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SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 2:15pm
The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five - all from the western division....
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Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 2:11pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside - Ebola....
Categories: Associated Press

Ebola: Africa's image takes a hit

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:46pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- In the United States, some parents fearful of deadly Ebola pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the area hit by the disease. In Geneva, a top U.N. official warned against anti-African discrimination fueled by fears of Ebola. The disease has ravaged a small part of Africa, but the international image of the whole continent is increasingly under siege, reinforcing some old stereotypes....
Categories: Associated Press

Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:29pm
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare....
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New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:23pm
JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) -- On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They're not just gazing at foliage - they're looking at cold, hard cash....
Categories: Associated Press

Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:51am
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few days later....
Categories: Associated Press

Economic malaise clouds Florida governor's race

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:27am
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- By many measures, Republican Rick Scott should have a strong case for a second term as governor....
Categories: Associated Press

Mayhem erupts near pumpkin fest in New Hampshire

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:38am
KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- Violent disturbances near Keene State College during an annual pumpkin festival lasted until early Sunday and involved dozens of arrests and injuries, as well as police in riot gear using tear gas to disperse crowds....
Categories: Associated Press

Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:03am
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week's snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the blizzards on the same deadly trails....
Categories: Associated Press

Low expectations as China considers legal reforms

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:06am
BEIJING (AP) -- The most important meeting of the year for the 205 members of China's ruling Communist Party's Central Committee, beginning Monday, will focus on how to rule the country in accordance with law....
Categories: Associated Press

S. Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:52am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries....
Categories: Associated Press

Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:37am
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as "brothers" were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official....
Categories: Associated Press

5 Things to Know about Pope Paul VI

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:35am
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday at the end of a remarkable meeting of Catholic bishops discussing family life, marriage, divorce, sex and gay unions. Paul VI oversaw the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 world-wide church meetings which brought the Catholic Church into modern times. The parallels between Francis and Paul, and the divisive issues both men confronted, are significant. Here are 5 Things to Know about Paul VI....
Categories: Associated Press

No. 2 'Noles survive scare from No. 5 Irish, 31-27

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 2:03am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- With Florida State's perfect record still intact and a second-half rally against Notre Dame complete, Jameis Winston and coach Jimbo Fisher shared a hug as the crowd exploded in celebration....
Categories: Associated Press

Playoff Pulse: Big 12 upsets may give SEC an edge

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:48am
The Southeastern Conference might have a trump card it can use against the Big 12 when it comes time to set the field for the College Football Playoff....
Categories: Associated Press

Late penalty kills Irish bid to upset FSU

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:20am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- For a few seconds, it looked as if Everett Golson and Notre Dame had another streak-busting victory, this time against the defending national champions from Florida State....
Categories: Associated Press

Container ship towed away from Canadian coast

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:08pm
PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) -- A large tug boat was pulling a disabled Russian cargo ship along British Columbia's coast, ending fears that the vessel carrying hundreds of tons of fuel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill....
Categories: Associated Press

Bermuda clears trees, power lines hit by Gonzalo

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:56pm
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Crews cleared away downed trees and power lines Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours but caused no deaths or serious injuries....
Categories: Associated Press

Ebola monitoring inconsistent as virus spread

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:25pm
DALLAS (AP) -- The top administrator in Dallas County rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital this week responding to urgent news: One of its nurses had caught Ebola from a patient. He quickly asked for the hospital's watch list to find out who else might be at risk....
Categories: Associated Press

AP PHOTOS: Catholics venerate Lima's patron saint

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:35pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Thousands of people crowded into downtown Lima on Saturday to participate in a procession at the start of a five-day festival that carries a painting of the capital's patron saint, the Lord of Miracles, on daily treks through the streets....
Categories: Associated Press


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