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Survey: German consumer confidence stabilizes

1 hour 48 min ago
BERLIN (AP) — A survey finds that a downward trend in German consumer confidence has come to an end, despite cooler growth prospects for Europe's biggest economy.

With gay marriage comes question: I do or I don't

1 hour 53 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania earlier this year, Elissa Goldberg was ready to say "I do." Her longtime partner's reaction, however, was "I'm not so sure."

Missouri police preparing for grand jury decision

2 hours 5 min ago

In this Aug. 18, 2014 photo taken with a fisheye lens, people protest for Michael Brown who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri police, in advance of a grand jury decision on whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old, are making extensive preparations hoping to avoid a repeat of violent clashes between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.


Pesky, effective? Campaign signs spread like weeds

2 hours 13 min ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pesky. Illegal. Effective?

After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

2 hours 22 min ago

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.


Cuomo's office tightly controls public records

2 hours 36 min ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor nominee Kathy Hochul participate in a "Women for Cuomo" campaign event in New York, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing Cuomo in his bid for a second term. Cuomo faces Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in the Nov. 4 general election. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office four years ago promising the most transparent administration in history, but journalists and advocacy groups say his office instead tightly controls requests for public records on anything controversial and routinely delays or denies their release.


China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

2 hours 37 min ago

Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei gives a speech during the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China and 21 other Asian nations have signed on to the new international bank opposed by Washington as an unnecessary rival to established institutions such as the World Bank.(AP Photo/Takaki Yajima, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — China and 20 other Asian nations signed on Friday to a new Beijing-backed international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary rival to established institutions such as the World Bank.


Ebola cases could spur lawsuits _ with big hurdles

2 hours 52 min ago

File - In the Oct. 18, 2014 file photo, Garteh Korkoryah, center, mother of Thomas Eric Duncan, is comforted during a memorial service for her son. It may not matter much that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas apologized for initially misdiagnosing Duncan, who was sent home from the emergency room but later returned sicker and farther along on a painful decline to death from Ebola. Insulated by Texas tort reform that gives an extra layer of protection to emergency room doctors and nurses, not only is the very feasibility of winning a lawsuit complicated, but the potential payout is severely capped. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)DALLAS (AP) — In a land of lawsuits, this case seems made for litigation: A doctor appears to miss a red flag, an Ebola diagnosis is delayed, and a patient dies. But this is Texas.


Guide to developments in Ferguson police shooting

3 hours 16 min ago
ST. LOUIS (AP) — It has been nearly 11 weeks since Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. The Aug. 9 shooting and the protests that followed raised new awareness about the racial makeup of police departments and police use of military-style equipment, among other issues. Here's a look at where things stand:

Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark

3 hours 22 min ago

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. Amazon.com reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace.


New York officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

3 hours 22 min ago

 New York doctor has Ebola, 1st in cityNEW YORK (AP) — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday.


Obama offers federal help to NY with Ebola case

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:51

President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case.


Frank Mankiewicz, aide to Robert Kennedy, dies

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:50

FILE - Frank Mankiewicz, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary, tells a news conference outside Good Samaritan hospital in Los Angeles, in this June 5, 1968 file photo that Kennedy emerged from three hours of surgery in "extremely critical condition." All but one fragment of a bullet in Kennedy's head was removed by a team of surgeons. The press secretary who announced the death of Robert F. Kennedy, Frank Mankiewicz, died Thursday Oct. 23, 2014. He was 90. (AP Photo/FILE)WASHINGTON (AP) — Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90.


Doctor who worked in Africa first Ebola case in New York City

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:27

An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York CityBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said residents were safe to travel around the city, even as officials disclosed that Dr. Craig Spencer had ridden subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley since returning from Guinea on Oct. 17. Spencer, 33, had worked with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders in Africa. ...


Stronger won hits Kia Motors 3Q profit

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:23
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's second-largest carmaker Kia Motors Corp. says its third-quarter income plunged 27 percent from a year earlier as a stronger won dented profit.

South Korea economic growth weakest in 5 quarters

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's economic growth slowed to 3.2 percent in the third quarter, the lowest in five quarters, as weakness in exports and spending by companies offset the boost from government stimulus.

Police: Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:14

Firefighters respond to a mid-air collision between an airplane and a helicopter near the Frederick Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Frederick, Md. A fire department official said three people were killed and two others were injured in the accident. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Graham Cullen)FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.


Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:04

Protesters rally during a demonstration outside the Ferguson police department in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday. The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. ...


Today in History

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00
Today is Friday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2014. There are 68 days left in the year.

AccuWeather: Gradual Clearing Overnight

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:46

 Gradual Clearing OvernightMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the return of sunny, milder weather to end the week.