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Wal-Mart to close 30 stores in Japan

BBC World News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:48
The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, is closing 30 stores in Japan to improve profitability, the company says.
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Ukraine and Russia Reach Accord on Natural Gas Deliveries

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:46
The agreement, under European Union auspices, ends a standoff over payments for gas Ukraine had already consumed, and terms for future deliveries.






Navajo vote could factor into tight Arizona race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:46

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, then-Congressional District 1 candidate Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, greets campaign supporter Tom Morello during an election night party in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Democratic party is trying hard to hang on to the seat held by Kirkpatrick and needs Navajo voters who lean Democrat to turn out in droves in what is one of the hardest-fought congressional races in the country. Kirkpatrick has learned to speak the Navajo language, regularly appears at the tribe's legislative sessions and has sponsored fairs and rodeos. Her Republican opponent, Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, has been to the Navajo Nation several times, including speaking at a Navajo Code Talkers event at the tribal capital. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On the airwaves of a popular Navajo radio station, President Barack Obama uses the Navajo greeting "Ya'at'eeh" and implores tribal members to get out and vote for Democrats.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:45

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after the Democratic majority voted to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts. McConnell said Democrats are using a power play to distract voters from the president's troubled health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


From Governors, a Mix of Hard-Line Acts and Conciliation Over Ebola

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:43
In response to public anxiety, governors of both parties are struggling to define health policies on the virus.






U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:38
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California-based nurses union said Thursday it was organizing strikes and other protests against what it views as insufficient protection for nurses caring for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses have demanded better protection when treating Ebola patients for weeks, ever since two nurses in Texas became infected with the virus while treating Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who fell ill and died while visiting Dallas. ...

Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:28
(Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father. A widely publicized lawsuit brought by the father, Stephen Opayemi, against Milford Public Schools demanding her readmission will be settled, according to the statement, without giving further details. "The student has had no contact with any Ebola patients and she does not have Ebola," the statement said. ...

Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:28
(Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father. A widely publicized lawsuit brought by the father, Stephen Opayemi, against Milford Public Schools demanding her readmission will be settled, according to the statement, without giving further details. "The student has had no contact with any Ebola patients and she does not have Ebola," the statement said. ...

New York sued over so-called owed time in solitary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:25
NEW YORK (AP) — Inmates held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island as punishment for violations during previous stints in jail are suing to stop the practice, known as owed time.

A few afternoon Mariners' related notes - spring training start dates

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:01
Hisashi Iwakuma will be back for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced that his $7 million option for 2015 had been exercised. However, they didn't decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 - 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts - and last season to have the option vest
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UConn unanimous No. 1, Oregon State ranked in AP preseason Top 25 poll

Seattle Storm - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:01
The preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll was released Thursday. NCAA defending champion UConn was the unanimous No. 1 overall selection. It's the 10th time that UConn has been the top team in the preseason. Six of those years they went on to win the title, including last season.
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As Smoak era ends with Mariners, reflecting on what never was

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:21
To be a Mariners’ fan is to live in mortal fear of every discarded prospect blossoming into stardom in another uniform. It doesn’t happen quite as often as you think, but it sure seems that way because of a few spectacular examples. Justin Smoak could be another one.
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Hot Stove: Early list of 2015 free agents

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:46
Here's a list from the MLB player's association of player's who will become a free agent on 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. There are more than 30 players who may become free agents if the options on their respective contracts are not picked up -- Billy Butler ($12.5 milllion club option, Adam LaRoche ($15
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Giants, Madison Bumgarner beat Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 of the World Series

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:08
The Giants claim their third title in five seasons behind Madison Bumgarner’s five innings of near-perfect relief in a 3-2 win in Game 7 of the World Series.
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