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Cartoonist Roz Chast receives $50,000 as winner of Kirkus Prize, a new literary award

New Europe News - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 00:38
by  Associated Press Roz Chast wins $50,000 literary prize Associated Press - 23 October 2014 19:38-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Roz Chast is having a busy awards season.

The New Yorker cartoonist is one of three winners of the inaugural Kirkus Prize, presented by the literary publication Kirkus Reviews and worth $50,000 for each winner, making it among the country's richest honors for books.

Chast's award, announced Thursday night, was for her graphic memoir about her parents, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" The memoir is already among the nominees for the National Book Awards, with winners to be revealed next month,

Chast's Kirkus award was for best nonfiction release. Lily King's novel "Euphoria," based in part on the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead, was cited for fiction and Kate Samworth's "Aviary Wonders Inc." for young people's literature.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Literary awards, Books and literature, Literary events, Entertainment

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Obama to nominate former campaign vice-chair Azita Raji as US ambassador to Sweden

New Europe News - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 00:30
by  Associated Press Obama taps major fundraiser for Sweden ambassador Associated Press - 23 October 2014 19:30-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating a major fundraiser for his presidential campaign to be the next U.S. ambassador to Sweden.

The White House says Azita Raji is Obama's pick for the job. She's a former investment banker who served as national vice-chair of finance for Obama's 2012 campaign. She helped raise more than $500,000 for Obama's campaign as a "bundler" in 2012.

Obama previously tapped Raji to serve on the President's Commission on White House Fellowship. She's also a commissioner of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and a former vice president of J.P. Morgan Securities.

Raji's nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

News Topics: General news, Presidential elections, 2012 United States Presidential Election, United States Presidential Election, Political fundraising, Government appointments and nominations, International relations, National elections, Elections, Government and politics, Events

People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, United States, North America

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PGA-McGladrey Classic Scores

New Europe News - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 00:25
by  Associated Press PGA-McGladrey Classic Scores Associated Press - 23 October 2014 19:25-04:00

ST. SIMON ISLAND, Georgia (AP) — Scores Thursday from the $5.7-million McGladrey Classic, played on the par-70 (35-35), 7,005-yard Sea Island Resort, Seaside Course

First Round Brian Harman 31-34—65 Michael Thompson 33-32—65 Erik Compton 32-33—65 Will MacKenzie 31-34—65 Chesson Hadley 33-33—66 Shawn Stefani 33-33—66 Andrew Svoboda 32-34—66 Patton Kizzire 33-33—66 Jason Kokrak 34-32—66 Jim Renner 34-32—66 John Peterson 36-30—66 Sung Joon Park 31-35—66 Martin Flores 32-35—67 Brendon Todd 32-35—67 Webb Simpson 32-35—67 Ken Duke 35-32—67 Aaron Baddeley 32-35—67 Ryan Armour 33-34—67 Steve Wheatcroft 34-33—67 Tommy Gainey 33-34—67 Eric Axley 34-33—67 Kevin Chappell 34-33—67 Camilo Villegas 35-32—67 Rory Sabbatini 33-34—67 Matt Kuchar 35-32—67 Mark Wilson 33-34—67 Scott Piercy 34-33—67 Fabian Gomez 34-33—67 William McGirt 33-35—68 Carl Pettersson 34-34—68 Daniel Summerhays 33-35—68 Chad Campbell 35-33—68 Derek Ernst 32-36—68 Daniel Berger 33-35—68 Andrew Putnam 35-33—68 Cameron Percy 36-32—68 Brendon de Jonge 36-32—68 Cameron Tringale 35-33—68 Chris Kirk 33-35—68 Russell Henley 34-34—68 Harris English 34-34—68 Martin Laird 33-35—68 Roberto Castro 35-33—68 Scott Pinckney 35-33—68 Mark Hubbard 35-33—68 Mark Silvers 34-34—68 David Lingmerth 35-33—68 Robert Allenby 36-33—69 Scott Langley 36-33—69 Robert Streb 36-33—69 Stewart Cink 37-32—69 Bill Haas 34-35—69 Tim Wilkinson 35-34—69 Kevin Kisner 33-36—69 Sean O'Hair 34-35—69 Steven Alker 35-34—69 Tyrone Van Aswegen 33-36—69 Brian Stuard 34-35—69 John Rollins 38-32—70 Adam Hadwin 36-34—70 Scott McCarron 36-34—70 Nicholas Thompson 35-35—70 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 34-36—70 Hudson Swafford 34-36—70 Andres Gonzales 34-36—70 Jon Curran 34-36—70 Jerry Kelly 36-34—70 Jeff Overton 36-34—70 Johnson Wagner 36-34—70 Ben Martin 35-35—70 D.A. Points 34-36—70 Jonathan Byrd 36-34—70 Tom Hoge 35-35—70 Roger Sloan 34-36—70 Jim Herman 35-35—70 Mark Anderson 35-35—70 Cory Whitsett 36-34—70 Jason Bohn 37-34—71 Tony Finau 34-37—71 Zach Johnson 34-37—71 Boo Weekley 36-35—71 Nick Watney 36-35—71 Padraig Harrington 35-36—71 John Merrick 35-36—71 Chris DiMarco 37-34—71 Bill Lunde 37-34—71 Whee Kim 34-37—71 Zack Sucher 36-35—71 Kyle Reifers 38-33—71 Heath Slocum 36-35—71 Brian Davis 33-38—71 James Hahn 36-35—71 Charley Hoffman 36-35—71 Davis Love III 34-37—71 Stuart Appleby 34-37—71 Scott Brown 36-35—71 Colt Knost 35-36—71 Zachary Blair 35-36—71 Andrew Loupe 35-36—71 Blayne Barber 32-39—71 Josh Teater 36-36—72 Justin Leonard 38-34—72 John Huh 32-40—72 Sam Saunders 36-36—72 Max Homa 36-36—72 Justin Hicks 37-35—72 Charles Howell III 35-37—72 Justin Lower 34-38—72 Andy Pope 35-37—72 Oscar Fraustro 36-36—72 Carlos Sainz Jr 37-35—72 J.J. Henry 34-39—73 Ben Curtis 36-37—73 David Toms 36-37—73 Nick Taylor 34-39—73 Lucas Glover 38-35—73 Will Wilcox 36-37—73 Brice Garnett 36-37—73 Jonathan Randolph 37-36—73 Alex Prugh 37-37—74 Chad Collins 37-37—74 Alex Cejka 36-38—74 Byron Smith 36-38—74 Justin Thomas 34-40—74 Sonny Skinner 37-37—74 Jason Gore 39-36—75 Richard Sterne 36-39—75 Patrick Newcomb 37-38—75 Danny Lee 35-40—75 George McNeill 42-33—75 Russell Knox 37-39—76 Scott Verplank 39-38—77 News Topics: Men's golf, Golf, Sports, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Brian Harman, Michael Thompson, Erik Compton, Will MacKenzie, Chesson Hadley, Shawn Stefani, Andrew Svoboda, Patton Kizzire, Jason Kokrak, Jim Renner, John Peterson, Sung Joon Park, Martin Flores, Brendon Todd, Webb Simpson, Ken Duke, Aaron Baddeley, Ryan Armour, Steve Wheatcroft, Tommy Gainey, Eric Axley, Kevin Chappell, Camilo Villegas, Rory Sabbatini, Matt Kuchar, Mark Wilson, Scott Piercy, Fabian Gomez, William McGirt, Carl Pettersson, Daniel Summerhays, Chad Campbell, Derek Ernst, Daniel Berger, Andrew Putnam, Cameron Percy, Brendon de Jonge, Cameron Tringale, Chris Kirk, Russell Henley, Harris English, Martin Laird, Roberto Castro, Scott Pinckney, Mark Hubbard, Mark Silvers, David Lingmerth, Robert Allenby, Scott Langley, Robert Streb, Stewart Cink, William Haas, Bill Haas, Tim Wilkinson, Kevin Kisner, Sean O'Hair, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Brian Stuard, John Rollins, Adam Hadwin, Scott McCarron, Nicholas Thompson, Hudson Swafford, Andres Gonzales, Jon Curran, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Overton, Johnson Wagner, Ben Martin, D.A. Points, Jonathan Byrd, Tom Hoge, Roger Sloan, Jim Herman, Mark Anderson, Cory Whitsett, Jason Bohn, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson, Boo Weekley, Nick Watney, Padraig Harrington, John Merrick, Chris DiMarco, Bill Lunde, Kim Meen-whee, Zack Sucher, Kyle Reifers, Heath Slocum, Brian Davis, James Hahn, Charley Hoffman, Davis Love III, Stuart Appleby, Scott Brown, Colt Knost, Andrew Loupe, Blayne Barber, Josh Teater, Justin Leonard, John Huh, Sam Saunders, Max Homa, Justin Hicks, Charles Howell III, Justin Lower, Andy Pope, Oscar Fraustro, J.J. Henry, Ben Curtis, David Toms, Nick Taylor, Lucas Glover, Will Wilcox, Brice Garnett, Jonathan Randolph, Alex Prugh, Chad Collins, Alex Cejka, Byron Smith, Justin Thomas, Sonny Skinner, Jason Gore, Richard Sterne, Patrick Newcomb, Danny Lee, George McNeill, Russell Knox, Scott Verplank

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Microsoft beats expectations as cloud business more than doubles, devices sales soar

New Europe News - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 00:23
by  Associated Press Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results by BRANDON BAILEY, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 19:23-04:00

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent.

Revenue from cloud services, including software delivered over the Internet, more than doubled last quarter at a time when some of Microsoft's better-known segments are slowing. Shares jumped over 3 percent in after-hours trading. The stock, which closed at $45.02 before the results were released, is up 33 percent in the last 12 months.

Microsoft still makes most of its money from selling traditional software for businesses and home computers. But Nadella has acknowledged that traditional software has an uncertain future, as people buy fewer personal computers and businesses switch to software that can be accessed online, instead of installing programs on individual machines.

The tech giant reported net income of $4.54 billion, or 54 cents per share, for its fiscal first quarter that ended in September — beating analysts' consensus estimate of 49 cents per share, according to FactSet. That's down from $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per share, a year ago, due to over $1 billion in costs to restructure and integrate its recent purchase of Nokia's smartphone business. The company also spent more on sales, marketing and research and development during the three-month period.

Revenue grew to $23.20 billion from $18.53 billion, topping analysts' $22.01 billion forecast. This quarter's sales include $2.6 billion revenue from the phone business, which Microsoft didn't own a year ago.

"It feels like Nadella is finally steering the Microsoft ship in the right direction," after several years in which the company struggled under its previous CEO, Steve Ballmer, said FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives. He said Microsoft's performance is especially striking at a time when other tech stalwarts, such as IBM Corp., have reported weak earnings for the last quarter.

Overall, the numbers showed how Microsoft's business is shifting: Its mobile phone segment showed modest growth. Sales of Surface tablets and Xbox gaming consoles surged. But growth has slowed in the division that sells traditional business software, which currently represents almost half the company's business. The Redmond, Washington, company also reported a dip in licensing revenue for consumer software, including its Windows operating system for personal computers.

Nadella, who was named CEO earlier this year, has said mobile and cloud services are critical to Microsoft's future. The company spent $4.5 billion last year to expand its own computer centers that support cloud services. That's a little more than the $4.4 billion that Microsoft expects to make in revenue from commercial cloud services this year. Cloud services currently provide only about 5 percent of Microsoft's annual sales. But analysts say it's an important, growing market.

"That's the big focus for them," said Forrester Research analyst John Rymer. "They've concluded, and I think they're right, that that is the future of the IT industry."

Microsoft isn't the only big tech company that sells cloud-based programs. It vies with Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc., among others, in the market for selling "public cloud" services to business customers. That means companies can use software stored on Microsoft's servers, or they can use Microsoft's computer centers to store their data or build and operate their own Internet services. Amazon has been the leader in that business, but Microsoft says it's signing up thousands of new customers every week.

As part of its cloud strategy, Microsoft announced several new commercial services earlier this week. It also touted a new partnership with Dell to sell hardware and software that's packaged together for companies that want to build their own "private" clouds. Competitors in that business include traditional computer makers like IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co.

Microsoft, however, is also touting "hybrid" cloud services, in which it helps businesses carry out some functions in their own computer centers and lets them use Microsoft's cloud when they need more capacity. That's a strong selling point for Microsoft because most of its competitors focus on one segment or the other — not both, according to Gartner tech analyst Merv Adrian.

Even so, Adrian said Microsoft's cloud business is a long-term investment. Commercial customers provide more than half of Microsoft's revenue. And while many companies are finding cloud services to be convenient and economical, most still carry out the bulk of their operations on their own computers.

"It takes time to make the transition," Adrian said.

News Topics: Business, Technology, Cloud computing services, Earnings estimates, Computer hardware manufacturing, Earnings reports, Information technology, New products and services, Software industry, Industries, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news, Products and services

People, Places and Companies: International Business Machines Corp, Amazon.Com Inc, Google Inc, Dell Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co, Steve Ballmer

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Brother of jailed hedge fund boss Rajaratnam barred for 5 years, paying $841,000 in SEC deal

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 23:11
by  Associated Press Rajaratnam brother barred for 5 years in SEC deal Associated Press - 23 October 2014 18:11-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The brother of a jailed former hedge fund boss will be barred for at least five years from the securities industry and pay about $841,000 to settle a civil insider trading case against him.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Thursday with Rengan Rajaratnam. He was acquitted in July in a criminal trial of conspiring with his brother, one-time billionaire hedge fund boss Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat on Wall Street. The SEC filed related civil charges against Rengan Rajaratnam in March 2013.

Raj Rajaratnam is serving an 11-year sentence In one of the biggest insider trading cases mounted by federal prosecutors. The government said he earned up to $75 million illegally by trading on secrets provided by corrupt employees of public companies.

News Topics: Business, Illegal insider trading, Corporate crime, Corporate news, Crime, General news

People, Places and Companies: Raj Rajaratnam

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Jury in trial of friend of Boston marathon bombing suspect ends 2nd full day without verdict

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:58
by  Associated Press Jury in Tsarnaev friend trial still deliberating Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:58-04:00

BOSTON (AP) — A jury in the federal trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has completed a second full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Robel Phillipos is charged with lying to the FBI about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the bombing, when two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence.

Phillipos' lawyers say he had smoked marijuana heavily that day and couldn't clearly remember what he did when questioned by the FBI.

The jury began weighing the case Tuesday afternoon and deliberated all day Wednesday and Thursday. Deliberations are expected to resume Friday.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.

News Topics: General news, Trials, Boston Marathon bombing, Legal proceedings, Juries, Bombings, Law and order, Events

People, Places and Companies: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North America

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US negotiator says some want nuclear talks with Iran to fail, US trying to allay allies' fears

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:45
by  Associated Press US negotiator: Some want talks with Iran to fail by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:45-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's chief nuclear negotiator believes that some U.S. allies and members of Congress do not want diplomacy with Iran to succeed.

The undersecretary of state for political affairs, Wendy Sherman, concedes the nuclear talks are controversial. She says some fear they will collapse while others fear they will succeed.

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Sherman says the administration has sought to allay fears in Congress and among allies including Israel and the Gulf states. She says the conversations reinforce her government's conviction that diplomacy is worth the risk.

Negotiators want a deal by Nov. 24. World powers are seeking limits on Iran's program so it can't produce nuclear weapons. Iran says it wants to generate nuclear energy and is asking for sanctions relief.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: United States, Middle East, Iran, North America

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Mali's health minister reports 1st case of Ebola in latest West African country affected

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:42
by  Associated Press Mali's health minister reports 1st case of Ebola in latest West African country affected Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:42-04:00

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's health minister reports 1st case of Ebola in latest West African country affected.

News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Health, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Mali, West Africa, Africa

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Official: 3 dead, 2 hurt in midair collision between plane, helicopter at US airport

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:32
by  Associated Press Official: 3 dead, 2 hurt in US midair crash Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:32-04:00

FREDERICK, Maryland (AP) — A fire department official says three people were killed and two others were injured when an airplane and a helicopter collided in midair at an airport in Maryland.

Capt. Kevin Fox of Frederick County Fire and Rescue says the collision at Frederick Municipal Airport occurred at 3:40 p.m.

He says it's not clear how the collision occurred or which victims were aboard which aircraft.

The injured victims were taken to a trauma center in Hagerstown. Fox did not know the extent of their injuries.

Aerial footage from WJZ-TV in Baltimore showed an airplane that had crashed into a stand of trees.

The airport opened in 1948. It has two runways.

News Topics: General news, Helicopter crashes, Plane crashes, Aviation accidents and incidents, Transportation accidents, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, Transportation

People, Places and Companies: Frederick, Maryland, United States, North America

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New Zealand wins toss, bowls in 2nd ODI vs. South Africa

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:21
by  Associated Press NZ wins toss, bowls in 2nd ODI vs. South Africa Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:21-04:00

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to bowl Friday in the second one-day cricket international against South Africa at the Bay Oval.

In doing so, McCullum sought to follow the winning formula revealed by South Africa, which won the first match of the three-match series by six wickets at the same venue on Tuesday. The Proteas won the toss, sent New Zealand in and dismissed them for 230, then reached their target with four wickets down and 11 balls to spare.

New Zealand made two changes to its lineup for the match. Fast bowling spearhead Tim Southee returns after missing the first match with a shoulder injury and displacing Kyle Mills. The home side also chose to name an extra seamer, picking Mitchell McClenaghan ahead of spinner Nathan McCullum.

South Africa made one change, naming David Miller in place of Ryan McLaren.

News Topics: Sports, Cricket

People, Places and Companies: David Miller, South Africa, New Zealand, Southern Africa, Africa, Oceania

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Private autopsy: St. Louis officer shot 18-year-old from behind several times in confrontation

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:18
by  Associated Press Autopsy: St. Louis officer shot man from behind by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:18-04:00

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An 18-year-old killed earlier this month by a St. Louis police officer was shot several times from behind, the pathologist who performed a private autopsy said Thursday.

The Oct. 8 shooting of Vonderrit Myers Jr. set off a new round of intense protests similar to those in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after 18-year-old Michael Brown's death. Both Brown and Myers were black. Both officers are white.

Pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who conducted the autopsy at the request of Vonderrit Myers Jr.'s family, outlined his findings at a news conference. Attorneys for the family say the findings suggest that Myers was running away from the officer during the fatal Oct. 8 confrontation.

Police did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Wecht said Myers was struck eight times and six of the wounds were to the back side of his body. The fatal wound was to the side of the head. Police have said Myers shot first at the officer. Wecht said the autopsy found gunpowder residue on Myers.

Earlier this month, police released details of lab tests by the Missouri State Highway Patrol that showed gunshot residue on Myers' hand, waistband and shirt. Police union leaders said the finding dispelled claims by Myers' family that he didn't shoot at the officer.

The family has claimed Myers was unarmed, and that the officer mistook a sandwich he was holding for a gun.

St. Louis Police Officers' Association business manager Jeff Roorda cited other evidence against Myers during a news conference earlier this month: Social media photos that Roorda said show Myers holding three guns, one of them a 9 mm Smith & Wesson. Roorda said it is likely the gun Myers used to shoot at the officer.

Roorda and St. Louis city medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham did not immediately return messages for comment Thursday.

The St. Louis officer in the Myers shooting has not been named and is on administrative leave while the case is investigated.

In Brown's case, a grand jury is expected to decide by mid-November whether criminal charges will be filed against Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

The officer who shot Myers was off duty and doing patrol work for a security job in a neighborhood near the Missouri Botanical Garden in south St. Louis. Although he wasn't on police time, he was wearing his uniform and armed with his department-issued gun, which is common practice in St. Louis.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has said the officer became suspicious when Myers and the men with him started to run. A chase ensued and the officer and Myers got into a physical confrontation. After Myers pulled away, Dotson said, he went up a hill and started shooting at the officer.

Ballistic evidence shows Myers fired three shots before his gun jammed, Dotson said. Police said they recovered the gun, which had been reported stolen in September.

News Topics: General news, Violent crime, Police, Crime, Shootings, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, Cyril Wecht, St. Louis, Missouri, United States, North America

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Gay marriage fight rages on in 3 US states covered by same-sex marriage rulings

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:01
by  Associated Press 3 US states fight to keep same-sex marriage ban by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:01-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three U.S. states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry.

Even as officials in other states have abandoned defense of gay marriage bans, Kansas, Montana and South Carolina are refusing to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses without a court order directing them to do so. It could be another month or more before the matter is settled.

The latest wave of court rulings that has made same-sex marriage legal in 32 states and the Washington capital district began with the unexpected decision by the Supreme Court on Oct. 6 to reject appeals by five states hoping to keep their bans in place.

The high court's refusal to step in affected appeals courts in Chicago, Denver and Richmond, Virginia, which in turn oversee 11 states that did not previously allow same-sex couples to marry. Since the justices' terse order, same-sex couples have been able to marry in nine of those 11 states, with Wyoming on Tuesday becoming the latest to permit it. Only Kansas and South Carolina have not followed suit.

In a political campaign debate Monday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vowed to defend his state's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. A federal court hearing is scheduled for Friday.

There seems little doubt that U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ultimately will set aside the state's gay marriage ban. That's because the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, encompassing Kansas and five other states, has said a state may not deny a marriage license to two people of the same sex.

State officials in Colorado, North Carolina and West Virginia chose a different path. They helped speed the process for legalizing gay marriage in their states when they announced they would no longer defend their state laws in the aftermath of the appeals court rulings.

A day after the Supreme Court action, the federal appeals court in San Francisco struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada in a ruling that also appeared to apply to Alaska, Arizona and Montana. Since then, federal judges in Alaska and Arizona quickly ruled on pending marriage lawsuits. But in Montana, a federal judge has set a hearing in a marriage challenge for Nov. 20.

No court date has been set for South Carolina, where Attorney General Alan Wilson has said he will continue to defend state marriage law and predicted a final ruling could be months away.

James Esseks, leader of the American Civil Liberties Union's same-sex marriage efforts, said Wilson and other officials have no excuse to keep up their fight. "The circuit law is what it is. They need a little push and we'll give it to them," Esseks said.

John Eastman, chairman of the anti-gay marriage National Organization for Marriage, agreed that federal judges almost certainly will rule to allow same-sex marriages. But Eastman urged state officials to continue to put up a legal fight until the Supreme Court decides the issue one way or the other.

"Until the Supreme Court decides it, this remains a viable option," Eastman said.

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Follow Mark Sherman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/shermancourt .

News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Same sex marriage, Couples, National courts, Gay rights, Marriage, State governments, Supreme courts, Weddings, Family issues, Social affairs, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Relationships, Lifestyle, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary, Occasions

People, Places and Companies: Samuel Brownback, United States, Kansas, South Carolina, North America

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BC-SOC--Europa League Glance

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:00
by  Associated Press BC-SOC--Europa League Glance Associated Press - 23 October 2014 17:00-04:00 BC-SOC--Europa League Glance Europa League At A Glance By The Associated Press GROUP STAGE GROUP A GP W D L GF GA Pts Villarreal 3 2 1 0 9 2 7 Monchengladbach 3 1 2 0 7 2 5 Apollon Limassol 3 1 0 2 3 11 3 FC Zurich 3 0 1 2 4 8 1 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) 3, FC Zurich (Switzerland) 2 in Nicosia

Monchengladbach (Germany) 1, Villarreal (Spain) 1

Thursday, Oct. 2

FC Zurich (Switzerland) 1, Monchengladbach (Germany) 1

Villarreal (Spain) 4, Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Monchengladbach (Germany) 5, Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) 0

Villarreal (Spain) 4, FC Zurich (Switzerland) 1

Thursday, Nov. 6

Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) vs. Monchengladbach (Germany), 1700 GMT

FC Zurich (Switzerland) vs. Villarreal (Spain), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

FC Zurich (Switzerland) vs. Apollon Limassol (Cyprus), 1905 GMT

Villarreal (Spain) vs. Monchengladbach (Germany), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) vs. Villarreal (Spain), 1700 GMT

Monchengladbach (Germany) vs. FC Zurich (Switzerland), 1700 GMT

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GROUP B GP W D L GF GA Pts Torino 3 2 1 0 3 0 7 Club Brugge 3 1 2 0 4 1 5 FC Copenhagen 3 1 1 1 3 2 4 HJK Helsinki 3 0 0 3 0 7 0 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Club Brugge (Belgium) 0, Torino (Italy) 0

FC Copenhagen (Denmark) 2, HJK Helsinki (Finland) 0

Thursday, Oct. 2

HJK Helsinki (Finland) 0, Club Brugge (Belgium) 3

Torino (Italy) 1, FC Copenhagen (Denmark) 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Club Brugge (Belgium) 1, FC Copenhagen (Denmark) 1

Torino (Italy) 2, HJK Helsinki (Finland) 0

Thursday, Nov. 6

FC Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. Club Brugge (Belgium), 1700 GMT

HJK Helsinki (Finland) vs. Torino (Italy), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

HJK Helsinki (Finland) vs. FC Copenhagen (Denmark), 1905 GMT

Torino (Italy) vs. Club Brugge (Belgium), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. HJK Helsinki (Finland), 1700 GMT

FC Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. Torino (Italy), 1700 GMT

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GROUP C GP W D L GF GA Pts Besiktas 3 1 2 0 6 2 5 Tottenham 3 1 2 0 6 2 5 Asteras Tripoli 3 1 1 1 4 6 4 Partizan 3 0 1 2 0 6 1 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Besiktas (Turkey) 1, Asteras Tripoli (Greece) 1

Partizan (Serbia) 0, Tottenham (England) 0

Thursday, Oct. 2

Asteras Tripoli (Greece) 2, Partizan (Serbia) 0

Tottenham (England) 1, Besiktas (Turkey) 1

Thursday, Oct. 23

Partizan (Serbia) 0, Besiktas (Turkey) 4

Tottenham (England) 5, Asteras Tripoli (Greece) 1

Thursday, Nov. 6

Asteras Tripoli (Greece) vs. Tottenham (England), 1700 GMT

Besiktas (Turkey) vs. Partizan (Serbia), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

Asteras Tripoli (Greece) vs. Besiktas (Turkey), 1905 GMT

Tottenham (England) vs. Partizan (Serbia), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Besiktas (Turkey) vs. Tottenham (England), 1700 GMT

Partizan (Serbia) vs. Asteras Tripoli (Greece), 1700 GMT

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GROUP D GP W D L GF GA Pts Celtic 3 2 1 0 5 3 7 Red Bull Salzburg 3 2 1 0 8 5 7 Dinamo Zagreb 3 1 0 2 7 6 3 Astra Ploiesti 3 0 0 3 3 9 0 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 5, Astra Ploiesti (Romania) 1

Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) 2, Celtic (Scotland) 2

Thursday, Oct. 2

Astra Ploiesti (Romania) 1, Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) 2

Celtic (Scotland) 1, Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Celtic (Scotland) 2, Astra Ploiesti (Romania) 1

Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) 4, Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 2

Thursday, Nov. 6

Astra Ploiesti (Romania) vs. Celtic (Scotland), 1700 GMT

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) vs. Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

Astra Ploiesti (Romania) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), 1905 GMT

Celtic (Scotland) vs. Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) vs. Celtic (Scotland), 1700 GMT

Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) vs. Astra Ploiesti (Romania), 1700 GMT

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GROUP E GP W D L GF GA Pts Dinamo Moscow 3 3 0 0 5 2 9 PSV Eindhoven 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 Estoril Praia 3 1 0 2 3 3 3 Panathinaikos 3 0 1 2 2 5 1 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 1, Estoril Praia (Portugal) 0

Panathinaikos (Greece) 1, Dinamo Moscow (Russia) 2

Thursday, Oct. 2

Dinamo Moscow (Russia) 1, PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 0

Estoril Praia (Portugal) 2, Panathinaikos (Greece) 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Estoril Praia (Portugal) 1, Dinamo Moscow (Russia) 2

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 1, Panathinaikos (Greece) 1

Thursday, Nov. 6

Dinamo Moscow (Russia) vs. Estoril Praia (Portugal), 1600 GMT

Panathinaikos (Greece) vs. PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

Dinamo Moscow (Russia) vs. Panathinaikos (Greece), 1600 GMT

Estoril Praia (Portugal) vs. PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) vs. Dinamo Moscow (Russia), 1700 GMT

Panathinaikos (Greece) vs. Estoril Praia (Portugal), 1700 GMT

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GROUP F GP W D L GF GA Pts Inter Milan 3 2 1 0 3 0 7 FK Qarabag 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 Saint-Etienne 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3 0 1 2 0 2 1 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan) 0, Saint-Etienne (France) 0

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) 0, Inter Milan (Italy) 1 in Kiev

Thursday, Oct. 2

Inter Milan (Italy) 2, FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan) 0

Saint-Etienne (France) 0, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) 0, FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan) 1

Inter Milan (Italy) 0, Saint-Etienne (France) 0

Thursday, Nov. 6

FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan) vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), 1600 GMT

Saint-Etienne (France) vs. Inter Milan (Italy), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

Inter Milan (Italy) vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), 1905 GMT

Saint-Etienne (France) vs. FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan) vs. Inter Milan (Italy), 1600 GMT

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) vs. Saint-Etienne (France), 1700 GMT

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GROUP G GP W D L GF GA Pts Sevilla 3 1 2 0 4 2 5 Standard Liege 3 1 1 1 3 2 4 Rijeka 3 1 1 1 5 5 4 Feyenoord 3 1 0 2 3 6 3 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Sevilla (Spain) 2, Feyenoord (Netherlands) 0

Standard Liege (Belgium) 2, Rijeka (Croatia) 0

Thursday, Oct. 2

Feyenoord (Netherlands) 2, Standard Liege (Belgium) 1

Rijeka (Croatia) 2, Sevilla (Spain) 2

Thursday, Oct. 23

Rijeka (Croatia) 3, Feyenoord (Netherlands) 1

Standard Liege (Belgium) 0, Sevilla (Spain) 0

Thursday, Nov. 6

Feyenoord (Netherlands) vs. Rijeka (Croatia), 1905 GMT

Sevilla (Spain) vs. Standard Liege (Belgium), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

Feyenoord (Netherlands) vs. Sevilla (Spain), 1700 GMT

Rijeka (Croatia) vs. Standard Liege (Belgium), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Sevilla (Spain) vs. Rijeka (Croatia), 1905 GMT

Standard Liege (Belgium) vs. Feyenoord (Netherlands), 1905 GMT

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GROUP H GP W D L GF GA Pts Everton 3 1 2 0 5 2 5 VfL Wolfsburg 3 1 1 1 6 7 4 Lille 3 0 3 0 2 2 3 FC Krasnodar 3 0 2 1 4 6 2 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Everton (England) 4, VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) 1

Lille (France) 1, FC Krasnodar (Russia) 1

Thursday, Oct. 2

FC Krasnodar (Russia) 1, Everton (England) 1

VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) 1, Lille (France) 1

Thursday, Oct. 23

FC Krasnodar (Russia) 2, VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) 4

Lille (France) 0, Everton (England) 0

Thursday, Nov. 6

Everton (England) vs. Lille (France), 1905 GMT

VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) vs. FC Krasnodar (Russia), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

FC Krasnodar (Russia) vs. Lille (France), 1600 GMT

VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) vs. Everton (England), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Everton (England) vs. FC Krasnodar (Russia), 1905 GMT

Lille (France) vs. VfL Wolfsburg (Germany), 1905 GMT

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GROUP I GP W D L GF GA Pts Sparta Prague 3 2 0 1 7 4 6 Young Boys 3 2 0 1 8 3 6 Napoli 3 2 0 1 5 3 6 SK Slovan Bratislava 3 0 0 3 0 10 0 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Napoli (Italy) 3, Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) 1

Young Boys (Switzerland) 5, SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) 0

Thursday, Oct. 2

SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) 0, Napoli (Italy) 2

Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) 3, Young Boys (Switzerland) 1

Thursday, Oct. 23

SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) 0, Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) 3

Young Boys (Switzerland) 2, Napoli (Italy) 0

Thursday, Nov. 6

Napoli (Italy) vs. Young Boys (Switzerland), 1905 GMT

Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) vs. SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) vs. Young Boys (Switzerland), 1700 GMT

Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Napoli (Italy), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Napoli (Italy) vs. SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia), 1905 GMT

Young Boys (Switzerland) vs. Sparta Prague (Czech Republic), 1905 GMT

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GROUP J GP W D L GF GA Pts Ste Bucharest 3 2 0 1 9 4 6 Dynamo Kiev 3 2 0 1 6 4 6 AaB Aalborg 3 2 0 1 4 6 6 Rio Ave 3 0 0 3 1 6 0 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Rio Ave (Portugal) 0, Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 3

Ste Bucharest (Romania) 6, AaB Aalborg (Denmark) 0

Thursday, Oct. 2

AaB Aalborg (Denmark) 1, Rio Ave (Portugal) 0

Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 3, Ste Bucharest (Romania) 1

Thursday, Oct. 23

AaB Aalborg (Denmark) 3, Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 0

Ste Bucharest (Romania) 2, Rio Ave (Portugal) 1

Thursday, Nov. 6

Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) vs. AaB Aalborg (Denmark), 1905 GMT

Rio Ave (Portugal) vs. Ste Bucharest (Romania), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

AaB Aalborg (Denmark) vs. Ste Bucharest (Romania), 1700 GMT

Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) vs. Rio Ave (Portugal), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Rio Ave (Portugal) vs. AaB Aalborg (Denmark), 1905 GMT

Ste Bucharest (Romania) vs. Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), 1905 GMT

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GROUP K GP W D L GF GA Pts Fiorentina 3 3 0 0 7 0 9 Guingamp 3 1 1 1 2 3 4 PAOK 3 1 0 2 6 4 3 Dinamo Minsk 3 0 1 2 1 9 1 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Fiorentina (Italy) 3, Guingamp (France) 0

PAOK (Greece) 6, Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) 1

Thursday, Oct. 2

Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) 0, Fiorentina (Italy) 3 in Borisov

Guingamp (France) 2, PAOK (Greece) 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) 0, Guingamp (France) 0 in Borisov

PAOK (Greece) 0, Fiorentina (Italy) 1

Thursday, Nov. 6

Fiorentina (Italy) vs. PAOK (Greece), 1905 GMT

Guingamp (France) vs. Dinamo Minsk (Belarus), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) vs. PAOK (Greece), 1700 GMT

Guingamp (France) vs. Fiorentina (Italy), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Fiorentina (Italy) vs. Dinamo Minsk (Belarus), 1905 GMT

PAOK (Greece) vs. Guingamp (France), 1905 GMT

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GROUP L GP W D L GF GA Pts Legia Warsaw 3 3 0 0 3 0 9 Trabzonspor 3 2 0 1 4 2 6 Lokeren 3 1 0 2 1 3 3 FC Metalist Kharkiv 3 0 0 3 1 4 0 GROUP STAGE Thursday, Sept. 18

Legia Warsaw (Poland) 1, Lokeren (Belgium) 0

FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine) 1, Trabzonspor (Turkey) 2 in Lviv

Thursday, Oct. 2

Lokeren (Belgium) 1, FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine) 0

Trabzonspor (Turkey) 0, Legia Warsaw (Poland) 1

Wednesday, Oct. 22

FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine) 0, Legia Warsaw (Poland) 1 in Kiev

Thursday, Oct. 23

Trabzonspor (Turkey) 2, Lokeren (Belgium) 0

Thursday, Nov. 6

Legia Warsaw (Poland) vs. FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine), 1905 GMT

Lokeren (Belgium) vs. Trabzonspor (Turkey), 1905 GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27

Lokeren (Belgium) vs. Legia Warsaw (Poland), 1700 GMT

Trabzonspor (Turkey) vs. FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine), 1700 GMT

Thursday, Dec. 11

Legia Warsaw (Poland) vs. Trabzonspor (Turkey), 1905 GMT

FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine) vs. Lokeren (Belgium), 1905 GMT

News Topics: Soccer, Men's soccer, Sports, Men's sports, Professional soccer

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US, South Korea agree to delay transfer of wartime control, with no end date set

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:38
by  Associated Press US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 16:38-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015.

The agreement has been discussed for more than a year and comes at the request of Seoul. There is no longer a deadline for the transfer.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement Thursday alongside South Korea Defense Minister Han Min Koo at the Pentagon.

Hagel, in a visit to South Korea last October, said the timing of the transfer would be based on military conditions.

The U.S. has tried for years to wean South Korea off its dependence on the American military by setting a target date for the transfer.

News Topics: General news, Military and defense, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Chuck Hagel, South Korea, United States, Seoul, East Asia, Asia, North America

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Erik Compton, in a familiar place, measures progress differently from other players

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:34
by  Associated Press Compton among early leaders at Sea Island by DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 16:34-04:00

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia (AP) — Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he's not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for an early share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.

A return to Sea Island provides an occasion to take stock of how far he has come in the last 13 years, and what Compton refers to as the "hurdles" he didn't anticipate.

There's a medical term for these hurdles. It's called a second heart transplant.

"I'm almost 35 years old. I've had a good career in golf, really," he said. "Even though I've had some time off, I've been able to support myself and have a good life."

Compton remarkably earned a PGA Tour card just four years after he drove himself to the hospital while suffering a heart attack, dodging death until he received a second transplant. He now is in his fourth straight season on golf's toughest circuit, and he has shown steady improvement.

The next step is to win, and Compton has been around long enough not to get overly excited about a good start.

He opened with a pair of birdies in the morning chill on the Seaside Course at Sea Island, dropped only one shot and joined Sea Island resident Brian Harman and Michael Thompson atop the leaderboard among the early starters.

"I expect I should win this year. That's a goal of mine," Compton said. "It's always been a goal, but I think every time I get on the course it becomes more of a realistic expectation."

Compton first played Sea Island when he competed in the SEC Championship while at Georgia in 2001. A few months later, Compton played in the Walker Cup at nearby Ocean Forest.

The first hurdle when he turned pro was realizing that "everybody out here is really, really, really, really good." The more serious hurdle was his heart.

Compton had his first transplant when he 12 because of cardiomyopathy, an enlarging of the heart that hinders its ability to pump blood. He had his second in 2008 and ended that year by making the cut in the final PGA Tour event.

His story never gets old, and Compton is happy to tell it, especially if that means bringing attention to the "Donate Life America" campaign. He prefers to look ahead, at the next shot, the next tournament, trying to get the most he can out of his game, just like the guys he is trying to beat.

Compton has reached the FedEx Cup playoff the last two seasons and advanced to the third round at the BMW Championship last month. In the short offseason, he spent more time in the gym trying to get stronger at the recommendation of former Miami Heat guard Ray Allen.

"I went to the gym with him a couple of times and played him for some money games in Miami," Compton said. "He was just trying to motivate me to get in better shape. So I worked out a little bit. And then just played five or six rounds with him before I went back on the road."

Easy money? Compton smiled.

"I got him five ways one day," he said without mentioning a dollar amount.

Compton played on that Walker Cup team with 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover along with Bryce Molder and D.J. Trahan, who both went on to win on the PGA Tour. The Britain & Ireland team featured former world No. 1 Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell, the U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach.

Compton's hopes were not much different from theirs — turn pro, win tournaments.

"I think when I was younger, I had some unrealistic expectations," he said. "I knew I was a good player. I obviously had some hurdles that I had to deal with in front of me, which I didn't see coming. I didn't know I was going to have to deal with that."

What's real to him now is being a PGA Tour regular. He's going to the Masters next year for the first time, courtesy of his runner-up finish in the U.S. Open. That remains his biggest highlight in golf.

What's next? He's curious to find out. Compton is learning not to swing so hard to take advantage of his putting stroke.

"I just want to get the ball in play and hit on the green and see where I can go," he said. "And that's difficult to do in four days, and it's proven difficult for a lot of guys who have never won on tour who have great careers. I happen to be one of those guys right now, and I feel like if I can do the things like I did today and get out of my own way, there's no reason I shouldn't continue to progress in this game."

News Topics: Sports, Men's golf, Golf, U.S. Open Men's Golf Championships, Men's sports, Events

People, Places and Companies: Erik Compton, Brian Harman, Michael Thompson, Ray Allen, Lucas Glover, Bryce Molder, D.J. Trahan, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, United States, Georgia, North America

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Drugmaker Pfizer says it will buy back as much as $11 billion more in stock

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:32
by  Associated Press Pfizer approves $11B stock repurchase plan Associated Press - 23 October 2014 16:32-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Drugmaker Pfizer says it approved the repurchase of $11 billion in company stock.

The New York company did not say when it would buy back the shares. Pfizer has $1.3 billion remaining from its latest stock repurchase program. Repurchasing shares can help support a company's stock price and earnings per share.

Pfizer Inc. is the world's second-largest drugmaker, and its products include the vaccine Prevnar and pain and fibromyalgia treatment Lyrica. The company's stock has fallen nearly 7 percent in 2014 and closed at $28.60 on Thursday. In March the stock peaked at $32.96, its highest price in almost 10 years.

The company is scheduled to report its third-quarter results on Tuesday.

News Topics: Business, Share buybacks, Pharmaceutical manufacturing, Corporate stock, Corporate news, Health care industry, Industries

People, Places and Companies: Pfizer Inc

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Amazon gives a disappointing holiday revenue forecast, shares fall

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:31
by  Associated Press A blue Christmas for Amazon? Associated Press - 23 October 2014 16:31-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.

The world's largest retailer gave a disappointing forecast for the crucial holiday season. The company also reported a wider loss than analysts expected for the third quarter. Shares fell 10 percent in after-market trading.

Amazon has been investing heavily in an array of new products as it works on trying to grow its Amazon Prime membership base. The new products include its Fire smartphone, music and video streaming services and new versions of its Kindle tablet.

Investors have been patient with thin profits, but that patience might not last: Amazon's shares are down 22 percent this year. They fell further on Thursday, as the company said it expects holiday revenue of $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion, below analyst expectations of $30.86 billion.

News Topics: Business, Technology, Stock prices, Stock price movements, Leading economic indicators, Economy, Stock performance, Corporate stock, Corporate news

People, Places and Companies: Amazon.Com Inc

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Lawsuit says US ICE attorney forged document to deport immigrant

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:20
by  Associated Press Lawsuit says US ICE attorney forged document by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press - 23 October 2014 16:20-04:00

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit says a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the United State with his wife and children.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in a Seattle U.S. District Court seeks $500,000 for Ignacio Lanuza-Torres. The lawsuit says the forgery cost him years of courtroom battles.

The complaint says Lanuza-Torres had asked the immigration court to cancel his deportation because he had married his American citizen girlfriend.

But ICE says Lanuza-Torres had already given up his right to appeal to an immigration judge after he was detained in 2000. The agency submitted a form with a Homeland Security department header, even though the department did not exist then.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman couldn't immediately comment.

News Topics: General news, Lawsuits, Legal proceedings, Counterfeiting and forgery, Immigration, Document forgery, Law and order, Crime, Social issues, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Seattle, United States, Washington, North America

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Police say they have found no connection between the 2 attacks on Canadian soldiers.

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:09
by  Associated Press Canadian police: no link between soldier attacks Associated Press - 23 October 2014 16:09-04:00

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian police say they have found no connection between the two attacks on soldiers this week.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Bob Paulson also says authorities had not been watching the gunman in the weeks before the deadly attack on a soldier at a war memorial on Ottawa on Wednesday.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old petty criminal, then stormed the nearby Parliament building, where he was shot to death.

News Topics: General news, Shootings, Criminal investigations, Violent crime, Crime, Law and order

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

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Stock indexes power higher as corporate earnings impress investors; 3M, Caterpillar lead Dow

New Europe News - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:07
by  Associated Press Stocks surge as US companies report higher profits Associated Press - 23 October 2014 16:07-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing with big gains after several major U.S. companies reported higher profits.

Caterpillar and 3M led the gains among industrial stocks, which rose significantly more than the rest of the market. Caterpillar rose 5 percent and 3M rose 4 percent after each company reported earnings that impressed investors.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 216 points, or 1.3 percent, to 16,677 Thursday. It was up as much as 306 points in afternoon trading.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 23 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,950. The Nasdaq composite rose 69 points, or 1.6 percent, to 4,452.

Crude oil rose $1.57 to settle at $82.09 a barrel in New York.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.28 percent.

News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Stock indices and averages, Earnings reports, Financial markets, Leading economic indicators, Economy, Stock markets, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news

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