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Obamas hand out Halloween treats

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Obamas hand out Halloween treats

Trick-or-treaters marched up the White House driveway on a wet, snowy Saturday, past the spider web-like gauze, the pumpkins and the costumed actors to the mansion's north portico where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama handed out treats, an annual tradition.

"What's this? Look at this guy," the president said at the sight of one costumed child. "A headless man. Terrifying!"

The sweets included signature boxes of White House M&Ms, signaling a temporary respite from the first lady's healthy eating campaign. Dried fruit and White House baked cookies rounded out the handouts. Earlier this week, in an appearance on the Tonight Show, Obama joked to host Jay Leno that he had warned his wife that if she wanted to avoid Halloween mischief she might want to dole out more than just fruit and raisins.

"I told her the White House is going to get egged if this keeps up," he said.

SAN MARCOS, Texas

Woman hit by car dies after giving birth

Police said a 22-year-old pregnant woman who was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking home from work gave birth to a girl before she died. San Marcos police said Diann Ford was returning from her job at Long John Silver's late Tuesday when she was hit. Ford, who was 37 weeks pregnant, was taken to an Austin hospital that night, the San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday. She gave birth by cesarean section Wednesday, and the baby is in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit. Ford died Thursday. Her boss, Kris Jaccard, said Ford was excited about her future as a mother. The woman's family refused to speak to the media.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia

17 detained after U.S. Embassy is attacked

Serbian police raided homes in the largely Muslim Sandzak region on Saturday, detaining 17 people following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo in neighboring Bosnia, Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said. "This morning at 5 a.m. an operation against the extremist Islamic Wahhabi movement was launched on the territory of Novi Pazar, Sjenica and Tutin," Dacic said. Police also searched the home of Mevlid Jasarevic, the suspect arrested in the shooting outside the U.S. Embassy Friday.

Canberra, Australia

Airline grounds fleet, locks out strikers

Qantas Airways grounded its global fleet Saturday, suddenly locking out striking workers after weeks of flight disruptions at the world's 10th largest airline. A Qantas spokeswoman said 36 international and 28 domestic Australian flights in the air at the time of the announcement continued to their destinations, and at least one taxiing flight returned from the runway.

JERUSALEM

Thousands march to protest cost of living

Israeli police said tens of thousands of people marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday to express anger over the high cost of living. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said more than 30,000 Israelis marched in Tel Aviv Saturday night and thousands of others protested in Jerusalem. A wave of social protests also swept the country this summer as Israelis held mass gatherings to protest a wide range of social issues, especially high housing costs.

Elsewhere

Chicago: Seven members of an extended family who died in a van crash on the Indiana Toll Road will be buried in Ecuador, their home country, Ecuadorian Consulate spokesman Alberto Rebelo said Saturday.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The official Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday that a special tribunal has sentenced a Saudi women to 15 years in prison on terrorism-linked charges, including aiding al-Qaida cells and insurgents seeking to enter Iraq.

Paris: Air France said it canceled about 20 percent of its flights Saturday because of a strike by flight attendants.

Lima, Peru: Peruvian authorities said Saturday that a 6.9-magnitude quake off the central coast destroyed dozens of adobe homes but caused no deaths.

Times wires

Obamas hand out Halloween treats 10/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:07pm]

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