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Hong Kong protests: Live Report

Lights flicker as protesters hold up their mobile phones after heavy downpours subsidedHong Kong (AFP) – 15:29 GMT – Britain's 'dismay' – British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he will summon China's ambassador to London over the protests in Hong Kong to express his "dismay and alarm" about the refusal to grant free elections.



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Argentina deposits debt payment in defiance of U.S. court

Argentina's Economy Minister Kicillof speaks during a news conference in Buenos AiresBy Jorge Otaola BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina deposited a $161 million bond interest payment with a newly appointed local trustee on Tuesday, the Economy Ministry said, defying a U.S. judge who held it in contempt a day earlier for taking illegal steps to meet its debt obligations. The South American country wants to show it can service its debt and that its failure in July to complete a payment to holders of bonds that were restructured after its 2002 default was the result of adverse U.S. judicial rulings. …



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Secret Service head takes onus for WH breach

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, a Uniformed Secret Service police officer stands outside the White House in Washington. The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers reported Monday, Sept. 29. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.



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Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he arrives at the White House, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, for a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Obama and Modi planned a meeting Tuesday as the centerpiece of a rare two-day visit to the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart.



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White House front door now locks automatically

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach.
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ECB under pressure as inflation falls again

French Economy and Industry Minister Emmanuel Macron, center, listens to the explanations of PSA Peugeot research director Gilles Le Borgne, left, as they watch the EB turbo pure tech engine during his visit to the PSA Peugeot Citroen headquarters in Paris, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Watching at right is PSA Peugeot Citroen chairman Carlos Tavares. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)LONDON (AP) — Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon — a large-scale program to create new money.



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Hong Kong leader rejects protesters’ demands

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong’s top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.
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NC State coach apologizes for fake injury remarks

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, left, and North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren speak prior to an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren said Tuesday he has apologized to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher for his comments accusing the top-ranked Seminoles of faking injuries to slow down the Wolfpack's offense.



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At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing

Cross-dressing South African satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys, speaks to journalists as Evita Bezuidenhout, at Johannesburg's Market Theatre, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014, where he is launching a four-week run of "Adapt or Fly", a one-man show in which he sends up political figures of the past and present. Uys will play signature character Evita Bezuidenhout, a flamboyant white woman from the Afrikaner minority and stalwart of the apartheid era. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines.



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Lawyer says singer Anita Baker owes him money

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer who represented Anita Baker against allegations that she failed to pay for work done on her Detroit-area home is suing the singer, saying she owes him money.
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French public debt over 2.0 trillion euros for first time

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin delivers a speech during the French employers' association Medef summer conference on August 28, 2014 in Jouy-en-Josas, near ParisParis (AFP) – France's public debt has topped the symbolic level of 2.0 trillion euros for the first time, putting Paris on a fresh collision course with the European Union as the government prepares to unveil its annual budget.



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Secret Service chief says White House security breach ‘unacceptable’

A US Secret Service officer patrols in front of the White House in Washington DC on September 28, 2014Washington (AFP) – The head of the Secret Service took responsibility Tuesday for security lapses at the White House, saying a recent intrusion by a knife-wielding man was "unacceptable" and would not occur again.



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US stocks dip on weak consumer confidence report

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on September 29, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) – US stocks dropped in early trade Tuesday following a big decline in consumer confidence due to worries about the job market.



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Viagra ads target women for 1st time

This image provided by Pfizer Inc. shows a new print ad for Viagra, the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug. Executives at New York-based Pfizer hope the new ad campaign launching Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, which includes print ads in publications and a new 60-second television commercial, will nudge women to broach the subject with their mates. (AP Photo/Pfizer Inc.)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.



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US consumer confidence slides in September

In this Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Douglas De Leo hands customers a bag of produce at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for September on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Katie Alaimo) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence dropped in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August.



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Nadal dominates in return at China Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot from Richard Gasquet of France during the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 at the China Open on Tuesday.



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Games-Doping takes spotlight from teenage champs at Asian Games

By Julian Linden INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The ugly spectre of drugs in sport took centre stage at the Asian Games on Tuesday when two athletes, including a gold medal winner, were kicked out of the region’s biggest multi-sports competition for doping offences. Malaysian martial arts gold medallist Tai Cheau Xuen was stripped of her medal in wushu after testing positive for sibutramine, a banned stimulant often found in weight-loss pills. …
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Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

Afghan President Ashraf GhaniAfghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow about 10,000 US troops to stay in the country next year, as new President Ashraf Ghani took a major step towards mending frayed ties with Washington.



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EBay follows Icahn’s advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015

An eBay sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, CaliforniaBy Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) – EBay Inc plans next year to spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, giving in to activist investor Carl Icahn's argument for a leaner company better equipped to compete in the competitive mobile payments market. EBay's shares rose as much as 8 percent after the company said it would spin off PayPal as a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, a transaction that will be tax-free to shareholders. EBay Chief Executive John Donahoe had previously resisted Icahn's proposal, saying PayPal was integral to eBay's business, and vice versa. …



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Britain tells China: Seek peace in Hong Kong and allow freedoms

By William James and Guy Faulconbridge BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – In Britain’s strongest interjection yet over clashes in Hong Kong between riot police and pro-democracy protesters, finance chief George Osborne urged China to seek peace and said the former colony’s prosperity depended on freedom. Britain had until Tuesday been wary of angering Beijing with anything that could be interpreted as meddling in the affairs of Hong Kong which it handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of imperial control. …
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Hong Kong protesters reject city leader’s call to end rallies

Pro-democracy protestors use umbrellas to shield themselves from heavy rain in Hong Kong late on September 30, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) – Hong Kong demonstrators rejected demands Tuesday to immediately end rallies that have paralysed the city's centre, their numbers swelling for a third night before a national holiday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.



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Bill targets fed workers’ porn habit

Rep. Mark Meadows talks about a bill that he introduced to ban federal employees from watching pornography at work.


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Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and made his way well into the executive mansion will never happen again.
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Bleach is ‘best friend’ in Ebola fight

CNN’s Nima Elbagir reflects on a harrowing trip to Liberia where she covered the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.


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Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

Volcanic gases and ash billow from the peak crater of Mount Ontake in central Japan Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2014. Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at the Japanese volcano where dozens of people were killed by Saturday's initial eruption, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air.



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eBay split to create independent PayPal

A sign is posted in front of the eBay headquarters on January 22, 2014 in San Jose, CaliforniaNew York (AFP) – US online auction giant eBay announced plans Tuesday to spin off PayPal, a move designed to help the unit compete better in the fast-moving online payments segment.



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College, by the numbers

12 million are women? The student-body breakdown at U.S. colleges and universities may surprise you.


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Treasury targets those tied to Pakistan extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is taking action against individuals and networks linked to two terrorist groups based in Pakistan.
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