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  • State Dept. defends balance of career vs. political posts

    Foreign service officers vs. political appointees, round 1 million. The State Department rejects criticism that President Barack Obama's administration has given too many diplomatic jobs to political appointees.

  • UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups
    UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world faces a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.

  • Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride. The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs nurse Kaci Hickox to submit to "direct active monitoring," and "not to be present in public places" like shopping centers, movie theaters or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare. ...

  • Feds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform
    Feds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.

  • Kerry to meet chief Palestinian negotiator Monday: US
    Kerry to meet chief Palestinian negotiator Monday: US

    Amid tense ties between Israel and the United States, top US diplomat John Kerry will meet the chief Palestinian negotiator Monday to discuss how to advance the frozen peace process. Kerry will welcome a Palestinian delegation, lead by Saeb Erakat, to the State Department for discussions on "the way forward" in a Middle East peace deal and the situation in the Gaza Strip, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Friday. Clashes erupted in the West Bank Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police.

  • The Frightening Numbers Behind Our Halloween Fun
    The Frightening Numbers Behind Our Halloween Fun

    With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, a record number of Americans are expected to participate in the spooky holiday in some fashion. Not only that - we're expected to spend a record-breaking $7.4 billion on Halloween this year. Before you put on your Elvis suit and starting dunking for apples or herding the kids on their trick-or-treat trips, check out exactly how you’ll be contributing to the economy by partaking of Halloween.  This year, Americans plan to spend $2.2 billion on candy and handing out sweets will be the top-planned activity, says the National Retail Association.

  • Here's why millennials have such a hard time sticking with one job
    Here's why millennials have such a hard time sticking with one job

    By their very nature, young people are just more likely to bounce from job to job than their older counterparts.

  • How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness
    How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness

    In 2010, a historic Election Day sweep in Kansas saw Democrats lose every statewide office. Many people wrote them off for dead, but Joan Wagnon reused to believe it. Now the 74-year-old state chair is using technology to rebuild and modernize the party.

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