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Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

President Barack Obama hugs Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Washington. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Pham's mother Diana, center, and sister Cathy watch. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.



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US school shooter’s ominous social media posts

This video grab courtesy of CNN and affiliate KIRO TV News, shows police at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington on October 24, 2014The final social media postings of the teenage gunman in Friday's US school shooting had offered a chilling forewarning of the carnage he was preparing to unleash on his classmates. The gunman, identified as Jaylen Fryberg, left a series of tortured posts on Twitter in the months leading up to his attack in Washington state, hinting that a failed romance may have been the catalyst for the shooting that left one dead and three critically wounded. Social media posts painted a portrait of a teenager well used to handling firearms, with one image on Instagram showing him brandishing a hunting rifle. In his final post on Twitter on Thursday, Fryberg stated ominously: "It won't last…It'll never last…."



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Jamie McMurray bests Chase drivers to win pole

Jamie McMurray celebrates after winning the pole with his son, Carter, after qualifying for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jamie McMurray pulled off a surprise at Martinsville Speedway with a pole-winning run in Friday qualifying.



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Cockroach disrupts pest control chief’s testimony

CHICAGO (AP) — A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives.
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Egypt declares emergency in northern Sinai

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, holds an emergency meeting of the National Defense Council with top officials after an attack in the Sinai Peninsula, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by Islamic extremists since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. El-Sissi, the former defense minister and army chief who overthrew Morsi last year, declared a three-day mourning period. (AP Photo/MENA)EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's National Defense Council declared a three-month state of emergency in restive northern part of Sinai Peninsula in the aftermath of a coordinated assault on an army checkpoint that killed 30 troops.



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Ted Bishop resigns as PGA president

FILE - PGA of America President Ted Bishop speaks next to the Presidents Cup trophy at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco, in this July 2, 2014 file photo. The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening Oct. 23, 2014 for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Ted Bishop has been removed as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet directed at Ian Poulter.



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Father of country star Reba McEntire dies

COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma.
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Sacramento County Sheriff says officer shot by assailant has died

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County Sheriff says officer shot by assailant has died.
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US school shooting leaves gunman, student dead

This video grab, courtesy of CNN and KOMO TV News, shows police and ambulances at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington on October 24, 2014A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life. The gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington, as terrified classmates dived for cover.



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Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

Sentries return to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a ceremony at the National War Memorial in OttawaBy Randall Palmer, Richard Valdmanis and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals. Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined a crowd at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was shot by a troubled and drug-addicted convert to Islam on Wednesday while on ceremonial guard at the memorial in the center of the country's capital. …



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New York City to check daily with people returning from West Africa

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s health department will actively monitor anyone who arrives in the city from one of the three West African countries affected by Ebola, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Friday. He said health officials would make daily checks on those people, typically by telephone, for 21 days after their return to make sure they are not displaying Ebola symptoms, in keeping with new protocols by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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CDC guidelines ‘insufficient’ for New York population density: Cuomo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal guidelines for screening and monitoring travelers from Ebola-affected countries are “insufficient” for the New York City region with its extreme population density, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. As part of stepped up measures to prevent the disease from spreading in the New York area, all medical workers traveling from the three most affected West African countries and arriving at airports in the New York area will face automatic quarantine for 21 days, Cuomo said at a joint press conference with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. …
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Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai Peninsula

Sinai has turned into a hotbed for extremist militants who have killed scores of security personnel since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency Friday in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers, the presidency said. The measures will begin on Saturday at 0300 GMT "for a duration of three months", the presidency said in a statement in the wake of the deadliest attack on the security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.



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Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal more than $15 million, U.S. prosecutors said. Robert Dubuc, 41, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft in federal court in New Jersey in April. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton imposed the sentence on Friday. …
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Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies at 87

In this file photo from March 15, 1990, astrologer Joan Quigley is seen with charts she uses in her work at her residence in San Francisco. Joan Quigley, the San Francisco astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan’s schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.



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Ebola medical workers face mandatory quarantine at NYC airports

Coast Guard Corpsman checks the temperature of a traveler at Washington Dulles International AirportBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – All medical workers traveling from Ebola-affected countries to New York City's airports will face a mandatory 21-day quarantine under new screening rules that exceed federal guidelines, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced on Friday. State health officials will extensively interview all travelers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. …



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Coric upsets Nadal to reach Swiss Indoors semis

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their quarterfinal match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Friday Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas)BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Teenager Borna Coric upset second-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets Friday to reach the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors and announce himself as one of the rising stars of tennis.



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Oklahoma inmate attacks lawyer, then gets life

Kevin Sweat, center, is escorted in the Okfuskee County Courthouse on his way to his sentencing hearing Okemah, Okla., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Sweat was sentenced to three life sentences. He pleaded guilty in the 2008 deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker, whose deaths went unsolved until he was arrested in the 2011 killing of his fiancee, Ashley Taylor. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma inmate was sentenced Friday to three life prison terms without parole in the killings of two girls and his fiancee, but his punishment was delayed about an hour because he attacked one of his defense attorneys with a razor blade.



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Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012, file photo, women walk by a statue of Joseph and Emma Smith outside the church office building during the 182nd Semiannual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay reveals. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith’s wives were between 20 and 40 years old but that one was just 14. While part of the church's early days, polygamy has been banned in the faith since 1890. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wives during the faith's early polygamous days, a recognition of an unflattering part of its roots that historians have chronicled for years.



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Vargas to take on Vogelsong in Game 4 of Series

FILE - At left, in an Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series in San Francisco. At right, in a July 8, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Jason Vargas pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Vargas faces Vogelsong in Game 4 of baseball's World Series Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him.



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Navajo election at standstill amid confusion

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters in Window Rock, Ariz. Deschene has lost another round in a language fluency dispute, all but ending his bid for office. The tribe's high court on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Deschene is not qualified to seek the top elected post because he doesn't speak fluent Navajo. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)PHOENIX (AP) — With their presidential election less than two weeks away, Navajo Nation officials are weighing how to proceed with a race that has become increasingly embroiled in confusion amid a debate involving the tribe's language.



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Attacks in Egypt’s Sinai kill 30 security personnel

By Yusri Mohamed ISMAILIA (Reuters) – Two attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killed 30 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year. Thirty people were killed in the first attack in the al-Kharouba area northwest of al-Arish, near the Gaza Strip, the sources said. Military helicopters transferred the dead and wounded to Cairo. Among them were several senior officers from the Second Field Army based in Ismailia, security sources said. …
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NY and NJ say they will require Ebola quarantines

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.



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Police: 2 dead, including gunman, in school attack

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police responded Friday to a high school north of Seattle following reports of a shooting.
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Two US states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York CityBy David Morgan and Ellen Wulfhorst WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries, and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by the U.S. government on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps of the infected physician, Dr. …



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Two dead, four wounded after student opens fire at Washington state school

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) – A student opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, killing a classmate and wounding at least four others before taking his own life amid the chaos of students scrambling to safety, authorities said. All of the victims of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School were young people, and three were in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head, said Joanne Roberts, chief of medicine at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. …
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New York police brand hatchet attack ‘terrorist’ act

A man holding a hatchet is seen in a still image from surveillance video provided by the New York Police DepartmentA hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference on Friday, one day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" describing it as a "terrorist attack." Police said Zale Thompson, who was 32, unmarried and unemployed, appeared to have acted alone and was not affiliated to a particular group, but that the investigation was ongoing. A loner who spent hours locked away in his bedroom, he had looked at websites about groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and watched beheadings and Wednesday's deadly attack in Canada.



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Police: Student shooter in Washington state died of self-inflicted gunshot

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police: Student shooter in Washington state died of self-inflicted gunshot.
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