• Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home

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    DALLAS (AP) — Some parents are removing their children from Dallas schools after learning that five students had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles says none of the five children have shown symptoms and are being monitored at home. Parent Marcia Pardo says she took her 8-year-old daughter home early from school Wednesday because she won't take any chances. She says kids touch everything and not everyone washes their hands. Health officials say Ebola can spread only by close contact with an infected patient's bodily fluids. The World Health Organization says Ebola has sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa, and

  • Asian stocks down on recovery, Ebola worries

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday amid worries about the strength of U.S. and European recoveries and the first American case of Ebola. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 1.7 percent to 15,815.45 points and South Korea's Kospi fell 0.9 percent to 1,973.31. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.7 percent to 5,295.7. Stocks in Southeast Asia also lost ground. Markets in Hong Kong and China were closed for a public holiday. SLOW GERMAN DATA: A survey showed German manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in September for the first time in 15 months, the latest sign Europe is being hurt by sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in Ukraine.

  • Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest. High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her to step down after her poorly received testimony to Congress a day earlier — and revelation of yet another security problem: Obama had shared an elevator in Atlanta last month with an armed guard who was not authorized to be around him. That appeared to be the last straw that crumbled trust in her leadership

  • Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday. A 10-year-old Rhode Island girl died last week after suffering both a bacterial infection and infection from enterovirus 68, Rhode Island health officials said. The virus is behind a spike in harsh respiratory illnesses in children since early August. The virus was also found in three other patients who died in September, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC declined to release any other details about those deaths.

  • 2 white Ohio women sue over sperm from black donor

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended. Jennifer Cramblett was five months pregnant and happy with her life in April 2012. She and her partner had married months earlier in New York, and within days of their nuptials she had become pregnant with donor sperm at a fertility clinic in Canton. Cramblett, 36, and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, 29, were so elated that they called Midwest Sperm Bank LLC outside Chicago to reserve sperm from the same donor in the hope that Zinkon would someday also have a child.

  • Colorado hospitals advised to be alert for Ebola

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    DENVER (AP) — Health officials advised Colorado hospitals Wednesday to prepare for the possibility of seeing patients with the Ebola virus after the first U.S. case was confirmed in Texas. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said early recognition would be critical to stopping the spread of the virus. The department said no cases of the disease have been found in Colorado. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 6,500 people in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3,000 deaths have been linked to the disease.

  • Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb in Portland's downtown square while 10,000 revelers gathered to watch the mayor light a towering Christmas tree. Prosecutors had sought a 40-year term for Mohamed Mohamud, 23, in the 2010 plot that actually was an FBI sting. But U.S. District Court Judge Garr King said Mohamud's youth and remorse for his actions helped lower his sentence. King said he believes the actions of undercover FBI agents edged into "imperfect entrapment," the idea that though they didn't fully entrap Mohamud in a legal sense, their actions nonetheless encouraged him to commit wrongdoing. "This is a sad case," King said.<

  • Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. Texas health officials said there were no other suspected cases in the state, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately sought to calm fears that one case would spread widely. Key is finding and tracking anyone who was in close contact with the patient from the time he fell ill until he was put in isolation, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. "There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here," he said.

  • Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

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    DALLAS (AP) — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed. The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the ER a couple of days later, when his condition worsened. A day after the diagnosis was confirmed, a nine-member team of federal health officials was tracking anyone who had close contact with him after he fell ill on Sept. 24.

  • Attorneys work to pick jury in Jodi Arias retrial

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys working to pick a jury for the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias have cut more than 50 percent of 400 potential panelists called in this week, many who said they knew too much about the case to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment. About 100 prospective jurors were brought in Wednesday after 300 were queried on Monday, leaving roughly 175 people as attorneys begin the process of whittling down the group further using questionnaires each person was asked to complete. Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't agree on a sentence.

  • Questions about tuberculosis after infants exposed

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    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say more than 850 infants have been exposed to tuberculosis in an El Paso hospital by a nursing assistant who was diagnosed with the illness. Although cases of TB are at an all-time low in the U.S., the virus can be fatal if untreated, and is especially dangerous for small children and babies. Here's an overview of the virus, its symptoms, rates of infection and treatment: Q: What is tuberculosis? A: Tuberculosis, or TB, is caused by bacteria that usually target the lungs but can also damage the brain, kidneys, spine or other parts of the body. Infants and small children and people with compromised immune systems are more likely than adults to develop the more deadly forms of TB becau

  • Man with Ebola virus flew roundabout trip to US

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    The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts. Details of the man's 28-hour trip from western Africa emerged Wednesday. He flew on two airlines, took three flights, and had lengthy airport layovers before reaching Texas on Sept. 20. Still, federal officials say other passengers on the flights are at no risk of infection because the man had no symptoms at the time of his trip. Thomas Eric Duncan left Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 19 aboard a Brussels Airlines jet to the Belgian capital, according to a Belgian official.

  • Report: Hospital protocol failed in TB outbreak

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    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An El Paso hospital worker who exposed more than 850 infants to tuberculosis was allowed to return to work despite showing symptoms of the disease and coughing up blood at a hospital health screening, a federal report shows. The report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals that the nurse assistant on July 2 told others at Providence Memorial Hospital she was fatigued and coughing up blood. She continued to work six more weeks later after a private doctor diagnosed her with TB. The report, released late Tuesday, shows the hospital knew the worker had what is known as latent TB, which means the bacteria's in the body but the person is not ill and can't transmit it.

  • Iraqi Kurds fight Islamic State with aged weapons

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    MAHMOUDIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill overlooking this northern Iraqi village, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants. One of them, Moustafa Saleh, tapped the cannon with his mud-caked boots. "Russian-made," he said, with a smirk. "My grandfather used the same one." Iraqi Kurdish fighters on the front lines of battle say they have yet to receive the heavy weapons and training pledged by the United States and nearly a dozen other countries to help them push back the Sunni militants. U.S.

  • 3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go home

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    BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well. "Now that we've decided to seek asylum, the danger has multiplied," said Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, who along with Capt. Noorullah Aminyar and Capt. Mohammed Nasir Askarzada traveled more than 500 miles by taxi from a Wal-Mart on Cape Cod to Niagara Falls. The three walked across the Rainbow Bridge connecting New York to Ontario, Canada, to claim refugee status on Sept. 22 and were turned over to U.S. authorities, who charged them with immigration violations a

  • Va. abortion clinic rules up for review

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's health commissioner recommended Wednesday that the state Board of Health amend abortion clinic regulations established under the McDonnell administration, including a provision requiring the facilities to meet the same strict building standards as new hospitals. In a letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Dr. Marissa Levine recommended taking a new look at the regulations that were passed in 2011 and took effect in June 2013. The board will vote Dec. 4 on whether to revisit the regulations. Anti-abortion activists vigorously opposed the construction standards, saying they were designed to put existing clinics out of business. Most of Virginia's 18 abortion clinics would require expensive revisions t

  • Deep discount lures buyer for Revel casino

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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As one Atlantic City casino after another shut down and left thousands of workers jobless, Mayor Don Guardian insisted that the meltdown that claimed four of his city's 12 casinos since January was actually the opportunity of a lifetime for savvy investors. On Wednesday, someone finally agreed. A Canadian asset management company won a bankruptcy court auction for the failed Revel casino hotel and announced plans to re-open it as a casino. Toronto-based Brookfield US Holdings LLC will pay $110 million to buy the 2-year-old casino that cost $2.4 billion to build, adding it to casinos it owns in Las Vegas and the Bahamas.

  • Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons lab

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico. Not all of the lab's procedures were properly vetted and some procedures didn't conform with environmental requirements, according to the findings.

  • Trooper accidentally shot in training exercise

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    SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state trooper killed Tuesday during a firearms training exercise in suburban Philadelphia was fatally wounded when another trooper's gun accidentally discharged, Capt. James Raykovitz announced Wednesday afternoon. "Preliminary evidence indicates that Trooper (David) Kedra was struck by a bullet accidentally discharged by another member of the Pennsylvania State Police," Raykovitz said in a news release. "However, more specific information regarding the investigation will not be released at this time." State police did not disclose any further information on the accident, which the agency is investigating with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. District Attorney Risa

  • Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri consumer group announced Wednesday that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the federally run online marketplace. The Consumer Council of Missouri filed the complaint in federal court in St. Louis on Tuesday, one day after the health care advocacy group Citizen Action Wisconsin filed a state records request seeking insurance rate information. Ten national consumer organizations and 56 state consumer organizations petitioned HHS in April to make more rate information public. HHS's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services didn't immediately respond to an email t