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Trick-or-treating kids given cocaine in the United Kingdom

LONDON — Children out trick-or-treating in northern England on Halloween got more than they bargained for when they were given bags of cocaine instead of sweets, police said Thursday. A 23-year-old man has been charged with possession of class A drugs after the children’s parents found the resealable plastic bags…

Amnesty urges Israel to free Palestinian activist

JERUSALEM — Amnesty International on Thursday called on Israel to release Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi “immediately and unconditionally,” after he was again arrested during a protest in the West Bank. The London-based rights group said in a statement that Tamimi, who has been acknowledged by the European Union as a…

Sandy superstorm turns Hoboken into oily swamp

HOBOKEN, New Jersey — Another day living among Army National Guard troops, the stench of leaking oil, cold, darkness, and swamp-like mud in the streets left residents of one of New York’s richest suburbs wondering Thursday when they’ll ever recover from Hurricane Sandy. The flooding that until Wednesday covered much…

Penn State ex-president faces charges over sex scandal

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier faces charges in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child molesting scandal, Pennsylvania’s attorney general announced on Thursday. Linda Kelly said Spanier has been charged with perjury, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children and failing to report…

Canada police arrest more than 100 in drug ring bust

OTTAWA — Police arrested 103 people and seized stolen explosives, illicit narcotics, some 400 prohibited firearms and money in raids across Canada Thursday morning, dismantling a major drug ring. “We have succeeded in neutralizing this network,” a Quebec police spokesman said in a televised news conference. More than a thousand…

U.S. stocks in broad rally after upbeat data

NEW YORK — Some buoyant data on consumer confidence and the manufacturing sector gave Wall Street a solid bump higher Thursday after Wednesday’s flat reopening following the Hurricane Sandy shutdown. The data trumped another mixed bag of earnings and dull forecasts for the coming months from companies like ExxonMobil and…

Hurricane Sandy damage could hit $50 billion

WASHINGTON — Damage from the deadly superstorm that blasted the US East Coast and shut down New York City could hit $50 billion, economists said Thursday, but the impact on the broader economy will be minor. The lion’s share of the damage will be felt by New York, where physical…

Media outlets to follow for 2012 election coverage

A selection of websites, Twitter accounts, blogs and mobile apps to follow or use as the US presidential campaign enters its final stages ahead of the November 6 vote. - Media organizations and journalists: @POLITICO2012: Known for providing what is arguably the most comprehensive coverage of US politics, Politico tweets…

Debt-ridden Japanese city selling name to highest bidder

A debt-ridden Japanese city is offering to rename itself after the highest bidder, an official said Thursday. The city in the western prefecture of Osaka — currently called Izumisano — owes its creditors well over 100 billion yen ($1.25 billion), the official said, adding the presence of nearby Kansai International…

The Economist backs Obama, ‘the devil we know’

The Economist, the respected weekly current affairs magazine, on Thursday said it was backing US President Barack Obama for re-election, although with less enthusiasm than four years ago. The London-based publication said in its leader that while the United States faced a tougher decision and a more negative campaign than…

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