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U.S. saber from War of 1812 returned by British

- The Washington Times

The Battle of Bladensburg was a humiliating defeat for the U.S. in 1814, but 200 years later the sword of naval Commodore Joshua Barney has made its way back into American hands at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.

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Liberals more likely than conservatives to dump a friend over politics: Study

- The Washington Times

Politics brings out certain petty behaviors in people, particularly those who frequent Facebook and Twitter. To like, or not to like, to friend — or horrors — unfriend? A retweet can be a personal matter, indeed. Politics and ideology play a pronounced role in the phenomenon, this according to an extensive survey and analysis of “political divisiveness” among Americans released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The study found that liberals are more likely to dump a friend than conservatives over partisan leanings alone.

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In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare

- Associated Press

An old political standby - the future of Medicare - is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections.

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

- Associated Press

At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive

- Associated Press

People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

Samsung phones cleared for US government use

- Associated Press

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday some of its Galaxy mobile devices were approved by the National Security Agency for use with classified U.S. government networks and data, a boost to the company's efforts to expand in the security-conscious business market.

Kathryn Williams carries a poster as she and other members of the California Nurses Association leave a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss the Ebola preparedness in the state, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  The Brown administration has not  issued any mandates beyond new protective guidelines for medical workers, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Brown meets with health care experts about Ebola

- Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown met with state agency heads, labor unions and leaders in the health care industry Tuesday to address Ebola preparedness at hospitals and other medical facilities throughout California.

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, demonstrates the new Apple Pay mobile payment system at a Whole Foods store in Cupertino, Calif. The new system launches on Monday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Review: Apple Pay in action

- Associated Press

If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I'll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won't be coming for a while, if ever, but Apple's new payments system brings us much closer.

A photo of Louis Armstrong is framed by his trumpet at the Louis Armstrong House Museum on Friday Oct. 17, 2014 in New York. The image is part of the collection from photographer Jack Bradley, whose close friendship with Armstrong gave him unrestricted access to make thousands of photographs of the great jazz musician.  A portion of his collection is featured in a new exhibition opening Tuesday at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend

- Associated Press

Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting him through thousands of photographs and saving Armstrong's sound recordings, fan letters - and even handkerchiefs.

Lawsuit claims website aids child sex trafficking

- Associated Press

The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children.

US expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

- Associated Press

Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation's defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports.

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, demonstrates the new Apple Pay mobile payment system at a Whole Foods store in Cupertino, Calif. The new system launches on Monday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Apple Pay Q&A: What you need to know

- Associated Press

Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card.

A list of merchants taking Apple Pay

- Associated Press

More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet.

Jurors picked for doctor's cyanide poisoning trial

- Associated Press

Lawyers in the trial of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide have picked eight men and four women to serve as the jury.