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Turkey helping Kurdish fighters cross into Kobani
SURUC, Turkey (AP) - In a significant shift, Turkey's top diplomat announced on Monday that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to "give support" to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came hours after the U.S. military announced it for the first time had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Iraqi Kurdish authorities to Kurdish forces in Kobani.


US lawmaker demands probe of Nazi benefit payments
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior House Democrat is demanding an immediate investigation following an Associated Press report that suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards received millions of dollars in American Social Security benefits. Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York requested the inquiry in letters sent Monday to the inspectors general at the Justice Department and Social Security Administration.


Indiana man's confession leads to 7 bodies
GARY, Ind. (AP) - Seven women's bodies were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after a convicted sex offender's confession to one killing led police to the grisly discovery of other deaths, including three in one abandoned house, authorities said Monday. The discoveries began after a 43-year-old man allegedly confessed to killing a woman whose body was found Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. He then told investigators where more bodies could be found in abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, a deteriorating former steel town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, police said.


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Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - About 120 people are now being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people in Dallas who had the disease, Texas health officials said Monday. Officials said 43 of 48 people on an original watch list have passed the 21-day maximum incubation period for the viral disease and are now in the clear.


Clinics recommend hospitals for Ebola testing
When a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who had entered the apartment of the first patient to die from Ebola in the U.S. started feeling ill himself, he didn't rush to the nearest hospital. He chose an urgent-care clinic. So did a man who recently traveled to West Africa and was complaining of flu-like symptoms, prompting the suburban Boston urgent-care practice where he went to briefly shut down last week.


Do remains belong to missing Virginia student?
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Police blocked off roads, sifted through leaves and scoured a rural area where they found remains that could be missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. It's not clear how long it will take authorities to identify the remains they discovered over the weekend, about 12 miles from campus.


Nigerians await news on missing girls
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - There is cautious optimism in Nigeria Monday over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country's Islamic rebels, Boko Haram. However, Nigeria's federal government has not yet provided details on the terms of the truce that was announced on Friday by the military.


Michelle Knight says she now forgives kidnapper
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - One of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for about a decade told a crowd she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life. Michelle Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21, said she realizes now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that what he did hadn't been his fault, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/ZLrDkm) reported.


Obama casts his vote early in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama has cast his vote early for the 2014 midterm elections. Obama voted Monday at a community center named after the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. near his family's home on Chicago's South Side. He says it's exciting and that he loves voting.


NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues
NEW YORK (AP) - The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long. The network would not comment.