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Nevada court says Strip club dancers are employees

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a legal decision with wide implications for strip clubs in Sin City, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that dancers at one Las Vegas club are employees, not independent contractors, and are entitled to be paid minimum wage.

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

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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. ...


U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protections

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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California-based nurses union said Thursday it was organizing strikes and other protests against what it views as insufficient protection for nurses caring for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses have demanded better protection when treating Ebola patients for weeks, ever since two nurses in Texas became infected with the virus while treating Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who fell ill and died while visiting Dallas. ...

Saints, Panthers tied at 0-0 after 1st quarter

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Carolina Panthers' Dwan Edwards (92) returns an interception of a New Orleans Saints pass during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drew Brees had turnovers to end New Orleans' first two drives, while Cam Newton and Carolina couldn't take advantage as the teams were scoreless after the first quarter of Thursday night's game.


Man wanted in Pennsylvania trooper ambush captured

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents, authorities said.

AP source: Hardy's appeal trial postponed

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, meaning his career with Carolina could be over.

Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt

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Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush of the troopers outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...


Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal

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Russian Energy Minister Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Prodan after gas talks at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. ...


Gas deal may be first sign of Russia-Ukraine detente: EU

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The gas deal struck on Thursday between Russia and Ukraine is perhaps the first sign of an easing of tension between the two countries, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday. "This is perhaps the first sign of a wise and well-functioning neighborhood policy and is perhaps the first glimmer of a relaxation in the relationship between the two neighboring countries," he told a news conference after Russia, Ukraine and the European Union signed the accord. (Reporting By Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

Apple's Cook: "I'm proud to be gay"

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna BeachBy Christina Farr and Sarah McBride (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. ...


In his native Alabama, Apple CEO's announcement he is gay prompts discomfort for some

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By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Apple chief Tim Cook's announcement on Thursday that he is gay and wants to help further civil rights found strong support in some quarters, but his advocacy met less enthusiasm among some people in Alabama, where he was born and raised. Cook said in a magazine editorial he hopes his example will inspire others to push for change. ...

Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap

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File photo of a man in front of the fully burnt Kadonowaki elementary school after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in IshinomakiBy Taiga Uranaka and Antoni Slodkowski ISHINOMAKI Japan (Reuters) - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements. ...


N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Kim Un Chol, a spokesman for North Korea, attends a panel discussion at United Nations headquarters. On Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, North Korea said it has invited the European Union’s top human rights official to visit, but it threatened to drop its offers of visits by United Nations rights officials if a U.N. resolution on the country doesn’t remove a reference to the International Criminal Court before Saturday. Kim said the visit by the EU official, Stavros Lambrinidis, is expected in March 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court before Saturday.


Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears

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(Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father. A widely publicized lawsuit brought by the father, Stephen Opayemi, against Milford Public Schools demanding her readmission will be settled, according to the statement, without giving further details. "The student has had no contact with any Ebola patients and she does not have Ebola," the statement said. ...

Dallas nurse to be reunited with dog quarantined for Ebola checks

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DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who recovered from an Ebola infection, will be reunited with 1-year-old King Charles Spaniel on Saturday after testing indicated the pet was free of Ebola, a spokeswoman for the city of Dallas said on Thursday. The dog named Bentley had been removed from Pham's apartment by animal workers in protective suits. It was placed in a 21-day quarantine to check for signs of infection after Pham was diagnosed with the disease and placed in isolation. "All 3 samples came back negative today. ...

Citigroup sets aside $600 million more to cover legal costs

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A Citi sign is seen at the Citigroup stall on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy David Henry and Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said it was setting aside an extra $600 million to cover legal expenses in the third quarter due to "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries," while also disclosing that it was subject to foreign exchange market probes. Citigroup is one of six major banks that are expected to settle with Britain's Financial Conduct Authority by mid-November over allegations that the banks manipulated foreign exchange markets. The banks are aiming to settle for a total of around 1.5 billion pounds sterling, or $2.42 billion, sources have told Reuters. ...


Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence

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People load goods looted from a building, which according to locals, belongs to Francois Compaore, the younger brother of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, 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. ...


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