Closing arguments set in trial of Tsarnaev friend

BOSTON (AP) — Closing arguments were scheduled in the federal trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner meet for a third debate before the Nov. 4 election Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois' financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday.



World must stop Ebola in West Africa or face 'pandemic' - Cuba's Castro

Cuba's President Castro attends the opening ceremony of the ALBA-TCP Extraordinary Ebola summit in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The world must confront Ebola in West Africa to prevent what could become one of the worst pandemics in human history, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Monday. "I am convinced that if this threat is not stopped in West Africa with an immediate international response ... it could become one of the gravest pandemics in human history," Castro told a summit of the leftist ALBA bloc of Latin American and Caribbean countries in Havana. ...



Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.



South Sudan sexual violence "rampant," 2-year-old raped -UN

A woman displaced by the fighting in Bor county sits by her mosquito net in the early morning in MinkamanBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rape and other forms of sexual violence by all sides in South Sudan's civil war have become so widespread that a 2-year-old child was among the victims, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict said on Monday. "In my 30 years of experience, I've never witnessed anything like what I saw in Bentiu," Zainab Hawa Bangura told reporters about a recent trip to the northern town, one of South Sudan's regions worst hit by the conflict. "The IDPs (internally displaced persons) seeking refuge there face a combination of ... ...





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