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Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free

Monday, October 20, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. In the end, Nigeria — the … 0

Cadaver dog work more accepted by cops, courts

Monday, October 20, 2014

BENTON, Calif. — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He’s clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California’s Eastern Sierra region. “Buster, go find!” Paul Dostie commands. They are a team, the black Lab and the retired police officer. … 0

Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

Monday, October 20, 2014

SURUC, Turkey — 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 … 0

’Kerry Air’ grounded again, this time in Vienna

Thursday, October 16, 2014

VIENNA — The United States may be the mightiest military and economic power in the world but when it comes to shuttling its top diplomat around the globe, it’s beginning to look like a poor orphan. For the … 0

Once in a million years

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so. A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching … 0

Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is authorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has already … 0

Contention spreads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans demanded a travel ban from Ebola-ravaged West Africa Thursday, calling it the only sure way to protect Americans from the virus’s deadly reach. Administration officials resisted, as anxiety over the disease raced through the … 0

2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South … 0

HIV fear spurs call for porn production moratorium

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A California-based trade group for the adult film industry is calling for a three-day production moratorium because of possible HIV exposure on an out-of-state film set. The Los Angeles Times ( ) says the Free Speech Coalition called for the halt on Wednesday but didn’t … 0

Experts say don’t expect polar vortex redo this winter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here’s some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say. Mike … 0

Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad impose Ebola travel bans

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday became the latest countries in the Western Hemisphere to restrict travelers from West African nations struggling with an epidemic of the Ebola virus. The announcements came a day after Colombia and St. Lucia ordered similar prohibitions. Authorities … 0

Hong Kong police move in against protest zone

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HONG KONG — Riot police moved in on a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest zone in a dawn raid on Friday, taking down barricades, tents and canopies that have blocked key streets for more than two weeks. More than … 0

CDC: Ebola-infected nurse should not have flown

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DALLAS — One of two nurses at a Dallas hospital who tested positive for Ebola should not have flown on a commercial airline, officials said Wednesday, and she is being transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. The nurse, who had treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric … 0