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Washington — Does President Obama’s race make him less popular in the South? Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana roiled Republicans on Thursday when she suggested that’s the case during a Thursday interview with NBC News.

The key moment came when NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Senator Landrieu, who is locked in a tight contest for reelection, why Obama’s approval ratings are so poor in her state.


Someone raped a 16-year-old student while she was on the campus of Lusher Charter School, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Officers said it happened just before 9:30 p.m. on Thursday in the 5600 block of Freret Street in the Uptown area.

The NOPD said it does not have a description of the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators did not release any information about the condition of the victim.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of the city in 2005.

It was a reversal of fortune for the employees, who had won at the district and appellate levels.

The high court said the due-process rights of fired employees were not violated. It also said the issues had been dealt with in a separate suit bought by the New Orleans teachers' union.

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rallied on Friday after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the U.S. Federal Reserve wound down its own package of economic incentives.

* The BOJ's board voted 5-4 to accelerate purchases of Japanese government bonds, increasing its holdings at an annual pace of 80 trillion yen ($723.4 billion), while tripling its purchases of exchange-traded funds and real-estate investment trusts.

The State Department on Friday rejected criticisms that too many top diplomatic jobs have gone to political appointees rather than career foreign service officers.

“There’s never been a secretary of state more personally connected to the Foreign Service than Secretary (John) Kerry. It’s in his blood. It’s stamped in his DNA. He’s the son of a foreign service officer,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Yahoo News by email.

“It’s no accident that he has worked with President (Barack) Obama to build a senior team with more foreign service officers in leading assistant secretary positions than at any time in recent memory, and no accident that he chose a foreign service officer to serve as the State Department’s Counselor for the first time in thirty years,” she added.

A state judge in Maine has sided with nurse Kaci Hickox and rejected a request by state officials that her movements be restricted out of an abundance of caution over her recent exposure to the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa.

Chief District Court Judge Charles LaVerdiere had been asked to order Ms. Hickox to comply with the demands of state health officials, including banning her from public transportation, movie theaters, and crowded shopping areas.

Space tourism rocket explodes in desert
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:34

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California's Mojave Desert, a witness said Friday.

At least one was dead and another was injured, California Highway Patrol said. The SpaceShipTwo rocket is typically flown by a crew of two pilots and has been under development at Mojave Air and Space Port in the desert northeast of Los Angeles.

"During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo," Virgin Galactic tweeted Friday.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A jury convicted a Northern California man of first-degree murder in the killing of an animal control officer, rejecting testimony from a psychologist who stars on the reality show "Hoarders" that the defendant's hoarding disorder could have made him react violently to anyone trying to take his pets.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1tI6xPN ) that jurors deliberated for about five hours Thursday before convicting 67-year-old Joseph Francis Corey. The defense had argued that a mental illness that made Corey a hoarder also made him incapable of planning the killing.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Prosecutors said Dante Martin, 27, was known as "the president of Bus C" and organized the initiations that required fellow band members to try to make their way through a pounding gauntlet of fists, drumsticks and mallets from the front of the bus to the back in November 2011 after a football game.

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama's Democrats ahead of U.S.

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