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Decontee Sawyer, wife of Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer, a U.S. citizen who died from Ebola after traveling from Liberia to Nigeria, cradles her 1-year-old daughter Bella at her home in Coon Rapids, Minn., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Ebola outbreak worsens

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s president late Wednesday ordered the nation’s schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as an Ebola outbreak that already has killed more than 130 people in the country deepened. Meanwhile, the U.S. Peace Corps said it was evacuating its volunteers from Liberia as well as neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as the … 0

US frustration with Israel growing

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas. The U.S. frustrations were compounded by a flurry … 0

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead for lawsuit

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day before … 0

Rise of the ‘usie’

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NEW YORK — What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in “us.” Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. “Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies,” said … 0

Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing one woman on board and seriously injuring another, a fire spokesman said. The single-engine 1988 Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

US judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America over risky mortgages NEW YORK — A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to … 0

Detroit cops: Sleeping boy, 8, shot dead through bedroom wall

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DETROIT — Sporadic gunfire isn’t an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close. Numerous shots were fired at an apartment … 0

Targets unchecked?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America’s densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say. … 0

Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum’s World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as … 0

Report details post-9/11 CIA techniques, secrecy

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — A Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret … 0

Israel hits Gaza harder

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians … 0

Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate have passed competing versions of legislation to prevent the federal trust funds providing highway and transit funds from running dry next month and to buy more time for Congress to draft a new highway bill. The House measure provides $11 billion to … 0

Body of young stowaway found in US cargo plane

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The body of a young stowaway was found inside a compartment near the wheel well of an Air Force cargo plane that had landed in Germany, U.S. military officials said Tuesday, triggering questions about the security of an aircraft that had made several stops in Africa. … 0