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Wallenda ready for windy Chicago tightrope walks

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

With Chicago's chilling winds howling in the background, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared Friday he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings, one of them blindfolded.

Jury: Death penalty for couple's hammer killings

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A man who was convicted of beating his girlfriend's parents to death with a sledgehammer should be executed, a jury said Friday.

NYPD's highest ranking black official quits

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities.

Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

Former Fla. Congressman has drug record expunged

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Former Florida Congressman Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession, has had his record expunged.

AP National News Calendar

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of Nov. 2-8. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute.

Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's health care law five years ago.

Suspected ETA member arrested in Germany

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Authorities in Germany say they have arrested a suspected member of the Basque separatist group ETA who has been on the run since 2004.

Ex-Union Carbide chief Anderson dead at 92

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Warren M. Anderson, who headed Union Carbide Corp. when a chemical leak killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India, in 1984, has died in Florida at 92.

Marine's lawyers seek new judge in war crime case

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Attorneys for a Marine sergeant being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case have asked a judge to remove himself, saying he's incapable of being impartial and objective.

Experts: Rocket blast a setback to space tourism

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Commercial space tourism suffered a huge setback Friday when a prototype passenger rocket exploded during a test flight, scattering debris over the Mojave Desert and killing one pilot while seriously injuring the other.

Murder charge dropped in prayer group death

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Two years after the lifeless body of a young suburban Kansas City woman was found inside a locked minivan near a lake, prosecutors on Friday dropped a first-degree murder charge against the man who told police he had killed her.

Yemen's Shiite rebels give president ultimatum

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Yemen's Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, gave the president 10 days starting from Friday to form a government, hinting at a takeover attempt if their demands are not met.

Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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.

Union appeal denied in NY stop and frisk case

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A federal appeals court on Friday denied a last-ditch effort by police unions to continue challenging a decision that the New York Police Department violated the civil rights of minorities with its stop and frisk policy, clearing the way for reforms to begin.

'Grim Reaper' attacks woman in California home

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A San Diego County woman has been attacked and stabbed in her home by an intruder dressed as the Grim Reaper on Halloween.

US stock indexes zoom back to record highs

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Major U.S. stock indexes are back at record highs after a turbulent month.

Analysis: In Syria, no good options for West

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When it comes to the issue that has undermined the region — the survival or fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad — there is still no plan.

Pathologist: Wife was given fatal dose of cyanide

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

An autopsy pathologist testified Friday that the wife of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher was given a fatal dose of cyanide, though he can't determine how or by whom.