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N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. North Korea is always on [...]

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Appeals court in Va. reviewing NC abortion law

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — North Carolina’s solicitor general has urged a federal appeals court to revive a state law that would require abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the pregnant woman. John Maddrey told a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond that [...]

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Medical pot dilemma: Where to get the first seeds?

  CHICAGO (AP) — As more states legalize medical marijuana, there’s one stage in the process nobody wants to talk about: the part where people still have to break the law. After growers obtain licenses, plan for security and build facilities, they then must obtain their first seeds or cuttings — while regulators turn a [...]

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Medical examiner: Rivers died of low blood oxygen

  NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers died of brain damage from low blood oxygen during a medical procedure to check out voice changes and reflux, the medical examiner’s office ruled Thursday. The comedian, who was 81, died Sept. 4 after she’d been hospitalized for about a week when she went into cardiac arrest during [...]

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The meaning of ‘organic’ hazy for nonfood items

  WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture [...]

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Va. health officials announce Ebola monitoring

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials are now actively monitoring all travelers arriving in the state from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel and state Health Commissioner Marissa Levine announced the enhanced precautions Monday. Airport screeners are providing contact information for travelers from [...]

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Man drowns after falling off Virginia Beach bridge

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach police have identified a man who drowned after falling off a bridge. Police spokeswoman Tonya Borman tells media outlets that witnesses reported seeing Bernard White fall off the bridge around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Virginia Beach rescue crews recovered the body of the 26-year-old Norfolk man around 6:10 p.m. Saturday. Borman [...]

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International community ramps up Africa Ebola aid

  ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — German Capt. Mattias Reichenbach has loaded protective gear, blankets, mosquito nets, soap and other cargo onto his C-160 military plane and he’s ready to take off on his third mission from the United Nations’ main staging area in Ghana in a war that has claimed thousands of lives in three [...]

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American official: US will fight Ebola long-term

  CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The United States will help fight Ebola over “the long haul,” the American ambassador to the United Nations said on a trip to the West African countries hit by the outbreak. Samantha Power will be in Sierra Leone on Monday. She met Sunday with religious leaders in Guinea, where the [...]

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WHO: 5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March

  LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March. Still, the agency warned it’s not clear whether any of these will work against the deadly virus that has already killed over [...]

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Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola

  HAVANA (AP) — Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor. On Tuesday, the intensive care specialist was headed to the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic along with [...]

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