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Man who jumped White House fence charged with assault

WASHINGTON — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said today.

Girls’ journey renews fears of terror recruiting

DENVER — The case of three teenage girls who possibly tried to join Islamic State militants poses vexing questions for U.S. officials about terror groups’ use of social media to recruit people inside the United States.

Report: U.S. child poverty up

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week.

Doctors differ on preteen suspect’s mental state

MILWAUKEE — Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is fit to stand trial, a judge and attorneys said today.
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Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive

WASHINGTON — People who shared an apartment with the country’s first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

American released from North Korea

WASHINGTON — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody, the State Department said today. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

CDC revises Ebola gear guidelines

ATLANTA — Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

Obama names Ebola czar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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.

Officials: Second worker has Ebola

DALLAS — Fears of the Ebola virus deepened today with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she was diagnosed. President Barack Obama cancelled a campaign trip to address the outbreak.

Dallas nurse infected with Ebola

DALLAS — A Dallas nurse infected with Ebola while treating the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat the virus.

Mix of languages being spoken in America changing

PATERSON, N.J. — Mahdi Abedrabbo, 18, speaks Arabic at home with his Palestinian-born parents and English at work in Corrado’s Market, where customers hailing from all over the world buy everything from fresh Italian mozzarella to Turkish tahini.

Obama waiting for midterm to name attorney general

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama does not plan to announce his choice for attorney general before the November elections, attempting to shield the nomination from the rough-and-tumble of midterm election politics.
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A vigil followed by violence in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — At least one police officer was injured when violence erupted after prayer vigils Thursday night for a teen shot and killed by a police officer in the Shaw neighborhood.
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St. Louis police officer fatally shoots black man

A young black man was shot to death by an off-duty white police officer in St. Louis on Wednesday night, and a tense crowd gathered at the scene nearly two months to the day after a white policeman shot an unarmed black man to death in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

Gay couples’ hopes dashed by rulings

LAS VEGAS — Confusion and uncertainty over gay marriage spread Wednesday as couples in Las Vegas wondered whether they’d be allowed to wed, and partners in Idaho dealt with disappointment after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocked them moments before they would have picked up marriage licenses.

U.S. adds extra airport screening for Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama calls it a “belt and suspenders” approach — an extra level of screening at five major U.S. airports to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease.