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Convicted Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren

This undated image provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 shows Don Spirit. On Thursday, officials said Spirit is suspected of killing six of his grandchildren, his daughter and himself near Bell, Fla. (AP Photo/Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office)BELL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man with an extensive criminal record — he spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son — killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage Thursday at a home in a small Florida town outside of Gainesville.

09/19/2014 - 09:27 PM


Original Marquis de Sade manuscript on display

The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of his novel 'The 120 Days of Sodom" is displayed at the Letters and Manuscripts Museum in Paris, Friday, Sept.19, 2014. The 12-metre (39 foot) long scroll was found in its hiding place when the Bastille prison was stormed during the 1789 French revolution and over the years has repeatedly changed hands. Returning to France, the parchment piece, goes on display to mark the bicentenary of Sade's death. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — The original scroll upon which the Marquis de Sade penned his famed, often-banned tale of sexual extremism is going on public display.

09/19/2014 - 09:27 PM


Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

A sign warning of the dangers of Ebola outside a government hospital in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown on August 13, 2014Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone launched a nationwide three-day shutdown on Friday to contain the deadly spread of an Ebola epidemic described by the UN Security Council as a threat to world peace.

09/19/2014 - 09:26 PM


France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq

French president Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a press conference, on September 18, 2014 at the Elysee palace in ParisPARIS (AP) — Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

09/19/2014 - 09:25 PM


Oracle shares slide after soft results, CEO change
(Reuters) - Shares of database software maker Oracle Corp. fell 2 percent in premarket trading on Friday after the company posted disappointing quarterly earnings late Thursday and at the same time said Larry Ellison was stepping aside as chief executive. Ellison, co-founder and leader of Oracle for 37 years, will be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, although Ellison will remain executive chairman and chief technology officer. Oracle shares were down $1.05 at $40.50 in trading ahead of Friday's opening bell, and the stock was the No. ...
09/19/2014 - 09:22 PM


Asian Games: South Korean leader lets the Games begin

South Korean pop star Psy (C) performs during the opening ceremony of the Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon on September 19, 2014Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome.

09/19/2014 - 09:22 PM


Syrian Kurds fleeing IS group cross into Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish official says the country has opened its border with Syria to allow up to 4,000 people, mostly Kurds, to cross to safety as they flee militants from the Islamic State group.
09/19/2014 - 09:19 PM


US man confesses to Bali suitcase killing: police

A police officer escorts suspect Tommy Schaffer during an investigation at a police station in Nusa Dua on Bali on August 13, 2014Denpasar (Indonesia) (AFP) - An American man has confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother at a luxury resort on the Indonesian island of Bali, while the girlfriend has admitted helping stuff the body into a suitcase, police said Friday.

09/19/2014 - 09:17 PM


Lloyds keeps door open for move south despite Scottish 'no' vote

A pedestrian passes the head office of the Lloyds Banking Group in LondonBy Steve Slater and Carolyn Cohn LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland-based Lloyds Banking Group left the door open for a move to London amid uncertainty over the future shape of the United Kingdom despite Scottish voters' rejection of full independence. British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to devolve more power to Scotland and other regions after the referendum made it clear that Scotland wants a greater say on spending and taxation, which could complicate the tax affairs of companies with offices across the United Kingdom. ...

09/19/2014 - 09:17 PM


Relief, not euphoria, for UK markets as Scots vote to stay
By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - British financial markets rose and a collective sigh of relief echoed across the investment and business community on Friday after a Scottish vote against independence averted the deep uncertainty a United Kingdom break-up would have unleashed. Bank shares drove the rally in equities, sterling hit a two-year high against the euro, and currency market volatility - which had reached historically high levels ahead of Thursday's vote - collapsed. Royal Bank of Scotland said it had scrapped contingency plans to relocate to England. ...
09/19/2014 - 09:15 PM


Cheers and tears from winners and losers in Scotland referendum
By Angus MacSwan Edinburgh (Reuters) - People reacted with relief and joy on one side and disappointment laced with bitterness on the other on Friday after Scotland decided to stay part of the United Kingdom in a referendum on independence. Many people stayed up all night to await the results, watching at home, gathered in pubs, or at counting centers. The victory for the "Better Together" camp was near certain around 5 a.m. ...
09/19/2014 - 09:15 PM


American performers get standing ovation in Iran

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, American artists from the Manual Cinema group perform a live cinematic shadow puppet show during the Tehran Mobarak Puppet Festival at the City Theater in Iran. Hundreds of Iranian art lovers gave a troupe of Chicago-based puppeteers flowers and a lengthy standing ovation at the Tehran City Theater at the end of their historic performance this week during a rare visit by American performers to the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hundreds of Iranian art lovers gave a troupe of Chicago-based puppeteers flowers and a lengthy standing ovation at the Tehran City Theater at the end of their historic performance this week during a rare visit by American performers to the Islamic Republic.

09/19/2014 - 09:07 PM


Indian TV sacks newsreader over 'Eleven Jinping' blunder

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave prior to delegation level talks in New Delhi on September 18, 2014New Delhi (AFP) - Pronouncing foreign leaders' names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but on Friday it proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president's name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him "Eleven Jinping" on air.

09/19/2014 - 09:05 PM


For followers of Nigeria's "Prophet", building collapse was "Satan's work"

Beds used by guests are seen near an excavator at the site of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations in the Ikotun-Egbe neighbourhood of Nigeria's commercial capital LagosBy Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - For supporters of "Prophet" TB Joshua, one of Africa's best-known Christian preachers, the death of at least 80 of his congregation under the rubble of a Lagos guesthouse that collapsed a week ago was no construction accident.     "The church views this tragedy as part of an attack on The Synagogue Church Of All Nations," said a statement on his official Facebook page on Thursday.     "In due course, God will reveal the perpetrators." Most of the deaths were South Africans, and Joshua said he was cooperating with the investigation. ...

09/19/2014 - 09:02 PM


Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A defense lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes.
09/19/2014 - 08:52 PM


Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins

Video grab of health workers pushing an Ebola patient who escaped from quarantine from Monrovia's Elwa hospital, into an ambulance in the centre of PaynesvilleBy Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures. Streets in the normally bustling seaside capital Freetown were deserted, barring vehicles carrying police officers and health workers. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ...

09/19/2014 - 08:52 PM


'Gotham' actor's Penguin inspired by DC Comics

In this image released by Fox, Robin Lord Taylor is shown in a scene from "Gotham," premiering on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8:00 ET/PT. (AP Photo/Fox, Jessica Miglio)NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Lord Taylor remembers seeing the "Batman" film starring Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito on its opening night in 1989.

09/19/2014 - 08:43 PM


Car bomb attacks kill 20 people in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 20 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country.
09/19/2014 - 08:41 PM


Ahead of Alibaba debut, NYSE says all systems operating normally
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In advance of the widely anticipated trading debut of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. , the New York Stock Exchange on Friday said all of its systems are operating normally. In a market status update issued to clients at 7:30 a.m., the exchange said, "Common Customer Gateways (CCGs) are open for members to submit orders.  All NYSE systems are currently operating normally." Alibaba, which priced its massive initial public offering at $68 a share late on Thursday, will begin trading on the NYSE under the ticker "BABA" later on Friday morning. ...
09/19/2014 - 08:35 PM


Color lines are blurred in Fox comedy 'black-ish'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tracee Ellis Ross delivers perhaps the funniest line you'll hear on a sitcom this fall.
09/19/2014 - 08:28 PM


Russian minister says Exxon continues drilling with Rosneft
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said on Friday that U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp was continuing exploration drilling with Russian counterpart Rosneft in the Kara Sea. "Exxon is continuing exploration drilling in the Kara Sea," Donskoi told Reuters. He declined to provide details. Earlier on Friday he said that he had heard information that drilling had most likely been suspended, but had not been officially informed of that. (Reporting by Polina Devitt, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
09/19/2014 - 08:26 PM


Russia may use up to $7.8 bln from fund to help energy champions -Tass
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may prop up energy companies Rosneft and Novatek with up to $3.9 billion each from its National Wealth Fund, a reserve of oil proceeds set up to buoy the country's pension system. Russia's government has promised to support those companies which, under EU and U.S. sanctions over Ukraine, are unable to access Western markets. Rosneft and Novatek, both run by allies of President Vladimir Putin, have signaled they will need help, with Rosneft asking for $40 billion. ...
09/19/2014 - 08:25 PM


Shell Russia, Total say will continue work in Russia
SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - The head of Shell Russia said on Friday that the company's strategy in Russia remained unchanged, although the firm is evaluating the implications of sanctions imposed by the West on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine. "Our strategy regarding Russia remains unchanged," Olivier Lazare told a business forum in Russia's southern city of Sochi. "We want to continue our presence in Russia. Current business is not affected by sanctions." He added the company is seeking to understand potential implications from the sanctions. ...
09/19/2014 - 08:25 PM


Hamm, other stars join campaign against assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has enlisted Hollywood stars including Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" and Connie Britton of "Nashville" to help fight campus sexual assault.
09/19/2014 - 08:21 PM


Bomb kills 2 Lebanese soldiers near Syria border

FILE -- In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Lebanese army reinforcements arrive to the outskirts of Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. Attackers blew up a roadside bomb near an army patrol near the Syrian border Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 killing two soldiers and wounding many in the latest spillover from the civil war next door, security official said. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Attackers detonated a roadside bomb against a passing army truck near the Syrian border Friday, killing two soldiers and wounding three in the latest spillover from the civil war next door.

09/19/2014 - 08:20 PM


Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State cross border into Turkey

Turkish security forces stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBy Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Several thousand Syrian Kurds began crossing into Turkey on Friday fleeing Islamic State fighters who advanced into their villages, prompting warnings of massacres from Kurdish leaders. Islamic State (IS) fighters have seized villages in northern Syria over the past two days and are besieging the mainly Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, on the Turkish border. ...

09/19/2014 - 08:10 PM


Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

A charity worker, center, from the GOAL Ireland humanitarian agency, educates children on how to prevent and identify the Ebola virus in their communities at Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone's capital on Thursday stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities will hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.

09/19/2014 - 08:02 PM


UEFA picks Wembley for Euro 2020 semifinals, final
GENEVA (AP) — Wembley Stadium in London will host the semifinals and final of the first continent-wide European Championship in 2020, ending a run of bidding failures by England.
09/19/2014 - 08:00 PM


Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Hawthi Shiite dance with traditional daggers named "jambiya" during a protest in a main road leading to the airport in Sanaa, Yemen. Security officials say Shiite rebels have reached a suburb of Yemen's capital where they are fighting Sunni militias and besieging a university run by one of the nation's best known Sunni radicals. The officials say Thursday's fighting on Sept. 18, 2014 in Shamlan has forced thousands to flee their homes, but they have no word on casualties. They say the rebels, known as Hawthis, are surrounding the Iman University, an institution long viewed as a primary breeding ground for militants. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in the streets of the Yemeni capital for a second day Friday in fighting that has killed at least 120 people, driven thousands from their homes and virtually shut down the country's main airport. The battles are raising fears of greater sectarian conflict, unseen for decades in Yemen.

09/19/2014 - 07:57 PM


Search for ambush suspect centers on dense woods

An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson from his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police paused to pay tribute to their fallen comrade, then got back to work hunting for the man suspected as his killer — a self-taught survivalist they are trying to flush out of dense, swampy northeastern Pennsylvania woodland.

09/19/2014 - 07:47 PM


Exclusive: Asian buyers of U.S. LNG dial back as exuberance dims

A worker walks atop a tanker wagon to check the freight level at an oil terminal on outskirts of KolkataBy Oleg Vukmanovic MILAN (Reuters) - A looming gas glut worldwide is prompting Japanese and Indian firms to resell to European traders and utilities big chunks of U.S. liquefied natural gas they had committed to buy several years ago, signaling tempered enthusiasm for U.S. energy. The chance to ship LNG from the United States, where natural gas output is booming, was touted as the solution to Asia's soaring energy needs and mounting fuel import bill -- and firms rushed in to grab a slice of the affordable action. ...

09/19/2014 - 07:47 PM


2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, Li Na of China holds the championship trophy after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Li, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, announced her retirement on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)BEIJING (AP) — Relying on fitness and a strong baseline game, Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights.

09/19/2014 - 07:46 PM


EU relief at Scotland's 'no' tinged with fear of nationalism
By Alastair Macdonald and Paul Taylor BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe. EU partners had mostly kept quiet in the run-up to Thursday's referendum, lest their fears of a break-up of the United Kingdom leading to contagion elsewhere in Europe be seized upon as interference. ...
09/19/2014 - 07:46 PM


Islamic State creates police force in northwest Iraq

Islamic Police Nineveh StateBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's northwest Nineveh province have created a police force to "implement the orders of the religious judiciary," according to a well-known militant Islamist website. Photos on the website showed armed men in black clothing with "Islamic Police Nineveh State” printed on the arm. The police forces were in freshly painted police cars and one photo showed militiamen on a river boat. It was not clear when the photos were posted or when the police force was established. ...

09/19/2014 - 07:42 PM


Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

A girl holds a U.S. flag next to a sculpture after a naturalization ceremony at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New YorkBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. ...

09/19/2014 - 07:41 PM


Special Report: Scotland stays in UK, but Britain faces change

File photo of a "No" campaign placard and Union flag seen outside a cottage on the Isle of North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides of ScotlandBy Alistair Smout, Kylie MacLellan and Kate Holton EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) - When 3.6 million Scots voted on Thursday on whether to leave or stay within the United Kingdom, they were answering one simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country? But for a time some politicians on both sides of the debate wanted to include a third choice on the ballot: maximum devolution of powers to Scotland within Britain, or so-called devo-max. ...

09/19/2014 - 07:34 PM


China insists wealthy countries should improve emission targets

A man crosses a road on a polluted day in Beijing on July 3, 21014Beijing (AFP) - Wealthy countries should increase their emission commitments if a global pact on climate change is to be reached next year, China's top UN climate negotiator said Friday.

09/19/2014 - 07:30 PM


NYSE tests systems, to brief investors before Alibaba's debut
By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Stock Exchange tested its trading systems over the summer to make sure Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's market debut on Friday goes without a hitch, after the Chinese e-commerce company's initial public offering raised $21.8 billion. Alibaba chose the NYSE over rival exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to list its shares in part because it worried about Nasdaq's ability to handle a massive IPO after Facebook Inc's botched market debut in 2012, sources have previously said. ...
09/19/2014 - 07:29 PM


'Miracle' panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo

A set of giant panda triplets being shown to the public for the first time after they opened their eyes at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province on September 18, 2014A set of panda triplets, known as the world's only surviving trio, have opened their eyes for the first time more than a month after their birth in a Chinese zoo.

09/19/2014 - 07:27 PM


France says it launches first air strikes in Iraq

French President Hollande listens to a question during a news conference at the Elysee Palace in ParisPARIS (Reuters) - France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country. "This morning at 9:40 (0740 GMT) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists," President Francois Hollande's office said a statement issued shortly after the raids. The target in northeast Iraq was totally destroyed, said the statement, adding that there would be further operations "in the coming days". ...

09/19/2014 - 07:24 PM



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