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Griffin scores 39, Clippers beat Lakers 118-111

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin used a banking analogy to describe his dominant performance against the Lakers Friday night. And most of the time the Clippers got the ball to him, he was money in the bank.

Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.

Space tourism set back by accident, industry still sees lift off

By Alwyn Scott and Irene Klotz NEW YORK/CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - The wait for paying passengers to see Earth from the vantage point of space looked a lot longer on Friday, following the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s first spaceship, but aspiring space tourists did not appear to be lining up for refunds. About 800 people already have paid or put down deposits for rides on SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot suborbital spaceship owned by Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which aims to be the first commercial space ride for tourists. ...

Factbox: Branson's Virgin Galactic and the quest for space tourism

(Reuters) - A brief look at Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which suffered a setback on Friday to its plans for a new era of space tourism when its experimental spaceship crashed during a test flight in California: SpaceShipTwo was designed and built by Scaled Composites, a Mojave, California-based subsidiary of defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Virgin Galactic is owned by Branson's London-based Virgin Group, with outside investment from Aabar Investments, which is controlled by the Abu Dhabi government. ...

Canada's new human rights museum shares oral histories

A new museum in Canada's western prairies has amassed a unique collection of personal stories from genocide survivors, human rights defenders and others, and wants to share them. Dedicated to the 60-year-old notion of human rights, a singular but intricate ideal, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba will open its doors on November 11.

Amid Ebola scare, Canada restricts visas

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Conservative government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.

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The manned Virgin Galactic flight broke apart during a test over the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and injuring a second pilot.

Cops: 3 trick-or-treaters killed by car

A speeding car struck and killed three girls, including twins, who were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana, California, authorities said.

Lawsuits: Frat fostered 'misogyny'

Two lawsuits say the national chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity allowed a culture of "violent misogyny" after an internal email from the Georgia Tech chapter leaked last year instructing fraternity members on how to lure "rapebait."

Marine freed from Mexican prison

U.S. Marine reservist Andrew Paul Tahmooressi was held since March on gun charges, and his family is "overjoyed" he's been released. A court ordered him to be freed.

A future built on accidents

With the same peril that the Wright Brothers faced in becoming the first men to fly planes, mankind's quest for space tourism is also fraught with deadly trial and error.

Photos: Just before and after

Are black cats really so bad?

It's Halloween, and for many of us, that conjures up a familiar image.

Holy site reopened -- to folks over 50

Israel partially reopened access to the Temple Mount for Muslim prayers Friday, a day after taking a rare step of closing it amid Israeli-Palestinian tensions following the shooting of a controversial rabbi and subsequent killing of a suspect.

Gingrich: My midterms prediction

President Barack Obama has turned off large parts of America through radicalism, incompetence and political ineptness. As my friend Barry Casselman argues, "Obama has the worst political tin ear I've seen at that level. (I realize he thinks he is bringing out his base vote). But he's almost daring most Americans to turn against him." My prediction for midterm election night this coming Tuesday is that many Americans are going to take the President up on his dare.

The truth about launching spaceships

Meg Urry says the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two is a reminder that rocket science is difficult.

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Griffin's 39 points help Clips survive Lakers

Blake Griffin scored 39 points and went 11-for-12 from the free throw line, powering the Los Angeles Clippers to a gritty 118-111 victory over the winless Lakers in the first meeting of the season between the Staples Center co-tenants.

Rose exits with ankle sprain in loss to Cavs

X-rays were negative on Derrick Rose's sprained left ankle. Rose's status for Saturday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves is uncertain after Rose sustained the injury in Friday's 114-108 overtime loss to the Cavaliers.

LeBron, Cavs bounce back, beat Bulls in OT

LeBron James scored 36 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday night.

'Fiery' Blatt called meeting to address debut

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers could go on to earn the first win of their season -- and the first win of David Blatt's NBA coaching career -- he had some lingering feelings about his team's disaster of a debut that he had to share.

Pregnant Rosie Napravnik announces retirement

Moments after piloting Untapable to victory in the Oct. 31 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park, jockey Rosie Napravnik announced her plan to retire from riding races.

No timetable for Westbrook; surgery possible

Already playing without league MVP Kevin Durant, the Thunder now will likely have to maneuver through the difficult Western Conference without both their stars until at least December.

Johnny Phone Call: Manziel tweets out digits

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appeared to post his phone number on Twitter.

Sandoval wants to finish career with Giants

Pablo Sandoval walked up the stairs as he brought up the rear of yet another Giants victory parade and immediately got stopped by home run king Barry Bonds.
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