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Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team's name, arguing it is offensive.

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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:23:11 GMT

Gillard conduct "questionable" over fund
LAWYERS for the unions royal commission have reported former PM Julia Gillard did not know about an alleged corrupt slush fund run by her boyfriend.

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last updated: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:32:53 -0400

Penn. trooper ambush suspect captured

State troopers escort Eric Matthew Frein from the Blooming Grove barracks early Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, accused of opening fire on the barracks Sept. 12, killing state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex T. Douglass, was arrested Thursday night after a 48-day manhunt in the Pike and Monroe County woods. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times & Tribune, Jason Farmer)Survivalist Eric Frein surrenders to U.S. marshals, ending a lengthy manhunt.


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Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

This two photo combo with undated handout photos provided by Nohemi Gonzalez, shows Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera, left, and her brother Alex, right, at their mother's home in Progreso, Texas. According to witnesses armed men took Erica Maria, 26, and her brothers, Alex, 22, and Jose Angel, 21, on Oct. 13 in El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros. The three were visiting their father in Mexico and they have not been seen since. (AP Photo)MATAMOROS, 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.


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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

Kaci Hickox and boyfriend Ted Wilbur go for a bike ride in Fort KentBy Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...


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U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

U.S. President Obama makes a statement about Syria in the State Dining Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election. ...


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Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush captured after seven-week manhunt

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, had eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...


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Is Gov. Chris Christie's brash style presidential or bullying?

FILE - This July 17, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greeting Iowans after speaking at a fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Davenport, Iowa. Christie is headlining Branstad's birthday bash in Clive, Iowa, Saturday Oct. 25, 2014, one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, cementing his status as Branstad's favored 2016 candidate and giving him his biggest platform yet to appeal to activists in the state. (Charlie Neibergall, File/AP Photo)The "sit down and shut up" approach plays well in New Jersey, but it could be seen as phony bluster in some states.


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Group: State Department too top-heavy with Obama picks

OBAMA/At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.


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Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas

In the image from video provided by KAKE News black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport where officials say a plane crashed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Wichita, Kan. AP Photo/KAKE News) MANDATORY CREDITWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A small plane lost engine power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building at a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.


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Israel-Sweden tension builds even more

A Palestinian flag hangs outside the Palestinian Representative Office in Stockholm, Sweden capital, on October 30, 2014Israel responds to Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state.


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Halloween called off in Pennsylvania town

A private open-air bazaar is selling pumpkins of all sizes as decoration, ahead of Halloween that is taking root in Poland, especially among school children, but also for soup, cakes and sweet-and-sour preserves for the winter, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)The police manhunt for Eric Frein costs kids the fun of trick-or-treating.


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Big change comes to 'The View'

Big change comes to 'The View'


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NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, seen here in Brussels on October 28, 2014, says the alliance "remains vigilant" over Russian military activity over EuropeNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted NATO airspace.


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Tuesday's elections will be landmark for conservation

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, a rackoon rests on a tree at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla. Voters from Rhode Island to California this Election Day will decide whether billions of dollars should be set aside for parks and preservation, leading some environmentalists to highlight 2014 as one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.


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N. Korea imposes Ebola quarantine

This Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 photo shows medical personnel in protective suits standing by an ambulance, at the Sunan International Airport, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea would seem like the last place on Earth that has anything to worry about from Ebola. But it's virtually gone on DefCon 1 over what it sees as a looming invasion from the outside world that threatens to infiltrate its borders and relentlessly attack its people unless dramatic measures are taken immediately. It has banned tourists, put business groups on hold and is looking even more suspiciously than usual at every foreign face coming across its borders. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)Foreigners will be isolated for 21 days over fears of the spread of the virus.


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Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

Menino smiles at the Boston College Chief Executives' Club of Boston luncheonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. Months after ending his final term, Menino disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, he said he would halt cancer treatments to spend more time with his family. ...


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NC courthouse shooting: One suspect in jail, one pursued

Crime scene investigator Larry Bryant with the Nash Co. Sheriff's Dept. gathers evidence from the courthouse steps after two people were shot in front of the Nash Co. Courthouse in Nashville N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. A manhunt involving helicopters and dozens of armed officers patrolling a nearby highway was underway for two men who Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said fled in a white car. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.


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Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.


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World must do more to fight Ebola: UN envoy Power

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks during a lecture regarding the Ebola virus at the Residence Palace in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Power, who recently traveled to the Ebola-infected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, is trying to draw support for more international aid in the stricken areas. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."


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On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

Political bromance? Obama, Christie to meet again on NJ shoreSomehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.


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150 found in Iraq mass grave

Iraqi security forces and gunmen take position following clashes with jihadists on September 19, 2014, in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar provinceMilitants from Islamic State said to have rounded up Sunni men from villages and executed them Wednesday.


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Nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, goes for bike ride

This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state's Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.


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'I'm proud to be gay,' says Apple CEO Tim Cook

FILE - Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook laughs with a group before an Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony at the state Capitol in this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo taken in Montgomery, Ala. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, and published Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For


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Apple's chief exec Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna BeachApple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. Cook's announcement comes as gay marriage is becoming widespread, but the nation remains divided over gay rights.


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Giants win 3rd Series title in 5 years

Madison Bumgarner comes out of the bullpen to shut down the Royals in a classic Game 7.


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Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.

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China fears Hong Kong protests now national security issue

Umbrella rally marks one month of Hong Kong protestsMonth-old pro-democracy demonstrations a threat to China's rule; time for neutrality is over, political operative says.


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Russia's $25 billion plan for North Korea

North Koreans are seen from the window of a train along the railway line between Pyongyang and the North Phyongan Province on the west coast on April 8, 2012Russia is eyeing a 'mammoth' and lucrative project for the hermit state.


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Report: Red Cross was totally unprepared for Sandy relief

Recovery Continues Two Weeks After Superstorm SandyTwo years after Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says "as many as 40 percent" of the relief organization's emergency vehicles were used as backdrops for press conferences during the group's response to the storm, a new report by ProPublica and NPR finds.


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Obama on Ebola fight: We can’t seal ourselves off

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers fighting the Ebola virus, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The president says it is essential that the U.S. and other countries work to stop the outbreak at its source.


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Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

Sri Lankan men stand by a damaged house caused by mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at the tea plantation, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed.


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Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

An unmanned Antares rocket is seen exploding seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in this still image from NASA video at Wallops IslandBy Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...


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Elton John's bold words about Pope Francis

Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit.


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FBI under fire for 'completely unacceptable' act

FBI Agents on August 16, 2014, investigate the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the location where he was killed on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, MissouriThe FBI has come under fire from media organizations following disclosures that it created a fake news website to track down a suspect in a bomb threat case. Documents revealed the FBI created a fake Associated Press news article that appeared to be in the Seattle Times, to trick the suspect to install malware that would reveal his location. The incident dates back to 2007, but the documents surfaced this week after a security research for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a link to the case file on Monday. "The FBI impersonating the press is just as irresponsible as the CIA running fake immunization programs.


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Purdue University accused killer found dead

This photo provided by Indiana State Prison shows Cody Cousins. The Indiana Department of Correction said Wednesday in a statement that 24-year-old Cody Cousins was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after he was found unresponsive Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in his cell at the prison in Michigan City. The DOC says Cousins apparently took his own life with self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and both arms. Cousins pleaded guilty to murder in the Jan. 21 attack inside a Purdue University classroom filled with students that killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt (AP Photo/ Indiana State Prison)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead from an apparent suicide in his prison cell, state correction officials said Wednesday.


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Nation 'unprepared' for Ebola oubreak

In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, members of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team dress with protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of US medical care system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)An independent review gives dire warnings about the U.S. health care system's readiness.


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After U.S. rocket explodes, Russians deliver food to Int'l Space Station

Russia Launches Unmanned Supply Ship Toward Space StationAn unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff in Virginia.


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Ebola nurse fights quarantine in Maine

The home Theodore Wilbur boyfriend of Kaci Hickox the nurse who was released from quarantine is seen in Fort Kent MaineKaci Hickox tested negative for the virus and refuses to stay put for 21 days.


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American couple held in Qatar for death of adopted daughter

YAHOO EXCLUSIVE: American couple held in Qatar speaks: “We Are Being Kidnapped”. Watch here .An American couple feels trapped and abandoned by the U.S. Government as they await a possible death sentence following the death of their daughter in the oil rich country of Qatar. Grace and Matthew Huang were accused of starving their adopted daughter Gloria to death almost two years ago. Since the tragic night of Gloria's passing, the Huangs have been jailed, separated from their other two children. Their lives are in the hands of a foreign government whose judicial process is mysterious and terrifying to them.They decided to share their story exclusively with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric.


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Storied Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee remembered

Quinn Bradlee, son of Ben Bradlee, is embraced by Carl BernsteinWASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bradlee, the longtime executive editor of The Washington Post during some of its proudest moments, was remembered as a "journalistic warrior" Wednesday during his funeral at Washington National Cathedral.


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'I don't feel safe anymore'

a couple surveys the remains of the home owned by the woman’s parentsResidents still feel mental anguish two years after Sandy ravaged the East Coast.


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last updated: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:46:15 -0400

Penn. trooper ambush suspect captured

State troopers escort Eric Matthew Frein from the Blooming Grove barracks early Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, accused of opening fire on the barracks Sept. 12, killing state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex T. Douglass, was arrested Thursday night after a 48-day manhunt in the Pike and Monroe County woods. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times & Tribune, Jason Farmer)Survivalist Eric Frein surrenders to U.S. marshals, ending a lengthy manhunt.


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last updated: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:48:41 -0400

Penn. trooper ambush suspect captured

State troopers escort Eric Matthew Frein from the Blooming Grove barracks early Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, accused of opening fire on the barracks Sept. 12, killing state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex T. Douglass, was arrested Thursday night after a 48-day manhunt in the Pike and Monroe County woods. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times & Tribune, Jason Farmer)Survivalist Eric Frein surrenders to U.S. marshals, ending a lengthy manhunt.


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last updated: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:47:00 GMT

KEEPING YOURSELF NICE: Crucial carnival survival tips
FROM not going out the night before, to getting transport home, here are all your essential tips from our racing veteran to make your Melbourne Cup Carnival fun (and one you can remember).

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Gillard ‘did not commit any crime’
FORMER PM Julia Gillard did not commit a crime over an alleged corrupt slush fund but her professional conduct as a solicitor is criticised.

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last updated: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:06:54 +0000

The First Internet Troll
All horrible things have to crawl before they can walk/crush spirits, though. Even trolls.

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last updated: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:26:58 GMT

Starbucks Americas sales disappoint on softer traffic
(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp's early re-launch of its popular Pumpkin Spice latte drink failed to heat up business at its U.S. cafes, disappointing Wall Street and sending the company's shares down almost 5 percent.






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last updated: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:30:10 -0400

29 Dogs Who Are Ready To Be Your Best Friend Forever

All of these dogs are ready to be rescued.

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New Indonesian President Jokowi Talks Tough With Fading Power Australia
Indonesia's newfound chest-thumping may simply be a fledgling administration's efforts to win domestic approval, but is nonetheless indicative of shifting powers in the region

Two days before his Oct. 20 inauguration, new Indonesian President Joko Widodo, gave Australia a stern warning not to test the territorial sovereignty of the world’s largest archipelago.

“We will give a warning that this is not acceptable,” Jokowi, as he is widely known, told Fairfax Media in reference to half a dozen incursions into Indonesian waters last year by Australian navy ships turning back boats full of predominantly Middle Eastern asylum seekers. “We have international law, you must respect international law.”

Bolstering Jokowi’s message, Indonesia’s new Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi — the first ever female in the role — confirmed on Wednesday a departure from former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s principle of “thousand friends, zero enemies” to national interests first.

“To uphold our political sovereignty, what we must do is preserve the sovereignty of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” Retno said at her first press conference. “We’ll do this firmly and clearly.”

The interception one day earlier of a Singaporean passenger aircraft over a well-traveled flight path that cuts through Indonesian airspace may be indicative of Jakarta’s new hard-line stance. Indonesian fighter jets forced the aircraft to land and pay a $4,900 fine — despite protestation from the Singaporean owner, ST Aerospace, that it had been using the route for a number of years without the need for prior clearance from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

However, these messages must be read within the context of Indonesia’s time-honored political melodrama, where tough talk against meddling foreign powers is par for the course. It’s also an easy and predictable way for new administration to score political points on the home front. “I think Jokowi’s warning to Australia was made for domestic consumption rather that advocating a nationalistic tone in foreign policy,” says Philips Vermonte, head of international relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.

Indeed, Jokowi’s apparent double standards when dealing with Chinese incursions in the fish- and gas-rich waters of the Natuna Islands, on the northwest coast of Indonesian Borneo, seems to demonstrate diplomatic nuance rather than a new era of nationalistic fervor.

As recently as March 2013, armed Chinese ships bullied Indonesian patrol boats into releasing Chinese fisherman caught trawling illegally near Natuna. China has also included parts of the waters around Natuna within its so-called nine-dash line — its vague southern maritime boundary, adding Indonesia to the long list of countries it’s dueling with over aggressive claims to some 90% of the South China Sea.

In April, Indonesia’s armed-forces chief General Moeldoko penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal promising to strengthen Indonesian forces on Natuna and prepare fighter jets to meet “any eventuality.”

But two months later, during a presidential-election debate in June, Jokowi claimed Indonesia had no beef with China. In later interviews he adroitly turned the burning strategic problem with China on its head, suggesting Indonesia could serve as an “honest broker” vis-a-vis the Middle Kingdom’s disputes with other countries in the South China Sea.

This should not, however, be understood to mean the new Indonesian administration will be pushovers. Its soft stance on overlapping territorial claims with China is obviously linked to the fact that China is Indonesia’s second largest export trading partner. Australia, meanwhile, barely makes the top 10.

The lesson, it seems, more concerns shifting regional power than newfound Indonesian belligerence. “Australia needs to understand that Indonesia’s place in the world is growing, while it is not,”
 adds Professor Tim Lindsey, director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School. By current estimates, he adds, Indonesia will have world’s seventh largest economy in around a decade and the fifth largest by 2050. “Australia’s current policies of turning back the boats doesn’t seem to factor in any of that at all,” says Lindsey.

“I think Australia would be advised to take [Jokowi’s latest about naval incursions] warning very seriously, and that it would be unwise to look at it in narrow terms by saying, ‘Their navy is very small so it’s not a valid threat,’” opines Antje Missbach, a research fellow at Monash University’s School of Social Sciences in Melbourne. “There are many ways Indonesia could make a point without involving its navy.”

Moreover, she adds, “Look what happened last time Australia offended them,” referring to when Indonesia recalled its ambassador to Australia for six months following revelations by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden that Australia had spied on Yudhoyono and his wife.

Speaking to TIME, Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says, “It is not the government’s policy to incur Indonesia’s waters” and blames past incursions on the opposition government it replaced following the September 2013 general elections. “[We're] working closely with the new government of Indonesia on people-smuggling issues and we are optimistic about initial responses,” Morrison says.

Optimism is one thing; keeping out of your neighbor’s backyard is another altogether.

— With reporting by Yenni Kwok

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