Wall Street caps a wild month with a rally

Costumed characters distribute Hershey candies as trader Edward Curran works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher following big gains in Asia after Japan made moves to rev up its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October.



Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A witness says Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert.



$2.25M deal reached in hot NYC jail cell death

New York Comptroller Scott Stringer, left, listens as Derek Sells, lawyer for the estate of Jerome Murdough, speaks at a press conference after Stringer announced a $2.25 million settlement with the estate Friday Oct. 31, 2014, in New York. Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail on Feb. 15, eight days after he was sent to the facility because he couldn't afford to pay $2,500 bail on a trespassing arrest. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday.



Analysis: In Syria, no good options for West

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Syrian Kurdish refugee Mohammad Hassan, 84, from Kobani, seen in the background, weeps on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, near the Turkey-Syria border. With the Syrian civil war in its fourth ruinous year, there is no end in sight, hundreds of thousands are dead, and millions have been displaced. The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, after more than a month, is limited to airstrikes and has not dislodged the radical group from a single major town it controls in Syria or Iraq.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)UNDATED (AP) — With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When it comes to the issue that has undermined the region — the survival or fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad — there is still no plan.



Dow, S&P 500 soar to new records on Bank of Japan stimulus

The front of the New York Stock Exchange is seen on Wall Street in New York, July 23, 2012US equities powered to fresh records Friday after the Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus ignited a rally on global stock exchanges. The Dow Jones Industrial Average leaped 195.10 points (1.13 percent) to 17,390.52, surpassing the prior record by more than 100 points. The BoJ announced on Friday it would add up to 20 trillion yen ($182 billion) to its current asset-buying scheme, bringing it to 80 trillion yen annually in an unexpected shift aimed at reviving growth just as the US Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree. "This latest move by Japan surpassed all expectations and risk assets are responding in a logical fashion."





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