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Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies at 71

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 6:46pm
Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor of Boston and a popular figure who oversaw the once-gritty city’s transformation into a cultural and commercial hub, died Thursday. He was 71 years old.

Few Cases Found by Airport Checks

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 6:34pm
he federal government has cast a wide net looking for Ebola-infected passengers flying into U.S. airports from West Africa, but the stepped-up testing so far has turned up few suspected cases of the deadly virus.

Michel Faber’s ‘Book of Strange New Things’

NY Times Books - October 30, 2014 - 5:14pm
In Michel Faber’s novel, a pastor heads off to take up a new ministry on another planet.

Open Book: Born to Read

NY Times Books - October 30, 2014 - 5:07pm
Bruce Springsteen has increasingly become the subject of popular and scholarly literature.

Fiji Attracts Old Friends as China's Clout Grows

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 4:07pm
Western nations are moving to rebuild relations with Fiji, lifting sanctions imposed after a 2006 coup that had allowed China to claim a bigger role in the island nation.

Hagel Concedes Airstrikes Aid Syrian Regime

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 3:38pm
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday conceded that the Syrian regime “derives some benefit” from U.S. and allied airstrikes on Islamic State militants, saying it was one of the region’s complexities.

Books of The Times: Emily St. John Mandel’s ‘Station Eleven,’ a Flu Apocalypse

NY Times Books - October 30, 2014 - 2:54pm
Emily St. John Mandel’s novel “Station Eleven” envisions a world in which a strain of flu wipes out most of civilization.






Horror From Cemetery Dance, EC Archives, Centipede Press

NY Times Books - October 30, 2014 - 2:23pm
On Halloween, a look at three small publishers of horror novels and comics.






Economy Stokes Anger at Governors

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 1:56pm
Despite rising consumer confidence, Republican and Democratic governors are struggling in Florida, Colorado, Michigan and Connecticut.

Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit for Stockton, Calif.

New York Times - California News - October 30, 2014 - 12:35pm
The judge rejected arguments that the city’s plan unfairly discriminated among creditors by shielding the city’s retirees from any impairment of their pensions.

World Bank Pledges $100 Million to Fight Ebola

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 10:46am
The World Bank pledged more money to alleviate a health-worker shortage in West Africa, while the IMF warned that the three worst-hit countries face deepening financing gaps.

Two Dead Following Small Plane Crash at Kansas Airport

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 9:47am
A small plane crashed into a building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas shortly after takeoff on Thursday morning, killing at least two people, authorities said.

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine in Maine

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 9:45am
The nurse who has resisted state-imposed quarantines after she treated Ebola patients in Africa went out for a bike ride in northern Maine on Thursday in a show of defiance as state health officials considered seeking a court order to enforce her isolation.

Children's Books: 'Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree' by Naoko Stoop

NY Times Books - October 30, 2014 - 9:05am
In the third offering in the Red Knit Cap Girl picture-book series, the heroine and her animal friends create a library in an inviting tree.






Fed Closes Chapter on Easy Money

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 7:03am
The Federal Reserve said it would end its long-running bond-purchase program, concluding a historic experiment that stirred disagreement among policy makers, economists and investors about its impact.

Bruce Springsteen: By the Book

NY Times Books - October 30, 2014 - 7:00am
The musician and author of the new picture book “Outlaw Pete” likes reading about cosmology: “I find men and women struggling to answer the deepest questions we can ask freeing.”






The Giants Rule the World Once Again

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 6:40am
The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 of the World Series, winning their third championship in five seasons.

Maine Nurse Resists Ebola Quarantine

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 30, 2014 - 6:02am
Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who traveled to West Africa to care for Ebola patients, said that she won’t self-quarantine for 21 days, setting up a possible legal battle with the state.

Best Illustrated Books

NY Times Books - October 30, 2014 - 4:50am
The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014, with sample artwork from each.

For-Profit College Rules Not as Tough as Proposed

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 29, 2014 - 9:01pm
The Obama administration issued new rules that threaten to strip funding from thousands of for-profit college programs, part of a White House attempt to address college costs and rein in student debt, which has doubled since 2007.
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