VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE TOURISM ROCKET EXPLODES DURING TEST FLIGHT FRI IN CA, KILLING ONE PERSON ONBOARD AND SERIOUSLY INJURING ANOTHER *

SPACESHIPTWO'S WRECKAGE REPORTEDLY FELL IN THE DESERT NORTH OF MOJAVE AIR AND SPACE PORT, WHERE THE FLIGHT ORIGINATED *

COMPANY SAYS IT'S WORKING WITH AUTHORITIES TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT *

VIRGIN GALACTIC INTENDED TO LAUNCH SPACE TOURISM FLIGHTS ONCE IT FINISHED DEVELOPING ITS ROCKET SHIP *

INCIDENT COMES LESS THAN A WK AFTER AN UNMANNED COMMERCIAL SUPPLY ROCKET BOUND FOR THE INTL SPACE STATION EXPLODED MOMENTS AFTER LIFTOFF IN VA *

MAJOR U.S. STOCK INDEXES CLOSE AT RECORD HIGHS FRI AFTER A VOLATILE MONTH *

THE DOW CLIMBED 194 PTS, OR 1.1%, TO CLOSE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 17,390 *

THE S&P ALSO REACHED A RECORD, GAINING 23 PTS, OR 1.2%, TO 2,017, WHILE THE NASDAQ ROSE 64 PTS, OR 1.4%, TO 4,630 *

LARGE GAINS COME JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER THE U.S. MARKET HAD ITS BIGGEST SLUMP IN TWO YEARS *

KURDISH FIGHTERS FROM IRAQ BEGIN ENTERING THE SYRIAN BORDER TOWN OF KOBANI TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS, ACTIVISTS SAY *

THE BRITAIN-BASED SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS SAYS 10 VEHICLES CARRYING IRAQI PESHMERGA FIGHTERS HAVE CROSSED THE TURKEY-SYRIA BORDER *

ISIS LAUNCHED ITS ATTACK ON KOBANI IN MID-SEPT, CAUSING MORE THAN 200,000 PEOPLE TO FLEE TO TURKEY *

MORE THAN 800 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE FIGHTING BETWEEN ISIS AND KURDISH FORCES *

HOUSTON-AREA WOMAN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR PUTTING HER BOYFRIEND'S GUN IN HIS SON'S BACKPACK TO GET THE CHILD IN TROUBLE AT SCHOOL *

28-YR-OLD HEATHER HODGES PLEADED GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF A WEAPON ON RESTRICTED PREMISES IN THE 2012 CASE *

HODGES CONFESSED TO PLANTING THE GUN IN THE 13-YR-OLD BOY'S BACKPACK FOR BULLYING HER OWN CHILDREN, AGES SEVEN AND FOUR *

REPORT FINDS HOMELAND SECURITY DEPT EMPLOYEES PUT $30,000 WORTH OF STARBUCKS ON GOVT CREDIT CARDS *

FED EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ISSUED SO-CALLED PURCHASE CARDS ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE $3,000 IN "MICROPURCHASES" AND ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE THOSE PURCHASES PUBLICLY *

DHS EMPLOYEES REPORTEDLY PUT $30,000 OF STARBUCKS ON THE CARDS IN 2013, SPENDING ABOUT $12,000 AT ONE STARBUCKS IN ALAMEDA, CA *

SEVERAL OF THOSE PURCHASES WERE FOR JUST UNDER THE $3,000 "MICROPURCHASE" THRESHOLD *

DHS SPOX SAYS THE STARBUCKS PURCHASES "WERE MADE FOR VARIOUS REASONS, FOLLOWING STANDARD PURCHASE CARD POLICY AND GUIDANCE"-WASH POST *

PENTAGON EXEMPTING ITS CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES WHO RETURN FROM EBOLA MISSIONS IN WEST AFRICA FROM THE 21-DAY QUARANTINE REQUIRED OF MOST RETURNING U.S. MILITARY MEMBERS *

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES MAY OPT FOR THE QUARANTINE OR CHOOSE TO FOLLOW LESS STRINGENT MONITORING UNDER CDC OR STATE GUIDELINES *

THE CIVILIAN WORKERS MUST PICK AN OPTION BEFORE LEAVING WEST AFRICA *

JUSTICE DEPT AND ALBUQUERQUE, NM, REACH A DEAL TO OVERHAUL THE CITY'S POLICE DEPT AMID ACCUSATIONS OF EXCESSIVE FORCE BY OFFICERS *

AGREEMENT INCLUDES NEW TRAINING, NEW PROTOCOLS FOR INVESTIGATING OFFICER SHOOTINGS AND INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF THE POLICE FORCE *

DEAL CALLS FOR CHANGES TO BE IN PLACE WITHIN FOUR YEARS *

MOVES COME AFTER AN APRIL DOJ REPORT WHICH FOUND ALBUQUERQUE OFFICERS DEMONSTRATED A PATTERN OF EXCESSIVE FORCE *

CANADA JOINING AUSTRALIA IN SUSPENDING ENTRY VISAS FOR PEOPLE FROM EBOLA-STRICKEN COUNTRIES IN WEST AFRICA *

CANADA'S GOVT SAYS IT'S SUSPENDING VISA APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTS AND NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES WITH "WIDESPREAD AND PERSISTENT-INTENSE TRANSMISSION" OF THE VIRUS *

CANADA HAS NOT YET HAD A CASE OF EBOLA *

WORLD HEALTH ORG HAS CRITICIZED AUSTRALIA'S TRAVEL BAN, SAYING IT'S OUT OF PROPORTION TO THE RISK AND NOT SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE *

THE FOUNDER OF MORMON WOMEN'S GROUP "ORDAIN WOMEN" WHO WAS EXCOMMUNICATED AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF APOSTASY THIS SUMMER LOSES HER APPEAL *

KATE KELLY'S APPEAL WAS DENIED BY REGIONAL CHURCH LEADERS IN VA *

ORDAIN WOMEN WAS FOUNDED IN 2013 TO PUSH FOR WOMEN TO BE ALLOWED IN THE ALL-MALE LAY CLERGY *

KELLY SAYS SHE'LL APPEAL TO THE WORLDWIDE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS *

REPUBLICANS TAKE BIG LEAD IN EARLY VOTING IN COLORADO *

A REPORT FROM THE CO SECY OF STATE SHOWS 104,000 MORE REPUBLICANS THAN DEMOCRATS HAVE CAST BALLOTS IN EARLY VOTING *

CO MAILED A BALLOT TO EVERY REGISTERED VOTER IN ADVANCE OF THE ELECTION *

MAINE JUDGE REJECTS STATE'S BID TO RESTRICT THE MOVEMENTS OF A NURSE WHO TREATED EBOLA PATIENTS IN WEST AFRICA *

JUDGE SAYS NURSE KACI HICKOX MUST CONTINUE DAILY MONITORING AND COORDINATE TRAVEL WITH STATE OFFICIALS, BUT THERE'S NO NEED FOR FURTHER RESTRICTIONS BECAUSE SHE'S NOT INFECTIOUS *

MAINE GOV PAUL LEPAGE (R) CALLING THE DECISION UNFORTUNATE, BUT SAYS THE STATE WILL COMPLY WITH THE RULING *

MAINE SOUGHT TO IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON HICKOX UNTIL THE 21-DAY INCUBATION PERIOD FOR EBOLA ENDS ON NOV 10 *

WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THE OUTCOME OF SUNDAY'S ELECTIONS IN REBEL-HELD AREAS OF EASTERN UKRAINE *

OBAMA ADMIN SAYS THE "ILLEGITIMATE" ELECTIONS "CONTRAVENE UKRAINE'S CONSTITUTION AND LAWS" *

THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO WARNING MOSCOW AGAINST USING THE VOTE "AS A PRETEXT TO INSERT ADDITIONAL TROOPS AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT INTO UKRAINE" *

RUSSIA HAS ALREADY SAID IT WILL RECOGNIZE THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTIONS *

MEXICAN JUDGE ORDERS IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF JAILED U.S. MARINE VET, ACCORDING TO A FAMILY SPOX *

26-YR-OLD ANDREW TAHMOORESSI HAS BEEN HELD IN A MEXICAN JAIL FOR ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED BY MEXICAN AUTHORITIES FOR CROSSING THE BORDER WITH GUNS AND AMMO *

TAHMOORESSI SAYS HE TOOK A WRONG TURN AND ACCIDENTALLY CROSSED THE BORDER INTO MEXICO *

NISSAN RECALLING MORE THAN 1,800 INFINITI SUVS IN THE U.S. FOR AN AIR BAG PROBLEM THAT COULD SEND SHRAPNEL INTO THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT *

RECALL COVERS SOME 2013 INFINITY QX56 SUVS AND 2014 INFINITY QX80S *

THE PROBLEM, WHICH COVERS AIR BAGS MADE BY TAKATA CORP, AFFECTS ONLY GM AND NISSAN VEHICLES AND IS SEPARATE FROM PREVIOUS RECALLS COVERING 8 MIL VEHICLES IN THE U.S. *

ISSUE WAS DISCOVERED AFTER GM RECALLED 33,000 CHEVROLET CRUZE COMPACT CARS FOR THE SAME PROBLEM IN JUNE *

ONE OF THE TEENAGERS WOUNDED IN THE OCT 24 HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING IN WA STATE DIES FRI, RAISING TO FOUR THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES *

TWO OTHER STUDENTS REMAIN HOSPITALIZED *

THE SHOOTER, FRESHMAN JAYLEN FRYBERG, DIED OF A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND *

THE SCHOOL, LOCATED 30 MILES NORTH OF SEATTLE, WAS CLOSED THIS WEEK AND WILL REOPEN MON *