Nurse Kaci Hickox (L) and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur address the media during an informal meeting with the news media outside their home in Fort Kent, Maine October 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Ashley L. Conti/Bdn

Don't bully me: Maine nurse

WASHINGTON - A Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court.   Full Article 

Trade, defense spending buoy U.S. third-quarter growth 8:35am EDT

WASHINGTON - A smaller trade deficit and a surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, but other details of Thursday's report hinted at some loss of momentum in activity.

Students and community members attend a vigil at the Grove Church after a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Calls for gun control rise in Washington state

SEATTLE - A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed.   Full Article 

Palestinians are seen during clashes with Israeli police forces in the Abu Tor neighbourhood of east Jerusalem October 30, 2014.   REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Israeli police kill Palestinian murder suspect

JERUSALEM - Israeli police shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.  Full Article | Video 

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Samsung logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Samsung seeks smartphone revamp

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011.  Full Article 

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak (R) arrives for gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels October 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Ukraine- Russia gas talks deadlocked

BRUSSELS - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy.  Full Article 

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Breakingviews: Barclays leverage risk

Barclays' Q3 results beat expectations, but the company’s revamp hinges on UK regulators not fast-tracking leverage targets, says Breakingviews' George Hay.