substantial contribution" to establish a research partnership with Oxford's computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence. ...


Apple ponders sapphire options, leaves door open for GT

The Apple logo is lit on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in Sydney(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material. GT, a former stock market darling and supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. Apple said on Thursday that GT's "ambitious" vision of sapphire manufacturing was ultimately not quite ready for primetime. ...


U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes'

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont speaks to reporters in HavanaBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services. As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc. ...


GrubHub revenue jumps as more customers order food online

GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney takes a "selfie" photograph before ringing the opening bell, before the company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York(Reuters) - GrubHub Inc reported a more than five-fold jump in quarterly profit as more consumers used the online food-order-and-delivery company to order meals. The company's shares rose as much as 6 percent to $39.50 in early trading on Thursday. GrubHub, which delivers everything from expensive steaks to bento boxes, receives a commission from restaurants on orders booked through its website and mobile application. Online food delivery companies have been benefiting as more people use smartphones and other devices to order online. ...


Qlik revenue rises 26 percent on demand for business analytics software
(Reuters) - Qlik Technologies Inc reported a 26 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by demand for its business analytics software and an increase in license and maintenance deals. The company reported a net loss of $14.4 million, or 16 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from a profit of $3 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier as expenses rose by a about a third Excluding items, the company earned 1 cent per share. Analysts were expecting the company to breakeven on a per share basis, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Total revenue rose to $131. ...
Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modules

Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modulesGoogle’s modular smartphone isn’t just an interesting concept anymore, as Google is very interested in offering such devices to users next year. Project Ara phones will let users build whatever smartphone they desire — provided they have access to the appropriate modules — and Google will create a special, Google Play Store-like storefront where modules developers will be able to sell their creations. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “By following the Android model, we are creating a free and open platform…” Google’s Paul Eremenko said in an interview at Purdue University. ”The Ara MDK is free and open and available to everybody, so everybody could create a module per


US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
Amazon's losses balloon to $437 million in its third quarter earnings

Amazon's losses balloon to $437 million in its third quarter earningsAmazon posted its third quarter earnings results today and they were not pretty: the company said it had a net loss of $437 million dollars, more than ten times what is lost for the same period in 2013 and four times its losses from last quarter. Its revenues grew to $20.84 billion, an increase of 20 percent over the same period last year, but less than what investors were expecting. In its projections for next quarter, Amazon said it expects the red ink to keep spreading, with losses growing to $570 million.


Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up

Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales upMicrosoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Microsoft's drop in profits are largely related to $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses following the Nokia phone business acquisition. With the launch of the Surface Pro 3 in late June, we’ve finally got a full quarter of Surface revenue that includes Microsoft’s latest tablet.


Samsung explains the Galaxy Note 4’s design in words you’ll never comprehend

Samsung explains the Galaxy Note 4’s design in words you’ll never comprehendSamsung isn’t shy about using rhetorical excess to describe its devices — recall that it once described the Galaxy S4 as “a precious stone glittering in the dark or countless stars sparkling in the night sky,” while it said the Galaxy S III “opens up new horizons and allows you to live your life extraordinarily” by being “enhanced with nature and human emotion.” You’ll be happy to know that Samsung hasn’t toned down its approach when it comes to marketing the Galaxy Note 4, as the company has just written an explanation for its new device’s design that explains why it’s the epitome of “modern sleek.” RELATED: Samsung execs explain why the Galaxy S4 is a ‘life companion’ more than a


Hugely underrated iOS 8 trick lets you share your location with friends at all times

Hugely underrated iOS 8 trick lets you share your location with friends at all timesIf you use Facebook, Apple Maps, or Google Maps, it’s pretty easy to find where you are on a map with GPS. But what about when you want others to know where you are at any given time? Imagine if you’re in a car wreck and no one knows where you are. Or if a loved one is picking you up and they don’t know the exact address where you’re standing. It would be helpful for friends, family and the police to be able to find you with a location-sharing option for your iPhone, and luckily iOS 8 does just that. RELATED: Hero cop uses Find My iPhone to save a woman’s life This particular feature isn’t obvious when you’re just playing around on your iPhone,


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight Ebola

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight EbolaMicrosoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute "at least" $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to make their own contributions — big or small. "Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me," Allen told The New York Times. "We’re up against an extremely tough opponent here. Join me in helping those responding to this outbreak at http://t.co/6Nd1JWfPEF — Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) October 23, 2014


Etsy takes a stab at real world sales with free credit card readers

Etsy takes a stab at real world sales with free credit card readers


Brainstorming plans to fix democracy and fight zombies

Brainstorming plans to fix democracy and fight zombiesThis week the CraveCast crew took up the task of remaking democracy in the image of nerds and geeks everywhere, and learned the best way to fight zombies: Make friends with a bear...and hope it doesn't get infected.>


Guy uses his ice maker to dish out something other than ice

Guy uses his ice maker to dish out something other than iceA Connecticut man really doesn't like ice, so he tweaked his refrigerator's ice machine to dispense something a lot sweeter.>


The Vergecast, live today at 4:30ET

The Vergecast, live today at 4:30ETThe Vergecast is back after two weeks of big news from Apple and Google, so we're going to definitely talk about the two weeks of big news from Apple and Google. Also, Twitter wants to convince developers that it this time it won't pull the football away. Really, it promises. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce at 4:30 ET, which is in the future. A future where the only thing missing will be hoverboards — oh wait, we're getting those too.


Gamergate can't stop being about harassment

Gamergate can't stop being about harassmentYesterday, actress, gamer, and geek icon Felicia Day wrote a piece called "Crossing the Street," about how the Gamergate campaign had made her hesitant to engage with a culture she loves, knowing that anything she says could provoke a flood of angry, condescending abuse. Any of these things could be true.


These guys are out to kill Bigfoot

These guys are out to kill BigfootGulf Coast residents have reported a huge, hairy hominid stalking their property. Crave's Eric Mack questions the man leading the hunt to kill a Sasquatch to prove the legend is real.>


Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up

FILE - This Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, shows a Comcast logo on a Comcast installation truck in Pittsburgh. Comcast reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service.


With Inbox, Google dares to be different

With Inbox, Google dares to be differentThe bold, new interface to Gmail likely will confuse and alienate a lot of people. But somebody needs to give us a better way to handle email overload.>


Finally! The phone-charging cable you've been waiting for

Finally! The phone-charging cable you've been waiting forFrom the category of "what took so long" comes the Night Cable -- a 10-foot-long cord that just might end cable frustration forever.>


You can bring Google’s gorgeous new Material Design to your Android keyboard right now

You can bring Google’s gorgeous new Material Design to your Android keyboard right nowIt’s an exciting time to be an Android user, but the latest update isn’t available for your phone quite yet. In fact, most smartphones won’t be receiving Android 5.0 for at least another few months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to experience some of what Material Design has to offer. SwiftKey revealed on Thursday two new Material Design themes for its keyboard app, both of which are available right now. PREVIOUSLY: Fantastic video tells you everything you need to know about Android L’s beautiful new design The Material Dark and Material Light themes, as seen above, were designed “in the spirit of the upcoming Android L keyboard.” Of course, both themes still include a few of the features that make


Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days

Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days


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Facebook goes retro with 'Rooms' chat app

Facebook releases an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would likeFacebook on Thursday released an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would like. "Rooms" software introduced in the US and Britain for iPhone made its debut as Facebook tries to make peace with people unhappy that real identities are mandated for profiles at the world's leading social network. "One of the things our team loves most about the Internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be," said a blog post from Facebook's Creative Labs. "Forums, message boards and chatrooms were meeting places for people who didn't necessarily share geographies or social connections, but had something in common," the Creative Labs message noted.


RoboGames bots battle to the death, seek cash for Web series

Robots fight fire with fire in RoboGames.The "Olympics of robots" is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise $40,000 to help produce an independent, Web-based video series of metal mayhem.>


Here’s what you can do with an NFC chip implanted in your hand

Here’s what you can do with an NFC chip implanted in your handOver the past few years, the Internet of Things has become a major topic of conversation in the world of technology. Within the next decade or so, everything in our homes might be connected to the Internet, from our phones and televisions to our kitchen appliances and our smoke detectors. Before too long, we may even connect ourselves to this ever-expanding network, as Robert Nelson recently did. Writing for Connectedly, Nelson explains why he decided to inject an NFC chip into his left hand, and the subsequent effects of latent connectivity. The process of acquiring an injectable NFC chip is surprisingly simple: direct your browser to the Dangerous Things website, pay $99 for a 13.56MHz ISO14443A & NFC Type 2 NTAG216 RFID


NYPD is getting equipped with over 40,000 mobile devices

NYPD is getting equipped with over 40,000 mobile devices


OpenSignal LTE report on the Philippines: Slow but consistent speeds

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Bluesmart carry-on suitcase can't get lost

Bluesmart prototypes have already been traveling the world.GPS tracking and proximity alarms are just two of the tech features stuffed into the Bluesmart smart carry-on suitcase on Indiegogo.>


Video: This is the first TV commercial for Apple Pay

Video: This is the first TV commercial for Apple PayIs Apple Pay the future of the payment industry? Is it just an overhyped fad that will eventually vanish from sight like Google Wallet? Early indications certainly seem to suggest that the former may in fact be the case, but we won’t know for certain for quite some time. In the meantime, the early response to Apple’s mobile wallet solution has been tremendous as users continue to enjoy this frictionless mobile payment solution in the few establishments where Apple Pay is currently accepted. Now, as companies begin a campaigns in support of Apple’s payment solution, the first TV commercial featuring Apple Pay has been aired. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips


Facebook tries a different way to chat with Rooms app

Facebook's new Rooms app harkens back to the way the Internet used to be.The world's largest social network expands its app strategy with a program that lets people chat in groups using pseudonyms.>


Ello becomes a public-benefit corporation with mandate to not sell ads

Ello becomes a public-benefit corporation with mandate to not sell adsEllo exploded in popularity last month partly on the grounds that it would remain ad-free and never sell users' data, and today it's putting those promises down in legal writing. Ello says that it has converted to a public benefit corporation, with its charter prohibiting it in "the strongest legal terms possible" from making money by selling ads or user data. It also requires that any company that might purchase Ello in the future follow these same rules. "In other words," the company writes, "Ello exists for your benefit, and will never show ads or sell user data."


It's iPad launch week, but the iPhone still dominates

The line outside Apple's Fifth Ave. store Thursday, where the iPhone 6 continues to be the big draw.The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are overshadowed by continued demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.>



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Hillary Clinton hits the campaign trail

Report: Clinton State Department Played Favorites In Sex InquiriesThe potential 2016 hopeful lends her support to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.


NFL discusses plans to add new team

NFL logo and set are seen at New York's Radio City Music Hall before the start of the 2013 NFL DraftThe National Football League anticipates a franchise across the pond.


White House announces new healthcare intiiative

The White House as seen from behind the North Lawn fence in WashingtonThe Obama administration announced a program budgeted at $840 million.


Continuing revelations in UNC cheating scandal

Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.


Who was the Ottawa gunman?

Evidence markers are placed around Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014. Michael Zehaf Bibeau fatally shot reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial before setting his sights on Parliament Hill. Bibeau was killed just feet from where hundreds of MPs were meeting for their weekly caucus meetings. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)Here's what we know about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.


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Suspected Boko Haram militants make horrifying move

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state close to Islamist extremist group Boko Haram's former camp near Maiduguri on June 5, 2013YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the attackers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones.


Canada's PM makes big pledge after attack

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa,Prime Minister Stephen Harper lays out response to yesterday's tragedy in Ottawa.


Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

Coast Guard Corpsman checks the temperature of a traveler at Washington Dulles International AirportBy Richard Weizel WEST HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ...


Lockdown lifted for Chicago suburban high school
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago suburban high school that was on lockdown for about two hours on Thursday resumed normal activities after police found that an unattended package did not pose any threat. Hoffman Estates High School, located about 31 miles northwest of Chicago, said on its website that the package was located on the outer perimeter of the campus. ...
Prosecutors accept proposed trial delay for Colorado cinema gunman

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater massacre case do not oppose a defense request to delay the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes until early next year, court papers showed on Thursday. A ruling by the judge on whether to postpone the trial is pending. Earlier this week, public defenders asked Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour to postpone the trial, which is set to begin in December, because they needed more time to review results of a second sanity examination. ...


Homecoming for U.S. cameraman recovered from Ebola

In this image released by Nebraska Medical Center, Ashoka Mukpo, left, an American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola, looks toward Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit, as he was released from Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nebraska Medical Center, Taylor Wilson)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola is home in Rhode Island.


Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty

A United States uniformed Secret Service officer is seen at a post in front of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds after facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said. ...


Canadian security laws to get beefed up

Canadian PM on Attacks: 'We Will Not Run Scared'After Ottawa attacks, Canadian PM Stephen Harper said government will accelerate giving more powers to security agencies.


Islamic State now world's richest terrorist group

An image taken from a propaganda video released in March by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows IS fighters in the Syrian City of HomsThe Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said Thursday. It earns $1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept across Iraq and Syria earlier this year, said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. He is among a team of Obama administration officials leading the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, seeking to get allies, including Gulf countries, on board. IS is now "considered the world's wealthiest and most financially sophisticated terrorist organization," said Marwan Muasher, vice president at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Court: Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains can't be removed to tribal land

The Jim Thorpe Memorial in Jim ThorpeBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that Thorpe's remains be turned over to the Sac and Fox Nation. ...


WHO: Ebola still of grave concern; number with disease approaches 10,000

A Liberian health worker holds a baby infected with the Ebola virus at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia on October 18, 2014Top Ebola experts raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of infections soared to almost 10,000 and the death toll edged closer to 4,900. The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly haemorrhagic fever that the situation in the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "remains of great concern" as cases increase exponentially. It formally declared a global emergency in August, sparking outside criticism and internal soul-searching over claims that it was too slow, as the first case was in Guinea in December. WHO's deputy chief, Keiji Fukuda, said the international community had for months been ramping up the fight, with 600 international experts deployed in the embattled region over recent weeks.


Using drones to fight infectious diseases

How Drones Are Fighting Infectious DiseaseIn a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle — not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease. In recent years, public health officials in the Malaysian state of Sabah have seen a rise in the number of cases of humans infected with this deadly parasite, which is spread, via mosquitos, from macaques to people. By mapping the communities where these cases occur, researchers hope to figure out why the parasite is spreading from monkeys to people with greater frequency, said Chris Drakeley, a professor of infection and immunity at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, and one of the researchers involved in the project. "What we're doing is creating a detailed map, which we can then superimpose or overlay with the human and the macaque movement," Drakeley told Live Science.


Islamic State raking in millions on black market oil

In this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone. Cohen said Thursday that the militant group also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Thursday.


Dancing priests go viral

Italy Tap Dancing PriestsROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.


U.S., allies stage 15 air strikes on Islamic State positions

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Levend Ali)WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces again focused air strikes on the area near the Syrian city of Kobani in their campaign to turn back Islamic State forces and also hit oil facilities held by the militant group, the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. A total of 15 strikes were staged against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from Central Command. The statement said U.S. ...


Ottawa shootings stir terror fears

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team walks past a gate on Parliament hill in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Emergency responders are still on the scene as paramedics performed CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)Two deadly attacks in three days stun Canadians, raising fears of reprisals for joining U.S.-led coalition.


Matt Bai: The silliest emails of the week

Matt BaiI've been traveling around the country plugging my book on the collision of politics and celebrity in 1987 (see, I just did it again), so I haven't had a lot of time to check in on the latest election polls and midterm controversies. I did spend a half-hour watching TV in a Denver hotel, during which I saw a total of three 30-second ads that did not feature one candidate slandering another. Colorado, I feel for you.


Police on alert following 'terror attack' on Jerusalem train station

the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestriansIsrael on Thursday pledged a tough response to any further attacks in Jerusalem as police flooded flashpoint Arab neighbourhoods a day after a Palestinian car attack killed a baby. It was the second deadly incident involving a Palestinian driving a vehicle in three months and prompted a sharp warning from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Jerusalem is united and was, and always will be, the eternal capital of Israel. The driver, 21-year-old Abdelrahman Shaludi from Silwan in east Jerusalem, was shot while trying to flee the car on foot and later died of his injuries.


Royals even World Series as benches clear in 7-2 victory

Tempers flared. The benches cleared. A fight nearly broke out. And a World Series with little verve finally got the jolt it needed Wednesday.


Nurse Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus, family says

In this Oct. 21, 2014 photo provided by Amber Vinson, shows Vinson at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention couldn't detect Ebola in Amber Vinson as of Tuesday evening, her family said in a statement released through a media consultant. (AP Photo/Amber Vinson)Barely a week after being diagnosed with Ebola, Texas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the deadly virus, her family said on Wednesday night.


Koch Brothers Super PAC adds another $6.5 million in TV ads
The Koch brothers-backed super PAC is adding to its TV spending over the final two weeks leading up to the midterm elections, dropping an additional $6.5 million into six competitive U.S. Senate races. The ads will link Democratic candidates to President Obama.
Sergeant-at-arms hailed as hero

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is pictured in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in OttawaKevin Vickers is credited with shooting a gunman in an attack at the Canadian Parliament.


Senator blasts DEA for fake Facebook profile

Leahy to hold hearing in Vermont on net neutralityThe chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on the Justice Department to condemn the actions of a DEA agent who created a fake Facebook profile using a real woman's name and photos without her consent.


Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

In this Sept. 25, 2007 file photo, an Iraqi traffic policeman inspects a car destroyed by a Blackwater security detail in al-Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. A federal jury reached a verdict Wednesday in the case of four former Blackwater security guards on trial in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens in the heart of Baghdad. The verdicts were to be read during a late-morning court session. The shootings triggered an international uproar over the role of defense contractors in urban warfare. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.


Tests return for dog belonging to nurse with Ebola

Ebola patient's dog being monitored in DallasBentley, the year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel owned by Ebola-infected Texas nurse Nina Pham, has tested negative for Ebola, officials said Wednesday.


Latest update in Canada shootings

Photos of the day - October 22, 2014Police search for suspects near the National War Memorial in central Ottawa.


Man faked coma for two years

In this image made available by South Wales Police shows a video image Alan Knight,of Swansea south Wales, right, in a supermarket in Bishopís Cleeve in western England in June 2014. Alan Knight a fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets. Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's disease, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/South Wales Police)LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.


Suspected Indiana serial killer's 1st hearing postponed

This undated photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's office shows Darren Vann. Vann, 43, of Gary, Ind., was charged Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, whose body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in nearby Hammond, Ind. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty says Vann confessed to Hardy's slaying and directed police to six bodies in Gary. (AP Photo/Lake County Sheriff's Office)CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana on Wednesday refused to speak or even acknowledge his name to a judge, and a sheriff explained later that the suspect was upset his hearing was in open court before dozens of journalists.


Ottawa police investigate 3 shooting scenes

Soldier taken to hospital; shots fired in Parliament buildings, malll. Live updates.


All four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings

former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas SlattenWASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.


CDC: 21-day Ebola monitoring for W. African travelers to U.S.

AMERICA'S GOT A LONG HISTORY OF MISUNDERSTANDING DISEASES(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced new measures to monitor for Ebola anyone entering the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for a 21-day period. Under the measures starting Monday, travelers from the three West African countries will be expected to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms through the 21-day period, the CDC said. (Reporting by Bill Berkrot; Editing by Grant McCool)


Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot: report

Baruti of the Universal African Peoples Organization, Shahid of the Tauheed Youth Group, and Missouri State Senator Nasheed speak with the media outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in ClaytonBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A government autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, according to a copy of the autopsy published by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The autopsy results could buttress claims by supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson that the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, was justified. ...


U.S. airdrop to Kurdish fighters was wrong, says Turkey's president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of the U.S. supplies dropped on Sunday had reached the Kurdish fighters despite an online video showing Islamic State jihadists with a bundle. "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. ...


U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Medical Health Systems, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York, demonstrates putting on personal protective equipment during an Ebola educational session for healthcare workers in New YorkBy Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials unveiled new measures on Wednesday to carry out Ebola monitoring on anyone entering the country from the three nations at the center of a West African epidemic, increasing precautions to stop the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that beginning Monday, travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus. ...



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