Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely that - promises.
Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends. The Pentagon has put in place the most stringent Ebola security measures yet, going beyond even the toughest measures adopted by states such as New York, New Jersey and Maine and much further than the guidance set by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travelers returning from the afflicted region.
Maine asks court to isolate quarantined nurse FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Maine health officials have asked a court to limit the movements of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. Officials filed documents Thursday, following through with a threat to try to isolate her.
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Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as state troopers led a suspect in a fatal police barracks ambush from his first court appearance following a seven-week manhunt. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin says Eric Frein's capture and preliminary arraignment Friday brought some comfort to the region after an "unimaginable loss of unspeakable proportions."
Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) - The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule. The khaki-clad men often pose with guns, with Assad's image often imposed above the slain soldier.
APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look.
Poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues DENVER (AP) - As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds. And hovering over each of these individual issues is a broad dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress.
US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks in the U.S. and across the globe rose sharply Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a new stimulus package to boost the country's struggling economy. Japan's stock market jumped 4.8 percent to reach its highest level since 2007. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 137 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,330 as of 10:03 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,009 and the Nasdaq composite rose 54 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,620.
Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police BAGHDAD (AP) - The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule. Former officers have been gunned down in their homes, rounded up and shot in groups or killed in public squares as an example to others in recent weeks, particularly in the northern city of Mosul, the largest city in the swath of territory bridging Iraq and neighboring Syria that the militant group controls.