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'Not comfortable' with Secret Service chief in job

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Senior Democratic lawmaker wants Julia Pierson to leave after series of presidential security breaches.


Mexico captures most-wanted 'drug-cartel kingpin'

Photos of Hector Beltran Leyva, the leader of the Beltran Leyva's drug cartel, seen during a press conference at the headquarters of the General Attorney in Mexico City, on October 1, 2014 Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican soldiers have captured Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the country's most-wanted men and a suspected drug-cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said.


Judge to make final ruling on Stockton bankruptcy late October

A view of downtown Stockton, California is reflected in a window By Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The judge presiding over the Stockton, California, bankruptcy case said on Wednesday that 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 he was "not in a position to make a decision right now." Earlier in the day, Klein surprised the courtroom by ruling that the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the world's largest pension fund, could be rejected. ...


Australia's Wotif.com jumps nearly 7 percent after regulator clears takeover

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Shares in Australia's Wotif.com Holdings Ltd jumped nearly 7 percent to one-month highs after Australia's antitrust regulator cleared online travel giant Expedia Inc to buy the company. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which had earlier raised concerns about the A$699 million deal, said it did not expect the takeover to substantially lessen competition. Shares in the company were 6.8 percent higher to A$3.30 by 8:15 p.m. EDT. (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Michael Perry)

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

A form to help create a user account on the HealthCare.gov 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 HealthCare.gov 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. ...


Australia clears Expedia's $610 million Wotif.com takeover

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's antitrust regulator on Thursday cleared online travel giant Expedia Inc to buy local rival Wotif.com 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. ...

Florida cop on leave after using stun gun on 62-year-old woman

Raw: Fla Officer Investigated for Stun Gun Use TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 61-year-old woman's back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood.


Sirius XM will appeal copyright ruling in $100 million lawsuit

Sirius XM CFO David Frear testifies about music licensing before a hearing of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - Satellite radio provider Sirius XM Holdings Inc will appeal a California federal judge's decision finding it liable of copyright infringement for airing pre-1972 songs by the band, The Turtles, and failing to pay royalties. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez found that California law gave the 1960s band copyright protection for its music, including the right of public performance, even though federal copyright only applies to recordings made after February 1972. ...


Secret Service director resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...


Texas Ebola patient had contact with kids

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014 Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.


Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. ...


PayPal spawn have advanced where PayPal stood still

A PayPal sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, California By Sarah McBride and Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - PayPal's biggest threat as it prepares to split from eBay next year may come from former employees who back a crop of new businesses serving shoppers who increasingly prefer to pay with mobile phones rather than personal computers. Though none of the new companies have the breadth of services offered by PayPal, which has more than 152 million users and deep ties to merchants like Home Depot both online and off, they are entering areas that the once-nimble online-payments service should own - but doesn't. ...


Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department, Alton Nolen is pictured in a booking photo. Nolen has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Colleen Hufford, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Department) NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.


W.H. fence-jumping suspect pleads not guilty

This courtroom artist rendering shows U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, left, presiding during Omar J. Gonzalez's , center, case in court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Gonzalez, accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren) A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.


Online auctioneer Liquidity Services to cut 130 jobs

(Reuters) - Online auctioneer Liquidity Services Inc said it will cut about 130 full-time and temporary jobs through 2015 after it paid more for a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to auction goods such as field gear and boats. Losing a contract to auction DoD vehicles also led to the job cuts, spokeswoman Julie Davis said. "When you lose a portion of business that we are conducting today ... we have less need for the full number of employees we have today." The company has about 1,300 employees, she said. ...

The reporter behind Secret Service chief's ouster

Details Of Presidential Security Breaches Evolve Behind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who's been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years.


WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San Francisco TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc in a litigation case against it. "WiLan has been advised that Judge Dana M. Sabraw has issued a ruling today that grants Apple's motion for summary judgment," the company said in a statement, referring to Apple's move to have two patent infringement claims relating to LTE wireless telecom technologies ruled invalid and not infringed. WiLan said it is currently reviewing the ruling from the U.S. ...


Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68

2 cases of enterovirus confirmed in Los Angeles County By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials described on Wednesday as an unusual and dangerous combination. The child, a 10-year-old girl who was not named, died last week as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis alongside the respiratory virus, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement, calling it a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults. ...


Apple's iOS 8 causing Bluetooth connectivity issues: MacRumors

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the IOS 8 operating system during his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California (Reuters) - Apple Inc's new mobile operating system iOS8 is causing significant issues for some users who connect their phones to cars via Bluetooth, reports Apple news blog MacRumors, citing reports on Apple's Support forums and its own user forums. It appears that following an upgrade to iOS 8, or after purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, users seem to be having trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems, MacRumors posted in a blog. (http://bit. ...


Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings

Student protesters chant anti-government slogans outside of the China's National Day flag raising ceremony in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) Protest leaders vow to step up their actions if the territory's leader doesn't resign.


New York Times to cut jobs as new products disappoint

The sun peaks over the New York Times Building in New York By Subrat Patnaik and Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - The New York Times Co said it would cut jobs, including about 7.5 percent of its newsroom positions, as advertising revenue dwindles and new digital products fail to live up to expectations. The publisher plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs and a smaller number of positions elsewhere, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough employees do not leave voluntarily, according to a letter to staff. ...


U.S. Secret Service director resigns

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson The recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.


GTECH to repurchase shares for up to 9.5 percent of capital

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian gaming group GTECH on Wednesday announced a plan to buy back shares for up to 9.5 percent of its capital. In a statement the Italian lottery operator said its board had also approved its planned cross-border merger of GTECH into Georgia Worldwide plc. The merger is part of plans by GTECH to acquire U.S. slot machine maker International Game Technology, it said. Georgia Worldwide plc will become the parent holding company for the combined operations of the two groups when the acquisition is completed. ...

UN loses first staffer to virus outbreak

Photos of the day - October 1, 2014 "Probable Ebola" strikes member of international organization in Liberia.


Rocket Internet prices share sale at top of range

Samwer, CEO of Rocket Internet, a German venture capital group, speaks at a news conference in Frankfurt By Arno Schuetze FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rocket Internet , the global e-commerce investor, is selling its shares at 42.50 euros apiece, or the top of the price range, as investors flock to tap into a new wave of Internet start-up listings. The Rocket flotation comes hot on the heels of the blockbuster debut of China's Alibaba and just a day after the listing of Zalando , a European fashion site that Rocket helped found. ...


US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration India's recent Mars success appears to have turned some heads. NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will investigate ways to collaborate on future missions to Mars, officials said Tuesday (Sept. 30). The announcement comes just one week after India put its first-ever Mars probe in orbit around the Red Planet, becoming just the fourth entity — after the United States, the Soviet Union and the European Space Agency — to do so. NASA and ISRO also signed an agreement Tuesday that lays out their respective roles on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, which is scheduled to launch to Earth orbit in 2020 to study the consequences of climate change on a fine scale.


No country for old men, or women: Afghanistan

In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo, a man sits among the debris of a destroyed school in the village of Budyali, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors released Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan is the worst country to live in as an older person, an annual index on the wellbeing of the elderly showed on Wednesday. The Asian country was ranked bottom for the second consecutive year in HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index, its health situation in particular the poorest in the world. Norway topped the index - up one place from last year - followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany, all of which remained in the top 10. ...


Corruption allegations deep-freeze Greenland's government

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary arrive with their children on a boat in Nuuk By Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three Greenlandic ministers stepped down from the government on Wednesday to press Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to quit after she was accused of misuse of state money on private flights and hotels for family members. Hammond, premier since April last year, temporarily left office on Tuesday to wait for the results of an inquiry into her use of state funds, naming Kim Kielsen as her acting head of government. ...


More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47

Rescuers conduct a search operation near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Search efforts for people missing since Saturday's surprise eruption resumed Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT OTAKI, Japan (AP) — One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.


Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at age 4 found alive in Mexico

Sabrina Allen An Austin, Texas, girl abducted 12 years ago has been found in Mexico, law enforcement officials say.


Taiwan throws support behind Hong Kong protests

Protesters shout slogans outside a flag-raising ceremony where Hong Kong's embattled leader attended in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, to mark China's National Day. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attended the flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Chinese Communist Party has long wanted a governing arrangement like Hong Kong's, for Taiwan.


Online fashion retailer Zalando rises in stock market debut

Zalando management board members Gentz Ritter and Schneider handle merchandising packages during the initial public offering of the company at the Frankfurt stock exchange By Arno Schuetze FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Shares in Europe's largest online fashion retailer Zalando rose on their Frankfurt stock market debut on Wednesday, one of a flood of internet start-ups hoping to ride the coattails of China's Alibaba. Zalando's shares had been priced at 21.50 euros each but the shares began trading up 12 percent at 24.10 euros. In the afternoon they pared gains to trade just above the offer price valuing the retailer at about 5.3 billion euros ($6.7 billion), almost the same as national flagship carrier Lufthansa. ...


NYC teacher at elite school faces multiple sex charges

Brooklyn teacher indicted on charges of sex crimes against students NEW YORK (AP) — A teacher at an elite New York City high school already accused of sending an indecent photo to a student is now facing an additional 36-count indictment alleging he victimized six others.


Putin rules out Internet curbs despite cyber attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in the city of Atyrau By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he would not restrict Internet access for Russians but Moscow must protect state domains against a surge of cyber attacks since the Ukraine crisis began. His remarks were intended to douse speculation that he plans a crackdown on use of the Internet, which he has called a "CIA project" used to organize protests against him, as tensions mount with the West over the Ukraine crisis. ...


Rocket Internet likely to IPO at the upper end price range: sources

The logo of of Rocket Internet, a German venture capital group is pictured in illustration photo in Sarajevo FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rocket Internet , the global e-commerce investor, will likely price its flotation at the upper end of the 35.50 euros ($44.75) to 42.50 euros a share price range, three people familiar with the deal said. "Books for retail investors are still open until 5 o'clock (German time), and no final price has been set. But it certainly looks like the price will be 42.50 euros," one of the people said. The shares are poised to be priced Wednesday night with trading to start on Thursday. ...


Congo tries to contain second Ebola outbreak

The Ebola virus has killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa this year Death toll from virus rose to 42 Wednesday in separate spread from West Africa's.


China body-searches 10K pigeons released for holiday celebration: reports

Pigeons fly over Tiananmen Gate after they were released in a flag raising ceremony on National Day, the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) BEIJING (AP) — The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.


700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight

Tomb of Suleyman Shah By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...


Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap

Gascon offers solution to reduce prison overcrowding Study after study has shown that black men do more time in jail than white men who commit similar crimes — an entrenched racial disparity in the nation’s justice system that Attorney General Eric Holder has decried as “shameful” and unacceptable.


Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race

Gov. John Hickenlooper No one expected the 2014 Colorado governor's race to be tight — or even much of a race. Now the contest between Gov. John Hickenlooper and former dairy farmer, community banker, and Congressman Bob Beauprez is a textbook tossup.


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