• Kenny G's Hong Kong visit out of tune with China

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    HONG KONG (AP) — Smooth jazz star Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday, but his visit was out of tune with Chinese authorities, who have warned about meddling by foreign forces. The American musician tweeted about his visit to the semiautonomous southern Chinese city, where thousands of student-led protesters have occupied streets for more than three weeks to press their demands for greater democratic reforms. "In Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation," he wrote. Photos had circulated earlier on social media of the star by himself and with protesters at the main protest zone.

  • Open houses set for gas line project

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    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A dozen open houses are set to be held in the coming weeks to provide information on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project. The office of federal coordinator for Alaska gas pipeline projects says officials with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will attend the meetings. The current schedule begins Oct. 28 in Nikiski and ends Nov. 20 in Houston. The office says several open houses have already been held and others are expected. The state is pursuing the mega project with BP, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp., TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

  • Bedouin Israeli doctor mysteriously turns jihadi

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    HURA, Israel (AP) — He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern. Could Othman Abu al-Qiyan have been radicalized by Israel's conflict with the Palestinians — or something else? No one can quite explain what happened and why, but in his community in Israel's southern Negev desert, where many even serve in the Israeli army, his sudden transformation into a jihadi killed in Syria fighting for the Islamic State group is treated as a dark and dangerous mystery.

  • Century ago: Great War, great champagne vintage

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    EPERNAY, France (AP) — Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages. As champagne goes, 1914 was a superlative year when the warmest of summers left the richest of grapes. As war goes, gunfire could be heard just beyond the hills and most men were off fighting in the horrors of World War I. Yet, even in those dark days, France without champagne would simply not be France. And somehow, the heady mix produced a vintage for the ages in which dedication beat fear. On Friday in London, Pol Roger will auction off one of those 1914 bottles — minus the mold — with the proceeds going to t

  • Gas prices head toward $3 per gallon average in ND

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An industry expert says gas prices in North Dakota may drop below an average of $3 a gallon before the end of the year. AAA North Dakota spokesman Gene LaDoucer says Tuesday's average of $3.22 per gallon is down 23 cents since Labor Day and the lowest average since February. The national average is $3.10, down 34 cents since Labor Day and the lowest price since Jan. 12, 2011. The average price in Fargo was $2.98. Other averages are $3.06 in Grand Forks, $3.29 in Minot, $3.32 in Bismarck, $3.33 in Dickinson, and $3.42 in Williston. LaDoucer says the last time the state or national average fell below $3 a gallon was in December 2010.

  • Official: Gas utilities appear prepared for winter

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    PHOENIX (AP) — A state regulator says Arizona natural gas customers can rest assured that utilities will be able to meet the winter demand for heating. Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump says a warmer-than-normal winter is forecast and that utilities appear prepared to meet energy demands during the state's colder months. Gas utilities and pipeline companies on Tuesday presented the commission with the companies' plans to meet heating demands in the upcoming winter. Southwest Gas, UNS Gas, Alliant Gas, Questar, Transwestern Pipeline, and El Paso Natural Gas made presentations. The companies also outlined their emergency plans to deal with any potential service outages.

  • Liberians exiled by Ebola pray for end of outbreak

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    BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families because of poverty, fear and logistics. Some are waiting for flights to resume after most airlines cancelled flights to Liberia. Others are having trouble navigating or affording the circuitous route back by bus. Many others feel it's too risky to return home, even if their spouses or children are desperately urging them to.

  • Tribes in tense Abu Ghraib vow to keep IS out

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    ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) — The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad's airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It's an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants. For now, this Sunni-dominated town remains beyond their grip, despite recent reports to the contrary. Markets buzz with shoppers and young women in colorful clothes and headscarves walk freely through the streets. That's thanks in large part to the support of local Sunni tribal leaders who fought against extremists in the past are vowing to do so again.

  • New Mexico rule changing fracking water reuse eyed

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    HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators are considering a proposed rule that would allow the reuse of produced water in oilfield drilling operations. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin told Hobbs News-Sun (http://goo.gl/6dyY6f) this week that the department is working with the Oil Conservation Commission on the new rule that could help cut fresh water consumption by industry. The draft of that rule is expected sometime this month. Martin says the changes New Mexico is looking to adopt are similar to those used in Texas, where produced water is already being reused in drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations.

  • Methodist panel to hear appeal over gay wedding

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended and then defrocked last year following a church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania when he would not promise to uphold the Methodist law book, which bans clergy from performing same-sex marriages. An appeals panel restored Schaefer's pastoral credentials in June, and that decision was appealed to the United Methodist Church's highest judicial body. The Judicial Council was to hear arguments Wednesday during a meeting in Me

  • AP-GfK Poll: 5 things to know about midterms poll

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Someone has to win. Most Americans say they dislike both the Republicans and the Democrats, but a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds more of them now say they would like the GOP to control Congress over the Democrats. That's in part because, on major issues including the economy and protecting the country, Republicans have gained an edge as the more trusted party among likely voters. But one major issue making headlines recently does not appear to be making much difference in how Americans are viewing the election, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Five things to know from the AP-GfK poll: Four that are shaping the contest, and one that likely won't.

  • FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

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    DENVER (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions. A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still trying to determine what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle. The sisters are of Somali descent, and their friend is of Sudanese descent, The Denver

  • Manchin showing Whitehouse W.Va. energy facilities

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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin will take colleague Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island around West Virginia to learn about its coal and energy resources. Wednesday's tour will include stops at Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County, Mount Storm Power Station, wind turbines and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown. The two Democratic U.S. senators are looking for common ground on energy and climate change issues. On Oct. 10, Whitehouse brought Manchin to Rhode Island to learn about the effects of climate change. They visited coastal locations, including a summer community forced to retreat from shore due to beach erosion, and businesses in danger of washing out to sea.

  • Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case. They believe that information is being withheld, along with additional medical records, by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8. He arrived in Dallas from Liberia, one of the hardest-hit nations in the latest Ebola outbreak, on Sept. 20. The hospital released more than 1,450 pages of medical records to Duncan's sister, Mai Wureh, the day he died.

  • Judge to hear plea deal in oil patch killing

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge will consider a plea agreement Wednesday that calls for a Colorado man to plead guilty to killing a high school teacher and burying her in a shallow grave in the Bakken oil patch. The disappearance of Sherry Arnold when she went out for a jog in January 2012 shook this town of 6,200 near the North Dakota border and shone a harsh light on the darker side of the oil boom on the Northern Plains. Michael Keith Spell, 25, plans to plead guilty to deliberate homicide in Arnold's death. He is due to appear Wednesday before District Judge Richard Simonton. The plea deal with prosecutors filed Tuesday calls for a 100-year sentence for Spell and dismissal of an attempted kidnapping charge.

  • Website asks high court to throw out lawsuit

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    SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website should be thrown out because the website didn't write the ads, so it's not liable. But the victims' lawyer said the website, Backpage, doesn't have immunity under the federal Communications Decency Act because the website markets itself as a place to sell "escort services" and provides pimps with instructions on how to write an ad that works, making them a participant in the largest human-trafficking website in the U.S. The justices plan to rule on the case at a later date.

  • 4 candidates for NY governor to debate

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A debate between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and two third-party candidates is likely to be the only opportunity voters have to see the candidates for New York governor interact before Election Day. The hour-long exchange begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday and will be broadcast statewide on public television. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott will participate alongside the major party candidates. Viewers can expect to see the contenders grapple with education policy, taxes, gun control, upstate economic development, Albany corruption and whether New York should authorize hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

  • Family, friends remember women slain in Indiana

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    Seven women have been found dead this week in northwestern Indiana, one in a motel and six in abandoned houses in Gary. Darren Vann, 43, was charged Monday in the death of the woman whose body was found Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond, 20 miles southeast of Chicago. Police say Vann has confessed to all seven killings and hinted that there could be more, stretching back two decades. Family and friends of three victims reached by The Associated Press on Tuesday remembered the women as caring, loving family members. ___ ANITH JONES Jones was a fixture in Natasha Conway's life for 25 years. She was the little girl who wanted to play when Conway moved to a new neighborhood on Chicago's South Side at age 9.

  • Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case. They believe that information is being withheld, along with additional medical records, by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8. The hospital released more than 1,450 pages of medical records to Duncan's sister, Mai Wureh, the day he died. A registered nurse, Wureh says she began asking about Duncan's Ebola viral load shortly after he received the first dose of brincidofovir on Oct. 4.

  • Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dies at 88

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    DALLAS (AP) — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88. Hunt died Tuesday at a Dallas assisted-living center after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his brother, W. Herbert Hunt, said. Hunt was among the world's wealthiest men. His father was legendary Texas oilman H.L. Hunt, who left behind a multibillion-dollar fortune and Placid Oil Co., once one of the biggest independent oil companies. Nelson Bunker Hunt built on his father's oil and gas holdings, finding a rich Libyan oil field only to have it nationalized later by Moammar Gadhafi.