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Kaminsky headlines Badgers, primed for another run

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The one-point loss to Kentucky in the Final Four still stings for Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.
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How well did the Fed’s stimulus work?

How well did the Fed's stimulus work?Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon pop. One presidential candidate even suggested that the Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up. Over the past …



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‘Free’ Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

Tunisian Ennadha Party supporters wave flags as they wait for the party's leader to give a speech on October 27, 2014 in Tunis following the legislative electionForeign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia's landmark "free" elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The Islamist Ennahda party, which had steered the North African nation through the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, congratulated its secular rival Nidaa Tounes which it said would be the largest party in parliament. Tunisia is the "only tree still standing in a devastated forest," its leader Rached Ghannouchi told the crowd, alluding to other countries where the hopes of the Arab Spring uprisings have given way to conflict or renewed repression.



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GOP’s Gillespie needles Warner in pro-Redskins ad

Former Republican National Committee chairman and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie prepares to vote at the Fairfax County Government Center voting station Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Gillespie is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie, trailing in the polls and short on campaign cash, is hoping a last-minute appeal to devoted fans of the Washington Redskins' name gets him over the goal line in his Senate race.



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France orders Ryanair to pay 8.1 mn euros over labour law breach

Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O'Leahry poses with a Boeing scale-model on June 19, 2013 before signing a new contract for buying 175 Boeing 737-8 at Le Bourget airport, near Paris, during the 50th International Paris Air showA French court on Tuesday ordered Irish budget airline Ryanair to pay 8.1 million euros ($10.3 million) in damages and fined it 200,000 euros for breaching French labour law. Social charges in France are at around 40-45 percent, compared to 10.75 percent in Ireland. The airline will have to pay damages to trade unions, France's social security system and pilots among others. "We are very pleased with this ruling because this decision shows that Ryanair violates European law, which requires respect of French social legislation," said Claire Hocquet, a lawyer for the National Union of Airline Pilots.



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Top UN Ebola official: new cases poorly tracked

Sri Lankan health workers wear protective gear as they attend a preparedness program for Ebola at the Infectious Disease Hospital for fever in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. Airports in Asia have stepped up their defenses: screening passengers who have travelled from affected countries, taking any with high temperature for observation and trying to keep contact them with for 21 days, the incubation period. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, deadly outbreak, the U.N.'s top Ebola official in West Africa said Tuesday.



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Al Qaeda seizes territory from moderate Syrian group

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Fighters linked to al Qaeda have seized territory from a moderate Syrian rebel group in a three-day campaign that has expanded their control into one of the few areas of northern Syria not held by hardline Islamists. Syrian opposition activists and a military commander said the Nusra Front had taken several villages in Idlib province from the Syria Revolutionaries’ Front led by Jamal Maarouf, a prominent figure in the moderate opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. “This has happened before and we came through it. …
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Mexico police find more bodies in search for missing students

Mexican forensic officers arrive at the scene where a new mass grave has been discovered in a trash dump on the outskirts of Cocula, Guerrero state, on October 27, 2014Mexico recoiled in fresh horror Tuesday over the discovery of yet another mass grave, in the futile month-long search for 43 missing college students. President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered a meeting of security officials in hopes of "restoring order" in restive Guerrero state, site of the latest macabre find, and also where the students disappeared last month. The mayor of Iguala, some 130 kilometers (about 80 miles) southwest of Mexico City, and his wife, who are suspected of ordering the students' abduction, are currently on the run. President Enrique Pena Nieto said Guerrero's new governor, Rogelio Ortega Martinez, would meet with the country's top security brass to address the incident.



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Egypt to create buffer zone along Gaza border

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say authorities have ordered residents living along the country’s eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory.
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Italian president Napolitano testifies in major mafia case

Swiss President Burkhalter and Italy's President Napolitano wave to spectators during a state visit in BerBy Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) – Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano testified for more than three hours on Tuesday in an unprecedented appearance in a major trial that accuses the state of holding secret talks with the Sicilian Mafia in the 1990s. Palermo prosecutors seeking to shed light on a murky period when the mob targeted the state with assassinations and bombings questioned a sitting head of state in a mafia trial for the first time in the country's history. …



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Factbox: Key U.S. governors races at stake in November

(Reuters) – Governor’s seats in 36 U.S. states are up for grabs on Nov. 4, and polls show more than a third of the contests remain competitive with just one week until the election. Republicans hold 29 governorships compared to the Democrats’ 21. Incumbents from both parties are locked in some of the country’s closest races, and eight seats are open due to factors such as term limits. …
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‘Hello Kitty’ arrested on drunken driving charge

This booking photo provided Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Jail shows Carrie Gipson of Westbrook, Maine, who was arrested on drunken driving charges early Sunday, Oct. 26, in Gorham, Maine. Police said that Gipson, 37, who was wearing a red and white Hello Kitty costume, minus the doll’s mammoth head, was stopped because she driving in the wrong lane. (AP Photo/Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Jail)GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine woman who was pulled over while wearing a Hello Kitty costume was arrested on a drunken driving charge.



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McDonald’s – Gargas (France)

Meteorry has added a photo to the pool:

McDonald's - Gargas (France)

McDonald’s Gargas 05/07/2014 13h20
A Royal Cheese (Quarter Pounder in most other countries) for lunch with fries and a large dink on the side. This all near Apt at McDonald’s Garges (see the location with all information about this restaurant). Photo taken by Stewart WMC* .

McDonald’s Gargas
R.N. 100 – Lieu dit Les Billards
84400 GARGAS
Tél: +33 (0)4 90 04 04 13
Featuring: Drive-Thru – Playzone
Store#: 1079
Year of opening: 2002 / 2003 (estimated)

*WMC = With My Camara!

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Nigeria: Pirates hijack gunboat, German killed

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen killed a German man and kidnapped a second in southwest Nigeria, police said Tuesday as the military reported that pirates in the oil-rich south hijacked a police gunboat and killed three officers.
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Capital spending falls; consumer spending robust

Washers and dryers are seen on display at a store in New YorkBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Demand for U.S.-made capital goods recorded its biggest drop in eight months in September and the pace of house price gains moderated in August, suggesting some cooling in economic growth in the third quarter. The economy, however, remains on solid ground as other data on Tuesday showed consumer confidence jumped to a seven-year high in October. "The weak capital goods orders and house price data confirm the slowdown in activity, but the burst in consumer confidence suggests that U.S. …



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Nine out of ten Hong Kong activists say will fight on for a year

Protesters and tents occupy the main road to the financial Central district during the one month anniversary of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, in Hong KongHONG KONG (Reuters) – Nearly nine out of 10 Hong Kong protesters say they are ready to stay on the streets for more than a year to push for full democracy to counter China's tightening grip on the city, according to an informal Reuters survey on Tuesday. For a month now, key roads leading into three of Hong Kong's most economically and politically important districts have been barricaded with wood and steel by thousands of protesters who have set up semi-permanent occupation zones amid a sea of tents. …



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Iraqi Kurdish fighters to head to Syria

Smoke and flames rise from an Islamic State fighters' position in the town of Kobani during airstrikes by the US led coalition seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Dozens of Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga fighters will fly to Turkey on Tuesday and from there cross into the Syrian border town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds fight Muslim militants, a spokesman for the Kurdish force said.



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Consumer confidence jumps in October

A Walmart Supercenter in RogersNEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer confidence rose in October to its highest level since October 2007 as views on the job market improved, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 94.5 from a upwardly revised reading of 89.0 the month before. Economists had expected a reading of 87.0, according to a Reuters poll. September's reading was originally reported as 86.0. …



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Czechs honor Winton for trains evacuating children

105 year-old sir Nicholas Winton waits to be decorated with the highest Czech Republic's decoration, The Order of the White Lion at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Sir Winton saved 669 Jewish children from Nazi annihilation by transporting them out of Prague to Great Britain in 1939. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)PRAGUE (AP) — The president of the Czech Republic has awarded a Briton his country's highest state honor for organizing a mass evacuation of children to save them from Nazi death camps.



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Bombing suspect’s friend convicted of lying to FBI

Robel PhilliposBOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been convicted of lying during the investigation into the 2013 attack.



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Boston bomb suspect’s friend convicted of lying in probe

A man places a momemto at a makeshift memorial set up at the spot where the bomb went off near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachussetts on April 20, 2014A US jury on Tuesday returned a second conviction over the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks, finding a friend of the prime suspect guilty of lying to investigators. Robel Phillipos, 21, was convicted on two counts of making false statements to authorities after the twin bombings, which killed three people, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors told AFP. Phillipos is the second university friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who stands accused of carrying out the attacks with his brother Tamerlan, to be convicted at trial.



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Crowds gather for funeral of Canadian soldier killed in Ottawa

Soldiers load the coffin into a hearse during the funeral procession for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in HamiltonBy Scott Malone HAMILTON Ontario (Reuters) – Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of industrial Hamilton, Ontario, on Tuesday to watch the military funeral procession of the soldier shot dead in last week's attack on the nation's seat of government. Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was one of two soldiers killed in a pair of attacks last week that police said were carried out independently by radical recent converts to Islam. The assaults took place as Canada's military was stepping up its involvement in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. …



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Keflezighi to run NYC in 1st marathon since Boston

In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo, Meb Keflezighi poses for a photo in San Diego, Calif. Keflezighi already was a big-time marathoner, taking the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and winning the New York City Marathon in 2009. Then came his inspirational victory in the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings there, and his life went stratospheric. (AP Photo/Bernie Wilson)SAN DIEGO (AP) — It's great being Meb these days.



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Kerry expresses solidarity with Canada

Secretary of State John Kerry walks to board his plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, en route to Ottawa, Canada. Kerry is traveling to Ottawa to offer condolences to Canada and express U.S. solidarity in the fight against extremist violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Canada to offer condolences and express solidarity with the country following last week's terrorist attacks.



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National Democrats return to Kentucky airwaves

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm on Tuesday released an ad that criticizes Republican Leader Mitch McConnell as spending three decades amassing wealth in Washington while his Kentucky constituents struggled.
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Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syrian town of Kobani: senior Kurdish official

ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi peshmerga fighters left Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State militants, a senior Kurdish official said. Hemin Hawrami, a senior official in the Kurdistan Democratic Party, wrote on his Twitter feed that peshmerga fighters were flying from Arbil airport to Turkey, from where they would travel by land to Kobani. U.S. …
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The first U.S. brush with political Islam

It has been 35 years since a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took a group of Americans hostage. You have seen this story play out in movies like “Argo” and shows like “Homeland,” but here are six things about the Iran hostage crisis that you may not have known.


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76ers bumbling as worst team in NBA; draft in mind

FILE - In this June 28, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers president Sam Hinkie pauses while speaking during a news conference in Philadelphia. This year's Sixers may tumble their way toward NBA infamy with a collection of castoffs. The losses should stamp them the favorite for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft _ and the record book as one of the worst teams in NBA history. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The official news came this week that the Philadelphia 76ers — the forlorn franchise of the NBA — had signed an all-star forward and All-First Team defensive pick.



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