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US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster....

Mali confirms eighth Ebola case
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola, bringing to eight the number of people who have fallen ill with the deadly disease in the West African country....

Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president
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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious....





Italian doctor with Ebola returning for treatment
MILAN (AP) -- An Italian doctor who has been working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment, the health ministry said Monday. It is Italy's first confirmed case of Ebola....

Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers
DENVER (AP) -- That's not mistletoe....

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August....

Health care M&A leads global deal surge
In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout....

Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country....

Pope meets with autistic children
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition....

Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across US
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters - people who demand locally produced food, but don't know the first thing about bagging a deer....