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'Merciless' Ebola virus spreading, CDC chief says

posted: 08/01/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa.

CIA's Brennan makes apology

posted: 08/01/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director John Brennan apologized to leaders of the Senate intelligence committee after an investigation found his agency inappropriately searched congressional computers.

State's delegates split on funds to ease border influx

posted: 08/01/2014 2:59 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The six members of Arkansas' delegation were split Thursday on congressional bills to provide extra funding to help with the thousands of children crossing into the United States from Central America.

Union limits upheld in Wisconsin

posted: 08/01/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that significantly limits collective-bargaining rights for most public workers in the state and another that requires voters to show photo identification.

Obama aims to halt labor-law violations

posted: 08/01/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday to improve working conditions for employees of federal contractors, some of whom have gone on strike over what they contend are unfair labor practices by companies doing business with the U.S. government.

3 sign plea deals in lottery scam

posted: 08/01/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

The first plea agreements have been reached in a wide-ranging federal investigation into a Jamaican lottery scam targeting mostly elderly victims in the United States, including one woman from North Dakota who agreed to empty her savings account and then take out a loan on a life insurance policy.

Study plots dinosaurs downsizing into birds

posted: 08/01/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/01/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Demoted worker shoots CEO, police say

Names and faces

posted: 08/01/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child.

In the news

posted: 08/01/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

• Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, the Supreme Court justice, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the nation's highest court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case goes to the court.

Gaza market hit; earlier 17 die at school

posted: 07/31/2014 5:36 a.m. Discuss

Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City on Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a United Nations school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,360.

Veterans care fix clears U.S. House in 420-5 vote

posted: 07/31/2014 5:32 a.m. Discuss

U.S. military veterans would have easier access to medical care under a rare bipartisan agreement passed Wednesday by the House and set for final Senate passage by the end of the week.

Administration blamed for woes of health website

posted: 07/31/2014 5:23 a.m. Discuss

Management failures by President Barack Obama's administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.

In email, ex-IRS official disparages GOP 'crazies'

posted: 07/31/2014 5:17 a.m. Discuss

A former IRS official at the center of the agency's Tea Party controversy referred to some Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker said the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

Old pipe breaks, floods parts of LA

posted: 07/31/2014 5:15 a.m. Discuss

The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California at Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of waterlines that were installed generations ago.

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