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Gauge of US economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain

Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:59am

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, Perry Loyola sorts apples before they are pressed for juice and used for cider at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y. The Conference Board on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 said that its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 percent in September following a flat reading in August which originally had been reported as a small 0.2 percent gain. It was the best showing since a 1.1 percent advance in July. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month.

Williams blitzes Bouchard to keep Finals hopes alive

Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:57am

Serena Williams on her way to emphatically defeating Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA finals round robin match in Singapore on October 23, 2014Serena Williams hit back from her embarrassing defeat at the WTA Finals by demolishing Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 to keep her campaign alive in fearsome fashion on Thursday. After only winning two games against Simona Halep, a grimly focused Williams only lost two against Bouchard as she swept the glamorous Canadian off court and out of the tournament in 58 minutes. The defending champion lost the first game but then grabbed 11 in a row, including a serve recorded at 205 kilometres (127.4 miles) an hour in the second set, not far off Sabine Lisicki's world record. "Yesterday was tough for me but I had to put that behind me," Williams said.

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:56am

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

South African labour group and ANC ally may expel militant NUMSA union

Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:55am

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's biggest union faced expulsion on Thursday from a labour federation linked to the ruling African National Congress, the first major crack in an alliance that has held sway since apartheid ended in 1994. Delegates from the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) were meeting in Johannesburg to cast ballots on whether or not to keep the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) in their ranks. ...

White House fence climber charged

Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:55am

An unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogsAn unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogs. The Secret Service said 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya climbed over the north fence of the White House at 7:16 pm Wednesday and was quickly taken into custody by K-9 police teams and officers. He was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and unlawful entry and a felony count of making arrests, the Secret Service said. He was then transferred to the custody of the US Marshal Service for previous outstanding arrest warrants, the Secret Service said.