THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014

Members Of Anti-Violence Group Arrested
In a rather ironic turn of events, two members of a local anti-violence group have been arrested and charged with beating a man. Washington City Police say 30-year-old Nikole Ardeno, one of the co-coordinators of the "Stop the Violence" group, and 30-year-old Emanuel Velez, both of Washington, are charged with punching and kicking Joshua Magraff yesterday afternoon, leaving him in critical condition. Police say they believe a domestic issue led to the attack on Magraff, who was a former roommate of Ardeno's and Velez. Both are being held in the Washington County Jail.

Maine Governor Say Negotiations Have Stopped
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says that negotiations with nurse Kaci Hickox have broken down and that he is ready to exercise the "full extent" of his authority to protect the public. LePage said Thursday that the state was willing to agree to arrangements that would have allowed Hickox to go for walks, runs and bicycle rides while preventing her from going into public places or coming within 3 feet of others. But the governor said those discussions failed. The state previously vowed to go to court to have Hickox confined to her home against her will for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, says confinement violates her rights. She says that she has no symptoms and poses no risk to the public.

Economic Report Card Looks Good
The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter. It was propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years. The Commerce Department says that the third quarter result followed a 4.6 percent rebound in the second quarter. The economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first three months of the year due to a harsh winter.

Lava Flow Moving Closer To Town
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Civil defense officials on Hawaii's Big Island say lava from the Kilauea volcano is about 225 yards away from the main road in the town of Pahoa. Once the lava crosses the road and a bypass road, it'll effectively slice the town in half, and most residents won't be able to get to the area's only supermarket a mile from the town center. Some of Pahoa's 950 residents already have left and some businesses are closing. But other people are vowing to stay.

Fans Celebrate Giants World Series Win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jubilant fans of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants partied well into the night, gathering in the streets to celebrate the big victory. The spontaneous party was mostly peaceful, but the atmosphere grew more rowdy as the night wore on. Three people were injured in separate incidents, and police in riot gear set up a perimeter after fans started spraying beer on one another, lighting fires, smashing bottles and setting off fireworks.

Election Coverage On WJPA
The November 4th General Election includes several local races and WJPA News will be featuring interviews with candidates in several key races. On Thursday, WJPA will be talking with Incumbent Democratic State Representative Brandon Neuman and his Republican challenger Sonia Stopperich and Friday features incumbent Democratic State Senator Tim Solobay and his Republican challenger Camera Bartolotta.

Halloween Canceled As Freen Manhunt Continues
CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - There won't be any trick-or-treating in the northeastern Pennsylvania area where authorities continue searching for a suspect accused of killing a state trooper. Officials in rural Barrett Township canceled the beloved Halloween ritual and the annual parade because of the police manhunt for Eric Frein.
But kids did get to "trunk or treat" over the weekend. The event held at a school parking lot included candy, a costume contest and car trunks decorated for the spooky holiday. Organizers called it a success, saying hundreds of children and adults attended. Still, Halloween parade chairwoman Betty Oppelt says the community is missing a major tradition this year. Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Trooper Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.


Jobless Claims Up
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market. The Labor Department says weekly applications increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 250 to 281,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years. Applications are a proxy for layoffs and have fallen 20 percent in the past year. The steady decline suggests that businesses are sufficiently confident in the economy to hold onto their staffs. That same confidence could lead them to step up hiring. The economy expanded at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, according to a separate government report. That's healthy enough to encourage more hiring.

Turkish Miners Remain Trapped
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Hopes are fading for 18 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey. Rescuers have had no contact with the men who have been trapped 380 yard underground since Tuesday in surging waters. Mud and damage inside the mine have hampered attempts to pump water from the mine.

A
pple CEO - "I'm Proud To Be Gay"
NEW YORK (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. Cook says that for years he's been open with many people about his sexual orientation and that plenty of his Apple colleagues know he is gay. Cook wrote in the column published Thursday that it wasn't an easy choice to publicly disclose that he is gay but felt that his declaration could potentially help others. The executive said he will continue to focus on being the best CEO he can be and will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people.

 
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