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Americans more worried about economy than Ebola: Poll

(Reuters) – A new poll on Tuesday showed Ebola ranks well behind the economy, jobs and other issues among America’s top problems, while a law enforcement official warned about Ebola-related scams promising protection against the virus that has killed thousands in West Africa. Ebola debuted in the top 10 concerns of Americans but remained far behind five other issues: the economy, dissatisfaction with government, jobs, healthcare and immigration, the Gallup polling organization said. Continue reading

Snowplow driver drunk in plane collision that killed oil CEO

By Anna Malpas Moscow (AFP) – Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff. Russian investigators said the driver of the snow-clearing machine was drunk and that his actions, along with “an error by air traffic controllers”, appeared to have led to the crash — a claim disputed by the driver’s lawyer. They also blamed senior airport officials for causing the accident through “criminal negligence”, and said several executives would be suspended. Continue reading

Inspector General: New Opium Highs, Corruption Tear Apart Afghanistan

Corruption is tearing Afghanistan apart, fueled largely by an illegal drug trade that has reached new highs despite billions spent in U.S. counternarcotics efforts. And the U.S., leading up to a full withdrawal in 2016, does not have a plan to fight it. Continue reading

Customer decline hits McDonald’s sales, profit

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says its profit and sales declined as the world’s biggest hamburger chain saw customer traffic fall around the world. The company said sales fell 3.3 percent globally and in the U.S Continue reading

Schools closed in ambush suspect search area

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press A northeastern Pennsylvania school district closed its schools Tuesday after at least two reported sightings of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush. Officials in the Pocono Mountain School District announced the decision to cancel classes shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. Continue reading

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc Continue reading

Coke profit, revenue fall on flat soda market

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola reported a lower profit and revenue in the third quarter as global soda volume remained flat. The world’s biggest beverage maker announced a new plan that it said will reduce costs by $3 billion a year by 2019. For this year, the company said it expects earnings per share to miss its long-term target of high-single-digit growth Continue reading

Pope’s historic trip to unstable region

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said on Tuesday, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and in Iraq. During his three-day visit, the pope will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Continue reading

Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried to star onstage

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, actress Amanda Seyfried poses for photographs on the red carpet for the new movie “While We’re Young” during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Seyfried, along with Melanie Griffith, Uzo Aduba, Peter Dinklage, Nina Dobrev and Pablo Schreiber will be appearing next month in the 14th annual benefit “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway,” which asks over a dozen actors, six writers and six directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day Continue reading

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

By The Associated Press The deadly virus Ebola dominated the news last week. AP photographers captured a health care worker donning protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the hard-hit West African nation of Sierra Leone and followed an Ebola burial team in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed economic deals on a visit to Slavic ally Serbia, while pro-Russian rebels fought Ukrainian troops over the airport in the eastern region of Donetsk and Ukrainian police clashed with protesters in Kiev Continue reading