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Mechanical problem blamed for fatal hayride crash

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — A mechanical problem caused a Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing a teenager and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities said.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014

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Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS (AP) — A "breach of protocol" at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014

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Angry crowd charges Hong Kong protest barricades

HONG KONG (AP) — A mob of masked men opposed to Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators led an apparently coordinated assault on the protest zone in the heart of the city's financial district Monday, tearing down barricades and clashing with police.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014

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Alaska will issue marriage licenses to gay couples

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage — the nation's first such prohibition approved by voters.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014

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Frenchman Tirole wins Nobel economics prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) — French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market power and regulation that has helped policy-makers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few companies.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014

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Chicago-area air traffic center fully operational

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014

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Report: School shooter wanted revenge for teasing

 

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Investigators say the student who killed a classmate before taking his own life at a suburban Denver high school described himself in a diary as "a psychopath with a superiority complex" and indicated he was exacting revenge for being teased in elementary school.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014

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AP NewsBreak: Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014

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