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world Some Apple Pay users charged twice for purchases

A billing glitch involving Bank of America debit cards marked an early hiccup for the mobile payment service launched Monday

17 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Indonesia Upholds Chevron Verdict

Indonesias Supreme Court disclosed Wednesday that it has upheld a graft verdict against a local employee of Chevron Corp

20 minutes ago // CBS

world More scrutiny for Japanese maker of defective air bags

The devices made by the Japanese Takata company are said to be responsible for at least four deaths and 30 injuries

23 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Tony Abbott responds to Canada shootings, saying 'threat is very real' video

Speaking in the aftermath of the shootings in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott, says security at the federal parliament was upgraded six weeks ago. Abbott says the shootings are 'further confirmation that the threat to free countries and free institutions is very real indeed' Continue reading...

24 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Number of Ebola Cases Nears 10,000

The number of Ebola cases reported in the current outbreak of the disease is nearing 10,000, the World Health Organization said, as it indicated the virus was spreading in the three West African countries where it is concentrated.

31 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Bonds should not pay for iPad curriculum, new L.A. Unified head says

Newly installed Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon Cortines said he opposes using construction bond money to pay for curriculum on student computers, raising new questions about the future of the system's controversial $1.3-billion technology project.

36 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Nader assails Brown for not backing Prop. 46 to raise pain, suffering caps

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader blasted his onetime ally California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday for failing to back a November ballot proposition that would raise the cap on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice suits.

36 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world LAPD fires detective over comments with 'racial tone'

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck fired a veteran police detective Wednesday after a disciplinary panel found he made racially charged comments about a black civil rights attorney and a 1997 shooting in which the detective killed a black officer.

36 minutes ago // ABC

world Rights Group: Migrant Workers Abused in UAE Homes

Asian, African women migrants abused in UAE homes, excluded from labor law, rights group says

38 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world California prisons agree to end race-based lockdowns

In settling a federal civil rights suit, California prisons agreed Wednesday to no longer base lockdowns on inmates' race or ethnicity.

44 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Mexico Mayor, Wife Linked to Attack on Students, Attorney General Says

The wife and fugitive mayor of the city where 43 students were abducted in September are the main suspects in the still unsolved disappearance of the students, a top Mexican official said.

48 minutes ago // VOA

world 'Fishing Without Nets' a Dramatic Story of Somali Piracy

Its a familiar premise in Hollywood film: a good man in need of money is talked into participating in a crime against his better judgment. But in Fishing Without Nets, by first-time director Cutter Hodierne, an American, the protagonist is a poor Somali, and his crime is piracy. Abdi, played by Abdikani Muktar, is a fisherman off the coast of Somalia, where pollution from foreign ships has ruined the catch. Desperate to support his wife and young son, Abdi is persuaded by a friend to help a

49 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Death of Victorville man tasered multiple times ruled accidental

The death of a 36-year-old Victorville man after he was stunned with a taser multiple times during his arrest by San Bernardino County Sheriffs deputies was accidental, authorities said Wednesday.

51 minutes ago // VOA

world 'Fishing Without Nets' a Dramatic Tale of Somali Piracy

A decent man who needs money is talked against his better judgment into participating in a crime. Its a familiar premise for Hollywood filmmakers. But in a new film from a first-time director, the man is a poor Somali fisherman -- and the crime is piracy. VOAs Carolyn Weaver has more on Fishing Without Nets, a thriller told from the pirates' point of view.

51 minutes ago // CBS

world Dallas hospital had poor emergency room performance before Ebola case

Records show the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas failed to meet national patient safety and quality standards

56 minutes ago // New York Times

world Taliban Rise Again in Afghanistans North

Gains by militants in Kunduz Province question the ability of Afghan security forces to hold territory just two months before the end of the 13-year international combat mission.

57 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer officially released after online leak

The trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to the blockbuster The Avengers, was released early after it was leaked online Wednesday.

58 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Jihadism Needs Pockets of Lawlessness

Jihadist militants require areas that are in a state of lawlessness where they can have a safe haven to operate from. But an area of lawlessness alone will not take a regional jihadist group from local to transnational terrorist status. To make that leap they also require both in …

59 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Russian Economy Stalls

Russias economybattered by Western sanctions and falling prices for oil, its main exportstalled in September even as inflation hit the highest levels in months, data showed Wednesday.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Brazilians Scrutinize Presidential Challenger's Record

Presidential challenger Acio Nevess ability to unseat the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff, in Sundays election depends much on which of two narratives voters accept about the state that he governed for two terms.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world At Russian Forum, Qualms Over Sanctions

An annual event that brings together Russian officials and foreign experts opened Wednesday, revealing strongly divergent views over the reality of the crisis in Ukraine.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world UCLA conference center and hotel wins court victory

UCLA has won a court victory for the conference center and hotel under construction at the center of the Westwood campus. A Superior Court judge has ruled against a lawsuit from critics in a neighborhood organization who alleged that environmental studies for the project were inadequate and...

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world D.A. requests follow-up in investigation of Kings' Slava Voynov

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has requested "additional follow-up" from the Redondo Beach police detectives in the investigation of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Domestic Terror Threat Becomes Real for Canada

Canada has for decades avoided foreign-linked terrorist killings on its soil. But the deaths of two soldiers in the last three days in separate attacks has fueled fears of an uptick in such violence.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Canadian soldier killed, Parliament targeted in possible terrorist attack

Authorities lifted a lockdown on the core of Canadas capital city late Wednesday, hours after a gunman shot and killed a soldier standing guard at a war memorial and gunfire erupted in the Parliament building within yards of the prime minister. Authorities said a suspect, who had been on...

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Despite Riches, Venezuela Starts Food Rationing

The government in Caracas rolls out fingerprint scanners to limit purchases of basic goods, infuriating consumers, amid a shortage of products.

1 hour ago // Time

world Mayor, Wife Tied to Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

The attorney general believes they are probable masterminds" in the case

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Thousands End Islamabad Sit-In

Thousands of antigovernment demonstrators left Islamabad early Wednesday, ending a 69-day sit-in led by Muslim cleric Tahir ul Qadri and easing pressure on embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada's capital

OTTAWA Reuters - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with shots fired near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Man Caught After Jumping White House Fence

For the second time in a little more than a month, a man has jumped the White House fence, but this time the intruder was apprehended with the help of Secret Service dogs. The jumper was caught Wednesday evening outside the White House after he scaled the north fence. A Secret Service spokesman said the suspect kicked at one of the dogs before a second dog subdued him. The jumper was then taken to a nearby hospital. The White House was put on lockdown during the incident. On September

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Israeli troops injured in Sinai border attack

Army says two soldiers wounded after assailants fired shots and anti-tank missile at vehicle near Egypt border.

1 hour ago // The Times of India

world Pakistan clerical panel endorses polygamy

A Pakistani clerical panel has endorsed polygamy, saying a woman cannot object if her husband remarries.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world After Shooting, Fear and Anxiety Take Over Ottawa

Workers in the capital were stuck in their buildings during a lockdown after shootings at two sites on Wednesday.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world USC-Utah game features two top running backs

USC's Javorius Allen won't be the only high-performance running back on the field when the No. 20 Trojans play No. 19 Utah on Saturday night at Salt Lake City.

1 hour ago // UPI

world Two killed in Sierra Leone riot over Ebola blood test

Mary PapenfussKOIDU TOWN, Sierra Leone, Oct. 22 UPI -- Two people were killed in a riot in Sierra Leone that erupted as health workers attempted to take a blood test for suspected Ebola from a grandmother.

1 hour ago // VOA

world American Detained in North Korea Returns Home

An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea has returned home to the United States to hugs and tears of joy from his family. As VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports, analysts say it is still too early to tell whether the release is an effort by Pyongyang to improve relations with Washington.