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world RBA Frets Over Housing Loans

Australias central bank stressed the importance of maintaining rigorous standards on loans to property investors, reflecting its rising concern that speculators are dominating the housing market.

21 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Apple reports 12.7% profit growth, launches Apple Pay

Apple Inc. finished off its year in a big way, reporting a standout fourth quarter thanks to strong sales of iPhones and Macs.

24 minutes ago // UPI

world Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city

Thor BensonKIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 20 UPI -- A new Human Rights Watch report claims Ukraine has used cluster bombs in parts of Donetsk.

24 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world USC could use a JuJu Smith encore when Trojans play Utah

USC receiver JuJu Smith turned in another big-production game at the Coliseum. Now the Trojans need the freshman to carry it over to on the road.

31 minutes ago // The Telegraph

world Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

Designer who spent five decades dressing high society in haute couture

32 minutes ago // ABC

world Oil Company CEO Dies in Moscow Plane Crash

Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil company Total, dies in Moscow plane crash

33 minutes ago // New York Times

world Sinosphere Blog: Rights Group Details Abuse in Black Jails

As Chinas Communist Party meets to discuss the rule of law and the United Nations hears Chinas national report on womens rights, a rights group publishes a report documenting routine physical and sexual abuse of women in unofficial jails.

35 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Oscar de la Renta: A fashion force until the end

Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at age 82, was a gentleman designer who over the last five decades defined American elegance.

36 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world U.S. to ease repurchase demands on bad mortgages

Hoping to boost mortgage approvals for more borrowers, the federal regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lenders that the home financing giants would ease up on demands that banks buy back loans that go delinquent.

38 minutes ago // BBC

world Hong Kong officials to meet students

The Hong Kong government is to meet student leaders for talks on ending pro-democracy street protests that are now in their fourth week.

39 minutes ago // VOA

world Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday, leaving behind a legendary career as one of the most recognized names in fashion. He was 82. The designer, who was born in the Dominican Republic, rose to international prominence in the 1960s dressing first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In the decades since, his fashion house was best known for voluptuous gowns that made their way from the runway to the red carpet. Most recently, de la Renta was credited with designing the gown that lawyer Amal Al

41 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes

41 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

Oscar de la Renta, a renowned American fashion designer known for his glamorous red-carpet gowns and smart suits for ladies who lunch, died Monday evening at the age of 82.

41 minutes ago // New York Times

world In Canada, Terrorism Concerns Arise After Car Hits 2 in Military

A statement from the prime ministers office said the driver, who died after being shot by the police, was known to a national antiterrorism program.

41 minutes ago // New York Times

world In Canada, Terrorism Concerns Arise After Car Hits 2 in Military

A sedan struck the two people, one of them apparently in uniform, as they walked in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a city south of Montreal that is home to several military facilities.

43 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Ex-Australian Leader Whitlam Dies

Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, a fierce proponent of rights for indigenous Australians and the first Western leader to recognize communist China, has died aged 98.

43 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world China Growth Slows to 7.3%

Chinas economy grew at its slowest pace for five years in the third quarter, suggesting the governments targeted easing measures to boost economic growth havent yielded expected results.

45 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Gough Whitlam dies at 98; Australian prime minister was a reformist

Gough Whitlam swept to political power in Australia in 1972 under a slogan, "it's time," that seemed to sum up everything that was stale and old-fashioned about an inward-looking, parochial nation. He was swept out less than three years later on Nov. 11, 1975, controversially dismissed by the...

49 minutes ago // VOA

world Healthcare Professionals Demand Better Preparedness for Ebola

Although there have only been three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, unease about contracting the disease has spread across the country. At the same time, nurses are asking President Obama to mandate uniform procedures for dealing with Ebola in all U.S. hospitals, where they say preparations are, for the most part, far from adequate. Public officials are supporting these requests. Houston's U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee came together with doctors and nurses demanding all

52 minutes ago // VOA

world Healthcare Professionals Demand Better Preparedness for Ebola

Although there have only been three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, unease about contracting the disease has spread across the country. At the same time, nurses are asking President Obama to mandate uniform procedures for dealing with Ebola in all U.S. hospitals, where they say preparations are, for the most part, far from adequate. As VOAs Greg Flakus reports from Houston, public officials are supporting these requests.

56 minutes ago // NPR

world Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

Fashion designer Oscar de La Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report.

56 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics

Peter Daland, who started his career at USC as a part-time swim coach with a desk in a mimeograph room and rose to become one of the most celebrated names in both collegiate and Olympic swimming, died Monday in Thousand Oaks. He was 93.

59 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Total's CEO dies in jet crash

Christophe de Margerie, the head of the French oil company, Total, has been killed in a crash at Vnukovo airport in Moscow.

1 hour ago // VOA

world In Ghanas Hinterlands, a Quest for Gold, with Lives on the Line

Gold mining puts money in the pockets of thousands in Ghanas countryside. It also kills. Pit collapses claim the lives of the miners who delve deep into small-scale mines in search of bullion. But in Ghanas poor, underdeveloped villages, people say there are few other ways to make money. The rivers in Ghanas Ashanti region run a sickly brown. The land is pockmarked with gashes carved into the earth by excavators, the air filled with the sound of mining equipment. Small-scale mines a

1 hour ago // UPI

world Hong Kong to begin using ebola questionnaire at airport

Thor BensonHONG KONG, Oct. 20 UPI -- Hong Kong officials have announced they will start using a voluntary ebola questionnaire at their airport.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Detroit water shut-offs bring U.N. scrutiny

Thousands of city residents are living without water after not paying their bills to the tune of $85 million

1 hour ago // VOA

world UN Officials Criticize Detroit Water Shutoffs

United Nations human rights officials have called on Detroit to restore water service to poor customers with overdue bills. Catarina de Albuquerque and Leilani Farha on Monday ended their three-day tour of the city during which they met with affected residents, civil rights activists and local officials. The U.N. experts said the shutoffs disproportionately impact the city's low-income and black population and unfairly forces residences to choose between paying for housing or paying for wate

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Crackdown on Raw-Milk Machines Steams Fans

Raw milk vending machines have proliferated in much of Europe in recent years. But now authorities are cracking down in places, citing health concerns. Farmers are frothing.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Full Episode: GMA 10/20: Quarantine Ends for Dozens in Contact With Ebola Patient

The Future Is Now With Apple Pay; Alleged Indiana Serial Killer May Be in Custody

1 hour ago // BBC

world China growth data beats expectations

China posts better than expected growth data after the government increased stimulus spending and eased property restrictions.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Baseball's World Series Matches Kansas City, San Francisco

Baseball's World Series, sometimes referred to as the "Fall Classic," begins Tuesday night with the American League champion Kansas City Royals hosting the National League champion San Francisco Giants. It's a best-of-seven game series, with the first two in Kansas City before the teams travel west to San Francisco for games three, four and - if necessary - five. If a game six or seven is needed, they would be back in Kansas City. The Royals get the home field advantage because the American

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years

BEIJING China's economic growth waned to 7.3 percent last quarter, the lowest rate since early 2009, resuming a slowdown that had been eased by mini-stimulus measures earlier in the year.The 7.3 percent year-on-year growth reported Tuesday by China's National Bureau of Statistics was down from 7.5 percent in the second quarter, which had been bolstered by stimulus spending on infrastructure. Growth in the first quarter was 7.4 percent.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world CEO of French Oil Giant Total Dies in Moscow Plane Crash

French oil company Total SA said Chairman and Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie died Monday in a plane crash at a Russian airport.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Turkey to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters passage into Syrian city

For weeks, Washington has been nudging a reluctant Turkey to assume a more forceful role in President Obama's anti-militant coalition and come to the aid of Kurdish forces battling to push Islamic State fighters out of the besieged Syrian city of Kobani.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Oscar de la Renta dies at 82; fashion designer dressed stars, first ladies

Oscar de la Renta, a fashion designer whose gowns have been a staple at red-carpet events, died Monday at 82, a spokesman for his wife confirmed.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Two Canadian Forces Members Struck in Hit-and-Run

Two members of Canadas armed forces were injured, one critically, when they were struck by a car on Monday in a hit-and-run accident caused by a man authorities said was known to them and had shown signs of radicalization.