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Former Obama lawyer nixes attorney general offer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has told President Barack Obama she doesn't want to be nominated for attorney general, after he asked her to consider succeeding Eric Holder, people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Friday 10/24/2014
US Chamber on sidelines in close Georgia race
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Senate with one glaring omission — the tight Georgia Senate race.

Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, Muslim leaders said Friday.

US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of American forces in South Korea says North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the United States, but he does not know whether they have done so.

TN Lottery
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — These Tennessee lotteries were drawn Friday:

Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli military
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hospital official says a teen was killed during clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank.

Venezuelans brace for slump in oil prices
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The falling oil prices that are providing relief to drivers around the world threaten to bring more misery to the life of Milagro Alvarez and millions of other Venezuelans, whose country depends almost exclusively on oil revenue.

As Rebs win, Ole Miss balances Dixie and diversity
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:31 pm

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that's bringing new attention to Mississippi's flagship university.

Ex-FARC commander sentenced to 27 years in prison
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former commander in the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was sentenced to 27 years in prison for holding three American citizens hostage for 5 ½ years after their single-engine plane crash-landed in the Colombian jungle.

Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R."

San Francisco officer admits thefts from suspects
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption investigation has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches.

US officials: Israel defense chief denied meetings
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still miffed over negative comments that Israel's defense minister made about Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Obama administration this week refused his requests to meet several top national security aides, U.S. officials said Friday.

WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.

Doc ordered cyanide test for lack of explanation
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A physician who treated a Pittsburgh doctor says he ordered the test that eventually revealed a lethal amount of cyanide in her blood because he could find no other explanation for her sudden illness.

France OKs extradition of dissident Kazakh banker
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court has authorized the extradition to Russia or Ukraine of a Kazakh dissident banker whose legal case is tangled up in at least five countries.

Cholera sickens nearly 1,000 people in Niger
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says a cholera outbreak in the West African country of Niger killed 20 people and has sickened nearly 1,000 people.

Woman guilty of pushing husband off cliff appeals
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has appealed her murder conviction for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park.

Driver smashes Oklahoma Ten Commandments statue
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Someone drove up a ramp near the Oklahoma Capitol steps overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces in an apparent act of vandalism, authorities said.

Vienna honors deserters from Hitler's army
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's president apologized Friday for his country's postwar treatment of deserters from Hitler's army as traitors, at the unveiling of a memorial honoring those who fled military duty rather than serve under the Nazi regime.

Flight 93 fire losses included photos, other items
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An inventory released Friday of items lost from a recent fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters includes hundreds of original photographs and items found at the crash site that were linked to the passengers and crew.

Democrat loses ground in Kansas governor's race
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — After lifting the spirits of Kansas Democrats eager to oust conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback over his aggressive tax-cutting experiment, challenger Paul Davis appears to be losing ground as the state's GOP loyalties and a hail of negative television ads take their toll.

Aid group: No need to isolate staff treating Ebola
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Doctors Without Borders insisted Friday, after one of its doctors who worked in Guinea came down with Ebola in New York, that quarantines of health workers returning from the hot zone are not necessary when they do not show symptoms of the disease.

Man who killed 2 girls, then fiancee, gets prison
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of fatally shooting two young girls, then killing his fiancee three years later, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Canada to give slain soldier hero's send-off
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The soldier shot dead by a gunman who then stormed Canada's seat of government is being given a hero's send-off, with a motorcade along the highway where the country honors its war dead.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were:

Terror supporter sentencing delayed in FBI sting
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a man convicted in South Florida of supporting terrorists in a case where an undercover FBI agent used Internet chats to pose as a financing middleman.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.

Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.

Rwandan government bans BBC local language service
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan government on Friday suspended all BBC radio broadcasts in Rwanda's most common language, Kinyarwanda, to protest the news organization's recent documentary about Rwanda's genocide.

Obama to meet Friday afternoon with nurse Nina Pham who recovered from Ebola
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama to meet Friday afternoon with nurse Nina Pham who recovered from Ebola.

3 Istanbul consulates evacuated
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday.

New-Look NBA: A coach's perspective, Quin Snyder
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:31 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from varied perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. An interview with first-year Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder is the second installment of the series:

Detectives say they followed reputed ex-mob boss
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Detectives with an FBI task force say they followed a reputed former Philadelphia mob boss in Florida as part of an unspecified investigation — not to catch him in a parole violation.

Kerry says no apology to NKorea to free Americans
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged North Korea to release two detained Americans to build goodwill with the United States, but ruled out providing a U.S. apology to Pyongyang to win their freedom.

Italian court acquits Dolce&Gabbana in tax case
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

MILAN (AP) — Italy's highest court has acquitted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion in a highly publicized case that led the Milan designers to close their Milan stores in protest for several days last year.

7 hurt as car smashes into California restaurant
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into a restaurant in a Northern California shopping center.

Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse.

US stocks rise broadly on earnings; Amazon sinks
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose again Friday, putting the market on track for its best week in almost two years, helped by strong quarterly results from companies such as Microsoft and UPS. Amazon plunged after the company reported dismal third-quarter results, but it wasn't enough to drag the rest of the market down.

Miss Uganda contestants compete in farming
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WOBULENZI, Uganda (AP) — When the Miss Uganda contestants arrived at this sprawling farm outside Kampala, they quickly realized their high-heels would not be useful. So they put on gumboots and strutted awkwardly as they took turns learning how to milk a cow.

Putin accuses US of undermining global stability
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States is destabilizing the global order by trying to impose its will on other nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Friday, warning that the world will face new wars if Washington fails to respect the interests of other countries.

US new-home sales close to flat in September
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.

Republicans question federal response on Ebola
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Ebola infection in New York City exposed flaws in the system and raised new concerns, lawmakers said Friday, as they criticized the federal response to the outbreak and questioned top officials' credibility.

NC-VA high speed trains starting slowly
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Plans for high speed train service in North Carolina and Virginia seem to be starting slowly.

Macedonia: Gay activists hurt in cafe attack
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Police say about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles have attacked members of a gay rights activist group in Macedonia, wounding two of them.

Iraqi officials say IS militants used chlorine gas
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday.

More earnings gains send US stocks higher
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising in midday trading as U.S. companies report more earnings gains.

UK rejects 'appalling' EU demand for more money
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Friday he would not pay a European Union bill for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc.

NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows who claim they are owed wages, according to court documents.