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NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

Thursday, 6:25 AM

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, left, shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Stoltenberg said the alliance is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in airforce activity in eastern Europe by Russia, which he urged to end “destabilizing actions” in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Eurokinissi, Tatiana Bolaris) GREECE OUTATHENS, Greece (AP) — NATO's new chief says the alliance is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe.


Kosovo athletes start training for Rio Olympics

Thursday, 6:20 AM

Kosovo Olympic hopeful swimmer Lum Zhaveli is reflected in pool water as he arrives to a training session in the capital Pristina in this photo taken Oct. 29, 2014. Just a week after gaining provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kosovo is already preparing in earnest for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As Memli Krasniqi, Kosovo’s minister of culture, youth and sports, says "now our athletes will be able to represent their country." (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A week after gaining provisional recognition from the IOC, Kosovo is already preparing in earnest for the 2016 Olympics.


S.Sudan fighting surge sparks fears of growing aid crisis

Thursday, 6:10 AM

A humanitarian aid truck is stuck in flood waters on October 10, 2014 on Mayom road outside the UNMISS compound accommodating the main internally displaced camp in BentiuHeavy fighting in South Sudan's key northern oil town of Bentiu raged Thursday, aid workers said, as fears of a renewed offensive raised warnings of an escalating humanitarian catastrophe. After skirmishes outside the town of Bentiu earlier this week, rebels on Wednesday launched the first major attack on a town for months, with aid workers nearby reporting heavy machine gunfire and explosions. Defence Minister Kuol Manyang said there were "a lot of wounded people" in Bentiu but insisted the army was in control of the town, although aid workers outside the town on Thursday said "heavy fighting" continued.


Whither Obama’s Army? Obama’s 'field general' Mitch Stewart sees even odds to hold Senate

Thursday, 5:28 AM

Former Obama campaign battleground states director delves into 2014, 2016 elections

San Francisco Giants fans take to streets after World Series win

Thursday, 5:53 AM

Fans celebrate after the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series during a television viewing event at the Civic Center in San FranciscoBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fans of the took to the streets to celebrate on Wednesday night after their team won the baseball World Series, topping the Kansas City Royals, but the festivities were marred by raucous fans and fires. Hundreds, many clad in the team's orange and black, flooded Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District after the final out in the seventh game of the baseball championship. Some perched themselves on bus stops, while others set off fireworks, hugged, high-fived and cheered with beer and champagne in the middle of the street. ...


Rose fights back, Donaldson rides luck in Shanghai

Thursday, 4:47 AM

Justin Rose considers a putt at the 9th hole during the BMW Shanghai Masters golf tournament on October 30, 2014European Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson both endured an up-and-down day as the BMW Masters got under way in Shanghai on Thursday. Rose ended on level par after a disastrous start that left him four over after just four holes. Beginning at the 10th Rose was already one-over par when he found water twice en route to a triple-bogey eight at the par-five 13th.


Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

Thursday, 6:17 AM

This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.


Gunfire, arrests erupt as Giants fans revel in win

Thursday, 6:16 AM

A man jumps over a burning couch in the Mission district after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The celebration in San Francisco's streets over the Giants' World Series victory turned raucous and violent in some areas with people injured by gunfire, officers hurt by bottles thrown by revelers, and police making arrests.


JPMorgan tops pay table with $740,000 for London bankers: survey

Thursday, 6:12 AM

Workers are reflected in the windows of the Canary Wharf offices of JP Morgan in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - U.S. bank J.P. Morgan pays managing directors at its investment bank in London an average of 461,000 pounds ($737,877), substantially more than pay across its rivals, according to a survey. Emolument, a website that benchmarks salaries, said on Thursday the average salary and bonus for JPMorgan managing directors was more than 13 percent higher than the next best paying bank, Deutsche Bank , which paid its managing directors an average of 402,000 pounds. ...


Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

Thursday, 6:08 AM

Employee walks pass a logo of Alibaba during a media tour organised by government officials at its headquarters on the outskirts of HangzhouBEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...


Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

Thursday, 6:17 AM

This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.


Teva optimistic U.S. top court to rule in favor of MS drug patent

Thursday, 6:16 AM

A sign bearing the logo of Teva is seen in JerusalemTEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in its favor regarding patent protection for Copaxone, its multiple sclerosis treatment, Chief Executive Erez Vigodman said on Thursday. Vigodman said in a conference call with analysts that he expects a decision by late this year or the first quarter of 2015. The court earlier this month appeared closely divided as it weighed Teva's high-profile fight with generic drug manufacturers over patent protections for its $4-billion-a-year drug. ...