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WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease with a rapidly rising death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States.


School worker tried to stop Washington shooting
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A high school cafeteria worker tried to stop a gunman who opened fire on a crowded lunchroom north of Seattle, killing one girl and badly wounding four others, authorities said Saturday. The shooter was Jaylen Fryberg, a popular Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press.


Extremists shell northern Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) - Activists and a Kurdish official say fighters from the Islamic State group are shelling the northern Syrian town of Kobani, where they continue to fight Kurdish troops. Idriss Nassan, a senior official in Kobani, said the Saturday fighting concentrated on the southern and eastern edges of the town, also known as Ayn Arab.


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Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast
NEW YORK (AP) - Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start. The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.


Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS
SURUC, Turkey (AP) - Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group. The 28-year-old Kurdish fighter, who uses a nom de guerre, said she decided to join the fight in her hometown when she saw IS advances in Syria.


Across US, Dems enlist Latinas for top of ballot
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) - The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth "How does it feel to be the first Latina?" question.


From job to job to job, a life lived _ and lost
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Fumes poured from the Kia SUV as soon as an emergency medical technician broke one of the rear windows. Inside, the body of a dark-haired young woman reclined in the driver's seat, keys dangling from the ignition. But who was she? How was it that her life had ended here, in a convenience store parking lot?


Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit advocacy group Arakan Project, said there has been a huge surge since Oct. 15, with an average of 900 people per day piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state.


Suspect in 2 deputy deaths captured after manhunt
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A suspect described as a "one-man crime spree" is accused of shooting three Northern California sheriff's deputies, killing two of them and wounding a civilian, then eluding hundreds of searchers before being hunted down and forced to surrender, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City was examined at a hospital for unknown injuries.


Finnegan passes test, Royals stop Giants in Game 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Summoned in a tough spot, Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan trotted in from the bullpen, threw his warmup pitches and then did something curious. He walked behind the mound, took off his hat, rubbed his hair and looked at the right-field foul pole.

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