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Police: Woman killed while walking with daughter in Strawberry Mansion was targeted

Police: Woman killed while walking with daughter in Strawberry Mansion was targeted A woman was shot multiple times while out walking her dog with her teenage daughter in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia.


California governor expected to OK plastic bag ban

A woman walks with a plastic bag in Sacramento, Calif. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.


Shooing birds from bridge could cost millions

This 2012 photo released by the California Department of Transportation shows cormorant birds under the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Transportation officials are trying to move hundreds of double-crested cormorants and other birds that nest in the 10,000-foot-long steel structure, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/California Department of Transportation, William Hall) MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.


Colorado high court considers pot firing case

FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, attorney Michael Evans, left, listens in his office in Denver, as his client Brandon Coats talks about the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Coats being fired from his job after testing positive for the use of medical marijuana. The Colorado Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the marijuana-related firing case that could have big implications for the state’s pot smokers. Coats is a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats says he needs the drug to help with violent spasms he has suffered since he was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.


Consumer Watchdog Endorses "Focus On The User" Project; Website and "Widget" Demonstrate How Google Favors Its Own ...

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, "Focus on the User" and a downloadable "widget" available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results.View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ "Consumer Watchdog endorses the 'Focus on the User' project as an important way to ...

Falcon has cataract surgery, gets new lenses

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses.

Jim Gardner One-On-One with Philadelphia Orchestra's Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Jim Gardner One-On-One with Philadelphia Orchestra's Yannick Nezet-Seguin We continue our One on One series, this time with one of the most extraordinary people I've met in a long time, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.


One person in custody after shooting at North Carolina high school

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - One person was in custody after a shooting on Tuesday at a high school in Albemarle, North Carolina, according to police and local media reports. One person had been shot at Albemarle High School, and the school was on lockdown, NBC's Charlotte affiliate WCNC reported. A woman who answered the phone at the police department confirmed someone was in custody but had no other immediate details. Albemarle is about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins)

Police: Body of Arkansas real estate agent found

This undated photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office shows Beverly Carter. Authorities say Carter's body was found early Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in a shallow grave at a concrete company, about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, Ark. Carter had been missing since Thursday. (AP Photo/Courtesy Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office) SCOTT, Ark. (AP) — Police discovered the body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave at a concrete company early Tuesday, and a man has been jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and killing her, authorities said.


Canadian economy stalls in July, breaks six-month growth streak

Construction workers works on building new homes in Calgary, Alberta OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's economy did not expand in July, breaking a six-month streak of consecutive gains, Statistics Canada data indicated on Tuesday, ensuring the third quarter started sluggishly. Statscan said real gross domestic product was unchanged from June. Market analysts expected a 0.2 percent advance. The data will put little pressure on the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates. The central bank, which has kept its key rate at a near-record low for four years, said there was no chance of a hike until it sees signs of a sustained recovery. Manufacturing output grew by 1. ...


Japan art market boosted by Abenomics after years in the doldrums

A woman visits art exhibition 'A Dream I Dreamed' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai By Megumi Lim TOKYO (Reuters) - Just a decade ago, a lithograph by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sold for several hundred dollars at best. But now her pieces, some just the size of a magazine, can fetch as much as $74,000. Japan's long dormant art market has been turbo-charged by economic policies that have dragged the nation from decades of deflation, as well as by the weakening of the yen, spurring demand for post-World War Two and contemporary works both at home and abroad. ...


AP PHOTOS: Rush-hour keeps billions on the move

In this Sept. 18, 2014, photo, train commuters hold on to the front and side of an overcrowded passenger train in Soweto, South Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) On packed subways and crowded highways, billions of people participate in a short-distance population shift twice a day: the rhythmic ritual of the daily commute to and from work.


South Africa cbank should keep policy focus on inflation - Kganyago

South African National Treasury Director General Kganyago makes remarks at a media briefing to report on the G-24 Ministers' Meeting in Washington JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's central bank has little policy room to boost demand in the economy and it should keep its focus on taming inflation, Deputy Governor Lesetja Kganyago said on Tuesday. Likely interest rate increases in the United States would require corresponding policy shifts in South Africa, Kganyago said in a speech prepared for delivery at an investor conference in Cape Town. The Reserve Bank left interest rates unchanged at 5. ...


ECB under pressure as inflation falls again

French Economy and Industry Minister Emmanuel Macron, center, listens to the explanations of PSA Peugeot research director Gilles Le Borgne, left, as they watch the EB turbo pure tech engine during his visit to the PSA Peugeot Citroen headquarters in Paris, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Watching at right is PSA Peugeot Citroen chairman Carlos Tavares. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) LONDON (AP) — Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon — a large-scale program to create new money.


Kenya's economy increases by a quarter to join Africa's top 10

A customer conducts a mobile money transfer inside the Safaricom mobile phone care centre in Nairobi By George Obulutsa and Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's gross domestic product was estimated to be 25 percent bigger after the authorities changed the base calculation year to 2009 from 2001, sending the east African nation into the continent's top 10 economies. Economic output was calculated to be 4.76 trillion shillings ($53.4 billion) in 2013 after the rebasing, up from 3.8 trillion shillings ($42.6 billion), the minister for devolution and planning, Anne Waiguru, told a news conference on Tuesday. ...


Investigation: Texas inmate locked for weeks in cell filled with bugs, trash and feces

Investigation: Texas inmate locked for weeks in cell filled with bugs, trash and feces Whistleblowers say an inmate was not let out from his cell in weeks. He was found wearing a shredded jail uniform among trash, bugs and feces.


Parents charged in death of son found in home

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man and woman have been charged with homicide in the death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found in their Harrisburg home last summer.

Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

In this Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 photo, workers insulate the outer wall of a building in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians are rushing to insulate their walls, seal up drafty windows and snap up heating equipment as the possibility sets in that they may be about to experience their first winter without Russian gas. Whereas Oct. 1 typically marks the start of the heating season, first in public buildings and by the middle of the month in all private homes, this year the government has warned that it won’t supply heat until early November, when temperatures can easily dip below freezing. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov.) KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.


Missing realtor's body found in Arkansas

Missing realtor's body found in Arkansas Police discovered the body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave at a concrete company early Tuesday.


SC cop indicted in shooting shrouded in mystery

HFM TUESDAY SEPT 30 **In this Feb. 18, 2013 photo released by the Columbia County (Ga.) Sheriff`s Office, Earnest Satterwhite poses for a booking bug. Satterwhite spent some of the last moments of his life fleeing from officers that wanted to pull the 68-year-old man over on suspicion of drunken driving. Seconds after he pulled into a driveway off a dirt road in Edgefield County, an officer opened fired, leaving him one of 75 people in South Carolina killed by an officer since 2010. (AP Photo/Columbia County (Ga.) Sheriff`s Office) NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with some habits, including ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over.


City of Auckland, New Zealand Selects HP to Drive Groundbreaking Future Cities Initiative

HP today announced that the city of Auckland, New Zealand has selected HP Software to deliver a visionary Big Data project designed to provide a safer community and more efficient roadways for its citizens....

Off-duty police officer shoots suspect in Edgewater Park, N.J.

Off-duty police officer shoots suspect in Edgewater Park, N.J. Police tell Action News the off-duty officer works for the Delanco Police Department. The suspect was critically injured.


Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew, 32, is suspect in the Sept. 13, 2014 disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.


India holds rates to guard against inflation

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan speaks during a news conference at RBI headquarters in Mumbai on August 5, 2014 Mumbai (AFP) - India's central bank kept interest rates on hold Tuesday, saying it was worried inflation in Asia's third-largest economy may not cool as fast as hoped


Possible data breach at ACME stores in Pa, NJ, Del.

Possible data breach at ACME stores in Pa, NJ, Del. Card data of ACME shoppers may be at risk after another hack, the supermarket's owner said Monday.


AccuWeather: Sun today; shower possible later

AccuWeather: Sun today; shower possible later AccuWeather is tracking more spotty showers today.


City Developments Buys Tokyo Land for S$356 Million From Seiko

City Developments Ltd. (CIT) , Singapore’s second-largest developer, bought a plot of land in Tokyo valued at S$356 million ($279 million) as it seeks to expand overseas amid declining demand at home.

Body of missing Arkansas real estate agent found

(Reuters) - Police have discovered the body of an Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave after she was reported missing last week, a law enforcement official said. Police found the body of 49-year-old Beverly Carter shortly after midnight on Tuesday in a Little Rock suburb about 25 miles (40 km) north of the area where she was reported missing, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office spokesman Carl Minden said. Before going missing, she told associates she was meeting a possible buyer at a property in Scott. ...

German jobless total rises in September

Two job seekers stand in front of the reception at a unemployment centre "Agentur fuer Arbeit" on April 11, 2012, at the district Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany Frankfurt (AFP) - The number of people looking for work in Germany increased in September, as clouds continue to build over Europe's biggest economy, data showed Tuesday, but analysts said the figures were no cause for alarm just yet.


China final September HSBC PMI steady on firmer global demand but risks remain

An employee works at a machine manufacturing factory in Huaibei BEIJING (Reuters) - China's vast factory sector showed signs of steadying in September as export orders climbed, a private survey showed on Tuesday, easing fears of a hard landing but pointing to a still-sluggish economy facing considerable risks. The final HSBC/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index(PMI) hovered at 50.2 in September, unchanged from the August reading which was a three-month low, but lower than a preliminary reading of 50.5. A sub-index measuring new export orders, a gauge of external demand, expanded to a 4-1/2-year-high of 54.5, though domestic demand appeared soft. ...


Resident stabs robber during apartment burglary in Chinatown

Resident stabs robber during apartment burglary in Chinatown The unlawful entry happened on the unit block of North 9th Street near Filbert Street in Chinatown at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.


Albania borrows $150 million to improve power grid

A general view of a power distribution center in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The World Bank agreed to give Albania a $150 million (€118 million) loan to help the recovery of its power sector suffering from consumers’ non-payment and technical losses in distribution network. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina) TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The World Bank is lending Albania $150 million (€118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states.


Police officer shoots suspect in Edgewater Park, N.J.

Off-duty police officer shoots suspect in Edgewater Park, N.J. The suspect was critically injured in the early morning shooting. A full investigation is underway.


UK revises up Q2 economic growth to 0.9 percent

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. economy grew faster in the second quarter than previously estimated, with official figures revising up the quarter-on-quarter growth rate by 0.1 percentage points to 0.9 percent.

10 Things to Know for Today

L'Niyah Graham smiles while holding a script during a performance of "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" at Clinton Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday, July 17, 2014. This was the final part of a five-week summer reading program to help failing third-graders improve their skills so they can be tested again and move on to the fourth grade. Across the U.S., third-graders are increasingly facing the possibility they’ll be held back for missing state reading proficiency targets. (AP Photo/Mike Munden) Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, a Chinese woman holds an iPhone walks past an Apple store in Beijing, China. China's phone regulator said Tuesday, Sept. 30, it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to allow other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start on Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) BEIJING (AP) — China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start Oct. 17.


Kenya adds 25 pct to size of economy after rebasing - government

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated to be 25 percent bigger after the authorities changed the base calculation year to 2009 from 2001, sending the east African nation into the top 10 of Africa's largest economies. Economic output was calculated to be 4.76 trillion shillings ($53.3 billion) in 2013 after rebasing, up from 3.8 trillion shillings ($42.6 billion), the minister for devolution and planning, Anne Waiguru, told a news conference on Tuesday. Growth in 2013 was calculated to have been 5.7 percent after rebasing, up from the previous estimate of 4. ...

Kenya economy 25 pct bigger in 2013 after rebasing - government

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's gross domestic product (GDP) was assessed to be 25 percent bigger in 2013 after the authorities changed the base calculation year to 2009 from 2001, the government said on Tuesday. Economic output was calculated to be 4.76 trillion shillings ($53.3 billion) after rebasing, up from 3.8 trillion Kenyan shillings ($42.6 billion), the minister for devolution and planning, Anne Waiguru, told a news conference. Growth in 2013 was calculated to have been 5.7 percent after rebasing, up from the previous estimate of 4.7 percent. (1 US dollar = 89.2500 Kenyan shilling)

German jobless rate down to 6.5 percent

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate dipped to 6.5 percent in September as hiring picked up after the summer break.

Bank derivatives boom ahead of ECB test results as investors play safe

ECB headquarters are pictured prior to the bank's monthly news conference in Frankfurt By Francesco Canepa LONDON (Reuters) - Investors hopeful but not entirely confident that next month's European bank check will yield positive results are stacking up derivatives positions to balance optimism about the industry against worry over its performance in a faltering economy. The European Central Bank is expected to publish the outcome of its bank asset quality review on Oct. ...


AEG asks for more time to lure pro football team back to Los Angeles

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - Developer Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) asked Los Angeles on Monday to give it more time to lure a pro football team back to the city and start building a $1.2 billion stadium downtown. Los Angeles has been without professional football since 1994 when the Rams and the Raiders both left, to the dismay of legions of fans. AEG signed a deal with city authorities in 2012 to sign up a National Football League (NFL) team by Oct. 18 this year, build the new "Farmer's Field" stadium and improve the aging Los Angeles Convention Center. ...

Royal Bank of Scotland says expects lower impairments

A man uses an ATM at a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in London on June 14, 2013 London (AFP) - Royal Bank of Scotland will book lower bad debt charges than expected this year, helped by Ireland's improving economy, the state-rescued lender announced on Tuesday.


Launching marketplace, eBay aims to drive consolidation in Russia

An eBay sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, California By Anastasia Teterevleva MOSCOW (Reuters) - Internet auction site eBay intends to drive a wave of consolidation in Russia's e-commerce market over the next couple of years, persuading smaller companies to get on board as the economy weakens. Launching a marketplace for Russian merchants, eBay Vice President Wendy Jones said growth in e-commerce would probably only reach half of earlier predictions for around 20 percent after a "softening" in consumer spending. ...


For excited Kansas City, postseason growing pains

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Royals fans, their team, and the city itself are getting a crash course on what playoff baseball is all about.

U.S. courts deny trafficking victims lost wages: study

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States fail to get any back pay, despite a U.S. law requiring courts to order convicted traffickers to pay their lost wages, a new study has found. Sex trafficking victims are the least likely to win any monetary award, even if prosecutors petition the judge, and are awarded far less money than labor victims, according to the review of cases by the law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP. ...

Bill allows families to seek gun restraining order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would become the first state to allow family members to petition judges to take away relatives' guns if they are deemed to be dangerous under a bill that faces a Tuesday deadline for action.

Quotations in the News

"The president and the first lady, like all parents, are concerned about the safety of their children, but the president and first lady also have confidence in the men and women of the Secret Service to do a very important job." — White House spokesman Josh Earnest, commenting on reports that the intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged.

China manufacturing growth in September low

BEIJING (AP) — China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth, a survey showed Tuesday.

S.Africa telecoms regulator lifts connection rates for small networks

A customer leaves an MTN shop in Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's telecoms regulator published final telephone network connection rates on Monday that increase the amount small operators can charge their dominant rivals from next month. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has been on a quest to reduce the rates, which analysts say keep tariffs in Africa's most advanced economy among the highest on the continent. Market leaders Vodacom and MTN will continue to charge calls to their networks at 20 South African cents for the next year. ...


City's refugees 'living like beggars'

Away from pro-democracy protests, the city's refugees are fighting to be heard.
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