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Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government’s goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. “We’ve set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you [...]

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Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday, Nov. 21, and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. The crowd of 300 Marines was silent as Capt. Derek [...]

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UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year

  LONDON (AP) — The head of London’s police force said Sunday, Nov. 23, that as many as five terror plots were foiled this year, as he warned of increasing pressure on resources amid the rising threat. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told the BBC that normally security services disrupt one plot annually. However, he [...]

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Crew docks at International Space Station

  BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday, Nov. 24, with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia’s manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT [...]

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Bird donation expands Va. college’s collection

  LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — In a dark-green room infused with the scent of moth balls, Randolph College Biology Professor Doug Shedd pulled out a crown jewel among the school’s natural history collections.It’s a Carolina parakeet, a unique, tropically-colored North American bird that’s been extinct since the early 20th century. “They were, up through the [...]

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Scientists seek more tombs at ancient Greek site

  AMPHIPOLIS, Greece (AP) — Officials say the vast ancient burial mound at Amphipolis in Greece could contain more than one dead. Greek Culture Minister Costas Tasoulas said Saturday, Nov. 22, scientists have started the second phase of excavation at the burial site, dating back to Alexander the Great’s reign in the late 4th century B.C. [...]

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Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor’s death

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease. At least five people now have died from Ebola after coming into contact with a 70-year-old [...]

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Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public [...]

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Montana marriage ban overturned; licenses granted

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state gay marriage ban in Montana, one of the last states to continue defending its ban despite rulings in favor of same-sex marriage from appeals courts that oversee them. At least two counties — Missoula and Park — started issuing marriage licenses to gay [...]

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Mexican boy has massive tumor removed in US

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had been suffering from a massive tumor and drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico had the growth removed after a long surgery, a church said Tuesday. In a statement, Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio [...]

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Cuba says doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

  HAVANA (AP) — A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone caught the disease when he rushed to help a patient who was falling over, his brother told The Associated Press Wednesday. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being treated by British doctors in Africa but he will [...]

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