Los Angeles mom charged after son brings gun to high school

By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters on Oct. 15, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles woman who prosecutors say allowed her 17-year-old son to bring a loaded firearm and extra ammunition to his high school has been charged with multiple criminal counts, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The prosecution is the first of its kind in Los Angeles against a …

Prize-winning children’s author Zilpha Keatley Snyder dies

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Oct. 15, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, the prize-winning author of “The Egypt Game” and dozens of other novels that led young readers into the wondrous terrain between fantasy and reality, died Oct. 7 at a retirement community in Greenbrae, California. She was 87. The cause was a stroke, said her husband, Larry Snyder. …

Obama, foreign military chiefs coordinate Islamic State plans

By Steve Holland and Phil Stewart, Reuters on Oct. 15, 2014, at 7:53 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group’s advances at the northern Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq. But Obama did not hint any changes …
White House spokesman Josh Earnest answers a question about Ebola during a press briefing on Wednesday at the White House in Washington.

Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola, had fever on airliner

By Lisa Maria Garza and Terry Wade, Reuters on Oct. 15, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
DALLAS — A second Texas nurse who had contracted Ebola flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Texas with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed, health officials said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about U.S. efforts to control the disease. Chances that other passengers on the …
Governor Paul LePage flies an F-35 Lightning II simulator at a Pratt and Whitney employee appreciation event in North Berwick last year.

Pratt and Whitney signs $592 million deal with Pentagon for next F-35 engines

By Reuters on Oct. 14, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been awarded a $592 million contract with the Pentagon for a seventh batch of F135 engines to power the F-35 fighter plane built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the Defense Department said on Tuesday. The contract will cover 36 …

Lawyers: NFL concussion deal has ‘overwhelming’ player support

By Daniel Kelley, Reuters on Oct. 14, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Retired NFL players who sued the league over on-the-field concussions have overwhelmingly accepted a multimillion-dollar settlement despite serious misgivings about some of the terms, lawyers representing the players said Tuesday. Tuesday marked the deadline for players to agree to opt out or object to the terms of the …
Recording artist Kesha arrives to the premiere of "Planes: Fire and Rescue" at the El Capitan Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on July 15.  Kesha on Oct. 14 sued pop hit-making music producer Dr. Luke to let her out of her record contract, accusing him of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse.

Kesha accuses pop producer Dr. Luke of abuse in dueling lawsuits

By Eric Kelsey, Reuters on Oct. 14, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Pop singer Kesha and music producer Dr. Luke unleashed dueling lawsuits on Tuesday trading accusations of abuse and extortion as the “Die Young” singer says she wants out of her record contract with the hit-making producer. Kesha, 27, whose legal name is Kesha Sebert, has accused Dr. …

American killed by camel at Mexico beach resort

By Reuters on Oct. 14, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
MEXICO CITY — A 60-year-old American was killed by a camel which escaped from its pen and attacked him at a wildlife center he owned in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, local emergency services said on Tuesday. Richard Mileski, who was from the Chicago area, was found dead early …

$1 million bail set for Massachusetts woman found living with dead babies

By Daniel Lovering, Reuters on Oct. 14, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
UXBRIDGE, Massachusetts — A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday ordered a 31-year-old woman found living last month with the bodies of three dead infants in a rodent-infested house held on $1 million cash bail. The woman, Erika Murray, was arrested last month and charged with fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and …

Ebola prompts US to increase preparedness funding after budget cuts

By Roger Runningen and Kathleen Hunter, Bloomberg on Oct. 14, 2014, at 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The first known case of Ebola contracted in the U.S. is giving urgency to moves by lawmakers to boost funding for a response after years of cuts to federal prevention and research budgets. With health officials raising the prospect of more U.S. Ebola cases, members of the House …
Protesters scuffle with police during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2014. Hundreds of protesters converged in the pouring rain on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department on Monday as they launched another day of demonstrations over the August killing by police of an unarmed black teenager.

Police arrest 50 protesting shootings of blacks, police violence in Ferguson and St. Louis

By Fiona Ortiz, Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Hundreds of people demonstrated in the pouring rain in the St. Louis area on Monday, staging a series of rolling protests in the latest show of anger over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August. At least 50 protesters were arrested in civil disobedience …

Canadian Pacific tries to buy US railroad CSX, but is rejected

By David Welch, Ed Dufner and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg on Oct. 13, 2014, at 8:11 p.m.
NEW YORK — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. was spurned after approaching U.S. railroad CSX Corp. with a merger proposal sometime in the past week, people familiar with the matter said. It’s not clear whether Canadian Pacific plans another overture, said the people, who asked not to be named because details …

CDC declares no Ebola scare at Boston’s Logan Airport

By Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
BOSTON — Emergency crews in protective gear removed five passengers with flu-like symptoms from a commercial airliner that arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport on Monday, but federal health authorities played down the possibility of Ebola. Emirates flight 237 from Dubai landed at Logan around 2:30 p.m. EDT and emergency medical …
Broccoli is easy to grow and has a long list of garden attributes. A recent study shows potential for a substance in broccoli to improve autism symptoms.

Study: Substance in broccoli improves autism symptoms

By Kathryn Doyle, Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
NEW YORK — A dose of a chemical found in broccoli and other vegetables may improve the behavioral and social symptoms of autism in young men, according to a new small study. But people would have to eat a possibly unrealistic amount of broccoli and other vegetables to reach the …
Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai poses for pictures during a photo opportunity at the U.N. in New York, in this photo taken Aug. 18, 2014. Yousafzai was named to Time's annual unranked list of most influential teenagers, the magazine said Monday.

Obama girls, Malala, Lorde make Time’s ‘influential teens’ list

By Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The daughters of President Barack Obama, entertainers, a Nobel laureate and a girl baseball player all made Time’s annual list of most influential teenagers, the magazine said Monday. First daughters Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13; Grammy-winning New Zealand singer Lorde, 17; and Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, …

California parrot that vanished for four years returns speaking Spanish

By Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The owner of a parrot that spoke English with a British accent says the bird went missing for four years, only to return speaking Spanish and asking for someone named Larry, a Southern California newspaper reported on Monday. Darren Chick told the Daily Breeze newspaper that he …
Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014. Pope Francis opened the Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him.

Vatican document says Church must show more respect for same-sex couples

By Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post on Oct. 13, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
Top clergy considering whether Catholicism must change its approach to sex and marriage Monday blew away some long-time Vatican watchers by saying the Church must “turn respectfully” to non-traditional relationships — including unmarried and same-sex couples — and “appreciate the positive values” those unions may have. The comments came in …
Pope Francis leads a thanksgiving mass for Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Oct. 12, 2014. Francis has pushed the church to take a softer stance on same-sex marriage, but has met considerable resistance in Italy from politicians and prominent Cardinals.

Cardinal: Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, in defiance of Pope Francis’ call for inclusion

By Philip Pullella, Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
VATICAN CITY — A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries. On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano ordered mayors to stop recognizing the validity of gay marriages performed outside …

Photo-saving service claims hackers stole Snapchat images

By Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO —, a website which allows users to save images sent via Snapchat, claimed Monday that hackers breached its servers and made off with some 500 megabytes of photographs. The claim by the little-known website sheds some light on reports in past days that hackers were preparing to …

Islamic State forces 180,000 to flee in Iraq

By Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
BAGHDAD — Fighting in Iraq’s western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State earlier this month, the United Nations said Monday. Islamic State fighters extended that advance by overrunning a military base that the Iraqi army had abandoned …
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