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    Today is Friday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2014. There are 68 days left in the year.

  • Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
    Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

    BEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.

  • Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha
    Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha

    (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp is shuttering more than 100 stores and laying off at least 5,457 employees, investor website Seeking Alpha reported on Thursday, indicating the struggling retailer may be stepping up store closures. Sears said in August it had closed 96 stores in the six months since February and planned to close a total of 130 underperforming stores during the full fiscal year. It added at the time that it may shutter additional stores beyond the 130 target. ...

  • Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000

    By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama man who sued over being hit and kicked by police after leading them on a high-speed chase will get $1,000 in a settlement with the city of Birmingham, while his attorneys will take in $459,000, officials said Wednesday. The incident gained public attention with the release of a 2008 video of police officers punching and kicking Anthony Warren as he lay on the ground after leading them on a roughly 20-minute high-speed chase. ...

  • Dramatic footage shows moment gunman stormed Canada parliament
    Dramatic footage shows moment gunman stormed Canada parliament

    Canadian police have released dramatic surveillance footage showing the moment a gunman suspected of planning to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic militants breached security at parliament after shooting dead a soldier. The footage emerged Thursday as officials said they had found no evidence of a wider plot following another deadly attack on Monday -- also by a young Canadian convert to Islam who had sought to leave for Syria. The prospect of more such strikes was at the forefront of many minds in Canada, as a society proud of its reputation for openness and tolerance grappled with a new menace. Canadian authorities were scrambling to probe the background of the young men, the first of whom ran his car over a soldier, killing him, and another who shot the soldier at a war memorial before storming parliament and being gunned down.

  • WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015
    WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

    Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali. Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola and one -- Dallas-based Nina Pham -- hugged President Barack Obama at the White House to prove it. "All is being put in place to start efficacy tests in the affected countries as early as December," WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny said.

  • New 'Drumline' casts a new beat to original
    New 'Drumline' casts a new beat to original

    ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Cannon remembers when youngsters often approached him, telling him that the 2002 film "Drumline" influenced them to attend a historically black college and university.

  • Nadal rules himself out of ATP World Tour Finals

    LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Rafa Nadal will miss the ATP World Tour Finals next month after opting to have surgery to remove his appendix. The Spanish 14-times grand slam champion told reporters after losing to Croatian teenager Borna Coric at the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Friday that he would have surgery on Nov. 3. "I'm not going to play Paris or London, I'm not competitive enough," said the 28-year-old who has been treating his appendicitis with antibiotics. The eight-man London season-ender begins on Nov. 9. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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