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Canada's new human rights museum shares oral histories

30 min 45 sec ago

A new museum in Canada's western prairies has amassed a unique collection of personal stories from genocide survivors, human rights defenders and others, and wants to share them. Dedicated to the 60-year-old notion of human rights, a singular but intricate ideal, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba will open its doors on November 11.


Australia confident of Antarctic marine reserve in 2015

37 min 37 sec ago

Australia said on Saturday it was confident its plans for a marine reserve to protect biodiversity in East Antarctica would succeed next year, after international talks in Hobart failed to agree on the measure. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting closed late Friday with the 25 members unable to reach consensus on two Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Australia's joint proposal with France and the European Union for reserves in East Antarctic waters was blocked by China and Russia, as was another put forward by New Zealand and the United States for the Ross Sea, environmental campaigners said.


Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general

41 min 6 sec ago

By Mathieu Bonkougou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff. Compaore stepped down on Friday after two days of mass protests against his attempts to change the constitution to extend his 27-year rule. At least three people were killed after protesters stormed the parliament building and set it on fire. ...


Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost

45 min 38 sec ago

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A witness says Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert.


3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run

48 min 57 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said.


China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief

52 min 27 sec ago

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday. Jiang Bixin, the deputy head of the Supreme People's Court, China's highest court, said any case against Zhou would be handled by the courts in compliance with the law once it was lodged. He was responding to a journalist's question about Zhou's fate at a news conference in Beijing that was carried live on the website of the state-run China News service. ...


Griffin scores 39, Clippers beat Lakers 118-111

54 min 7 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 39 points and went 11 for 12 from the free throw line, powering the Los Angeles Clippers to a gritty 118-111 victory over the winless Lakers in the first meeting of the season between the Staples Center co-tenants.


China manufacturing growth slows in October: govt

1 hour 5 min ago

Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in October, the government said on Saturday, as the world's second-largest economy expands at its weakest pace in five years. China's official purchasing managers index (PMI), a measure of activity in the sector, came in at 50.8 last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The figure was lower than the 51.1 recorded in September and compared with the preliminary 50.4 figure in a private survey released by British bank HSBC on October 23. PMI tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is a closely-watched indicator of the health of the economy.


Nurse free to move about as restrictions eased

1 hour 11 min ago

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse in who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a judge eased state-imposed restrictions on her, handing officials in Maine a defeat in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.


Hospital: Girl, 14, dies after school shooting

1 hour 28 min ago

SEATTLE (AP) — One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Friday, raising to four the number of fatalities after a student opened fire in a cafeteria a week ago.


James leads Cavaliers past Bulls, 114-108 in OT

1 hour 31 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team.


'We just had a hunch': US marshals nab Eric Frein

1 hour 36 min ago

MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — Scott Malkowski, a task force commander with the U.S. Marshals Service, spied a figure moving from the woods toward an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains. Looking at his face, his black hat and fleece, and his height and weight, Malkowski was certain he had his man.


Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

1 hour 42 min ago

Virgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about the program's future. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. The incident is the second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Branson's long-held dream of offering the first passenger space flights, which have been snapped up by Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities.


Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees

1 hour 51 min ago

The second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said on Saturday he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Zida declared a rival claim by army chief Navere Honore Traore was "obsolete" in a televised speech. The tussle for power comes after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze.


Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president

1 hour 57 min ago
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.

China's October factory growth unexpectedly hits five-month low: official PMI

1 hour 59 min ago

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity unexpectedly fell to a five-month low in October as firms fought slowing orders and rising costs in the cooling economy, reinforcing views that the country's growth outlook is hazy at best. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, but above the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 51.2. ...


Wolves give Ricky Rubio 4-year, $56M deal

2 hours 5 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The clock was ticking down toward the deadline for reaching agreement on an extension of his rookie contract, and just like he does on the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio took charge.


US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row

2 hours 21 min ago

A US judge ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious. The decision from a district judge in the northeastern state of Maine is the latest twist in a bitter row over enforced quarantine of American medics returning from relief work in West Africa. It reversed a temporary order that prevented her from visiting cinemas and shopping centers, and demanded she keep three feet away from others while Judge Charles LaVerdiere examined the case. Kaci Hickox insists that she is perfectly healthy and has fought efforts of US authorities to keep her in quarantine for 21 days, the incubation period for the virus, since returning home.


Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town

2 hours 24 min ago

Kurdish peshmerga forces streamed across the Syrian border from Turkey late Friday to bolster defenders in the key border town of Kobane which is under assault by Islamic State group jihadists. Horns blaring, the trucks carried some 150 Iraqi peshmerga fighters, many of them chanting "Kobane" and waving to jubilant crowds who cheered them across the border where they will join the fight against the jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the Kurdish fighters had entered the embattled frontier town. The peshmerga drove out of a heavily guarded Turkish military warehouse and headed for the border to reinforce Syrian Kurds in the battle for Kobane, an AFP correspondent reported.


Today in History

2 hours 30 min ago
Today is Saturday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2014. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday. Clocks go back one hour.