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A sign's wording is changed in front of L.L. Hotchkiss School Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Dallas. Some elementary school students on the the Ebola isolations list have returned to the school after completing a 21-day period of monitoring. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

US expands Ebola checks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a travel ban on the three countries at …

2 children die in Lawrence fire

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LAWRENCE — Two children have died in an early morning apartment fire in Lawrence. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says the two young boys were found in a bedroom of a third-floor apartment in the six-unit building. Their names and exact ages have yet to be released but they are under 10 years old. The four-alarm blaze was reported at about 3 a.m. …

Nepal vows new rules after trekking disaster

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country’s worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. Tourism Department official Tulasi Gautam said trekkers venturing to mountain trails will be required to take trained local guides, …

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 …

Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC-area rape

Monday, October 20, 2014

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged Monday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was …

Comet Siding Spring gives Mars close call

Monday, October 20, 2014

Comet Siding Spring sailed past Mars on Sunday, coming 10 times closer to the Red Planet than any comet on record has come to Earth. At the time of the comet’s closest approach at 2:27 p.m. ET, it was just 87,000 miles from Mars. That’s less than half …

Submarine hunt sets Baltic nations on edge

Monday, October 20, 2014

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops …

Turkey offers passage to Iraqi Kurds

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 …

Dozens die in Iraq suicide bombings

Monday, October 20, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Monday gave his support to the new government battling the Islamic State group as militants unleashed a wave of deadly attacks on the country’s majority Shiite community, killing at least …

Woman trapped in chimney dated homeowner

Monday, October 20, 2014

A woman who was arrested after being trapped inside a chimney had met the California homeowner online and dated him before he recently broke off the relationship, according to the homeowner. The man told KTBC-TV that he met …

Suspected killer held as 7 deaths probed

Monday, October 20, 2014

GARY, Ind. — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated …

Activist dives in dumpsters across US to highlight food waste

Monday, October 20, 2014

CLEVELAND — Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries. He’s ravenous after bicycling more than 60 miles, so he stops rummaging through bags and boxes to open the container of …

More sea turtles come to Florida, but reasons mysterious

Monday, October 20, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — This year’s early count of sea turtles nesting on Florida beaches is encouraging, though there are many unknowns in the numbers. Welcome to the mysterious world of sea turtles, which spend much of their life far from Florida’s beaches encountering fishing boats, oil spills, plastic …