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  • LeBron starts new journey with Cavaliers

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — For LeBron James, the journey begins anew. Right back where it began. Nearly four months since proclaiming "I'm coming home" and shifting the NBA's balance of power, James will play Thursday night in front of family, friends and the Cleveland fans who had their...

  • South Africans mourn sport deaths

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Singing hymns and blowing vuvuzelas, South African sporting fans on Thursday paid final respects to three sporting figures who died within three days of each other. South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service for fans of national soccer...

  • Walker, Burke campaign in northeast Wisconsin

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Democrat Mary Burke returned to the campaign trail Thursday on the heels of a poll showing her trailing Republican Gov. Scott Walker by 7 points and amid accusations that she was fired from her first job at Trek Bicycles, a company started by her father....

  • Virginians to consider tax exemption proposal

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians heading to the polls on Election Day will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes. Loudon Republican Del. David Ramadan...

  • Kansas State football coach endorses Sen. Roberts

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a new television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications....

  • Senate hopefuls answer 9 questions

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Associated Press invited Sen. Al Franken and his GOP challenger, Mike McFadden, to respond to several questions ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Here are their verbatim answers. 1. What's the most pressing problem/concern in the Affordable Care Act, and how should it be addressed?...

  • Michelle Obama to headline rally for Raimondo

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo is bringing first lady Michelle Obama to Providence for a get-out-the-vote rally. Obama is headlining Thursday's event at Juanita Sanchez School. The theme is "rebuilding the middle class," the same focus as last...

  • Only 2 of 4 Supreme Court races contested

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — While four state Supreme Court justices are seeking re-election this year, only two face opponents in the November election. Justices Debra Stephens and Charles Johnson face nominal opposition in their bids for re-election. The nonpartisan court races this year...

  • NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday. Jens Stoltenberg said that while NATO is not back on Cold War terms with its former arch-enemy, recent...

  • Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament, set fire

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president's rule during his 27 years in power. The protesters' goal...

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