Walking home after a long day of looking at emails and photos with this in my head…

Pride and joy and dirty dreams and still surviving on the street
And look at me, I’m in tatters, yeah
I’ve been battered, what does it matter

Does it matter, uh-huh

Does it matter, uh-huh, I’m a shattered

U.S. airstrikes in Syria

Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway.

The statement by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came hours after the U.S. airdropped weapons and ammunition to resupply Kurdish fighters for the first time. Those airdrops Sunday followed weeks of airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition in and near Kobani. (AP)


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Inside the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers workshop

In time for Halloween the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, creative art studio, held a workshop in Brooklyn, N.Y., demonstrating techniques and tools to create intricate pumpkin art. Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, which focuses on elevating the art of pumpkin carving, were a past winner of the Food Network’s Halloween Wars. Their work has been displayed at MOMA, the Whitney Museum and Yankee Stadium.

Founders Marc Evan and Chris Soria, friends since they were 12, have a history of trying to outdo each other on who can make something scarier for Halloween. The duo started carving pumpkins when they were studying illustration at the Parsons School of Design. After graduating in 2002, they started doing illustration and mural work in New York City, and worked part-time at restaurants and bars for extra income. They started carving pumpkins for their employers to use as Halloween decorations. Evans and Soria wanted to see how far they could push beyond the traditional style of pumpkin carving that had been dominant and onto a more artistic level.

Their work really caught on in a way the two artists never imagined. Over the next several years, they developed techniques that allow for creating elaborate and fully-rendered images on pumpkins. In 2008, Wired magazine approached them after seeing some of their work on Flickr, and asked the pair if they could create “Star Wars” characters on pumpkins. They went to work and delivered a series of Star Wars pumpkins the next day.

Waves of requests started flooding in after the Wired article was published. In 2009, the New York Yankees approached them for 50 pumpkins to display in their skyboxes during the World Series. Evans and Soria realized that their art had actual business potential, and Maniac Pumpkin Carvers was formed. They started holding workshops and demonstrations, their pumpkins were used as props for TV shows and movies, and the Food Network and Martha Stewart commissioned customized carvings.

Outside pumpkin season, which begins in August and lasts until Thanksgiving, the two partners work on illustrations and large-scale murals all over New York. They work around the clock in the fall to fulfill the orders; because their medium is perishable, they have to work fast and close to when the pumpkins are scheduled for show. Typically, their workshop in Brooklyn is busy from 9 a.m. until 3 or 4 a.m., with a team of 6 to 8 carvers at any given time working on various projects. (Siemond Chan/Yahoo Finance)

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Mexico violence

The Mexican government announced rewards Monday of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers’ college who have been missing since Sept. 26.

The government ran full-page ads in Mexican newspapers with pictures of the 43 young men. The government also offered 1.5 million pesos for information on those who had abducted or killed the students. (AP)

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Photos of the day - October 20, 2014

Two two-day-old white lion cubs sit in their enclosure at Zoo Safari in Borysew, Poland, crowds gather to wait for Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta and shadows of servicemen of battalion Kiev-1, holding a flag as they stand guard near of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/GettyReuters)

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Walking through the crowds - Oct. 20, 2014

Many New Yorkers don’t like the way tourists stop in the middle of sidewalks to take pictures of the city’s great landmarks. But, on the other hand, people commute each day to Manhattan and don’t see the beauty around them as they march to their cubicles.

On his way to the office today, Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan stopped to photograph some of these locations on his way into work today.

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Photos of the day - October 19, 2014

People are silhouetted on the top of a hill close to the border line between Turkey and Syria as they watch the U.S led airstrikes, a Pakistani vendor adjusts a wall clock displayed at his stall for sale at a weekly bazaar in Islamabad and Cardinals and bishops attend a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter’s Square are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Getty/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - October 18, 2014

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, a costume of Predator on display during the 6th annual Leisure and Fantasy Convention in Bogota and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in action against Annika Beck during the women’s final match at the BGL Luxembourg Open are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - October 17, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, horses from the Gai Waterhouse stable head out for a work session at Altona Beach in Melbourne, Australia and a Palestinian boy throws stones at an armored vehicle during clashes following a protest against the near-by Jewish settlement of Qadomem are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/GettyReuters)

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