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US video journalist is home in Rhode Island after recovering from Ebola at Nebraska hospital

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by  Associated Press US journalist returns home after Ebola recovery Associated Press - 23 October 2014 11:26-04:00

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola is back home.

Ashoka Mukpo contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. The 33-year-old Mukpo was released from the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit Wednesday and flew back to Rhode Island by private charter later that night with his father and girlfriend.

Dr. Mitchell Levy said Thursday his son is doing well and it's wonderful to have him home.

Levy also says his son plans to continue his recovery for a few days before reaching out to the media to share his story. He says the family is thankful for everyone's support.

Mukpo arrived at the Nebraska hospital Oct. 6 and was the second Ebola patient to be treated there.

News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Journalists, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Health, News media, Media

People, Places and Companies: Rhode Island, United States, North America

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Alabama judge dismisses another lawsuit from man who says he had botched circumcision

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by  Associated Press Alabama judge tosses 2nd lawsuit over circumcision Associated Press - 23 October 2014 11:09-04:00

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — A judge is dismissing a second lawsuit filed by a man who says his penis was amputated during a botched circumcision.

A judge in Alabama issued an order Wednesday throwing out the lawsuit filed by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. and his wife against a hospital and doctors he says injured him.

It's the second lawsuit Banks has filed in the incident. Circuit Judge Jim Hughey dismissed Banks' original lawsuit in August. Hughey ruled it wasn't specific enough under Alabama's malpractice law.

Hughey's ruling on the second lawsuit cites similar reasons. But he left the door open for a third lawsuit.

Banks says he awoke from what should have been a routine circumcision to realize his penis was gone.

The hospital and doctors deny any wrongdoing.

News Topics: General news, Lawsuits, Circumcision, Men's health, Legal proceedings, Law and order, Health

People, Places and Companies: Alabama, United States, North America

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EU climate summit: will it be vetoed by some members?

New Europe News - 5 hours 27 min ago
by  Dan Alexe

Arriving at the Justus Lipsius venue where the EU Council summit is taking place, Poland's prime minister Ewa Kopacz was asked whether she would indeed veto the climate deal discussed by the 28 leaders. She gave no answer.

The 23-24 October EU summit is supposed to focus on climate and energy, with the leaders preparing agreement on the EU’s 2030 energy and climate change goals, but some countries, like Poland and Portugal, have already warned that they are ready to veto the draft proposal.  

Portugal also warned on Wednesday it could block the EU's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions if other states at a summit this week reject a binding target for building cross-border power cables and pipelines.

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Lions-Falcons Capsule

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by  Associated Press Lions-Falcons Capsule by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:59-04:00

DETROIT (5-2) vs. ATLANTA (2-5) at London

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET, FOX

OPENING LINE — Lions by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Detroit 4-3, Atlanta 2-5

SERIES RECORD — Lions lead 23-21

LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Lions 31-18, Dec. 22, 2012

LAST WEEK — Lions beat Saints 24-23; Falcons lost to Ravens 29-7

AP PRO32 RANKING — Lions No. 10, Falcons No. 25 (tie)

LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (31), PASS (13).

LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (2), PASS (7).

FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (23), PASS (5).

FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (27), PASS (29).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Second of three games in 2014 International Series, game has afternoon local kickoff for first time. ... Miami beat Oakland 38-14 in London in Week 4. Jacksonville will be home team against Dallas in Week 10 at Wembley. ... It is first regular-season game outside North America for Atlanta and Detroit. ... Matthew Stafford's game-winning pass last week gave him 118 for career and tie with Hall of Famer Bobby Layne for Lions career record. ... RB Reggie Bush has five TDs in last five games against Falcons. ... Since 2011, Stafford is second in NFL with 16,546 yards passing. ... In last game against Falcons, WR Calvin Johnson had 11 catches for 225 yards. In three games against Falcons, Johnson has 23 catches for 447 yards. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith is 3-0 against Lions. ... Falcons are 36-2 when Matt Ryan starts and has QB rating of 100 or better. Ryan has 108.5 rating in three wins over Lions. ... DE Osi Umenyiora was born in London and played at Wembley with Giants against Dolphins in 2007 in first International Series game. ... WR Roddy White had eight catches for 153 yards, two TDs in last meeting. White had nine catches for 100 yards with TD in loss to Ravens last week. ... Falcons have four-game losing streak and are 0-4 away from Atlanta. ... C Peter Konz (left knee) placed on IR on Monday, becoming team's fourth starting offensive lineman lost to season-ending injury.

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News Topics: Sports, NFL football, Professional football, Football

People, Places and Companies: Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Mike Smith, Matt Ryan, Osi Umenyiora, Roddy White, Peter Konz, London, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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'The Situation' to appear in court on federal tax charges; he and his brother face arraignment

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by  Associated Press 'The Situation' to appear in court on tax charges Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:57-04:00

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — A former cast member of MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" is due back in court to face federal tax charges.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, face an arraignment Thursday in Newark.

They were charged last month with filing bogus tax returns and inflating business expenses to avoid paying taxes on nearly $9 million in income over a three-year period. They have pleaded not guilty.

Sorrentino was initially scheduled for arraignment two weeks ago but was given an extension because he was filming another reality show in Los Angeles.

Sorrentino's attorney told the court he and his fiancee were scheduled to appear on the show "Marriage Boot Camp."

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Celebrity, Entertainment, Celebrity legal affairs, National taxes, Reality TV, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, Government and politics, National governments, Television programs

People, Places and Companies: Michael Sorrentino, Newark, New Jersey, United States, North America

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Image of Asia: Climbing for democracy in Hong Kong

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by  Associated Press Image of Asia: Climbing for democracy in Hong Kong by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:48-04:00

In this photo by Kin Cheung, a hiker looks at the yellow banner reading "I want genuine universal suffrage" in Chinese and "Umbrella Movement" in English hanging from the face of Lion Rock mountain in Hong Kong. Democracy activists hung the banner on the mountain in support of the protest movement in which thousands of demonstrators have camped out on the streets of the southern Chinese financial center for nearly a month to press their demands for greater democracy.

News Topics: General news, Democracy, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Hong Kong, China, Greater China, East Asia, Asia

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EU summit to discuss Cyprus in absentia

New Europe News - 5 hours 58 min ago
by  Dan Alexe

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalized in Brussels on Thursday and will be unable to attend the two-day European Union summit.

Anastasiades flew to Brussels Wednesday night stating that he would ask the European Council to denounce Turkish actions which Cyprus says violate its sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone.

Four Turkish navy ships are patrolling in an area south of Cyprus where an exploratory drill for natural gas is being conducted by the Italian-South Korean ENI-Kogas consortium.

A Turkish exploration ship is in the process of collecting seismic data in the same general area.  

The government spokesman said in a written statement that Anastasiades, 68, was admitted to hospital on Thursday morning after suffering a prolonged nosebleed.

An earlier report carried by Cyprus' state radio said the president was diagnosed with a high blood pressure problem and was advised by doctors to abstain from work for two days.

"The president was given the appropriate treatment and was advised to remain in bed for the next 48 hours to avoid recurrence of the symptoms," the spokesman said.

The president will be represented at the EU summit by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who also visited him at his hotel room.

The spokesman said Samaras will set out Cyprus' complaints against Turkey, which controlled the northern part of the eastern Mediterranean island in 1974 in response to a coup by officers of the military junta then ruling Greece.

Anastasiades earlier contacted European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European People's Party President Joseph Daul telling them about his health condition and informing them that written statements on the Turkish actions would be handed to them.

 

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Andy Murray beats Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 to ease into Valencia Open quarterfinals

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by  Associated Press Murray beats Fognini to reach Valencia quarters Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:34-04:00

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Andy Murray eased by the error-plagued Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Valencia Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

The third-seeded Murray, who won here in 2009, will face seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa next on the indoor hard court.

Fognini served four doubles faults and committed 20 unforced errors in a first set Murray claimed by swatting an approach shot past the Italian.

Murray broke Fognini again to move ahead 3-2 in the second set before closing out the match when Fognini committed his 36th and final unforced error by netting a return.

Also, Pablo Andujar of Spain beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-2 and will play Tommy Robredo next.

Later, top-seeded David Ferrer met Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish match.

News Topics: Sports, Men's sports, Men's tennis, Tennis

People, Places and Companies: Andy Murray, Fabio Fognini, Kevin Anderson, Pablo Andujar, Dusan Lajovic, Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Spain, Valencia, Western Europe, Europe

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1 person killed, 11 injured in gas pipe explosion in western German city

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by  Associated Press 1 killed, 11 injured in German gas pipe explosion Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:34-04:00

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city.

Police in Ludwigshafen said the explosion outside a house in the city happened midday Thursday. Gas transport company Gascade said it wasn't clear why the gas pipe, part of a 57-kilometer (35-mile) pipeline that leads southward to the city of Karlsruhe, was damaged during work that it commissioned. Gas then leaked and caught fire.

Police said the main fire at the site was extinguished by late afternoon and smaller fires were under control.

News Topics: General news, Explosions, Accidents and disasters, Oil and gas transportation, Oil and gas industry, Energy industry, Industries, Business

People, Places and Companies: Germany, Western Europe, Europe

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Senators call on safety agency to seek nationwide recall of air bags made by Takata Corp.

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by  Associated Press Senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall by TOM KRISHER, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:33-04:00

DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on U.S. auto safety regulators to immediately issue a nationwide recall for cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the call in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who oversees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The letter delivered Thursday also asks Foxx to encourage automakers to provide free loaner cars if parts aren't available.

Air bag inflators made by Takata can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out in a crash. Safety advocates say the problem has caused four deaths. So far automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles worldwide due to the problem.

But in the U.S. many automakers have limited the recall to high-humidity areas in southern states.

News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile parts manufacturing, Automobile recalls, Automobile safety, Government and politics, Automobile manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Product recalls, Product safety, Products and services, Corporate news, NHL hockey, Professional hockey, Hockey, Sports, Men's hockey, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Takata Corporation, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, Anthony Foxx, United States, North America

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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

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by  Associated Press BC-AP News Coverage Advisory Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:31-04:00

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them:

-- CANADA-SHOOTING (sent; developing)

-- EBOLA-CREMATION FEARS (upcoming)

-- WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER (sent; developing)

-- SENATE-STATE OF PLAY-ANALYSIS (upcoming)

-- GAY MARRIAGE-THE HOLDOUTS (sent)

-- TEENAGE JIHADIS-TRAVEL (sent)

-- SYRIA (sent)

-- PEOPLE-Q&A-MICK JAGGER (upcoming)

TALKERS:

-- EBOLA-SWAT TEAMS (upcoming)

-- WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER (sent; developing)

-- TEENAGE JIHADIS-TRAVEL (sent)

-- TEEN DATING ABUSE (upcoming)

-- CHINA-ZUCKERBERG (sent; with video)

-- PENGUINS-CANADIAN ANTHEM (sent Wednesday night)

-- ITALY-DANCING PRIESTS (sent)

-- TRAVELING ASHES (sent; developing)

-- PEOPLE-Q&A-MICK JAGGER (upcoming)

-- DISABLED ARTIST-EXHIBITION (upcoming)

-- SMART SPENDING-TOYS (upcoming)

-- RULON GARDNER BANKRUPTCY (sent)

-- WORLD SERIES - THE WRITE WAY (sent)

-- EBOLA DOGS (sent)

-- RING-COURT RULING (sent)

PHOTOS: BRAZIL-POOR VOTERS-PHOTO GALLERY

VIDEO: CANADA SHOOTING (sent; developing); ZUCKERBERG MANDARIN (sent); DANCING PRIESTS (upcoming)

Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past 10 hours (all times GMT):

WORLD

CANADA-SHOOTING - The mother of the man identified as the Ottawa gunman tells the AP she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son. In a brief and tear-filled telephone call Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack. "Can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry." SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. Sidebars planned; details TBD.

PENGUINS-CANADIAN ANTHEM - The Pittsburgh Penguins played "O Canada" before their game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed during an attack in Ottawa. SENT: 130 words Wednesday night.

ON THE ROAD IN NORTH KOREA - AP Exclusive: On bumpy, 7-day North Korea road trip, glimpses of tough lives and determinationSENT: 2,300 words, photos, interactive. An abridged version of 720 words also moved.

SYRIA - U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TEENAGE JIHADIS-TRAVEL - For teens with passports, travel to Syria — or anywhere else — can be surprisingly easy. SENT: 720 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE-MONEY - The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a month just from black market oil sales. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Jerusalem's mayor calls for a tough crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, saying violence will not be tolerated in his city. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 a.m.

GAZA-TROUBLED RECONSTRUCTION - Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, political rivalries, technical snags. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ELECTION-COURTING MIDDLE CLASS- Brazil's tightest presidential race in decades is in the hands of the lower middle class, which accounts for 35 percent of voters. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With BRAZIL-POOR VOTERS-PHOTO GALLERY. SENT: 200 words, photos.

HONG KONG-THE DECIDERS - Exclusive, some say opaque, election committee at heart of Hong Kong democracy standoff. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

- HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST-KENNY G - Smooth jazz star Kenny G insists he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces. SENT: 435 words, photo.

NKOREA-US DETAINEES - The U.S. government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts say. SENT: 580 words, photos.

KASHMIR-MODI VISIT - Shops and businesses close in Indian-controlled Kashmir as separatists protest a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. SENT: 190 words, photos.

UAE-MIGRANT WORKERS - Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them. SENT: 660 words.

MALAYSIA-NEW ZEALAND-SEX CHARGES - Malaysia's foreign ministry says a military official accused of assaulting a woman in New Zealand will be returned there Friday to face trial. SENT: 270 words.

POLAND-CLIMATE TALKS - Coal-rich Poland ready to block Europe's new, ambitious climate deal if no compromise found. SENT: 740 words.

DUBAI-PLASTIC SURGERY TOURISM — Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ITALY-DANCING PRIESTS - 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. SENT: 240 words, photos.

PERU-COIN TOSS MAYOR - A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box. SENT: 100 words.

EBOLA

EBOLA - WHO has news conference at 1400 GMT to update on situation, whether it believes any new measures should be taken. Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of an isolation because they have no food. UPCOMING: Developing.

EBOLA-CREMATION FEARS - Even as Liberians get sick and die of Ebola, many beds in treatment centers are empty because of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims be cremated. The edict violates Liberians' values and cultural practices and has so disturbed people that the sick are often being kept at home and, if they die, are being secretly buried, increasing the risk of more infections. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1600 GMT, photos, video.

EBOLA-SWAT TEAMS - The government is readying special Ebola squads — likened to public health SWAT teams — to rush to any U.S. city where there are new cases of the disease. In the meantime, other teams are helping prepare hospitals in the most likely cities. A look at these health squads. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT, photo, video.

EBOLA HOSPITAL - The hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus says its revenue and patient roles have plummeted. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

EBOLA-AP POLL - Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. SENT: 900 words, photos. With EPOLA-AP POLL-METHOD - How the poll was conducted. SENT: 200 words.

EBOLA DOGS - The husband of the Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola says his wife now knows that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital and is questioning that decision. SENT: 130 words.

WASHINGTON

WHITE HOUSE-FENCE JUMPER - Additional charges were filed Thursday in the case of the 23-year-old Maryland man who scaled the White House fence. SENT: 380 words, photos, audio. UPCOMING: Developing; likely court appearance Thursday but details TBD.

US

PTSD LEGAL DEFENSE - Mexico considers legal argument of PTSD; psychological wound increasingly used in US courts. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BORDER DEATHS - The number of immigrants who died crossing the desert from Mexico into Arizona has dropped significantly in the last year amid shifting immigration trends that made the Rio Grande Valley in Texas the deadliest border location in 2014. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

POLICE SHOOTING-ST. LOUIS - Relatives of Vonderrit Myers Jr., the 18-year-old killed by a St. Louis police officer on Oct. 8, will release results of an independent autopsy Thursday afternoon. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; 500 words by 2000 GMT.

RURAL WATER SYSTEMS - A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. SENT: 610 words, photo.

CIRCUMCISION LAWSUIT - A judge is dismissing a second lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during a botched circumcision. SENT: 130 words.

TRAVELING ASHES — A Maine woman who enlisted the help of strangers on social media to scatter her son's ashes all over the world is sending him on a new journey: to space. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words; timing uncertain.

TECH

CHINA-ZUCKERBERG China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delights an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words in chunky text style by 1500 GMT, photos.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

EUROPE-BANKS TEST - Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances. SENT: 780 words, photos.

RUSSIA-TOTAL CEO KILLED — Russian investigators announced Thursday that they have detained four more employees of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport following a plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total and three crew members. SENT: 300 words

SPORTS

WCUP-WATCHING THE WOMEN - The Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada in June - and if the favored U.S. advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. SENT: 960 words, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

DISABLED ARTIST-EXHIBITION - Judith Scott was born with Down's s syndrome. She was largely deaf and mute and institutionalized for 35 years. On Thursday, a solo exhibition of her intricate sculptures of yarn, fabric and other fibers tightly wrapped around an array of found objects opens at the Brooklyn Museum. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-Q&A-MICK JAGGER - One project the rock icon is behind is the documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," which airs Monday on HBO. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

THEATER-THE LAST SHIP - The actors in Sting's musical "The Last Ship" have plenty of pressure these days. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-CHARLI XCX - Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. SENT: 350 words, photos, video.

HIGH-CEZANNE - The High Museum in Atlanta is getting ready to host an exhibition called Cezanne and the Modern. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos

News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Visual arts, Municipal governments, Legal proceedings, Territorial disputes, Municipal elections, War and unrest, Medical tourism, Government and politics, Presidential elections, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Health, Arts and entertainment, Local governments, Law and order, Local elections, Elections, Travel, Lifestyle, National elections

People, Places and Companies: Mick Jagger, Rulon Gardner, Kenny G, Narendra Modi, Alicia Keys, Mark Zuckerberg, James Brown, Charli XCX, Hong Kong, Dubai, United States, Canada, Syria, North Korea, Beijing, Italy, Ottawa, Kashmir, Europe, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, China, Greater China, East Asia, Asia, North America, Western Europe, Ontario, India, South Asia

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Parents of Ottawa shooter's statement to the Associated Press

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by  Associated Press Parents of Ottawa shooter's statement to AP by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:27-04:00

The following is the full text of a statement issued to The Associated Press by the parents Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man authorities say killed a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial, then stormed Parliament before being shot dead. The statement was in response to an AP email which asked about reports that their son was mentally unstable or otherwise vulnerable.

"Hi, I am writing this note on behalf of my husband and myself. No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time. We are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow. We send our deepest condolences to them although words seem pretty useless. We are both crying for them. We also wish to apologize for all the pain, fright and chaos he created. We have no explanation to offer. I am mad at our son, I don't understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time. You write that our son was vulnerable, we don't know, we (he) was lost and did not fit in. I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that. So I have very little insight to offer. We don't wish to be part of any media circus, we don't think it will add anything to the conversation. Please respect our privacy although many may not feel we deserve any ... Once again we are so sorry.

Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf"

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: Canada, Ottawa, North America, Ontario

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France moving troops toward Libyan border, monitoring al-Qaida linked militants

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by  Associated Press French moving troops toward Libyan border by SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:23-04:00

PARIS (AP) — A top French military official says the country is moving troops toward the Libyan border within weeks and, along with U.S. intelligence, is monitoring al-Qaida arms shipments to Africa's Sahel region.

A French base will go up within weeks in a desert outpost just a hundred kilometers (60 miles) from the lawless Libyan border region overrun by Islamic militants, the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

U.S. intelligence is helping French troops "a lot," he said.

Earlier this month, French troops destroyed an arms convoy in northern Niger carrying three tons of weapons from Libya to Mali.

France has 3,000 troops, 200 armored vehicles and six fighter jets deployed in the Sahel region.

News Topics: General news, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: France, Libya, Middle East, Western Europe, Europe, North Africa, Africa

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Brazilian companies Safra and Cutrale again raise offer for Chiquita, to $681M

New Europe News - 6 hours 15 min ago
by  Associated Press Brazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:19-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million.

Chiquita has repeatedly rejected offers from investment firm Safra Group and juice company Cutrale Group, preferring to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes in an all-stock deal.

ChiquitaFyffes would be the world's largest banana supplier, and the companies plan to incorporate in Dublin to take advantage of lower tax rates. Chiquita is now based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The latest bid from Safra and Cutrale is for $14.50 per Chiquita share, up from an offer of $14 per share earlier this month. They had bid $13 per share in August.

Chiquita shares are up nearly 8 percent, to $13.72, in morning trading.

News Topics: Business

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Gauge of US economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain in September, signaling further growth

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by  Associated Press Gauge of US economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 10:16-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month.

The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 percent last month following a flat reading in August which originally had been reported as a small 0.2 percent gain.

Economists expect that continuing strong gains in employment should boost incomes and help support solid economic growth in the United States in coming quarters despite a weaker outlook overseas.

News Topics: Business, General news, Leading economic indicators, Economy

People, Places and Companies: United States, North America

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Lebanese health minister says man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon

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by  Associated Press Lebanese health minister says man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon Associated Press - 23 October 2014 09:31-04:00

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese health minister says man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: Lebanon, Middle East

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Bach rules out lifting of ban on IOC member visits to Olympic bid cities

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by  Associated Press Ban to remain on IOC member visits to bid cities by STEPHEN WILSON, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 09:28-04:00

LONDON (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says the ban on member visits to Olympic bid cities will remain in place.

The visits were barred in the wake of the vote-buying scandal involving Salt Lake City's winning bid for the 2022 Winter Games.

A possible reinstatement of visits was among the issues debated as part of Bach's "Olympic Agenda 2020" reform package, along with changes to the bidding system and sports program, and creation of an Olympic television channel.

After a two-day executive board meeting in Montreux, Switzerland, Bach ruled out a lifting of the no-visits rule.

He said Thursday on a conference call: "There will be no recommendation for a change in this regard."

Meanwhile, Bach was moving to revamp the bidding procedure by inviting cities to discuss their plans with the IOC at the start rather than issuing an "an application for tender."

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China punishes 17 officials after clash between villagers and construction workers kills 8

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by  Associated Press China punishes 17 officials for village clash Associated Press - 23 October 2014 09:11-04:00

BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen officials have been punished in southwest China after one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years left eight people dead.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that one official involved in the clash between villagers and construction workers on October 14 has been arrested. The other 16 have been punished for neglect of duty.

The clash centered on a standoff between villagers and a property developer. Authorities previously said villagers detained several construction workers and burned four of them to death. Two other workers and two villagers also died.

Land disputes are common in China. The government technically owns most land and can seize property for projects deemed in the public interest. Villagers, left with no means to seek redress, often resort to violence.

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Ukraine pins hopes for prosperous future on clearing out its brawling parliament

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by  Associated Press Ukraine pins hopes on a new-look parliament by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 09:11-04:00

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament is something halfway between a wrestling pit and a shady backroom for hatching deals. Optimists believe Sunday's elections will change all that.

Voting in a fresh batch of deputies, they hope, could kick-start a nation hobbled by endemic corruption and reliant on creaking Soviet-built industry.

A simmering separatist war in the east, however, gives many others little faith in a fresh start. The pessimists argue that the conflict and the threat of Russian aggression have drawn attention away from a much-needed reform agenda.

"Politics seems to be too much in the rather business-as-usual mode, so the hope of rebooting the political system with these elections may be disappointed," said regional expert Andrew Wilson, author of "Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West."

The Verkhovna Rada, as Ukraine's single-chamber parliament is known, is a rowdy place at the best of times — a perfect metaphor for a dysfunctional political scene. Debates more often than not descend into shouting matches and sometimes all-out brawls. With the country on the verge of an economic meltdown caused by the war and depleted cash reserves, some reinvention is in order.

This weekend's ballot is the culmination of a process sparked by February's ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in a frenzy of public revolt that turned bloody when snipers began mowing down protesters near Kiev's iconic Maidan square. The collective disgust at the violence and the scale of the disgraced leader's venality, which became apparent as Ukrainians discovered his comically pharaonic private residence, fostered a mood of national unity.

President Petro Poroshenko, easily elected to office in May, has harnessed that spirit to the benefit of his eponymous Poroshenko Bloc. Despite the wide field of contenders, some pundits and polls believe the party may garner enough seats in the 450-member legislature to form a government unaided.

Most of Poroshenko Bloc's rivals share a strongly pro-Western bent. The affection that most Ukrainians once felt for Russia has been soured by Moscow's annexation of Crimea in March. Attitudes have turned poisonous since the outbreak of an armed separatist insurgency in coal-rich eastern regions that Ukraine and the West say is largely the fruit of Russian meddling.

Yulia Tymoshenko, whose magnetic charisma and trademark blond braids made her the emblem of the 2004 Orange Revolution, has become an ardent champion of NATO membership and her Fatherland party has reasonable prospects.

Belying his tame appearance, Arseniy Yatsenyuk — the bespectacled prime minister and Popular Front party leader — has become the poster boy for tough but necessary economic reforms.

The loudest candidate on the political field is pitchfork-wielding Radical Party frontman Oleh Lyashko, whose brand of brash nationalist populism and lavish campaign spending could lift his group into second place.

Campaign advertising has been skimpy on the issues and focused heavily on boilerplate appeals to patriotism and national renewal.

Political consultant Oleksandr Kopil said there are two impulses motivating voters as they head to the polls.

"The first is for stability and a certain dose of security, so that things at least don't become worse," Kopil said. "The second demand, which may have less of a following, is for a continuation of the revolution — stark reforms and changes."

Overshadowing the elections is the pro-Russian separatist insurgency in the east.

The fighting, which has claimed more than 3,000 lives at a conservative estimate, has died down since its peak in the summer. However, the rebels are consolidating and more conflict remains a distinct possibility without a clear settlement.

Territorial sovereignty for Ukraine is a mantra across the political spectrum and the incoming parliament is unlikely to favor compromise with foes the government has dubbed "terrorists." In areas under separatist control, elections will not take place; voting is also at risk in towns along government-held side of the front line.

Popular sentiment is hovering uneasily between eagerness to push back the separatist front and fatigue at the death and destruction caused by the conflict.

Appetite for anti-corruption campaigns is less controversial. In a transparent gambit to win votes, Poroshenko successfully leaned on the outgoing parliament to approve legislation to fire state officials with links to the Yanukovych era.

Voters will expect more of the same from the new parliament, although experts warn there are risks to wide-scale purges like those initiated by Poroshenko.

"The imminent dismissal of civil servants in such numbers raises troubling questions about how effectively Ukraine's badly troubled state institutions will be able to cope with their responsibilities while short-handed," Yuliya Bila and Isaac Webb wrote in a recent analysis for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The International Monetary Fund, which approved $17 billion in loans for Ukraine in April, says the country has made a promising start, but it worries that conflict in the east and mounting debt for Russian natural gas have hindered progress.

More unpopular measures will fall to the next government to complete. Lightening Ukraine's economic burden will in crude terms mean heating and electricity bills going up and social assistance payments being frozen.

"The new government will be doomed, even more than the outgoing one, to have to effect radical reforms, so not every member of parliament that is elected will necessarily want a position in government," Kopil said.

Russia is the elephant in the room that few candidates seem willing to acknowledge. The Kremlin had an amicable relationship with Yanukovych and has been openly hostile to the leadership that pushed him out of power.

Moscow can still punish Ukraine with a combination of trade embargoes, gas delivery freezes and under-the-table political shenanigans carried out by local proxies.

"Russia politically can destroy the best hopes of any Ukrainian government for reform," Wilson said. "That's the big factor hanging over all of this."

News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Parliamentary elections, Rebellions and uprisings, Voting, War and unrest, Legislature, Economy, Elections, Business

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Union Pacific reports 19 percent surge in 3Q profit as volume grows, CEO optimistic about 4Q

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by  Associated Press Union Pacific 3Q profit chugs ahead 19 percent by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 09:05-04:00

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and increased rates.

"We are optimistic about the remainder of the year," CEO Jack Koraleski said. "Assuming the economy and weather cooperate, we are well positioned to finish up the year with record results."

The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday that it earned $1.37 billion, or $1.53 per share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30. That's up from $1.15 billion, or $1.24 per share, a year ago.

Union Pacific's revenue climbed 11 percent to $6.18 billion from $5.57 billion.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Union Pacific to report earnings per share of $1.51 on revenue of $6.10 billion.

Union Pacific reported the most growth in shipments of intermodal shipping containers, industrial products and agricultural goods.

Coal was the only sector that didn't grow in the quarter but after the decrease in coal demand in recent years, reporting flat coal volumes and a 2 percent increase in revenue was positive.

Edward Jones analyst Logan Purk said Union Pacific again delivered impressive results while controlling costs well.

"Union Pacific has shown they can do much more with the type of growth they're seeing," Purk said.

Union Pacific shares rose $2.44, or 2.3 percent, to $109.30 in premarket trading about 45 minutes ahead of the market open. Its shares have risen 27 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen slightly more than 4 percent. The stock has increased 38 percent in the last 12 months.

Union Pacific operates 32,400 miles of track in 23 states from the Midwest to the West and Gulf coasts.

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