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Sister: US Ebola patient said he was from Liberia
DALLAS (AP) - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told relatives that he notified health care workers the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting the U.S. from Liberia, the man's sister said Wednesday. Mai Wureh told The Associated Press that her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room on Friday and was sent home with antibiotics. He returned two days later after his condition worsened and was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.


Liberia short on ambulances for Ebola patients
FREEMAN RESERVE, Liberia (AP) - The man with reddened eyes sat in his underwear outside his thatched home. He was weak from diarrhea, so his wife called the Ebola hotline for an ambulance. Now that it was here, though, he didn't want to go. "Have you been around someone who died? Ever been around any sick people?" asks Gordon Kamara, the first responder.


Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) - Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned they will step up their actions if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday, possibly occupying several important government buildings. Storming government buildings would risk inviting another confrontation with police. It also would put pressure on the Chinese government, which so far has said little beyond declaring the protests illegal and backing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's attempts to end them.


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Senior Republican wants Secret Service chief out
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Republican lawmaker called for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to resign, and a senior Democrat said he is not comfortable with her leading the agency, as support for Pierson eroded Wednesday in the wake of her poorly received testimony about the White House break-in. House Speaker John Boehner stopped short of calling for Pierson's resignation in a statement, but backed a call for an independent investigation and said, "the president must make a swift determination on whether the agency is being well-served by its current leadership."


High court weighs same-sex marriage cases
WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex couples in 11 more states would win the right to marry, but the issue would remain unsettled nationwide if the Supreme Court were to surprise everyone and decline to take up gay marriage right now. A decision by the justices to reject calls from all quarters to take up same-sex marriage would lead to gay and lesbian unions in 30 states and the District of Columbia, up from 19 states.


Why the bond market is more fragile than you think
NEW YORK (AP) - A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds. Main Street investors have poured a trillion dollars into bonds since the financial crisis, and helped send prices soaring. As fund managers and regulators fret about an inevitable sell-off, the bigger fear is that when people go to unload, there won't be anyone to buy.


5 reasons bonds may be less safe than you think
NEW YORK (AP) - Burned by the stock-market crash during the financial crisis, investors have poured a trillion dollars into bond funds in the past six years. They like the interest payments that bonds throw off, and that their prices barely move day to day. But some experts say danger signs are flashing, and prices could fall fast.


Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce. Fighting for the airport has raged for months as the insurgents have tried to dislodge the government forces using it to shell rebel positions in Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. At least nine people were killed in the crossfire Wednesday in residential areas near the airport.


Obama, Netanyahu: Great challenges in Middle East
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities. As Obama and Netanyahu opened their meeting in the Oval Office, Israeli officials announced plans to move forward with a controversial new housing development in east Jerusalem. Neither leader mentioned the project as they spoke to reporters before beginning their private discussions.


Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) - As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked. Now the market and the homes are gone. Monumental luxury hotel towers crowd around the Grand Mosque where the Kaaba is located, dwarfing it. Steep rocky hills overlooking the mosque have been leveled and are now covered with cranes building more towers in row after row.