By ELENA BECATOROS and DIAA HADID, Associated Press
October 30, 2014 10:25 p.m.
SURUC, Turkey — A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group.
By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press
October 30, 2014 9:36 p.m.
JERUSALEM — Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police.
By ERANGA JAYAWARDENA, Associated Press
October 30, 2014 7:16 p.m.
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation.
By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and PETER ORSI, Associated Press
October 30, 2014 7:06 p.m.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met with parents of 43 missing teachers college students for the first time since their children disappeared, apparently handed over to a drug gang by city police more than a month ago.
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press
October 30, 2014 9:57 p.m.
LORDS VALLEY, Pa. — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured Thursday by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents.
By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2014 11:38 a.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal grand jury will meet in downtown Orlando on Wednesday to hear testimony about whether Trayvon Martin's civil rights were violated when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him in the chest, according to court paperwork.
FALL RIVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts judge has rejected a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county.
PAHOA, Hawaii — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.
By ROBERT F. BUKATY, Associated Press
October 30, 2014 10:01 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Practically daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press
October 30, 2014 9:44 p.m.
WICHITA, Kan. — A small plane lost engine power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building at a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.
WASHINGTON — Eleven men from across the country have been sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison for their roles in what prosecutors say was an international online network for child pornography.
By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press
October 29, 2014 10:42 p.m.
HONOLULU — Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion. After months of creeping through uninhabited areas of the Big Island, it reached Pahoa this week, crossing a residential street, burning down a garden shed and inching toward homes and a main road that goes through downtown.