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SPECIAL REPORT: NASA ROCKET EXPLODES ON LAUNCH TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

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North Korean leader dropped out of sight for weeks

A South Korean news agency thinks it has cracked the mystery of Kim’s disappearance from public view. FULL STORY

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More than 300 missing in Sri Lanka mudslide

More than 300 missing in Sri Lanka mudslide

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct. 29 (UPI) — At least 10 people died and more than 300 people remain missing after a mudslide struck central Sri Lanka on Wednesday morning.
Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government deploys Peshmerga fighters to Kobane

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government deploys Peshmerga fighters to Kobane

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 29 (UPI) — Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government has deployed Peshmerga fighters to help Syria’s Kurdish militias defend the town of Kobane from Islamic State takeover.
Russia denies pressuring U.S. diplomats, despite State Department claims

Russia denies pressuring U.S. diplomats, despite State Department claims

MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (UPI) — Russia has denied claims raised in a report by ABC News that U.S. diplomats in Russia faced “Cold War-era harassment.”
'King Cobra,' President of Zambia, dies at 77

‘King Cobra,’ President of Zambia, dies at 77

LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct. 29 (UPI) — Michael Sata, the president of Zambia since 2011, died Tuesday evening at a London hospital. He was 77.
Israel's ranked as Middle East's best military

Israel’s ranked as Middle East’s best military

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Israel has the most powerful military in the Middle East, an analysis says, followed by the armies of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Pope Francis: Big Bang, evolution are real

Pope Francis: Big Bang, evolution are real

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Pope Francis said Tuesday the theories of evolution and the cosmological Big Bang theory are correct but do not contradict the intervention of a creator.
China aims to reform military, online media

China aims to reform military, online media

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (UPI) — China will more closely manage its military and increase online limitations, a meeting of its Communist Party indicated Tuesday.
South Korean spies say they know why Kim Jong-un went missing

South Korean spies say they know why Kim Jong-un went missing

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (UPI) — South Korean intelligence officials say Kim Jong-un’s unexplained and atypical six-week disappearance was due to a medical procedure on his foot.
Scientists spot Russian sub in Arctic Ocean

Scientists spot Russian sub in Arctic Ocean

HAMMERFEST , Norway, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Norwegian scientists reported they observed a Russian submarine during a chance encounter in the Arctic Ocean.
Merkel attends ceremony at WWI Ypres, Belgium, battlefield

Merkel attends ceremony at WWI Ypres, Belgium, battlefield

YPRES, Belgium, Oct. 28 (UPI) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a centenary observance of the World War I Battle of Ypres in Belgium Tuesday.
Italy's president testifies at Mafia trial

Italy’s president testifies at Mafia trial

ROME, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano testified Tuesday in Rome about his awareness of alleged government collusion with the Mafia in the 1990s.
World Bank chief calls for Ebola volunteers

World Bank chief calls for Ebola volunteers

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 28 (UPI) — World Bank President Jim Yong Kim made an emotional plea Tuesday for 5,000 more medical workers to volunteer to contain the Ebola virus in West Africa.
School shooter in Estonia kills 'Teacher of the Year'

School shooter in Estonia kills ‘Teacher of the Year’

TALLINN, Estonia, Oct. 28 (UPI) — An unidentified 15-year-old student opened fire at his school in southern Estonia on Monday, killing a teacher who was previously named Teacher of the Year.
Mine collapses in Turkey trapping at least 20

Mine collapses in Turkey trapping at least 20

ERMENEK, Turkey, Oct. 28 (UPI) — At least 20 workers are trapped after a coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed following a flash flood.
Afghanistan's Ghani in trade talks with China's Xi

Afghanistan’s Ghani in trade talks with China’s Xi

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani was greeted warmly in Beijing Tuesday on his first official trip to China in search of stronger economic ties.

Should millionaires pay extra in taxes?

It’s the only state to put the idea to a vote, but Illinois is hardly the first one to consider it.

Should millionaires pay extra in taxes?

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Tuesday’s Close:
  • Dow+187.81
    17,005.75

    +1.12%

  • Nasdaq+78.361
    4,564.29

    +1.75%

  • S&P+23.42
    1,985.05

    +1.19%

Oct 29 5:55am:

Remember all that talk of U.S. stimulus measures? Today is the day that the Federal Reserve is expected to close off its stimulus program. That’s kind of like taking off the training wheels and letting the U.S. economy ride along on its own. More

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ANAutoNation Inc 55.58 +6.91%
CMICummins Inc 144.59 +6.81%
WHRWhirlpool Corp 168.06 +6.77%
GTGoodyear Tire & Ru… 21.85 +6.31%
AMGNAmgen Inc 157.19 +6.07%
Losers Price % Change
KSSKohl’s Corp 54.66 -6.64%
COHCoach Inc 34.00 -5.95%
HOTStarwood Hotels & … 76.44 -5.68%
FCXFreeport-McMoRan I… 29.03 -4.16%
MASMasco Corp 22.14 -3.61%
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Nikkei 225 Japan 15,553.91 +1.46%
Hang Seng Hong Kong 23,819.87 +1.27%
FTSE 100 England 6,451.06 +0.76%
DAX Germany 9,129.78 +0.68%
Data as of 8:35am ET

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Canada Dollar $0.8969 -0.2233%
United Kingdom Pound $1.6124 +0.0474%
European Euro $1.2737 -0.0141%
Japan Yen ¥108.1150 +0.0185%
Data as of 7:30am ET

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Price % Change
Light Crude 82.13 +0.87%
Natural Gas 3.72 -0.35%
Gold 1,227.10 -0.19%
Corn 3.64 +0.62%
Data as of 8:20am ET

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Yield
Today
Previous
Yield
3 Month Treasury 0.02% 0.02%
10 Year Treasury 2.29% 2.28%
30 Year Treasury 3.06% 3.06%
Data as of 8:35am ET

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Total
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PTTRX PIMCO Total Re… $127.8B +0.09%
VTSMX Vanguard Total… $114.8B +0.65%
VFIAX Vanguard 500 I… $113.8B +0.70%
VTSAX Vanguard Total… $102.2B +0.63%
VINIX Vanguard Insti… $96.4B +0.70%
Data as of Oct 24

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Price % Change
SPY SPDR® S&P 500 ETF 198.41 +1.15%
IVV iShares Core S&P 5… 199.67 +1.13%
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE 62.82 +1.52%
VWO Vanguard FTSE Emer… 41.90 +2.10%
VTI Vanguard Total Sto… 102.32 +1.30%
Data as of Oct 28

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SPECIAL REPORT: NASA ROCKET EXPLODES ON LAUNCH TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia | DMN — A NASA rocket due to be visible across the East Coast on its way to the International Space Station has blown up on the launchpad. The rocket exploded six seconds after liftoff from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island in Virginia. ‘A mishap has occurred. we have lost the vehicle,’ NASA said. ‘It is believed the damage has been contained to the facility.’  The Orbital Sciences Corp had scheduled the launch of its Antares rocket for 6.22pm Eastern time October 27. Conditions for the launch were perfect – but as it left the launchpad, the rocket appeared to explode.

Officials said there appeared to be no casualties from the explosion -and the damage was contained to the launch facility. They also say there appeared to be no issues before the launch. They were working to secure the area, and to collect data from the craft. The launch director confirmed that all personnel we accounted for, meaning there were no injuries. It was the second attempt to launch the craft. Antares was due to launch an unmanned Orbital-3 Cygnus spacecraft to deliver more than 5,000 lbs of supplies to the International Space Station – including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions – as part of a $1.9 billion deal with NASA.

Operators were forced to abandon the first attempt at a launch last night, despite perfect weather conditions, because a boat appeared in a ‘hazard area’ nearby. ‘We’re aborting today’s launch attempt due to a boat downrange in the hazard area,’ the space agency said.  ‘We will make another #Antares launch attempt tomorrow, Tuesday, October 28 at 6:19 p.m. EDT,’ Orbital tweeted soon after.  The rocket had been due take off from a launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island in Virginia. Its flight would have been visible from Massachusetts all the way to South Carolina, weather permitting.  The mission represents the fifth launch of the company’s Antares rocket in its first 18 months of operations, according to Space.com. It will also be the fourth cargo delivery mission to the ISS by a Cygnus module. NASA is paying for the delivery service. The space agency hired two companies — the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences and California’s SpaceX — to keep the space station well stocked once the shuttle program ended.

 

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POPE FRANCIS SAYS ‘BIG BANG’ THEORY AND EVOLUTION COMPATIBLE WITH DIVINE CREATOR

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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: FERGUSON POLICE READY FOR NEW PROTESTS BY SPENDING THOUSANDS ON RIOT GEAR

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Israel's ranked as Middle East's best military

Israel’s ranked as Middle East’s best military

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Israel has the most powerful military in the Middle East, an analysis says, followed by the armies of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Pope Francis: Big Bang, evolution are real

Pope Francis: Big Bang, evolution are real

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Pope Francis said Tuesday the theories of evolution and the cosmological Big Bang theory are correct but do not contradict the intervention of a creator.
China aims to reform military, online media

China aims to reform military, online media

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (UPI) — China will more closely manage its military and increase online limitations, a meeting of its Communist Party indicated Tuesday.
South Korean spies say they know why Kim Jong-un went missing

South Korean spies say they know why Kim Jong-un went missing

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (UPI) — South Korean intelligence officials say Kim Jong-un’s unexplained and atypical six-week disappearance was due to a medical procedure on his foot.
Scientists spot Russian sub in Arctic Ocean

Scientists spot Russian sub in Arctic Ocean

HAMMERFEST , Norway, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Norwegian scientists reported they observed a Russian submarine during a chance encounter in the Arctic Ocean.
Merkel attends ceremony at WWI Ypres, Belgium, battlefield

Merkel attends ceremony at WWI Ypres, Belgium, battlefield

YPRES, Belgium, Oct. 28 (UPI) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a centenary observance of the World War I Battle of Ypres in Belgium Tuesday.
Italy's president testifies at Mafia trial

Italy’s president testifies at Mafia trial

ROME, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano testified Tuesday in Rome about his awareness of alleged government collusion with the Mafia in the 1990s.
World Bank chief calls for Ebola volunteers

World Bank chief calls for Ebola volunteers

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 28 (UPI) — World Bank President Jim Yong Kim made an emotional plea Tuesday for 5,000 more medical workers to volunteer to contain the Ebola virus in West Africa.
School shooter in Estonia kills 'Teacher of the Year'

School shooter in Estonia kills ‘Teacher of the Year’

TALLINN, Estonia, Oct. 28 (UPI) — An unidentified 15-year-old student opened fire at his school in southern Estonia on Monday, killing a teacher who was previously named Teacher of the Year.
Mine collapses in Turkey trapping at least 20

Mine collapses in Turkey trapping at least 20

ERMENEK, Turkey, Oct. 28 (UPI) — At least 20 workers are trapped after a coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed following a flash flood.
Afghanistan's Ghani in trade talks with China's Xi

Afghanistan’s Ghani in trade talks with China’s Xi

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani was greeted warmly in Beijing Tuesday on his first official trip to China in search of stronger economic ties.
Islamist leader Ghannouchi concedes defeat to Tunisia's secularists

Islamist leader Ghannouchi concedes defeat to Tunisia’s secularists

TUNIS, Tunisia, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Tunisia’s Islamist party, Ennahda, conceded defeat late Monday to its secular rival, Nidaa Tounes, following the release of initial national election results.
FBI finds a 'second Snowden'

FBI finds a ‘second Snowden’

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) — An unidentified “second leaker,” after Edward Snowden, is under investigation for disclosing sensitive intelligence secrets.
Russia to recognize separatist elections in Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk

Russia to recognize separatist elections in Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk

MOSCOW, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Russia will recognize separatist elections in Ukraine’s restive eastern region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday.
Chinese military leader admits graft

Chinese military leader admits graft

BEIJING , Oct. 28 (UPI) — Former Gen. Xu Caihou of China’s People’s Liberation Army has confessed to taking bribes, investigators announced Tuesday.

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Data as of 4:33:33pm ET
Tuesday’s Close:
  • Dow+187.81
    17,005.75

    +1.12%

  • Nasdaq+78.36
    4,564.29

    +1.75%

  • S&P+23.42
    1,985.05

    +1.19%

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Gainers Price % Change
ANAutoNation Inc 55.58 +6.91%
CMICummins Inc 144.59 +6.81%
WHRWhirlpool Corp 168.06 +6.77%
GTGoodyear Tire & Ru… 21.91 +6.31%
AMGNAmgen Inc 157.18 +6.06%
Losers Price % Change
KSSKohl’s Corp 54.66 -6.64%
COHCoach Inc 34.00 -5.95%
HOTStarwood Hotels & … 76.44 -5.68%
FCXFreeport-McMoRan I… 29.03 -4.16%
MASMasco Corp 22.14 -3.61%
Data as of 4:04pm ET

World Markets »

Level % Change
Nikkei 225 Japan 15,329.91 -0.38%
Hang Seng Hong Kong 23,520.36 +1.63%
FTSE 100 England 6,402.17 +0.61%
DAX Germany 9,068.19 +1.86%
Data as of 2:05pm ET

Currencies »

Price $ Change
Canada Dollar $0.8952 -0.7195%
United Kingdom Pound $1.6138 -0.1202%
European Euro $1.2738 -0.3113%
Japan Yen ¥108.1350 +0.2689%
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Price % Change
Light Crude 81.26 -0.20%
Natural Gas 3.66 +0.16%
Gold 1,228.10 -0.11%
Corn 3.64 +0.41%
Data as of 3:57pm ET

Bonds & Interest Rates »

Yield
Today
Previous
Yield
3 Month Treasury 0.02% 0.00%
10 Year Treasury 2.28% 2.26%
30 Year Treasury 3.06% 3.03%
Data as of 2:59pm ET

Mutual Funds »

Total
Net Assets
% Change
PTTRX PIMCO Total Re… $127.8B +0.09%
VTSMX Vanguard Total… $114.8B +0.65%
VFIAX Vanguard 500 I… $113.8B +0.70%
VTSAX Vanguard Total… $102.2B +0.63%
VINIX Vanguard Insti… $96.4B +0.70%
Data as of Oct 24

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Price % Change
SPY SPDR® S&P 500 ETF 198.41 +1.15%
IVV iShares Core S&P 5… 199.67 +1.13%
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE 62.82 +1.52%
VWO Vanguard FTSE Emer… 41.90 +2.10%
VTI Vanguard Total Sto… 102.32 +1.30%
Data as of 4:00pm ET
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POPE FRANCIS SAYS ‘BIG BANG’ THEORY AND EVOLUTION COMPATIBLE WITH DIVINE CREATOR

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THE VATICAN | DMN — The theory of the Big Bang is compatible with the Catholic Church’s teaching on creation and belief in both is possible, Pope Francis has said. The Pope insisted that God was responsible for the Big Bang, from which all life then evolved. The Big Bang – the theory that the universe was born in a cosmic explosion about 13.7 billion years ago and has expanded and evolved since – “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it,” the Pope said. The beginning of the world was not “the work of chaos” but part of a divine plan by the Creator, he said.

The Jesuit Pope made the remarks during an address to a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which gathered at the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature”. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve,” he told the meeting. God should not be regarded as some sort of “magician”, waving a magic wand, he said. “When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” he said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that He gave to each one so they would reach fulfilment.”

The Pope’s remarks were in line with Catholic Church teaching of the last few decades. As far back as 1950, Pope Pius XII said that there was no intrinsic conflict between Catholic doctrine and the theory of evolution, provided that Catholics believed that the human soul was created by God and not the result of random evolutionary forces. That stance was affirmed in 1996 by Pope John Paul II. “The Pope’s declaration is significant,” said Giovanni Bignami, the president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics. “We are the descendants of the Big Bang, which created the universe. You just have to think that in our blood we have a few litres of hydrogen, which was created by the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. “Our blood is red because it contains iron, which was created by the explosion of a star millions and millions of years ago. Out of creation came evolution.”

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: FERGUSON POLICE READY FOR NEW PROTESTS BY SPENDING THOUSANDS ON RIOT GEAR

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The police department overseeing the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old has spent tens of thousands of dollars replenishing their stocks of teargas, “less lethal” ammunition and riot gear in advance of a potential revival in demonstrations according to THE GUARDIAN newspaper. St Louis County police made the purchases amid concerns that hundreds of demonstrators will return to the streets if Darren Wilson, the officer who shot dead Michael Brown in August, is not indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury currently considering the case.

A breakdown of the department’s spending since August on equipment intended for the policing of crowds and civil disobedience, which totals $172,669, was obtained by the Guardian from the county force. Since the height of the protests, the department has spent almost $25,000 buying 650 teargas grenades, smoke-and-gas grenades, smoke canisters and “hornets nest” CS sting grenades, which shoot out dozens of rubber bullets and a powdered chemical agent upon detonation. It has spent a further $18,000 on 1,500 “beanbag rounds” and 6,000 pepper balls, paintball-style projectiles that explode with a chemical irritant when they strike a protester. The department uses LiveX branded pepper balls, which are billed as ten times hotter than standard pepper rounds.

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Another $77,500 has been spent on 235 riot gear helmets, 135 shields, 25 batons and 60 sets of shin guards, and other “uniform items”. A further $2,300 was used to buy another 2,000 sets of the plastic handcuffs that have been used to detain dozens of demonstrators plucked from crowds on West Florissant Avenue. In addition, an estimated $50,000 has been set aside by the department for repair work for damaged police vehicles. However, in a sign that further clashes are expected, they are in fact “not repairing any vehicles until unrest is over”, a department inventory said. “We purchase these items in hopes that we never have to use any of them,” said Sergeant Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the county police department. “But it is our responsibility to have proper equipment to keep our police officers and all citizens safe should violence break out anywhere at any time.”

In the event of further unrest, the new equipment is likely to be used alongside new purchases made by the city of St Louis’s metropolitan police force and the Missouri state highway patrol, which was handed temporary control of policing the protests at the height of August’s unrest, following criticism of the county force’s tactics by regional and national leaders. Captain Tim Hull of the state highway patrol confirmed to the Guardian that the force had bought new crowd control equipment since then. “However, the specific information is [a] closed record” under Missouri state law, Hull said in an email. The Associated Press previously reported that Chief Sam Dotson of the St Louis metropolitan police said his force recently spent $325,000 on “civil disobedience equipment”. Asked by the Guardian to confirm this total and to provide details of what was bought, a spokeswoman for the force said in an email that this would take several weeks.

The military-style police response to the demonstrations in August, which attracted intense global media coverage, led to calls for restraint from figures such as President Barack Obama and Claire McCaskill, Missouri’s senior US senator. Observers from Amnesty International said in a report earlier this month that an excessive police reaction to a small minority of violent protesters who threw bottles in Ferguson had run the risk of killing demonstrators and impinged on their human rights. They noted that the so-called “less-lethal” ammunition shot at crowds in Ferguson – such as wooden bullets, beanbag rounds, and rubber bullets – “can result in serious injury and even death”. The report found that “at least two children were treated for exposure to teargas” during the protests. “Equipping officers in a manner more appropriate for a battlefield may put them in the mindset that confrontation and conflict is inevitable rather than possible, escalating tensions between protesters and police,” said the report.