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Berlusconi: Let’s legalize gay civil unions

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage.
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James Corden to take over ‘Late Late Show’ March 9

FILE - This June 25, 2014 file photo shows James Corden at the New York premiere of "Begin Again" in New York. CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show." Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson, who after a decade in the host chair exits Dec. 18. The show will continue to originate from Los Angeles. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show."



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Canada faces jihadist threat after home-grown attacks

Canadian security forces guard the parliament on October 23, 2014, in OttawaLawmakers returned to the bullet-chipped halls of Canada's parliament Thursday after two jihadist attacks in three days forced their nation to confront a deadly new home-grown threat. In the House of Commons, members applauded Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who on Wednesday put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and fire the shot that halted one attacker. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country and to interrupt the business of government," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the chamber as business resumed.



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Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the gunman who carried out the deadly attack on Canada’s seat of government said Thursday that she is crying for the victims of the shooting rampage, not her son.
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Dow average surges 300 points, driven by stronger corporate earnings; 3M, Caterpillar jump

NEW YORK (AP) — Dow average surges 300 points, driven by stronger corporate earnings; 3M, Caterpillar jump.
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Burns’ series gives PBS a ratings milestone

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns walks through the museum at the Georgia home used by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Ga. FDR, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and another Roosevelt who occupied the White House as president, Theodore Roosevelt, are the subjects of a new Burns documentary for public television, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.” PBS said the seven, two-hour episodes that aired last month had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The most popular was the first night, on Sept. 14, which had 11.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Burns' series "The Roosevelts" earned PBS its biggest audience in two decades, making it the documentary maker's third most popular film after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery."



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Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — The judge overseeing a proposed head injury settlement with the NCAA has concerns about the deal and is holding off on granting preliminary approval.
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US journalist returns home after Ebola recovery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola is home in Rhode Island.
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Navajo high court orders election postponed

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters in Window Rock, Ariz. Deschene has lost another round in a language fluency dispute, all but ending his bid for office. The tribe's high court on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Deschene is not qualified to seek the top elected post because he doesn't speak fluent Navajo. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The top court on the nation's largest Indian reservation on Thursday ordered tribal election officials to postpone the Navajo Nation's presidential election and reprint ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.



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Lebanon says it won’t accept more Syrian refugees

FILE - In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 file photo, Syrian refugees stand outside their tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. The Lebanese government said Thursday, Oct. 23, that the tiny Mediterranean country will not accept any more Syrian refugees except for what authorities deem to be "exceptional" cases. Jreij said the government will ask the U.N. refugee agency, known as UNHCR, not to register any more cases in Lebanon and that Syrian refugees already here would be "encouraged to return to their country" or go elsewhere. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon announced on Thursday it will not accept any more refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria, except in what authorities deem to be "exceptional" cases — a move that could prevent tens of thousands of Syrians from escaping the civil war.



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Report: Better shields needed for private tax data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government and the states should improve how they protect the security of confidential tax information of people getting benefits under the 2010 health care law, federal investigators said Thursday.
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Canada’s Harper vows tighter security after Parliament attack

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa,By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to boost security forces' surveillance and detention powers on Thursday, a day after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through parliament before being shot dead. Addressing the House of Commons just meters from the spot where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesday, Harper said lawmakers would expedite new powers to counter the threat of radicals. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country," Harper said. …



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Ex-Mountie hero of shootout at Canada’s Parliament

House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers carries the mace during the Speakers Parade on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Applause from all sides of the House rained down on Vickers as he entered the legislative chamber. Vickers was among those who opened fire on Michael Zehaf Bibeau, who stormed Parliament Hill on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder.



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Pennsylvania town can keep Jim Thorpe’s body

Jim Thorpe’s body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago after a federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma.
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Eric Frein lookalike: I’ve been stopped repeatedly

In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, James Tully, of Canadensis, Pa., poses for a photo. The northeastern Pennsylvania man says he’s been stopped at least 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him as Eric Frein, the suspect in a trooper’s killing. Tully walks to work through the rural search area because he doesn’t own a car. He also wears a backpack, an item police believe Frein has also carried. (AP Photo/Pocono Record, Beth Brelje) MANDATORY CREDITCANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania resident said he's been stopped and questioned more than 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him for a man sought in the killing of a state trooper, including one encounter at gunpoint that left him fearing for his life.



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Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear.
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Chiquita gets higher bid from Brazilian suitors

Chiquita bananas for sale inside Washington, DC's Eastern Market, July 31, 2009Brazilian bidders upped their offer Thursday for banana giant Chiquita Brands ahead of a Chiquita shareholder vote on whether it should instead merge with European rival Fyffes. Juice exporter Cutrale Group and investment bank Safra Group raised their previous cash offer for Chiquita by 50 cents to $14.50 a share, valuing the company at $682 million. The two argued that the new bid was worth 20 percent more to shareholders than the current value of a Chiquita-Fyffes merger, which would create the world's largest distributor of bananas and other fruits. Chiquita, which rejected the Brazilian duo's earlier bid, said it would weigh the increased offer even as it heads to Friday's shareholder vote on the Fyffes merger.



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Stone tools show ancient settlement high in Andes

This undated image provided by journal Science shows Sonia Zarriollo during an excavation at Cuncaicha rock shelter in the Peruvian Andes. Stone tools and other artifacts have revealed the presence of hunter-gatherers at about 14,700 feet above sea level, between 12,000 and 12,500 years ago in the Peruvian Andes. (AP Photo/Science, Kurt Rademaker)NEW YORK (AP) — The air was thin, the nights were cold, the sun could easily burn the skin. But about 12,000 years ago, small groups of hunter-gatherers found a home very high up in the Peruvian Andes.



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Rand Paul tries to peel away isolationist label

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at a campaign event for Republican businessman Rod Blum, who is running against Democratic state lawmaker Pat Murphy in the 1st Congressional District, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul is taking on critics who brand him an isolationist on foreign policy, advocating an approach for America that "recognizes our limits and preserves our might."



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U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong

A pro-democracy protester sleeps amongst tents set up in a protesters' encampment in central Hong KongBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote. The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance with an international treaty on civil and political rights ratified by Hong Kong, agreed the move after voicing concern at Beijing's plan to vet candidates in the former British colony. …



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Apple ponders sapphire options, leaves door open for GT

The Apple logo is lit on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in Sydney(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material. GT, a former stock market darling and supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. Apple said on Thursday that GT's "ambitious" vision of sapphire manufacturing was ultimately not quite ready for primetime. …



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3 states wage fight to keep same-sex marriage ban

In this photo taken Sept. 6, 2014, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks in Hutchinson, Kansas. The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional. But officials in the three states 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. In a political campaign debate Monday, 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.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WASHINGTON (AP) — Three 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.



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Retrospective of fiber artist opens at NYC museum

Colorful twine form Judith Scott's cocoon-like sculptures installed at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in New York. Scott, who was born with Down syndrome and was deaf and mute, was in her 40s when she began creating intricate sculptures of yarn, fabric and other fibers tightly wrapped around an array of found objects. The exhibition runs opens Friday, Oct. 24 and runs through March 29. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Institutionalized for more than three decades and largely deaf and mute, Judith Scott found her voice through art, forming intricate sculptures of yarn, fabric and other fibers tightly wrapped around an array of found objects.



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Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The driver of an ice cream truck was attacked by neighborhood residents after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
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Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

Canadian Armed Forces members from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, depart for their deploymentBy Saif Sameer and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north. The attacks showed Islamic State's continued operating resilience despite air strikes by U.S. …



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Iraqi defense chief tells Hagel offensive vs militants a priority: Pentagon

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraq’s new defense minister affirmed his commitment to military reform and said going on the offensive against Islamic State fighters is a priority, the Pentagon said on Thursday after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke to his counterpart by phone. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Hagel and Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi spoke for about 20 minutes on Thursday morning in their first phone call since al-Obeidi was approved as the Iraq’s defense chief. “The minister was quite clear, … …
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Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday’s election

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk gives an interview on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine's prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatist rebels and an unresolved row over gas. Sunday's poll is the first parliamentary election since street protests last winter drove Moscow-backed leader Victor Yanukovich from office and ushered in a pro-Western leadership. …



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Lawmakers extend Ukraine’s access to EU markets

STRASBOURG France (Reuters) – EU lawmakers on Thursday took the latest step in efforts to bring Kiev closer to Europe, extending Ukrainian exporters’ open access to the European Union until a trade deal takes effect at the end of next year. An EU-Ukraine trade deal signed in June is at the center of tensions between Russia and Europe because Moscow is also seeking deeper ties with the former Soviet republic. But in an attempt to prevent Russian retaliation, Brussels has delayed the pact’s implementation until Dec. 31, 2015. …
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