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Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near their home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.( AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ebola quarantines: Can states do that?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — The quarantine of a nurse in Maine who recently returned from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa has touched off a battle between the authority of states to confine people to protect public health and the right of Americans to move about freely. Kaci Hickox, who returned to the U.S. last week after treating Ebola patients in … 0

Army blows up houses, Egyptians evacuate near Gaza

Thursday, October 30, 2014

EL-ARISH, Egypt — With dynamite and bulldozers, Egypt’s army demolished dozens of homes along its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, after the military ordered residents out to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers. The plan to clear 10,000 residents from some 800 houses over … 0

Fearing Ebola? Docs say get a flu shot

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CHICAGO — Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola — chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn’t reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a Chicago medical conference. Misinformed patients with Ebola-like symptoms can take … 0

Supreme Court justices consider Texas rape-murder case

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — A black inmate on Texas’ death row who claims he had a clandestine relationship with a white woman but did not rape or kill her is asking the Supreme Court to take his case. Rodney Reed … 0

For-profit education programs face ‘gainful employment’ rule

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government. Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs. To … 0

Plane crashes at Kansas airport, killing 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. — A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up … 0

Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency

Thursday, October 30, 2014

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking … 0

Israel to reopen Jerusalem holy site

Thursday, October 30, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities say they have decided to reopen a key Jerusalem holy site for Muslim worshippers today. Israel blocked access to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday, after clashes erupted in the city following the killing of a Palestinian suspect wanted in the shooting of … 0

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Thursday, October 30, 2014

STOCKHOLM — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm. The move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing … 0

Inmate freed in landmark Illinois case

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CHICAGO — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence … 0

Money and happiness

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SINGAPORE — Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money — and the stuff it buys — brings happiness. Levels of self-reported well-being in fast-growing nations like Indonesia, China and Malaysia now rival … 0

Police: Man wanted in trooper ambush is captured

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DUNMORE, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police, sending a seven-week manhunt, have captured a man accused of ambushing two troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other. Eric Frein, 31, was taken into custody Thursday, state police said. … 0

No room on the tube

Thursday, October 30, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire’s one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. … 0