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FILE- In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, members of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team dress with protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of US medical care system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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 readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. Experts broadly agree that a widespread outbreak across the country is … 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, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. The 140-foot Antares rocket, operated by Orbital Sciences … 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 on family issues that just ended. Often speaking in his native Spanish, Francis has focused … 0

A dive through time

Monday, October 27, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The divers descended 410 feet into dark Mediterranean waters off Italy, their lights revealing the skeleton of a ship that sank thousands of years ago when Rome was a world power. A sea-crusted anchor rested … 0

Sheriff: shooter invited victims to lunch via text

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators said Monday. Snohomish County Sheriff … 0

Ebola as ‘game changer’

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It’s unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill. … 0

Shaking up colon cancer screening

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Starting today, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that’s noninvasive and doesn’t require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related … 0

Are we ready for the next big storm?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW YORK — After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. Two years later, would it? There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, from a nearly-finished sea wall protecting two devastated New Jersey towns to … 0

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted in several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet nation’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro … 0

13 Europe banks flunk test, must find $12.5B

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe’s 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) to cushion themselves against any future crises. … 0

Poll: Neighbors key to coping with disasters

Sunday, October 26, 2014

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Neighbor helping neighbor. Trust in a community. Looking out for each other. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests that those factors — collectively termed “social resilience”— have a big impact on how prepared communities feel for disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, … 0

3 fight for lives after Washington school shooting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Three students fought for their lives in Seattle-area hospitals Sunday, days after being shot in the head during an attack at a high school on Washington’s Puget Sound. The close-knit community, meanwhile, on the nearby … 0

Disease expert argues against Ebola quarantine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage … 0