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Merkel urges Putin to use influence over Ukraine rebels

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:57 PM - (Politics)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured during a visit to the Praelat Diehl grammar school in Gross-Gerau, Hesse, Germany on September 30, 2014Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, stressed Moscow's "responsibility" to act as a moderating influence over the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.


U.S. delays plans to replace site host: WSJ

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:57 PM - (Health)

A form to help create a user account on the website is available at a health care enrollment fair co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the State Employees Association at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth(Reuters) - The U.S. government has shelved plans to move the insurance website to a new host, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The decision represented "the best path forward to ensure a successful second open enrollment period. It was made in order to improve the consumer experience and have sufficient time for testing," the journal reported, citing Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency signed a contract last November to replace Verizon Communications Inc with Hewlett-Packard Co as the host of the HealthCare. ...


Man killed, woman injured in apparent Kensington hammer attack

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:56 PM - (United States of America)

Man killed, woman injured in apparent Kensington hammer attackPhiladelphia police are investigating an apparent hammer attack in Kensington that left a man dead and a woman injured.


Mexico captures drug lord Beltran Leyva: government source

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:53 PM - (World News)

By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hector Beltran Leyva, head of a family crime syndicate that waged a bloody conflict in Mexico with a former ally, drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, was captured on Wednesday, an interior ministry source said. The snaring of the boss of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel is likely a serious blow to the gang, which has been substantially weakened since its founding by a group of brothers who gave the outfit its name and split from Guzman, accusing him of betraying them. ...


Iraqi Kurds fight Islamic State with aged weapons

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:52 PM - (World News)

Kurdish peshmerga fighters stand guard on the front line with the Islamic State group, as they patrol in Rabia, northwestern Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Iraqi Kurdish fighters on the front lines of battle say they have yet to receive the heavy weapons and training pledged by the United States and nearly a dozen other countries to help them push back the Sunni militants. Without more sophisticated weaponry, the Kurdish fighters, known as peshmerga, have had to rely on aging arms like the Soviet-era cannons, a centerpiece of the offensive Tuesday to retake Mahmoudiyah. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)MAHMOUDIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill overlooking this northern Iraqi village, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants.


US student rallies to support Hong Kong protesters

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:51 PM - (United States of America)

Vincent Tong writes words on an umbrella at Portsmouth Square before he and other protesters marched to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in support of the Umbrella Revolution, a group seeking democracy in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NEW YORK (AP) — Students bearing umbrellas as a sign of solidarity gathered at rallies in several U.S. cities on Wednesday to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.


Judge to decide in late October if Stockton, Calif., can exit bankruptcy

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:49 PM - (United States of America)

(Reuters) - The judge presiding over the Stockton, Calif., bankruptcy case said he will wait until late October to make a final ruling over whether the city can exit bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said late on Wednesday afternoon that he was "not in a position to make a decision right now, in light of everything said today," and scheduled a new hearing for Oct. 30. Earlier on Wednesday, Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the world's largest pension fund, could be rejected. ...


Tracking the travel of Ebola patient

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:49 PM - (United States of America)

Rene Marsh tracks the different flights that the patient infected with Ebola took to get to the U.S..
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To avoid Iraq-style chaos US must back Afghans: experts

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:48 PM - (Politics)

US army soldiers march from the Forward Base Honaker Miracle at Watahpur District in Kunar province during a joint patrol led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) on April 18, 2013Washington (AFP) - Washington will have to stand by Afghanistan for years, training and funding its army until Kabul can sign a peace deal with the Taliban, or it will follow Iraq in sliding into chaos, experts warn.


Australia clears Expedia's $610 million takeover

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:47 PM - (Internet)

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's antitrust regulator on Thursday cleared online travel giant Expedia Inc to buy local rival Holdings Ltd, saying it did not expect the A$699 million ($610 million) deal to substantially lessen competition. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which had earlier raised concerns about the deal, said it had noted some accommodation providers' concerns about higher commissions if the deal went ahead. ...


Musical of 'Doctor Zhivago' coming to Broadway

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:46 PM - (Entertainment)

FILE - In this undated image released by MGM, actor Omar Sharif appears in a scene from the film,"Doctor Zhivago". Producers said Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, that the tale of five intertwined lovers during final days of Czarist Russia will come to the Broadway stage. Previews will March 27 with an opening on April 21. (AP Photo/MGM, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest version of "Cinderella" will soon disappear from the Broadway Theatre, but another sweepingly romantic musical is ready to take its place — "Doctor Zhivago."


Awesome iPhone time lapse video shows you a beautiful London afternoon in 21 seconds

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:45 PM - (Technology)

Awesome iPhone time lapse video shows you a beautiful London afternoon in 21 secondsWe absolutely love the new time lapse video feature that Apple has added to its iPhone cameras if for no other reason than it’s enabling iPhone users around the world to take some incredible videos and share them with everyone. One such video was uploaded onto Vimeo recently and it shows what a gorgeous afternoon in London looks like when it’s speeding by in the span of 21 seconds. DON’T MISS THESE: The 4 most impressive videos we’ve seen that were filmed with the iPhone 6 This beautiful video was filmed at Canary Wharf in London overlooking the River Thames using an iPhone 6 Plus. Of course, this is just one of many great videos we’ve seen that takes advantage of


Mexico: Alleged drug boss Beltran believed caught

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:45 PM - (World News)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva is believed to have been captured, two Mexican federal officials said Wednesday, which would be the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country.


Texas girl rescued in Mexico after missing for 12 years

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:45 PM - (United States of America)

Texas girl rescued in Mexico after missing for 12 yearsSabrina Allen was rescued near Mexico City on Tuesday after missing for 12 years.


Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 23:44 PM - (United States of America)

This Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, booking photo released by the Austin Police Department shows Dara Llorens, charged with aggravated kidnapping and being held on a $300,000 bond. The FBI and Mexico authorities said 17-year-old Sabrina Allen, whose reported kidnapping 12 years ago was twice profiled on the television show "America's Most Wanted," was found Tuesday night in Papalotla, Tlaxcala, near Mexico City, with her mother Dara Llorens. She was 4 years old when she was reported missing by her father in 2002, after she vanished following a weekend visit with her mother. (AP Photo/Austin Police Department)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago was found near Mexico City with her mother after authorities received a tip, and the mother was quickly flown to Texas and jailed on kidnapping charges, investigators said Wednesday.


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