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HK leader: Room to discuss election committee

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader said Tuesday his government won’t let the public nominate candidates to succeed him, as thousands of protesters demand, but he added that there’s room to discuss how to form a key committee that would pick...
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Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country’s worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. Tourism Department official Tulasi Gautam...
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Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that...

Pitt comfortable with oldest son seeing ‘Fury’

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the World War II drama “Fury” depicts a gruesome look at war through the exploits of a tank crew in Nazi Germany, Brad Pitt feels his 13-year old son, Maddox, can handle the content. “He’s a World War II buff,” Pitt told...

Movie screens to show a special ‘Billy Elliot’

NEW YORK (AP) — If you despaired at missing the sight of 25 Billy Elliots onstage together this fall, get your dancing shoes on. Fathom Events will next month broadcast to U.S. movie theaters the special performance that brought together past and present Billys for a...

Greek markets nosedive amid political uncertainty

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Uncertainty over the government’s survival and future of Greece’s bailout program has spurred a second day of heavy selling on the Athens Stock Exchange, with the main index down a massive 9.4 percent. Wednesday’s plunge follows a...
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Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

NEW YORK (AP) — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs? Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and...

New York factory growth at slowest pace in 6 mos.

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to 6.2 in October, down sharply from...