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Yahoo's News - Today's Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is asking for public comment on whether it should pay doctors for counseling patients about their options for end-of-life care.
Virgin Galactic's pioneering spacecraft designed to take tourists into space crashed Friday in California, killing one of the two pilots and scattering debris across the desert. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. The incident is second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Science rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Richard Branson's long-held dream of offering the first passenger space flights, which have been snapped up by celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stake.
A group of Mexican police officers were questioned Friday over claims they kidnapped three American siblings who were found dead in the northeast of the country near the US border. Nine agents tasked with providing security for the mayor of the town of Control, Leticia Salazar, were ordered make statements to the top prosecutor of Tamaulipas state, an official told AFP. The officers form part of the so-called Hercules Group, a specialist unit in the nearby city of Matamoros, the scene of battles between the warring Zetas and Gulf drug cartels over the control of lucrative drug routes to the United States. The three siblings were Americans of Mexican origin.
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the battle against Islamist militants besieging the town, activists said.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit next month. The U.S. Treasury Department said Aung Thaung, who was industry minister under the former military government and is now a member of Myanmar's lower house of parliament, has been involved in attacks on the democratic opposition. ...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.
SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces crossed from Turkey into Syria's besieged Kobani on Friday to help push back Islamic State insurgents encircling the mainly Kurdish town, a peshmerga fighter in the group told Reuters by telephone. The peshmerga forces earlier set off in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps, escorted by armored vehicles, from a holding point around 8 km (5 miles) from the border towards Kobani, which has been besieged for more than 40 days. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Under gray skies and a steady mist, tens of thousands of San Francisco Giants fans watched their favorite players take photos, wave and mug for the crowd from atop double-decker buses, as the team's victory parade wound through downtown on its way to City Hall.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Richard Branson said via Twitter on Friday that he was on his way to Mojave following the crash of a suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by his Virgin Galactic company that killed one crew member and injured a second. "Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I'm flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team," Branson tweeted. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Chris Reese)
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A witness says Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert.
NEW YORK (AP) — The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday.
UNDATED (AP) — With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When it comes to the issue that has undermined the region — the survival or fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad — there is still no plan.
US equities powered to fresh records Friday after the Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus ignited a rally on global stock exchanges. The Dow Jones Industrial Average leaped 195.10 points (1.13 percent) to 17,390.52, surpassing the prior record by more than 100 points. The BoJ announced on Friday it would add up to 20 trillion yen ($182 billion) to its current asset-buying scheme, bringing it to 80 trillion yen annually in an unexpected shift aimed at reviving growth just as the US Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree. "This latest move by Japan surpassed all expectations and risk assets are responding in a logical fashion."
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.
The Chicago Cubs sacked manager Rick Renteria on Friday and confirmed their pursuit of Joe Maddon. "Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon -- who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us -- had become a free agent," Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. "We confirmed the news with Major League Baseball, and it became public knowledge the next day. Epstein said Cubs executive Jed Hoyer had flown to San Diego last week to tell Renteria the club planned to speak to Maddon.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.
By Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday towards the frontier with Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani, which has become the focus of the global war against Islamic State militants. Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as peshmerga or "those who defy death", set off cheering and making victory signs in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps, accompanied by armored vehicles and artillery. They headed from a holding point around 8 km (5 miles) from the border towards Kobani. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida A&M band member convicted of manslaughter in drum major's hazing death .SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey headed on Friday towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents encircling the mainly Kurdish border town of Kobani, a Reuters witness said. Peshmerga fighters, cheering and making victory signs, set off in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps along with armored vehicles and artillery from a holding point around 8 km (5 miles) from the border towards Kobani, which has been besieged for more than 40 days. In an apparent bid to pave the way for the heavily-armed peshmerga, ...TEMPLIN Germany (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany was ready to help train Sunni Muslim soldiers in Iraq to fight Islamic State insurgents in addition to aid it is already giving to Iraqi Kurdish fighters. Merkel praised Baghdad for appointing a Sunni defense minister alongside Shi'ites and Kurds as part of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to improve national unity and loosen the grip of Islamic State militants on Sunni areas of the country to the north and west. ...By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of the Maine quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. ...
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another commercial space company, Orbital Sciences Inc, lost a rocket in an explosion in Virginia moments after liftoff. ...
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brian Robison has had quite the pain in the butt.
By Carey Gillam and Tom Polansek (Reuters) - With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers. The Asian nation has become a major buyer of U.S. corn and soybeans in recent years, but has also shown mounting reluctance to accept some genetically modified crops grown by U.S. farmers. China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG . ...
(Reuters) - Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. China has recently slowed its process for allowing imports of certain types of GMO corn and rejected millions of dollars worth of U.S. * GMO crop developers and other backers say many scientific studies show the crops are safe, and the USDA promotes the crops as a means to enhancing global food security. The last import approval for a GMO grain was granted in June 2013, said Matthew O'Mara, director of international affairs at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, an industry group.LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Friday warned its citizens traveling overseas of a heightened risk of attacks against them from militants linked to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, updating its official travel advice to reflect an increase in the general threat level. "There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria," a statement from the Foreign Office said. "You should be vigilant at this time. ...
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — After six-plus games on the sideline, Robert Griffin III is back as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers — but not until next year.OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him.