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Metro council approve annexations
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:34
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's another blow to the city of St. George.

The Metro Council nearly unanimously approved annexations including the LSU Ben Hur Research substation, LSU fire training ground, and L'Auberge Casino at its meeting Wednesday.

The moves were the latest in Baton Rouge's battle against the proposed city of St. George. The latest annexations are expected to take millions out of the proposed city's budget.

Uber also got the green light to provide its ride-sharing service at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

A man was apprehended after he scaled a White House fence Wednesday night, the latest security breach at a time when the Secret Service faces increased scrutiny over its ability to protect the president and his residence.

The man, identified by authorities late Wednesday as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md.,  was caught on the North Lawn shortly after he made it over the fence around 7:15 p.m.

Silicon Valley keeps playing the D.C. game. Tech and telecom giants including Google and Facebook spent millions on political lobbying in the three-month period from July to September, according to data released Tuesday.

Google spent nearly $4 million on its efforts to win favor with lawmakers, up 17 percent over the same period last year (but down from roughly $5.3 million last quarter). Among major tech-related companies only Comcast spent more last quarter. The cable giant, of course, is trying to win approval for its $45 billion mega merger with Time Warner Cable.

Palins describe brawl in police recordings
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:02
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Alaska police released recordings of a brawl that included several members of Sarah Palin's family.
  • Palin's daughter Bristol describes being dragged across the grass and called names in the recordings.
  • Others who attended the party said she was the instigator.

Editor's note: The audio mentioned below, obtained by CNN from police records, contains strong language.

Washington (CNN) -- Bristol Palin describes being dragged through the grass and called a series of obscenities during a massive brawl last month in recordings of Anchorage police interviews that CNN obtained through a public records request.

  • The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) are pictured in Frankfurt June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

By Laura Noonan and Eva Taylor

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – At around noon on Thursday, the euro zone’s 130 biggest banks will receive the European Central Bank’s final verdict on their finances after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region’s banking sector.

  • An anti-government protester holds a Ukranian flag as he advances through burning barricades in Kiev's Independence Square in this February 20, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis/Files

  • Anti-government protesters carry an injured man on a stretcher after clashes with riot police in the Independence Square in Kiev in this February 20, 2014 file photo.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jeff Walters: Consumer class still growing rapidly in key emerging markets
  • Gloomy economic reports miss that private consumption continues to rise
  • Many innovative companies prosper from rapid growth of China's middle class

Editor's note: Jeff Walters is a partner in The Boston Consulting Group's Beijing office and leads the firm's Center for Consumer and Customer Insight in emerging markets. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his.

(CNN) -- Judging solely by the headlines, one might conclude that China's economy is finally starting to hit a wall.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 464 ISIS militants have been killed in airstrikes
  • A month of coalition airstrikes in Syria has claimed 553 lives in total, the group says
  • 32 of those killed are civilians, including six children and five women, it says
  • ISIS militants have taken control of the western outskirts of Kobani, the group says

(CNN) -- A month of airstrikes in Syria by the U.S.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Late last year, a Belgian chocolate maker changed its name from Italo Suisse, because the company no longer had any real association with either country. Now it's changing the name again - because the new name it picked was ISIS.

ISIS, of course, is also the acronym derived from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the jihadist group that arose in the Syrian civil war and now has invaded parts of Iraq. The group changed the name to just Islamic State in June, but the chocolate maker was suffering by association.

White House fence jumper arrested
Thursday, 23 October 2014 05:59
23 October 2014Last updated at 11:07
Secret Service officers keep watch over the lawn at the White HouseLast month, an armed intruder made it into the White House

A man who jumped the White House fence was attacked by dogs before being arrested, in the latest security breach at the president's official residence.

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