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  • Millions plan to participate in earthquake drill Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    Millions of people plan to drop, cover and hold on in a drill Thursday to prepare communities in California and elsewhere for the next big earthquake. More than 10 million Californians signed up to participate at 10:16 a.m. PDT, in addition to another 15 million people this year in dozens of states and countries including Italy and Canada, according to organizers.

  • Mike Dukakis to testify in Tsarnaev friend’s trial Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    Former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis was ready to take the stand Thursday as a defense witness for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

  • University of Minnesota knocks down tweet claiming Ebola airborne Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    University of Minnesota officials are knocking down a tweet claiming its researchers say is Ebola is airborne. University spokeswoman Caroline Marin told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that the university never made such a claim.

  • AP: Iran looks at compromise nuke offer Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.

  • Fan dispute at Fla. debate prompts finger-pointing Oct 16, 2014 10:56 AM
    It’s no secret in Florida that former Gov. Charlie Crist likes to stay cool by using a portable fan. Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to turn Crist’s devotion to the device into a debate-night advantage disrupted the start of their second televised encounter Wednesday night. And the finger-pointing over “fangate” that followed brought renewed ridicule Thursday to Florida’s elections.

  • Nepal blizzard, avalanche death toll rises to 27 Oct 16, 2014 10:56 AM
    Search teams in army helicopters rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered more bodies of victims of a blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s northern mountains Thursday, raising the death toll to 27.

  • UN says Ebola death toll rising to 4,500 this week Oct 16, 2014 10:57 AM
    The death toll from the Ebola crisis will rise to more than 4,500 lives this week from among 9,000 people infected by the deadly disease, a top official with the U.N. health agency said Thursday.

  • UN rights chief: Ebola, extremists ‘twin plagues’ Oct 16, 2014 10:58 AM
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein drew comparisons between the Ebola outbreak and the Islamic State group Thursday, labeling them “twin plagues” upon the world that were allowed to gain strength because of widespread neglect and misunderstanding.

  • Warhol’s ‘Marilyns’ unsold at London auction Oct 16, 2014 9:21 AM
    Bloomberg News Phillips tallied a less-than- expected 14.9 million pounds ($23.8 million) at its contemporary art sale coinciding with London’s Frieze week as major works by Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter failed to sell. The evening auction at Phillips, which took place yesterday in its new London home on Berkeley Square in the wealthy Mayfair neighborhood, fell short of the company’s low estimate of 15.5 million pounds as 37 of the 46 offered lots found buyers. Warhol’s 1986 “Four Marilyns” silkscreen, estimated at 1.2 million to 1.8 million pounds, didn’t find a taker. Nor did Richter’s 1985 abstract canvas “U.L.,” which the auction house had valued at 1.5 million to 2 million pounds. Clients from New York who were interested in the Warhol decided to pass because they hadn’t seen it in person, Michael McGinnis, president of Phillips, told reporters after the auction. The portrait of Marilyn Monroe has a black background with four images of the actress that look like a photo negative. “They were resistant to buying without standing in front of it,” McGinnis said. “I’m sure I’ll be making a private sale when I bring it back to New York.” The Richter didn’t sell because bidders may be worried that prices for his work are losing steam after his “Netz,” a red, yellow and green abstract painting estimated at as much as 10 million pounds, failed to find a purchaser at Christie’s sale in London on Oct. 13. “Netz” was sold after the auction to a private U.S. collector for 5.5 million pounds, Christie’s said. “It spooked people and that had an impact on this result,” McGinnis said. Edward Dolman, chief executive officer of Phillips, said in an interview after the auction that he was “very happy” with the sale. “There was solid bidding and 80 percent of the lots sold, which is very respectable,” Dolman said. “I don’t think this is a sign of market weakness. We had two works that were more expensive that failed to sell for understandable reasons.” Two other works by Warhol didn’t find takers. “Untitled (The Ambassador’s Wife),” a 1982 silkscreen double panel, was estimated at 300,000 to 500,000 pounds. “Guns,” a 1981 silkscreen of two weapons, had a range of 500,000 to 700,000 pounds. Christopher Wool’s untitled 1990 alkyd and acrylic image of black birds on aluminum was the top lot as it sold for 2.1 million pounds, near the high end of its predicted range. Damien Hirst’s dots on canvas from 2007 fetched 578,500 pounds, beating its low estimate of 550,000 pounds. Banksy’s 2006 submerged telephone booth under rocks, which is made of metal and acrylic glass, sold for 722,500 pounds, surpassing its high estimate of 500,000 pounds. A fiberglass resin sculpture of a pink creature with outsized rabbit-like ears by the Brooklyn, New York-based artist Kaws sold for 266,500 pounds, beating its estimate of 150,000 to 250,000 pounds. It set an auction record for the artist, whose previous mark of 181,658 pounds was reached at Sotheby’s in New York in May, according to Phillips. Tauba Auerbach’s 2010 pale canvas with an assortment of creases sold for 1.14 million pounds, slightly surpassing her previous peak. Phillips is owned by Moscow-based Mercury Group. To contact the reporter on this story: Mary Romano in New York at To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christian Baumgaertel at Josh Friedman, Rob Golum

  • Feds: Don’t expect winter to be polar vortex redux Oct 16, 2014 2:27 PM
    If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here’s some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.

  • Report: Private student borrowers can’t get help Oct 16, 2014 9:20 AM
    Millions of Americans still struggle with high-cost private student loans, with many tumbling into default because the companies servicing the loans aren’t offering reasonable options for improved loan terms.

  • Amazon hires 80,000 seasonal holiday workers Oct 16, 2014 9:20 AM
    Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers as it looks to improve its shipping efficiency during the crucial holiday season. The figure is a 14 percent increase over last year’s hiring of 70,000 workers, as Amazon has been opening more distribution centers. It now has more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S., up from 40 last year. And in July it announced it was opening eight smaller sorting centers for a total of 15 by year-end. At the centers packages are sorted by ZIP code and then transported to U.S. Postal Service offices. The company says the sorting centers help Amazon offer services such as Sunday delivery, a later cutoff order time and tighter control over shipping logistics. Thousands of the seasonal jobs are expected to become permanent positions. The pace of hiring at a retailer can serve as an indicator of expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the industry’s annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation, a trade group. Seattle-based Amazon is hoping to avoid problems that occurred late in the holiday season last year, when shippers such as UPS were caught off guard by spiking online orders, particularly from Overall, the National Retail Federation said it expects sales during the November and December period to increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, up a percentage point higher than last year. It marks the highest increase since 2011 when the rise was 4.8 percent. Amazon employs more than 132,600 full-time and part-time employees globally.

  • Ebola screening starts at O’Hare Oct 16, 2014 4:59 PM
    Screening for the Ebola virus has begun at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Customs and health officials at O’Hare started taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries Thursday. Up to 25 passengers arrive daily from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

  • Rising call for ban on travel from W. Africa Oct 16, 2014 8:53 PM
    Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

  • Steenkamp cousin: Pistorius apology not genuine Oct 16, 2014 6:01 PM
    Oscar Pistorius must “pay for what he’s done” and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp said Thursday as testimonies wrapped up.

  • Facebook creates ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters Oct 16, 2014 9:18 AM
    Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called “Safety Check,” will be available worldwide to the social network’s 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic “feature” phones many people still use to access Facebook, especially in developing countries.

  • Ebola comes to last safe district in Sierra Leone Oct 16, 2014 9:20 AM
    The deadly Ebola virus has infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra Leone, the government said Thursday, a setback in efforts to turn back the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries.

  • Plane isolated at Madrid airport for Ebola check Oct 16, 2014 9:20 AM
    An Air France plane was isolated at Madrid’s airport on Thursday because of a suspected Ebola case after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers, officials said. The passenger, who had traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance to an unspecified hospital in Madrid but the rest of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane as normal, Air France said in a statement.

  • UnitedHealth tops 3Q expectations, raises forecast Oct 16, 2014 9:17 AM
    UnitedHealth Group’s third-quarter earnings inched up 2 percent but that was enough to help the nation’s largest health insurer trump Wall Street expectations and raise its 2014 forecast for the first time this year.

  • Images: Ebola training at Rush University Medical Center Oct 16, 2014 5:16 PM
    A series of images by Associated Press photographer Charles Rex Arbogast shows Thursday’s Ebola training session at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

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