• Guantanamo prisoners in protest over women guards

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    MIAMI (AP) — Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantanamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba, lawyers for the men say. Prisoners designated by the government as "high-value detainees" because of their alleged involvement in terrorism recently began refusing to meet with defense lawyers appointed by the Pentagon to defend them against war crimes charges unless the military agrees to use only men to escort them to meetings, according to several lawyers involved. The men are devout Muslims and their religious beliefs include a prohibition against physical contact with women who aren't r

  • Lincecum to undergo treatment on back in Bay Area

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum is scheduled to undergo treatment and further evaluation on his tight back once the team returns to AT&T Park. The Giants were preparing to leave Kansas City early afternoon Central time before an off-day World Series workout later Thursday in the Bay Area, a schedule that has worked so far for Bruce Bochy's club to stay fresh by not flying all night. "He is doing OK," athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said in a text message Thursday. Lincecum will be checked out further to determine his status, Groeschner said. Game 3 is Friday night at AT&T Park, with the best-of-seven Series tied at 1-1.

  • Allegiant flight returns safely to Vegas airport

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Allegiant Airlines flight returned shortly after takeoff to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a report of possible engine trouble. Allegiant spokesman Micah Lillard says flight 580 took off for Bellingham, Washington, about 9 a.m. Thursday and landed safely just than 15 minutes later, after the crew reported unusual vibrations in the left engine. Lillard says the twin-engine Boeing 757 had 129 passengers and seven crew members aboard. No injuries were reported. Lillard says passengers boarded a replacement aircraft that departed Las Vegas for Washington state just before noon.

  • White House fence jumper held without bond

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence was ordered held without bond in an appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate judge. Wearing blue prison garb, Dominic Adesanya resisted being taken away and started talking as two deputy marshals removed him from the courtroom. The defendant has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats. A preliminary hearing and detention hearing have been scheduled for Monday. Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said options are being considered to enhance security at the White House, including more personnel, technology and physical impediments to get in.

  • Ohio State: Fired band director was dishonest

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's fired band director witnessed more sexually charged incidents than previously reported, once proposed punishing a female band member who reported sexual assault and had a calendar of nearly nude male band members in his office that he never brought to investigators' attention, school attorneys said in response to his federal lawsuit. In continuing to defend Jonathan Waters' July 24 dismissal, the university alleged that he repeatedly concealed the culture of the band from outsiders and misled university officials. The university seeks dismissal of the suit, including on grounds Waters was an at-will employee who could be fired for any reason.

  • Man accused of threats: I'm not delusional

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of threatening the president has proclaimed his sanity in federal court, but two psychologists say he's delusional and thinks he's been chosen as a spokesman for God. The testimony came Thursday in a competency hearing in federal court for Deryke Matthew Pfeifer of Ozark. Pfeiffer spoke in court over the objections of his attorney and told the judge, "I am not crazy." U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson says he will rule later on Pfeifer's competency and whether he should be committed to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for a determination on whether he can be restored to competency.

  • Haitians' lawyer asks NY judge to nix UN immunity

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    NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Haitians seeking compensation from the United Nations for victims of a deadly cholera outbreak asked a judge Thursday to set aside the U.N.'s immunity and let a lawsuit proceed, but a U.S. lawyer said doing so would open up the United Nations to many more lawsuits. "You have a steep hill to climb," U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken told attorney Beatrice Lindstrom as she argued that the United Nations sacrificed its immunity by failing to live up to its obligations to compensate the families of more than 8,000 people who died and over 700,000 sickened in the impoverished Caribbean nation after human waste was dumped into Haiti's principal river in October 2010. The judge said the 2nd U.S.

  • Fuel costs ease, US airline profits soar

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    DALLAS (AP) — Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too. Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest single expense, has dropped by about one-fifth since mid-June. Airlines are also benefiting from continued strong travel demand that allows them to push fares higher. Executives report strong bookings for holiday travel and say that Ebola headlines don't seem to be scaring away travelers. The four largest U.S. airlines sold at least 83 percent of their seats in the third quarter. A decade ago, more than a quarter of seats went e

  • US journalist returns home after Ebola recovery

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola is home in Rhode Island. Ashoka Mukpo contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. The 33-year-old was released from the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit Wednesday and flew back to Rhode Island by private charter with his father and girlfriend. Dr. Mitchell Levy said Thursday his son is doing well and it's wonderful to have him home in Providence. "We're so happy," Levy said. Levy also said his son plans to continue his recovery for a few days before reaching out to the media to share his story. He said the family is thankful for everyone's support.

  • Races for governor carry 2016 implications

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in search of clues to the 2016 presidential contest might find them in this year's governor races. GOP candidates are defending seats in Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio and trying to defeat a Democratic incumbent in Colorado. Taken together, the five states account for 72 electoral votes, or more than a quarter of the total needed to win the White House. The success or failure of Republicans in those races could hold big influence over the fortunes of the party and its prospective presidential candidates — none more than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential presidential candidate who leads the Republican Governors Association. Win in these states and Republicans could parlay their ne

  • Border deaths drop to 15-year low

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    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people who die trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turn themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer are taking their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September — the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445. The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector finished the 2014 budget year with 115 deaths, compared with 107 in the Tucson sector, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. It marks the first time since 2001 that Arizona has not been the deadliest place to cross the border.

  • Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

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    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty because of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated. Cremation violates Liberians' values and cultural practices and the order has so disturbed people in the west African nation that the sick are often kept at home and, if they die, are secretly buried, increasing the risk of more infections President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued the cremation decree for Monrovia and the surrounding area in August, and the government has brought in a crematorium and hired experts.

  • Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear. Yet, they're incredibly less likely to get the disease than to get sick worrying about it. First, the reality check: More Americans have married Kim Kardashian — three — than contracted Ebola in the U.S. The two Dallas nurses who came down with Ebola were infected while treating a Liberian man, who became infected in West Africa. Still, schools have been closed, people shunned and members of Congress have demanded travel bans and other dramatic action — even though health officials keep stressing that the disease is only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person, and the risk to Americans is extremely low.

  • Warren running for president? 'I don't think so'

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tends to stick to the script when she's asked about a potential 2016 presidential campaign: "I am not running for president." So her latest response has touched off new speculation about her future. When asked if she will run in 2016, the first-term Democrat and liberal favorite told People magazine, "I don't think so." In the unsettled early presidential derby, that's a notable shift, and it has the political world abuzz. Former first lady, senator and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering a bid and is seen as the early would-be favorite. But Warren's populist views have made her a popular alternative in hypothetical matchups.

  • Police: Officers in Arizona shoot man with machete

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    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in suburban Phoenix say officers shot a machete-wielding man after chasing him in a stolen truck he rammed into a police patrol car, seriously injuring an officer. Avondale police Sgt. Brandon Busse (BUS'-e) says he doesn't know the condition of the man shot by police Thursday morning. Helicopter news video showed him falling to the ground. Busse says the spree started when a man assaulted a city maintenance worker and stole his truck. Police began a pursuit and used tire-puncturing devices. The chase ended with the truck ramming the police car. Busse says officers confronted the suspect, but he refused their commands and advanced toward them with a machete and pocket knife.

  • Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service. Its shares rose more than 3 percent in afternoon trading. Comcast is in the midst of a $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, a deal that is under regulatory review. Cable providers have been consolidating as more viewers shift to watching video on mobile tablets, computers and smartphones rather than through traditional cable TV stations. AT&T Inc. is planning to buy satellite service DirecTV for $48.5 billion in a merger also under review.

  • CDC details new Ebola response and prep teams

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    ATLANTA (AP) — New federal Ebola response squads — likened to public health SWAT teams — are being readied to rush to any U.S. city where a new Ebola case might be identified, officials say. Meanwhile, the government has formed a second set of teams to prepare hospitals in cities deemed most likely to see a new Ebola case, should one turn up. Three of those teams have already been sent out. Health officials this week first shared details about the two sets of health squads. The teams are "ready to go — boom — if we have another case of Ebola," said Dr. Jordan Tappero, one of the leaders of CDC's Ebola response effort. The government has been criticized for its handling of the first person diagnosed with

  • New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

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    NEW YORK (AP) — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America's adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators. Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, a prominent research center which provided preliminary results to The Associated Press. Input came from a nationwide sample of 667 youths aged 12-18 who'd been dating within the past year and who completed a self-administered online questionnaire.

  • White House fence jumper held without bond

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence was ordered held without bond in an appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate judge. Dominic Adesanya (ah-deh-SAHN'-yah) resisted being taken away and started talking as two court officers removed him from the courtroom. The defendant has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats. A preliminary hearing and detention hearing have been scheduled for Monday. Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said options are being considered to enhance security at the White House, including more personnel, technology and physical impediments to get in.

  • Raytheon tops Street 3Q forecasts

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    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Raytheon Co. (RTN) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $515 million. On a per-share basis, the Waltham, Massachusetts-based company said it had profit of $1.65, beating Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.61 per share. The defense contractor posted revenue of $5.47 billion in the period, which missed Street forecasts. Analysts expected $5.62 billion, according to Zacks. Raytheon expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.91 to $6.01 per share, with revenue in the range of $22.7 billion to $23 billion. Raytheon shares rose $1.50 to $98.95 in afternoon trading.