Trooper ambush suspect caught, death penalty eyed LORDS VALLEY, Pa. (AP) - A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Eric Frein, who meekly gave himself up when surrounded, authorities said.
Poll: Economy, other issues overshadow abortion DENVER (AP) - As a season of campaigning enters its final, intense weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds. And hovering over each of these individual issues is a broad dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress.
Want to buy a New Hampshire election ad? Good luck MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station - and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. Hours before it was set to run, however, WMUR-TV had to revise its contract with Senate Majority PAC and credit the group's account. The reason: "Oversold inventory."
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Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police. The Palestinians accused Israel of a "declaration of war," deepening a crisis fueled by failed peace efforts, continued Israeli settlement construction and months of simmering violence in the holy city. While Israel said it would reopen the site on Friday, the increasingly religious nature of the unrest risked igniting further violence.
Inmate freed in landmark Illinois case CHICAGO (AP) - A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible. Alstory Simon's confession gained international attention in 1999, largely because of an investigation by a journalism professor and a team of students from Northwestern University that helped secure Anthony Porter's release just days before he was to be executed. He had spent 16 years on death row for slayings he and his supporters maintained he did not commit.
Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - The nurse who's become the public face of health care volunteers who're being scrutinized upon returning from West Africa is doing cleaning and laundry while she waits to learn whether she'll be quarantined until the 21-day incubation period ends on Nov. 10. Kaci Hickox, who returned to the U.S. last week, has been under what Maine is calling a voluntary quarantine after returning from treating Ebola patients.
Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay NEW YORK (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America. The 53-year-old successor to Steve Jobs made the announcement in an essay published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the highest-profile U.S. business executive to publicly acknowledge that he's gay.
Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech DETROIT (AP) - Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors. Yes, he committed a nationally televised, major-league blooper while presenting pickup truck keys to the World Series MVP. No, he wouldn't be fired. Now get out there and sell some trucks.
Winston, Florida State rally to beat Louisville LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship game didn't shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn't going to, either. Thanks to another remarkable comeback by the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston, their hopes of competing for a second straight national championship remain intact.