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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.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japan's stock index surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago.
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — When U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger Dan Sullivan greet cheering supporters in downtown Anchorage on Election Night, their thoughts may turn to days of boots-on-the-ground campaigning in more unforgiving and far-flung parts of this remote and rugged state.
By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp reported a second-quarter operating loss on Friday that was narrower than analysts had estimated, as blockbuster sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of a sluggish smartphone division. The result - unexpected after Sony took an impairment charge of 176 billion yen ($1.58 billion) on its mobile division - indicates restructuring announced in May by Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida is beginning to bear fruit. Sony's operating loss reached 85.6 billion yen in July-September, compared with the 164. ...
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) — For 48 tense days, hundreds of law enforcement officials fanned out across the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in a grueling manhunt for the 31-year-old survivalist charged with killing a state police trooper and wounding another.
BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks in an attempt to bring down his month-old government.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Work begins Friday to recover the remains of the four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport, authorities said.
"We're not trying to push any limits here. We're members of this community, too, and we want to make people comfortable." — Ted Wilbur, boyfriend of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a quarantine order by the state of Maine despite testing negative for the Ebola virus.
By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese stocks soared 4.8 percent to their highest close since November 2007 and the yen skidded to near seven-year lows against the dollar on Friday, after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with fresh easing steps it called a pre-emptive move to stoke inflation. ...
By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. The jolt from the BOJ, which had been expected to maintain its level of asset purchases, came as the government signaled its readiness to ramp up spending to boost the economy and as the government pension fund, the world's largest, was set to increase purchases of domestic and foreign stocks. ...
LORDS VALLEY, 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 near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents.
Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.The Bank of Japan said it would increase its asset purchases by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen ($90.7 billion to $181.3 billion) to about 80 trillion yen ($725 billion) annually.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme was due in court to argue for a new trial.
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.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and detained in North Korea is headed back to the job he lost while abroad, with an agreement that his travel was risky and he could be fired for doing it again.
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.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nikkei jumps 5 percent, other Asian stocks up after Japan announces more stimulus; yen slides.
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