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Former Biden chief of staff to lead Ebola response

Posted: 10/17/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a trusted adviser at the Obama White House, as the point man on the U.S. government's response to the Ebola crisis, the White House said Friday.

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Portable fan blows up Florida governor's race

Posted: 10/16/2014 - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Florida governor's race was spinning wildly on Thursday, almost as fast as that electric fan former Gov. Charlie Crist insists on bringing along to campaign appearances.

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Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola

Posted: 10/16/2014 - WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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U.S. officials defend Ebola response; nurse moved

Updated: 10/21/2014 - WASHINGTON -- Health officials said Thursday they still don't know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the U.S. is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the country.congressional hearing Thursday.

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Toyota recalls Lexuses in U.S. for fuel leak risk

Updated: 10/15/2014 - DETROIT -- Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The recall is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million vehicles.

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A look at sick nurses' contact with Ebola

Updated: 10/15/2014 - DALLAS -- Two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for a Liberian patient with Ebola have tested positive for the virus. Officials said the two have not been able to identify any specific breaches of protocol that might have led to them getting sick. But patient Thomas Eric Duncan's medical records, provided to The Associated Press by his family, do provide a picture of how nurses Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson interacted with him in the days between his arrival at the hospital Sept. 28 and his death Oct. 8:

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CDC: Nurse exposed to Ebola should not have flown

Updated: 10/15/2014 - NEW YORK -- A top federal health official said Wednesday that a Texas nurse exposed to the Ebola virus never should have taken a flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area. She has now been diagnosed with Ebola and officials are now contacting other passengers on the plane.

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Texas nurse who contracted Ebola understood risks

Posted: 10/14/2014 - DALLAS -- A Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian man who later died of the disease understood the risks and tried to reassure her family that she would be safe, a family friend said.

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Obama meets with top officials on Ebola case

Posted: 10/13/2014 - WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama huddled with some of his senior national security aides and with top administration health officials Monday for the latest assessment on the government's response to Ebola in the aftermath of a Dallas nurse contracting the disease.

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More than 30 arrested in Ferguson protest

Updated: 10/13/2014 - FERGUSON, Mo. -- More than 30 people have been arrested during a large rally to protest the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Trees honoring OKC bombing victims cut down

Posted: 10/09/2014 - TECUMSEH, Okla. -- Leaders at Tecumseh Public Schools are apologizing after trees planted to mark the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were removed recently.

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Police: 4-year-old took heroin to day care

Posted: 10/07/2014 - SELBYVILLE, Del. -- Delaware State Police say a 4-year-old girl took hundreds of packets of heroin to her day care center and began passing it out, thinking it was candy.

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Coast Guard issues new protocols to prevent Ebola

Posted: 10/07/2014 - PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- One U.S. Coast Guard sector says it will contact ships that have recently been to Ebola-affected countries to ask whether passengers have symptoms of the virus before they are allowed into port.

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Eisenhower Memorial wins key design approval in DC

Posted: 10/02/2014 - WASHINGTON -- The long-delayed effort to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall has won a key approval, despite ongoing objections to architect Frank Gehry's design.

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Liberia to prosecute man who brought Ebola to U.S.

Posted: 10/02/2014 - DALLAS -- Liberia plans to prosecute the airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S., alleging that he lied on an airport questionnaire about not having any contact with an infected person, authorities said Thursday.

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Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico

Posted: 10/01/2014 - AUSTIN -- Authorities say a Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago has been found with her mother in Mexico, and that the mother is now facing charges in the U.S.

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Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

Posted: 10/01/2014 - WASHINGTON -- Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.

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