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Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June, an international rights group said on Thursday.

US economy grew 3.5% in third quarter

The US economy grew at a stronger-than-expected pace in the third quarter, lifted by lower imports and a surge in defense spending, according to government data released Thursday. The world's largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department said in its first estimate for the quarter. The economy contracted 2.1 percent in the first quarter largely due to severe winter weather. The report came a day after the Federal Reserve ended its asset-purchase program, revealing increasing confidence in a modestly expanding economy and citing "substantial improvement" in the labor market.

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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.

Libya's armed factions may have committed war crimes: Amnesty

CAIRO (Reuters) - Human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday it had satellite pictures indicating that rival factions in Libya had committed war crimes by shelling densely populated residential areas in the west of the oil-producing country. Libya plunged into anarchy when an armed faction from the western city of Misrata seized Tripoli in August after fighting with militiamen from Zintan who had held the capital's airport since the 2011 revolt that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi. ...

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

By Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide. ...

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

By Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This corrects paragraph 28 to show financial institutions in Maryland have 27 years, not 36, to collect deficiency judgments) Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets.     By now, banks have usually sold the houses. ...

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Ebola nurse goes bike riding

Is it fear or facts?

How to help teachers

Time magazine has clearly kicked up a hornet's nest with its downright insulting cover headlined "Rotten Apples," and coupled with the blurb, "It's nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. Some tech millionaires may have found a way to change that."

Woman in catcall video: 'Not unique'

What started as an expose of the harassment women face in public has turned into online death- and rape threats against the woman in the viral video.

Kaci Hickox's wild ride

Maine nurse Kaci Hickox defies a voluntary quarantine until her Ebola incubation period has passed.

That missing fan just went for a walk

A Denver Broncos fan who disappeared during a game five days ago simply had "had his fill of football" and decided to take a walk to "somewhere warmer," police said Wednesday.

The gray market for iPhones

It's Wednesday afternoon and it's packed in one of Hong Kong's three huge Apple Stores.

New clue in Amelia Earhart mystery?

Could one of aviation's most enduring mysteries be solved? An aircraft recovery group says it may already have a part of Amelia Earhart's plane, and it thinks it knows where to find the rest of it.

One job, two lives

What did you do this weekend?This seemingly innocuous question from a co-worker makes Sam uncomfortable and anxious. He lies or avoids answering the question altogether. Sam is gay, and in the closet. Like many in the LGBT community, he fears that if his sexuality is revealed, his job might be at risk.

The most hopeless causes in sports?

Do the hopeless causes have hope? If so, how much?

Want women's attention? Try this

If you are a woman, you've likely experienced the creepy, disrespectful and sometimes scary way some men treat you as you walk down the street -- lewd looks, unwanted comments, compliments about your body, elongated necks craning to see your backside, catcalls, even being followed.

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Gasol, Bulls blow out Knicks in Rose's return

Derrick Rose scored 13 points and the Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher's first game as an NBA coach by beating the New York Knicks 104-80 on Wednesday night.

Jackson calls Knicks 'not ready for showtime'

Phil Jackson summed up the New York Knicks' 24-point season-opening loss to the Chicago Bulls succinctly late Wednesday night.

Jail video shows Randle joking after arrest

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle cracked jokes and acted flippantly while being booked in the Frisco, Texas, city jail following his Oct. 13 arrest for shoplifting, footage obtained by CBS affiliate KTVT shows.

RG III to start against Vikings, sources say

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.

Bumgarner earns MVP after five-inning save

Madison Bumgarner capped off a splendid October by earning World Series MVP honors Wednesday night.

Bumgarner, Giants hold off K.C., win Series

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

Sources: Maddon, Cubs on verge of contract

The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of hiring Joe Maddon as manager, as first reported by CBSSports.com.

Lakers expect Randle to miss rest of season

Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a broken leg.
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