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By KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy.

Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel, state Sen. Dan Claitor, former coastal chief Garret Graves and state Rep. Lenar Whitney attended Monday's forum in Baton Rouge.

Issues separating Edwards from the GOP crowd included a federal minimum wage. Edwards endorsed it as necessary for low-income workers and a boost to the economy; the others, opposed it, saying it would drive up costs of goods and services.

Edwards broke from the others on same-sex marriage. He stopped short of backing marriage equality but endorsed the idea of same-sex civil unions.

By KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy.

Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel, state Sen. Dan Claitor, former coastal chief Garret Graves and state Rep. Lenar Whitney attended Monday's forum in Baton Rouge.

Issues separating Edwards from the GOP crowd included a federal minimum wage. Edwards endorsed it as necessary for low-income workers and a boost to the economy; the others, opposed it, saying it would drive up costs of goods and services.

Edwards broke from the others on same-sex marriage. He stopped short of backing marriage equality but endorsed the idea of same-sex civil unions.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The airdrop is a shift in administration's tactic
  • The U.S. has generally downplayed the importance of Kobani
  • Bodies of at least 70 ISIS fighters dropped off at a hospital

(CNN) -- The U.S. military has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobani to beef up the defense against ISIS forces, the Pentagon said.

"The aircraft delivered (items) that were provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq and intended to enable continued resistance against ISIL's attempts to overtake Kobani," the U.S.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Writers: Apple, Facebook offer coverage for women employees freezing their eggs
  • It's quick fix for tricky social, cultural issues -- don't buy it, they say
  • They say the policy expects women to be flexible, not companies
  • Writers: Instead, demand policies that ease the workplace strain for mothers, fathers

Editor's note: Rene Almeling is a sociologist at Yale and author of "Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm" (University of California Press).

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bishops bickered throughout a major meeting on Catholic doctrine
  • Pope Francis kept largely silent throughout the debate
  • Catholic teaching is not easy to change

(CNN) -- As Catholic bishops in Rome began a major meeting on modern family life two weeks ago, Pope Francis encouraged them to speak candidly and "without timidness."

He certainly got what he asked for.

Bishops bickered. Conservatives contemplated conspiracy theories. Liberals lamented their colleagues' rigidity.

Senate schedules its own Ebola hearing
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:12
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A Senate panel plans a Nov. 6 hearing on the Ebola threat.
  • Democrats are increasingly calling for travel bans between West Africa and the U.S.
  • Endangered Sen. Kay Hagan was the latest to do so, reversing her previous position.

Washington (CNN) -- The Senate will hold a hearing on the increasingly political debate over the government's handling of the Ebola outbreak -- but not until after the midterm elections.

Bodies of seven women found in US
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:11
20 October 2014Last updated at 18:07
A Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana, seen on 19 October 2014 The body of at least one victim was found at a Motel 6 in Indiana, officials say

The bodies of seven women have been recovered in the US state of Indiana as a man confessed to a recent murder and led authorities to more.

The unnamed suspect, 43, confessed to strangling a woman whose body was found at a local motel on Friday.

Bodies of seven women found in US
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:11
20 October 2014Last updated at 18:07
A Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana, seen on 19 October 2014 The body of at least one victim was found at a Motel 6 in Indiana, officials say

The bodies of seven women have been recovered in the US state of Indiana as a man confessed to a recent murder and led authorities to more.

The unnamed suspect, 43, confessed to strangling a woman whose body was found at a local motel on Friday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Let's count the ways Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise has grown in popularity since he became the third most powerful man in the Republican-led House.

More than a dozen political action committees, including the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Comcast, Capital One and the International Dairy Foods Association, quickly donated to the newly installed whip's campaign while previous contributors — Facebook, Microsoft and Halliburton — wrote another check.

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, following a fourth week of losses for the benchmark S&P, as quarterly results from IBM disappointed.

* IBM shares slumped 7.7 percent to $168.10 in premarket trade after the company's third-quarter earnings fell well short of Wall Street expectations. IBM had earlier said it would pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take its loss-making semiconductor unit.

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