Election 2014
9:11 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Super PACs Pour Money Into New Mexico Races

Democratic and Republican super PACs have pumped more than $1 million this month into New Mexico's legislative and other state office races.

The political action committees can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to independently advocate the election or defeat of candidates.

According to the latest finance reports, the Democratic group Patriot Majority New Mexico spent almost $892,000 from Oct. 7 through Tuesday. That included $360,000 on radio and television ads, $108,000 on mailings and more than $300,000 given to other groups supporting Democrats.

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Election 2014
9:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Secretary Of State Candidates Face Complaints

Candidates in a heated Secretary of State race are facing dueling complaints.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is running against Republican incumbent Dianna Duran, is facing a complaint she used a government website to attack Duran. The complaint filed earlier this month by Sandia Park resident Carolyn Freeman says the disputed material was later taken down.

Oliver's campaign manager Alan Packman called the complaint a "complete fabrication."

The Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review board is scheduled to discuss the matter Monday.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Maine Judge Rejects State's Bid To Restrict Nurse's Movements

Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, take delivery of a pizza at their home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday. A judge has ruled that the state cannot compel Hickox to remain in isolation if she's not showing signs of Ebola infection.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 12:30 pm

Updated at 12:55 p.m. ET

A judge in Maine has turned down a request by state officials seeking authority to compel nurse Kaci Hickox to remain in her home for the duration of a 21-day incubation for Ebola. Since returning from West Africa, where she treated Ebola patients, Hickox has refused to accept a voluntary quarantine.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Fri October 31, 2014

No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

He's not welcome in Vendargues. The French town has banned people from dressing up as clowns for the next month following violent incidents across the country.
Hannibal Hanschke Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:36 am

It's not quite coulrophobia, but the French town of Vendargues has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting on Halloween.

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

J.K. Rowling reads to children at the 2010 White House Egg Roll. According to a new essay, her own experiences as a young student helped inform the Harry Potter character Dolores Umbridge.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Code Switch
8:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

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Phoebe Boswell for NPR

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 11:57 am

It's Halloween — a time for Frankenstein monsters and vampires and werewolves. But many of us have our own monsters from different cultures, and when we threw out a call to our readers asking what ghost stories and folktales they grew up with in their own traditions, we got back stories of creatures stalking the shadows of Latin American hallways and vengeful demons from South Asia with backward feet. (And that's before we get to the werehyenas and the infernal bathroom stalls.) Below are some of the best we've found or that were told to us by Code Switch readers.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Israel Reopens Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem To Worshippers

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:33 am

Israel reopened Jerusalem's Temple Mount today, a day after it closed the disputed religious site for the first time since 2000 following the attempted assassination of a right-wing Jewish activist.

More than 1,000 security personnel were deployed following clashes Thursday between Palestinians and riot police.

NPR's Emily Harris reported on the reopening for our Newscast unit. She said:

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Burkina Faso's Military Takes Power After President Resigns

Protesters shout out as they go on a rampage near on Thursday outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.
Theo Renaut AP

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:45 am

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

Burkina Faso's military appears to have taken control of the African nation shortly after long-time President Blaise Campaore, who has ruled since staging a coup in 1987, agreed to resign as part of what he said was a plan to hold elections in 90 days.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that the country's armed forces chief, Gen. Honore Traore, announced on Friday that he was taking charge, but it wasn't clear if his role would be as interim leader or something more permanent.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

KRWG Election 2014: N.M. Attorney General Candidate, Former Prosecutor And Judge Susan Riedel

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

KRWG Election 2014: N.M. Attorney General Candidate, State Auditor Hector Balderas

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