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China manufacturing growth falls in October

BEIJING (AP) — China's manufacturing growth declined further in October amid a slowing economy and languishing global demand, according to surveys released Saturday.

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Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

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Yadkinville restaurant issues eating challenge
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

YADKINVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Not just anyone would think they could down a 4-pound burger with the fixings in one sitting.

Friday 10/31/2014
3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in costume were hit and killed in a Halloween hit-and-run collision while walking at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said.

Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:16 am

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A second military officer has declared that he is Burkina Faso's new president after the West African country's longtime leader was pushed from power.

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities were investigating on Friday a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.

Lake Michigan waves slam Chicago lakeshore
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Winds gusting up to 65 mph caused Lake Michigan waves to slam into the Chicago shoreline, sending water onto part of Lake Shore Drive. The waves slowed traffic and prompted the cancellation of a Halloween attraction.

4 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) — A mother and three of her children headed for a southern Illinois Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child injured when their SUV went around safety gates into the path of a freight train, authorities said Friday.

NYC worker suspended for using 'robotic voice'
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — If some workplace problems happen because employees are only human, one New York City government worker got in trouble for virtually the opposite.

Spacecraft for tourists breaks up on test flight
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.

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Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

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$13.5M award in Jehovah's Witnesses molest case
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Jehovah's Witnesses were ordered to pay $13.5 million to a Southern California man who said he was molested as a child by a church member.

88-year-old Missouri man charged with killing wife
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police say an 88-year-old central Missouri man accused of fatally stabbing his 86-year-old wife told investigators he didn't want the couple to be a burden on their family.

Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

Hospital: Girl, 14, dies after school shooting
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

SEATTLE (AP) — One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Friday, raising to four the number of fatalities from the moment when a student opened fire in a cafeteria a week ago.

North Texas town voting on fracking ban
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.

Kentucky man charged with killing parents, sister
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man was charged Friday with killing his parents, his sister and an acquaintance nearly a week after the four were found shot to death in southwestern Kentucky.

Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

Superheroes, hazmat suits in NY Halloween parade
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Bloody zombies lumbered alongside superheroes, cowboys shared the road with villains and marchers in hazardous-materials garb evoked the Ebola crisis as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade made its freewheeling way through downtown Manhattan on Friday.

Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

Space tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday.

Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church.

Don't forget to set your clocks back
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

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.

Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail, along with the threat of a 14-year prison sentence, as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that is ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.

Halloween saved in town after fugitive's capture
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — State police gave out candy to children trick-or-treating Friday in a community that had been under siege for nearly seven weeks until a man suspected of killing a state trooper was captured.

Kansas urges judge not to rule on gay marriage
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general's office told a federal judge Friday that he should not consider blocking the state from enforcing its gay-marriage ban until the state Supreme Court weighs in, while the American Civil Liberties Union argued same-sex couples suffer legal harm if the judge delays a decision.

Nissan recalls Infiniti SUVs to fix air bags
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

A look at people killed during space missions
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo accident proved what astronauts and their families know too well: Space can be deadly.

Virgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Evening' game
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

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

Clinton stumps for NC Sen. Hagan in Raleigh
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bill Clinton brought his national campaign swing for Democratic candidates to North Carolina on Friday, telling a crowd of Sen. Kay Hagan's supporters her re-election is a step toward all Americans benefiting from the economic recovery, not just the privileged few.

US denounces planned separatist voting in Ukraine
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is denouncing plans by some Ukrainian separatists to hold elections Sunday in the eastern region of the country. It's urging Russia to condemn what U.S. officials call an illegitimate vote this weekend.

McCrory promotes NC-to-Virginia interstate
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he believes an interstate highway from Raleigh to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia is an important part of his 25-year transportation plan.

UNC faculty talk apology, forfeits for sham grades
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Professors at North Carolina's flagship public university said Friday that the school should give up national championships, turn away some profits generated by big-time sports and apologize to a campus whistleblower after the release of a report detailing a scheme that used fake grades to keep some athletes eligible for years.

UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar's aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."

UN expresses 'deep outrage' at Islamic State group
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expressing its "deep outrage" at the killings, kidnapping, rapes and torture by the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Religious talk: Salem school bars church leader
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A church youth leader has been barred from volunteering at a Salem public school after a student said he was promoting Christianity and insulted her for being an atheist.

Judge won't close hearing in Islamic State case
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a government request to partially close a detention hearing for a 19-year-old suburban Chicago man who authorities say violated U.S. law by trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants.

2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:16 am

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow.

Biden concerned by tension between Cyprus, Turkey
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has telephoned the president of Cyprus to express concern over renewed tension with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Mostly treats at White House for Halloween
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were mostly treats at the White House this Halloween.

Jury rules for ex-university official in lawsuit
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former state university administrator in northeastern Pennsylvania is not guilty of allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted students, a jury ruled Friday.

Police release recordings from school shooting
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Newly released police dispatch recordings from a deadly Washington state high school shooting reveal the difficulties law enforcement faced as they tried to secure a sprawling campus.

NTSB: Kansas plane drifted to left before crashing
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Six eyewitness have reported that a small plane drifted to the left side of the runway after taking off from a Kansas airport, then made a steep left bank before crashing into a flight training facility, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

Payton, Saints proud of their toughness, resolve
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Even as the New Orleans Saints enjoy their return to the top of the NFC South, coach Sean Payton wants his team to remember what it felt like to be 2-4.

AIG to pay NY $35M to settle licensing allegations
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Insurance company American International Group Inc. has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state.

Students isolated as expulsion alternative
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate.

Jury: Death penalty for couple's hammer killings
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man who was convicted of beating his girlfriend's parents to death with a sledgehammer should be executed, a jury said Friday.

NYPD's highest ranking black official quits
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities.

Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 1:15 am

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.