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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

Warning: High in sugar, cost

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won’t cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could. The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation’s biggest … 0

We aren’t ready

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of … 0

Rocket explosion setback for commercial space

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, … 0

Pope maps personal (and progressive) policy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has made some of the most important policy speeches of his pontificate in recent days, catching up for lost time following months of attention to bureaucratic reform and the turbulent meeting of bishops … 0

Residents: Islamic State group kills 30 Iraqi men

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BAGHDAD — Islamic State group militants lined up 30 men in western Iraq and shot them dead Wednesday, an official and residents said, the latest mass killing carried out by the group since its advance across the country. The slayings, on a main street in the al-Bakir district … 0

Zambian president dies after long illness

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LUSAKA, Zambia — Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed “Mr. King Cobra” for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the … 0

Honor for hero who saved London from WWII flooding

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LONDON — Every day, boats full of tourists and commuters float by a pale patch on the wall that lines the River Thames near Britain’s Houses of Parliament. Few notice the concrete mark, or recognize it as evidence … 0

Police: Man decapitates mother, is killed by train

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their home and then killed himself by walking into the path of a nearby … 0

Containment confrontation

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said Wednesday she plans to end her voluntary quarantine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials seeking to legally … 0

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell’s … 0