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American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

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Local & Regional (New) American released from N. Korea, Bakersfield man remains (Photo Gallery) (Video)
American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

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The city of Pittsburgh has "won" Gawker.com's ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a reader's poll with more than 54 percent of the vote.
Offbeat Drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar Drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar
One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.

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Sports Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster
Buck Showalter knew he was in trouble when the seventh inning rolled around and his Orioles were trailing the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.

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Home Child with cancer gets World Series tickets Child with cancer gets World Series tickets (Video)
As if this year couldn't get any better for fans of the Kansas City Royals, a young fan has been given a special gift. The boy has spent most of the baseball season fighting cancer. Syed Shabbir reports the boy's neighbor started raising money to give him a trip to the World Series.

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Business Sales of existing U.S. homes rise in September Sales of existing U.S. homes rise in September
U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013.
Business Unemployment rates fall in 31 states last month Unemployment rates fall in 31 states last month
Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.
Business New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans
Banks will get a break in easier rules for packaging and selling mortgage securities and fewer borrowers will have to make hefty down payments under actions taken by federal regulators.
Business Coke to slash costs as soda sales remain flat Coke to slash costs as soda sales remain flat
Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.

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Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.
Technology Apple reports record 39.3 million iPhone sales
Apple says it sold 39.3 million iPhones in the last quarter, or 16 percent more than a year ago, which is a record for the quarter. That's partly due to excitement over new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models that Apple began selling last month.
Technology Facebook unfriends federal drug agency
Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.

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Business McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.
Business Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong U.S. hiring
U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.
Business China's growth likely to slow, research group says
China's economic growth will decelerate to 4 percent a year between 2020 to 2025 - well below widespread expectations of steady 7 percent to 8 percent growth over the next decade, a business research group predicted.

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Health New military medical team to help with Ebola in US
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States.
Health Walk promotes mental health (Video)
The eighth annual NAMI Walk at the Park at River Walk raises money and awareness about our country's need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness.
Health Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree
Comparisons between the two deadly diseases surfaced in the last few months as the Ebola outbreak escalated. Both emerged from Africa and erupted into an international health crisis. And both have been a shocking reminder that mankind's battle against infectious diseases can take a sudden, terrible turn for the worse.
Health Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill
The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.
Health Experts: Even with Ebola worries, don't forget the dangers of flu (Video)
With so much attention on the Ebola virus, families are reminded not to forget about the dangers of the flu. Experts say some of the early symptoms of Ebola and the flu can be similar. But, you can only be exposed to Ebola through direct contact with someone who's been to an affected country in West Africa.