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Expanding Mexico City running out of cemeteries

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:57

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Edgardo Galvan watched as two gravediggers shoveled muddy soil from his father's grave until they reached a set of bones mixed with wood chips, the remnants of the coffin he was buried in seven years earlier.

Radio in tribal languages spreads Ebola message

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:26

Straining to hear the radio held to his ear, Wesley Wudea gestures for his grandchildren to be silent as he picks up rare tips on Ebola prevention in his own language. In Liberia, at the centre of the west African outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca. "They don't mainly understand the words (radio stations) used in English. Some people don't even understand a single English word," says the 61-year-old, in his own stumbling attempt at his country's official language.

Malaysia's Anwar makes final appeal in sodomy case

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:20

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court on Tuesday began hearing a final appeal filed by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction widely regarded as a means to neutralize the threat he poses to the country's ruling coalition.

U.S. isolates troops, Australia slaps visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:16

By Phil Stewart and Matt Siegel WASHINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. military has started isolating soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia became the first rich nation to impose a visa ban on the affected countries amid global anxiety about the spread of the virus. The latest measures, along with decisions by some U.S. states to impose mandatory quarantines on health workers returning home from treating Ebola victims in West Africa, have been condemned by health authorities and the United Nations as extreme. ...

Kinshasa still rumbles with Ali-Foreman boxing bout

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:12

The Tata Raphael stadium looks as though it has lost a few rounds against Muhammad Ali in the 40 years since it staged the greatest boxing fight in history. Water leaks into the gyms where Ali and George Foreman trained for their epic fight. Then the world was scared that Ali -- aged 32 and fighting his way back to the top after his ban for refusing to fight in the US Army -- would suffer a humiliating beating by the fearsomely powerful George Foreman, the defending world champion.

Asian stocks muted after US, Europe declines

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:50

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were muted Tuesday after declines in Wall Street and Europe as investors looked ahead to this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Japan, North Korea start talks on abductions

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:40

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Japanese and North Korean officials held talks in Pyongyang for the first time in 10 years Tuesday, meeting to assess progress into North Korea's investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s and '80s.

Royals hope to light up Giants and clubhouse deer

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:32

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a "W'' underneath a crown.

Rand Paul launches ads in Kansas

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — He's not on the ballot this fall, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is launching new ads to help Republicans in key elections across the country.

Rangers score 5 in 3rd, rally to beat Wild 5-4

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:20

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers could have been counted out multiple times against the Minnesota Wild.

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano just 70 yards from nearest residence

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:19

By Karin Stanton KAILUA-KONA Hawaii (Reuters) - Lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been creeping toward inhabited areas of Hawaii's Big Island for months is now just 70 yards (meters) from the nearest residential property, authorities said on Monday. Residents in the path of the lava have been placed on alert for possible evacuation, and smoke advisories have been issued for downwind areas, the County of Hawaii said in a civil defense alert. ...

Suspect in deputy deaths had Utah arrest

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man accused in a shooting rampage that left two sheriff's deputies dead in California had been arrested in Utah nearly 10 years ago, but authorities didn't connect him with his criminal past or his previous deportations.

Ukraine's pro-West parties in coalition talks

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:03

Coalition talks intensify Tuesday between the pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll, while attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in the east highlight the obstacles to their promises of peace and deeper EU ties. The day after pro-West and moderate nationalist forces backing President Petro Poroshenko scored a big win in Sunday's election, the hard work of forming a ruling coalition began. With 67 percent of precincts reporting, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc were neck and neck, winning about 22 percent of the votes each. Russia welcomed the outcome of the election as backing for "a peaceful resolution" of the separatist war being waged by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Romney, Dole campaign with Kansas US Sen. Roberts

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:44

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in Kansas Monday with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, in an effort to bolster the three-term incumbent's message that GOP voters must re-elect him to thwart the agenda of Democratic President Barack Obama.

Romo leaves with apparent injury against Redskins

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:35

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo has left Dallas' game against Washington with an apparent injury after he was sacked in the third quarter.

Finland comic win's world's funniest competition

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:30
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The winner of the Funniest Person in the World competition is a brown-haired, slightly rotund stand-up comic from Finland who boasts he has hit on the perfect solution to the planet's international monetary woes.

Man convicted in Chinese student murders in California

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:07

A US man has been convicted of first degree murder over the killings of two Chinese students during a botched robbery at a college in California. Javier Bolden, 22, faces up to life in jail for killing Ying Wu and Ming Qu, shot dead while sitting in a car near the downtown Los Angeles campus of the University of Southern California (USC) on April 11, 2012. A co-defendant, Bryan Barnes, already pleaded guilty in February and was jailed for life without the possibility of parole. Prosecutor Dan Akemon said the 23-year-old graduate students were "helpless victims" inside a parked BMW, and that Bolden and Barnes were "counting down the seconds of the lives of these victims" as they approached the car.

Georgia's Michelle Nunn turns to civil rights icon

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:01

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Michelle Nunn's difficult political balancing act as she seeks Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat was on full display at a rally Monday alongside civil rights icon John Lewis.

BHP Billiton to sell US shale gas assets

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:56

Mining giant BHP Billiton is set to sell some of its shale gas assets in the United States, closing the chapter on a controversial acquisition three years ago that sparked a multi-billion dollar writedown. The chief executive of the world's biggest miner, Andrew Mackenzie, said BHP was looking to sell its Fayetteville shale gas assets in Arkansas. "As we look to improve the balance of liquids and gas across our Petroleum portfolio we have initiated the marketing (of) our Fayetteville acreage," Mackenzie said in a statement late Tuesday. BHP acquired Fayetteville from Chesapeake Energy as part of a $4.75 billion deal in February 2011.

US governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:45
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some state governors and even the Army are carving their own paths.