Creator of Operation couldn't afford own operation

John Spinello sits in front of merchandise from the game "Operation" at his Bloomingdale, Ill. home on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Spinello, the game's creator, is finding out how much people love the 50-year-old game after friends raised funds beyond their expectations in an online campaign in October 2014. He invented the buzzing game as a college student and sold the concept for $500 to a toy invention firm. The game was later licensed to Milton Bradley. But Spinello never got any royalties from the game or merchandise. Now he can't afford the $25,000 for oral surgery. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn't afford to pay for it.



Orange fever reigns over drizzly Giants' parade

San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal waves to the crowd during the victory parade for the 2014 World Series baseball champions on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the city's World Series champions.



Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

Election information sheets are pictured on display during preparations for the upcoming election, with portraits of Zakharchenko, separatist leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, seen on leaflets, at a polling station in DonetskBERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel's spokesman Georg Streiter said at a government news conference. ...



Mexico judge orders immediate release of Marine

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.
Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announces the planned construction of a fertilizer plant near Tuscola, Ill. Quinn is in a battle to survive in his re-election bid against Bruce Rauner, a wealthy businessman Republicans are banking on to exploit the state’s deep economic problems and reputation for cronyism. Quinn is an often-folksy Chicago Democrat who has held his own despite the state’s many crises. If Rauner wins, the victory would help complete a near-sweep of the Midwest by the GOP. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet.





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