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U.S. delays ‘incentive’ airwaves auction to early 2016

By Alina Selyukh, Reuters on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015 because of its complexity and a pending court challenge, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. The FCC is working on rules for the …

Alabama attorneys complain of harassment after $460,000 settlement

By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, Reuters on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:10 a.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Lawyers for a man who received a $460,000 settlement after suing the city of Birmingham for police brutality said on Friday they had received harassing emails and phone calls after it was disclosed they would pocket all but $1,000 of the settlement. “We have been called criminals, …

GM Financial subpoenaed as subprime auto probe widens

By Sarah Mulholland and Matt Robinson, Bloomberg on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:07 a.m.
NEW YORK — Investigations of the subprime auto finance business are spreading as General Motors said its lending arm received additional subpoenas seeking details of its underwriting practices. GM Financial, which specializes in loans to people with spotty credit, said in a regulatory filing Thursday that attorneys general of states …

Police searching for man who was married to 6 women at the same time

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:06 a.m.
BALTIMORE — Baltimore County police are searching for a convicted bigamist they say was married to at least six women in different areas of Maryland at the same time. The man was convicted in January under the name Deshawn Grant Valentine — but legally changed his name to Deshawn Walter …

Subprime auto probe widens as GM gets subpoenas

By Sarah Mulholland and Matt Robinson, Bloomberg on Oct. 24, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.
NEW YORK — Investigations of the subprime auto finance business are spreading as General Motors said its lending arm received additional subpoenas seeking details of its underwriting practices. GM Financial, which specializes in loans to people with spotty credit, said in a regulatory filing Thursday that attorneys general of states …

Montana bride who shoved husband off cliff appeals murder conviction

By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
A Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park is appealing her murder conviction on grounds prosecutors distorted facts, acted vindictively toward her and engaged in misconduct, such as publicly labeling her a sociopath. Jordan Graham, 23, pleaded guilty in December to second-degree …

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

By Randall Palmer, Richard Valdmanis and Leah Schnurr, Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
OTTAWA — Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism as an opinion poll showed a majority of Canadians lacked confidence in their security services’ ability to deter homegrown radicals who struck twice in the past week. Investigators said there was no apparent link between the two attackers, who …
TV personality June Shannon, from the show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," arrives for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, in this March 16, 2013, file photo.

TLC cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’

By Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Cable television network TLC on Friday said it has canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” the popular cable reality series about a rural Georgia family and their precocious beauty pageant daughter. TLC, owned by Discovery Communications Inc., did not explain why it was canceling the show but …
Students and family members reunite at Shoultes Gospel Hall church after an active shooter situation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington Oct. 24. A student opened fire at his Washington state high school, Marysville-Pilchuck High School, on Friday, killing one person, wounding at least four others and spreading panic among students who scrambled across fields and parking lots to safety, police and hospital officials said.

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere, Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
MARYSVILLE, Washington — A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said. The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety …

Theodore A. Webb, 96, was outspoken Unitarian Universalist pastor

By Robert D. Dávila, The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
The Rev. Theodore A. Webb, an outspoken clergyman who was an influential leader of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, died Oct. 6 at 96. The Rev. Webb, who was pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento from 1971 to 1983, was a passionate humanist who preached a gospel …

City faces ‘direct hit’ in fish losses

By Sean Horgan, Gloucester Daily Times on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
The port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and its sector-based commercial fishermen could be crushed under emergency measures NOAA Fisheries is considering for Gulf of Maine cod, potentially losing as much as one-quarter of all groundfish revenues, according to a NOAA economic report. The ultimate revenue loss will be contingent on how …
Commuters depart an L train during the morning commute a day after an announcement that the subway system had been used by a doctor testing positive for Ebola in New York in this October 2014 file photo.

Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital becomes fourth person diagnosed with the disease in US

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo, Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
NEW YORK — A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Dr. …
John Halle, president and CEO of Cate Street Capital

Cate Street CEO in settlement talks on $2.4 million suit, pushing back trial date

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 24, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
PORTLAND | Cate Street CEO John Halle and the former business partner seeking to collect a legal judgment of at least $2.4 million have entered settlement talks that started last week. The parties are seeking to settle in federal court, where plaintiff Richard Davimos filed charges that Halle illegally …

Teachers’ unions to spend more than ever in state, local elections

By Lauren Camera, Education Week on Oct. 24, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
Deep-pocketed teachers’ unions, hoping to affect education policy at the state and local levels, are expecting to pour more money into those campaigns in the 2014 midterm elections than ever before. With the express mission of unseating Republican governors and flipping control of conservative state legislatures — legacies of the …

US senators demand nationwide recall over Takata air bags

By Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 9:54 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective air bags that can launch metal shards into occupants. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall …

Harper leads mourning as Canada grapples with Ottawa attack

By Theophilos Argitis and Greg Quinn, Bloomberg on Oct. 24, 2014, at 9:48 a.m.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other lawmakers paid their respects to the soldier gunned down in Ottawa on a day of mourning that followed acts of unprecedented violence in Canada’s capital. A few hundred people joined lawmakers from all parties at the war memorial Thursday to lay flowers …

Study seeks to track factory town’s asbestos legacy

By Sandy Bauers, The Philadelphia Inquirer on Oct. 24, 2014, at 7:04 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Joe Amento, a lifelong resident of Ambler, Pennsylvania, was 53 when he died of a rare cancer with one main cause: exposure to asbestos. He was fine at Christmas 2002. In January, a pain in his side kept him awake at night. He was found to have the …

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola -NY Times

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
NEW YORK — A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, the New York Times said on Thursday. The doctor was identified as Craig Spencer, who was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West …

Archivists find rare Abraham Lincoln document in vault in Illinois

By Tony Briscoe, Chicago Tribune on Oct. 23, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
Archivists have discovered a rare document with historic census information on Abraham Lincoln in a small, central Illinois city, according to the Illinois secretary of state. Illinois and Menard County officials found an 1840 state census in a county vault in Petersburg, the secretary of state’s office announced Wednesday. The …

Evidence supports Ferguson officer’s account of Michael Brown shooting

By Kimberly Kindy and Sari Horwitz, Washington Post on Oct. 23, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County …
 
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