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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 9:00 AM

YELLEN

Yellen faces senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen is expected to get a workout today during a Senate hearing on her nomination to lead the Federal Reserve.

Skeptical Republicans say the Fed's policies may be swelling asset bubbles or raising the risk of high inflation.

In testimony prepared for the hearing, Yellen expresses support for the Fed's economic stimulus effort.

FORECLOSURE RATES

Lenders took back fewer US homes in October

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There appears to be a growing appetite among investors for buying homes before they exit the foreclosure process and end up on the market.

The foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac says fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process because investors are increasingly buying up properties at auction.

Some 37,775 homes nationwide completed the foreclosure process in October, down 29 percent from last year.

IRAQ

More violence in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — There are more deadly attacks in Iraq today, as Shiites mark the 7th century death of a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

Iraq officials say a suicide bomber struck in the eastern part of the country, killing at least 22 people.

The attacker blew up his explosives-laden belt among a gathering of Shiites in the town of al-Saadiyah.

Yesterday, attacks on Shiites throughout Iraq killed 21 people.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-MASS BURIAL

More typhoon victims buried

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — About 100 Filipinos killed in last Friday's typhoon have been buried near Tacloban (tahk-LOH'-bahn), the central city hardest-hit by the storm.

And dozens more bodies are lined up at City Hall, waiting to be taken to burial sites.

But six days after the typhoon struck, many of the dead are still lying along roads, and survivors are searching rubble for more victims.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-AID

Some world economic powers giving much more than others

BEIJING (AP) — Japan says it's pledging $10 million and sending about 1,000 troops to the Philippines following the deadly typhoon in the central part of the country.

Australia is giving $28 million and the United States, $20 million.

China, the world's second-largest economy, has pledged less than $2 million in cash and materials.

OBAMA

Obama to pitch economic agenda at Ohio steel plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking his economic message to Ohio, using a Cleveland steel plant as the setting to promote his energy efficiency, business attraction and auto industry policies.

Obama is also likely to address the status of the health care law after his administration announced that only 26,794 people enrolled for insurance on the trouble-plagued federal website during October. In a bright spot for Obama, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is one of a few Republican governors to take advantage of the law's Medicaid expansion to reach more low-income Americans.

Obama will visit a plant owned by ArcelorMittal, a Luxembourg-based steel company that has benefited from the auto industry resurgence. It manufactures advanced high-strength steel that contributes to automobile fuel efficiency.

Obama later will attend a political fundraiser in Philadelphia.

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

Ohio delays inmate's execution over organ issue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has delayed today's scheduled execution of a convicted killer who wants to donate his heart and a kidney to his ailing mother and sister.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says he wants medical experts to study whether 40-year-old Ronald Phillips could donate non-vital organs before being put to death.

Phillips was convicted of raping and killing a 3-year-old girl in 1993. His execution date has been rescheduled for July 2.

NAVY VETS-SCAM CHARGES

Ohio verdict coming in $100M charity fraud trial

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury in Cleveland will announce its verdict later this morning in the trial of a man charged with orchestrating a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud.

The man on trial says he's 67-year-old Bobby Thompson, but the prosecution says his real name is John Donald Cody, a 66-year-old Harvard-trained attorney.

He's charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, which he ran from Tampa, Fla.

JAPAN-WIKILEAKS-TRADE

NEW: Leaked document adds to US-led trade deal doubts

TOKYO (AP) — A document from secret U.S.-led trade talks published by WikiLeaks is revealing rifts that add to doubts over whether the dozen nations involved will manage to finalize a deal by the end of the year as planned.

Officials in Asia refrained from commenting on the document that anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks published Wednesday. The negotiating document from late August outlines the status of talks on intellectual property protections, one of the most contentious areas of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks.

The 95-page document is peppered with bracketed initials showing the stances of countries on details of the agreement, suggesting that back then, they remained far apart.

With just over six weeks left in 2013, U.S. lawmakers are raising objections to granting President Barack Obama authority to negotiate such a wide-ranging agreement.

HOUSTON-GAY INMATES

Texas county adopts policy to protect LGBT inmates

HOUSTON (AP) — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates.

It includes allowing transgender inmates to be housed based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological sex. And the policy states that "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly prohibited."

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is the first to adopt the policy in Texas and believes it's one of the most comprehensive in the country. An official announcement is expected today.

SENEGAL-LESBIAN RAID

NEW: 5 women charged under Senegal's anti-gay law

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A prosecutor in Senegal says five women have been charged under the country's anti-gay law that imposes prison sentences of up to five years for homosexual acts.

The prosecutor say the women were arrested Monday during a birthday party at a restaurant in Dakar.

Senegalese President Macky Sall has says the country is "not ready" to decriminalize homosexual acts. The women's rights group Women's Smile says the latest arrests highlight a hostile environment for lesbians, who it says are being targeted more frequently by police.

FRANCE-AFRICA-PRIEST KIDNAPPED

NEW: French parish priest kidnapped in north Cameroon

PARIS (AP) — The French Foreign Ministry says a French priest has been kidnapped from his northern Cameroon parish, located in a region where the terror group Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') is known to operate.

A statement by the French Foreign Ministry said that Georges Vandenbeusch was kidnapped early today in Koza, in the extreme north of the country, some 18 miles from the border with Nigeria.

The statement said the zone has been flagged as a risk for terrorism and kidnapping but the priest chose to stay on to "exercise his mission."

HOSPITAL BED SHOOTING

NEW: Prosecutor seeks break in Ohio hospital shooting

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says she'll seek a lesser sentence for an Ohio man convicted of fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says she'll file a motion asking that 68-year-old John Wise be sentenced for the lesser crime of manslaughter, which would greatly reduce his prison time.

If the judge agrees, Wise would be sentenced to six years.

He was convicted Friday of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault, which carries a mandatory punishment of life in prison. He had pleaded insanity, claiming he couldn't stand to see his wife in pain in the hospital.

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