Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music _ but not make cellphone calls. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:02 pm
10 Things to Know for Friday
By The Associated Press
1. GOOD NEWS FOR TRAVELERS WHO DISLIKE BEING DISCONNECTED
The FAA is easing restrictions on the use of electronic gadgets on airplanes - though chatting on cellphones will still be prohibited.
2. ISRAELIS TARGET WEAPONS SHIPMENT IN SYRIA
Warplanes attack a store of Russian missiles in the port city of Latakia, an official says. It's an apparent continuation of Israel's campaign to keep arms from proliferating in the Mideast.
3. STOP-AND-FRISK GETS A REPRIEVE
A federal appeals court blocks a judge's ruling that the NYPD's controversial tactic discriminates against minorities.
4. DEATH IN THE DESERT
Nearly 100 African migrants hoping to travel to Algeria die of thirst after their two trucks break down in the middle of the Sahara.
5. FOUR DAYS, FOUR MASS KILLINGS
Experts say violence that left 14 adults and seven children dead is nothing more than random chance, not a sign of growing violence in America.
6. HOW WALL STREET AVOIDED OCTOBER JINX
Rather than being rattled by the U.S. government shutdown, investors kept their focus on what probably matters more: the Federal Reserve.
7. DRIVER TICKETED WHILE WEARING GOOGLE GLASS
The California woman plans to challenge what may be a first-of-its-kind citation, saying the Internet-connected eyewear makes navigation easier.
8. WHAT MAY PROVE DAMAGING TO TORONTO MAYOR
Police say they have a video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe.
9. IN GEOPOLITICS, IT'S SPY VS. SPY
Even close allies keep things from one another - and work every angle to find out what's being held back.
10. WHO'S CONDUCTING A WORLDWIDE POLL
The Vatican wants to know how Catholic parishes around the globe handle sensitive issues like contraception, divorce and gay couples.