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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suffers 'in-flight anomaly'

A man walks past the SpaceShipTwo vessel at Spaceport America, northeast of Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico, on October 17, 2011Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo craft suffered an "anomaly" during a test flight over California on Friday, the commercial space flight operator announced on its Twitter feed. The craft, which is still in its test phase and which normally carries two pilots, had been carried aloft on a bigger aircraft known as WhiteKnightTwo and then released for a test of its rocket engine. "SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. WhiteKnightTwo had taken off normally from California's Mojave desert, and been released normally, in what was the 35th such flight.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:29:48 -0400
Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians

WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:29:17 -0400
US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row

A police car outside of the home of Kaci Hickox on October 31, 2014 in Fort Kent, MaineA US judge ruled Friday 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 LaVadiere 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.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:29:16 -0400
Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson

ST. LOUIS (AP) With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:28:57 -0400
Italy phases out sea rescues to save migrants

FILE -- In this April 19, 2011 file photo provided by the Italian Coastguard, a boat reportedly carrying 760 migrants arrives at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy. Italy is officially ending its Mare Nostrum rescue operations Friday Nov. 1 2014, and the EU's Frontex border control will begin its Tritone mission Saturday. Italy launched the Mare Nostrum operation last year after 366 would-be migrants drowned off Sicily. Ships and aircraft involved in the 9.5 million-euro ($11.9 million) per month mission patrolled close to the Libyan coast, rescuing over 100,000 people. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Italy will still honor its obligation to respond to ships in distress and that no lives will be sacrificed. (AP Photo/Italian Coastguard, h.o. FILE)ROME (AP) Italy insisted Friday that lives won't be sacrificed as it ended its costly Mediterranean Sea rescue operation and shifted over to a less ambitious joint patrol with the European Union.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:27:14 -0400
Judge eases limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients

By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge on Friday imposed limited restrictions on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and rejected a bid by state officials for more stringent measures. The confrontation between Kaci Hickox and officials in the state of Maine has become the focal point of a dispute pitting several U.S. states opting for strict quarantines against the federal government, which opposes such measures. ...

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:26:58 -0400
Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

Burkina Faso's new interim leader Gen. Honore Nabere Traore, third from left in front, speaks during a press conference held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday, pushed from power in Burkina Faso after 27 years by a burst of violent protests that set the parliament ablaze and refused to accept anything short of resignation. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass protests against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore, a taciturn former soldier in office since a 1987 military coup, had sought to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent unrest on Thursday in which demonstrators stormed parliament and state television. ...

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:24:46 -0400
Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera and her brother AlexMATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:24:29 -0400
Head of UK sex-abuse inquiry quits

LONDON (AP) The head of an inquiry into alleged sex abuse by powerful figures in British society resigned Friday after victims' groups said she was too close to a politician under scrutiny.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:24:09 -0400
Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew. The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago. Jesse Matthew will appear Friday morning for his arraignment in Fairfax County Circuit Court via video from a jail in the Charlottesville area, where he is being held. Matthew was indicted earlier this month on charges including attempted capital murder in connection with a September 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:24:00 -0400
Pilot in Kansas small plane crash identified

Map locates Wichita airport plane crash.;WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The bodies of four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport remained at the site Friday as authorities assessed what needed to be done to make the building safe to enter.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:23:27 -0400
Gentiloni named new foreign minister of Italy

ROME (AP) Italy's premier has named Paolo Gentiloni as his new foreign minister, tapping a longtime center-left lawmaker and former Cabinet minister in the Romano Prodi government.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:21:17 -0400
Virgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problem

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:16:26 -0400
Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:12:49 -0400
Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:11:36 -0400
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