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FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows women shading themselves from the hot sun in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles. It sounds like a broken record, but last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year ever recorded, or more likely break it. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut, File)

Warming Earth heading for hottest year

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the … 0

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 … 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

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

Ebola crisis puts pressure on human rights

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Some doctors in countries hit hardest by the deadly Ebola disease decline to operate on pregnant women for fear the virus could spread. Governments face calls from frightened citizens to bar travel to and from afflicted … 0

Up in the sky, a mystery space plane

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES — What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B? Must be a secret space weapon. Or something to rocket next-generation spy gear into orbit. … 0

Anger sparks in Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HONG KONG — Riot police moving against activists sparked outrage after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester and dragging dozens of others away Wednesday in the worst violence against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong since they … 0

Taking out the trash?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — In Ukraine, trashing a politician isn’t a metaphor. It’s literal: Find a suspected shady official, grab him and throw him into a dumpster. Online videos of several public figures receiving the treatment from gangs of … 0

US deficit drops lowest since 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama’s six years in office, the government reported Wednesday. It’s the lowest since 2008 and, when measured against the … 0

Spacecraft to attempt comet landing next month

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BERLIN — The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet. The agency said Wednesday its unmanned probe Rosetta will release the 100-kilogram (220-pound) lander at … 0

Legislator exchanges gunshots with would-be robber

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg, city police said Wednesday. Rep. Marty Flynn and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner with other legislators when two males accosted them and demanded … 0

US man killed by camel at Mexican wildlife park

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MEXICO CITY — The American owner of a wildlife park in the Mexican resort of Tulum died after being kicked, bitten and sat on by a camel, and authorities seized the private facility’s animals pending an investigation. Rescuers had to use a rope tied to a pickup truck … 0

Feminist speaker questions Utah’s campus gun laws

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill … 0