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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.

First Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S. has died

DALLAS — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital today, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in the nation’s defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.

Pressure rising in Kerry nuclear talks with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C.— America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime U.S. adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state.
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Court clears way for gay marriage expansion

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it’s only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

Nun now closer to sainthood

NEWARK, N.J. — Hundreds of people gathered to witness the beatification of a New Jersey nun.
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GOP grappling with gay marriage

It took just a few words for the Supreme Court to deal with the question of whether gay marriage is legal. For Republicans thinking about running for the White House in 2016, it won’t be that easy.

Veterans agency fires 4 senior executives

WASHINGTON — WThe Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays.

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer.