• Asia stocks down on mixed China data, weak Wall St

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    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday after another slump in oil prices dragged Wall Street lower and China's manufacturing output grew at the slowest pace in five months. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.4 percent at 15,130.85 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.4 percent 23,309.80. Seoul's Kospi shed 0.3 percent to 1,931.44 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.1 percent to 5,381.30. China's Shanghai Composite was down 0.5 percent at 2,316.09. CHINA ECONOMY: A preliminary reading of China's massive manufacturing industry for October provided mixed messages. HSBC's factory purchasing managers index rose to 50.4 in October from 50.2 the previous month (figures above 50 indicate expansion) but the output sub-index

  • Kenny G doesn't support Hong Kong protesters

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    HONG KONG (AP) — Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces. The American musician created a stir when he tweeted Wednesday 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.

  • Impact tie Red Bulls 1-1 in CONCACAF play

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    HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Jack McInerney scored to help the Montreal Impact tie the New York Red Bulls 1-1 on Wednesday night in CONCACAF Champions League play. Evan Bush made one save for the Impact, who had already earned the lone Group 3 berth in the next round. Montreal was 3-0-1 in group play. Connor Lade scored for New York (1-1-2).

  • Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them, and there's little they can do because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday. The abuse complaints are rampant throughout the wealthy Persian Gulf region that relies on foreign labor. The Human Rights Watch says the problem is that the migrant workers' residency is tied to their employers through a sponsorship system that prevents them easily changing jobs. It cited passport confiscation, non-payment of wages, excessive work, forced confinement, food deprivation and psychological, physic

  • Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

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    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days. "We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed in an address to the nation. Unfolding just before 10 a.m., while lawmakers were meeting in caucus rooms, the assault rocked Parliament over and over with the boom of gunfire, led MPs to barricade doors with chairs and sent people streaming from the building in fear. Harper was addressing a caucus when the attack beg

  • 35 players selected for US rugby tour

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    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Thirty-five players have been chosen for the U.S. national rugby team's tour next month that features a Nov. 1 test against New Zealand in Chicago. USA Rugby announced head coach Mike Tolkin's selections Wednesday. Not all of the players will available for every match. USA Rugby and Premiership Rugby recently reached an agreement to allow leading American players based in Britain, France and Japan to play against the All Blacks at Soldier Field. Among them: Cameron Dolan and Samu Manoa of Northhampton; Newcastle's Eric Fry; Leicester's Blaine Scully; and Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles of Saracens. Thretton Palamon will be able to leave Saracens to play against Tonga in Gloucester, England, on Nov.

  • Canada PM: attacks against soldiers are terrorism

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    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's prime minister says Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and a hit-and-run that killed another earlier this week are grim reminders that Canada is not immune to terrorism. "But let there be no misunderstanding, we will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a televised address to the nation. Harper says the two, separate attacks will strengthen Canada's resolve to work to keep Canada safe and work with allies around the world to fight terrorist organizations. Harper spoke hours after a gunman shot a soldier guarding a war memorial then stormed Parliament before he was killed.

  • Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were U.S. citizens, according to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The violence came after months of tensions between Jews and Palestinians in east Jerusalem — the section of the city the Palestinians demand as their future capital. The area has experienced unrest and near-daily attacks on the city's light rail by Palestinian youths since a wave of violence over the summer, capped by a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas mi

  • Wanderers' Mullen gets 2nd chance at ACL title

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Western Sydney Wanderers defender Daniel Mullen is getting a second chance to play in an Asian Champions League final, six years after his first. Mullen was a late addition to Adelaide United's squad in the knockout stages of the 2008 playoffs, marking an A-League team's first appearance in the final. But after he featured in three of the four games as Adelaide beat Japan's Kashima Antlers and Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor, Mullen was called up to the Australia squad for the 2008 AFC under-19 championship and missed United's 5-0 aggregate loss to Japan's Gamba Osaka in the final. Mullen, now 24, is in the Wanderers squad for Saturday's first-leg match against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal. The return leg is set for N

  • Ronaldo scores 70th as Real beats Liverpool 3-0

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    PARIS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win. While Tuesday night's 40-goal bonanza never looked like being matched, there was still drama elsewhere as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Lukas Podolski — a peripheral player this season. German sides continue to score for fun, as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 4-0 win at Galatasaray the day after Bayern Munich's magnificent 7-1 in Roma and Schalke beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3. Bayer Leverkusen also underlined the Bundesliga's fine

  • Olympiakos beats Juventus 1-0 in Champions League

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    PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos pulled off another Champions League upset by beating Juventus 1-0 on Wednesday to go level on points with Group A leader Atletico Madrid. Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami fired the winner past Gianluigi Buffon in the 36th minute. The goal arrived after Alejandro Dominguez found striker Kostas Mitroglou, whose cutback was steered into the back of the Juventus net by Kasami. "Mitroglou got me the ball with his first touch. You don't have a lot of time to react in the Champions League ... so I'm very happy," Kasami said. Atletico, which routed Malmo 5-0 on Wednesday, tops the group on goal difference ahead of Olympiakos. Both teams have six points, while Juventus and Malmo have three point

  • Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market. The statements painted the fullest picture yet of the control that is exercised by gangs over a broad swath of Mexico's hot lands in Guerrero state. The Guerreros Unidos cartel's deep connections with local officials in the city of Iguala came to a head Sept. 26 when the mayor ordered municipal police to detain protesting students, who were then turned over to the drug gang.

  • Monaco draws 0-0 against Benfica in Group C

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    MONACO (AP) — Monaco failed to break down Benfica's stubborn defense in a 0-0 draw and slipped to second place in Group C of the Champions League on Wednesday. Benfica had defender Lisandro Lopez sent off in the 76th minute for a second yellow card after a reckless tackle on Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho. After striker Dimitar Berbatov limped off with a hamstring in the 32nd, Monaco lacked a cutting edge in attack. Former Manchester United forward Berbatov looked sharp early on, setting up Lucas Ocampos for a chance that the Argentine midfielder fired high. Argentine midfielder Eduardo Salvio shot over the crossbar from a good position and Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved forward Lima's shot, as Benfi

  • Minev's late goal gives Ludogorets win over Basel

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    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Yordan Minev scored a stoppage-time winner to give Champions League newcomer Ludogorets a 1-0 victory over 10-man Basel in Group B on Wednesday. Minev struck a right-footed shot from outside the box into the bottom left corner in the second minutes of added time to secure his team's first win in Europe's top-tier competition. The victory moved the Bulgarian side onto three points, along with Basel and Liverpool. Real Madrid tops the group standings with nine points after its 3-0 victory over Liverpool. Basel started well but was hit by a red card for Ivory Coast midfielder Geoffroy Serey Die in the 18th minute. The Swiss team kept trying to push forward, but Ludogorets gradually gained the upper

  • Atletico Madrid routs Malmo 5-0, Champions league

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    MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid overcame a sluggish start to score five second-half goals in a 5-0 rout of Malmo and move top of Group A in the Champions League on Wednesday. Atletico lacked accuracy in its first-half corners, something that visibly exasperated coach Diego Simeone after a chance went wide in the 44th minute. Whatever Simeone said at halftime clearly had an effect as Atletico returned with real determination. Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion turned home Arda Turan's threaded cross in the 48th, opening the floodgates. Mario Mandzukic made it 2-0 in the 61st, Antoine Griezmann found the net two minutes later and Diego Godin headed home in the 87th before Alessio Cerci scored in injury time.

  • Puerto Rico power company officials face charges

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice department has filed fraud and other charges against officials at the troubled state-owned power company in the U.S. territory. Among those charged is Jose Perez Canabal, former vice president of the board of the Electric Energy Authority, along with attorney Francisco Santos Rivera. Also charged is accountant Roberto Torres, who does not work for the company. The suspects are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 28. Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda on Wednesday accused them of wrongful intervention as the government awarded renewable energy contracts in 2011. Justice officials said the investigation began in 2011 after former Gov. Luis Fortuno raised concerns.

  • Mexico banda musician found dead in northern state

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    CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — A member of the popular musical group Banda el Recodo was found dead in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan early Wednesday, and his wife and her alleged lover were detained on suspicion of murder. Aldo Sarabia, part of the brass section of the 18-member group, was reported missing by his band mates last week. Sinaloa State Prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez said Sarabia's wife, Alma Delia Chavez Guerrero, and her purported lover, Yahir Alfredo Sandoval, met about four months ago. The prosecutors said that the day after Sarabia returned from a recent tour, Chavez invited her husband to dine at a seafood restaurant. En route, Sandoval emerged with a gun from his hiding place in the trunk of

  • Leverkusen beats Zenit 2-0 in Champions League

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    LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Giulio Donati and Kyriakos Papadopoulos scored in a five-minute span in the second half as a 10-man Leverkusen held on to beat Zenit 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Donati scored in the 58th and defender Papadopoulos sealed the win in 63rd. Papadopoulos headed in off a free-kick cross from Hakan Calhanoglou, who also had a role in Donati's goal. Papadopoulos scored only three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Emir Spahic. Leverkusen defender Wendell was sent off in 79th minute for handling the ball, his second booking of the match. "We were very disciplined and we were determined," Leverkusen's coach Roger Schmidt said. "They are a strong team, they have very fast p

  • Canadian official IDs Ottawa gunman

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    TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian official has identified the dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Authorities and witnesses say a man with a scarf over his face shot and killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial on Wednesday, then headed into Parliament, where he was fatally shot by the sergeant-at-arms. Two other people were wounded and in stable conditions, hospital officials said. Wednesday's shooting came two days after a deadly hit-and-run against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor. One of the soldiers was killed.

  • Rodgers criticizes Balotelli for shirt-swap

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    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticized Mario Balotelli for swapping shirts with an opponent at halftime of a Champions League match against Real Madrid. Balotelli exchanged shirts with Madrid defender Pepe as they approached the tunnel on the way to the dressing rooms, moments after the halftime whistle. Rodgers says "it's not something I stand for. If you want to do that, for me you do that at the end of the game." Rodgers says "it's something I'll deal with" on Thursday. Balotelli did not reappear for the second half, although Rodgers said that was "purely tactical" and was unaware of Balotelli swapping shirts until after the match. Madrid won 3-0 at Anfield.