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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail
Kaci Hickox and boyfriend Ted Wilbur go for a bike ride in Fort KentBy Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...

Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office
CHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet.

Police: Suspected NC court gunman turns himself in
Law enforcement officials confer outside the courthouse in Nashville, N.C., where two men were shot Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. A manhunt is on for two suspects in the shooting of two men outside the Nash County Courthouse Tuesday, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man suspected of opening fire this week on two victims in front of a courthouse turned himself in hours after his brother was charged in the crime, authorities said Thursday.

Japan central bank expands asset purchases
A man rests on a street near a train station in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up, according to data released Friday, as the Bank of Japan held its policy meeting. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank says it is expanding its asset purchases to inject more money into the economy and shore up sagging growth.

Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An animal resembling a gray wolf has been spotted roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona, officials said Thursday, and tests are planned to determine exactly what it is.

Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple went on an hour-long ride. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.

AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween
In this Oct. 27, 2014, photo, people react to a mock execution in the Gates of Hell haunted house in Las Vegas. The haunted house is billed as an "R-rated haunted attraction" and according to JT Mollner, a managing partner of Freakling Bros that runs the attraction, about one in five groups are so terrified they exit the house early. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — JT Mollner likes to compare haunted house visitors to bungee jumpers and skydivers — they want to be safe, but they also want an adrenaline rush.

Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination
In this Oct. 10, 2014 photo, Hacken Tse, 38, a freelance photographer, poses for a portrait on a main road in an occupied area near government headquarters in Hong Kong. Tse said "It has increased people’s civil awareness, but the youngsters have yet to learn many things. The development of the movement has come to a time when they should take a turn, but they still haven’t realized it. Some people just want to get the aura of glory, yet have done nothing since the beginning. They don’t know their rights and duty.” (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)HONG KONG (AP) — On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening.

Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370
Malaysian lawyer Arunan Selvaraj, center, speaks to journalists outside a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago. (AP Photo) MALAYSIA OUTTwo Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously ...

Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence
Soldiers attempt to stop anti-government protesters from entering the parliament building in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests. The head of the armed forces, General Honore Traore, had earlier dissolved parliament and announced talks with all political parties to create an interim government to take the West African country to democratic elections within a year. ...

Sandoval, Shields among 121 free agents
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy hands the championship trophy to Pablo Sandoval as they celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Today in History
Today is Friday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2014. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween.

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
This two photo combo with undated handout photos provided by Nohemi Gonzalez, shows Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera, left, and her brother Alex, right, at their mother's home in Progreso, Texas. According to witnesses armed men took Erica Maria, 26, and her brothers, Alex, 22, and Jose Angel, 21, on Oct. 13 in El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros. The three were visiting their father in Mexico and they have not been seen since. (AP Photo)MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities are investigating 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.

LeBron falters in emotional return to Cleveland
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Cleveland. The Knicks defeated the Cavaliers 95-90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation building for years, LeBron James is back where he began.

Ebola victim's fiancée struggles to rebuild life
DALLAS (AP) — The fiancée of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is struggling to recover after losing her future husband along with most of her personal belongings, and she says she is effectively homeless due to the lingering stigma of the virus.

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