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Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola
NEW YORK (AP) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is the first test case of quarantine policies now in effect in three states over heightened fears the deadly virus could be spread by health care workers returning to the United States. The sketchy details of how such quarantines will be handled are drawing sharp criticism from humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, and infectious disease experts said Saturday that many of the logistics about enforcement are likely still up in the air.


Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder
NEW YORK (AP) - Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him. Even before leaving for Guinea this summer to fight Ebola with Doctors Without Borders, the 33-year-old had amassed an ordinary man's lifetime worth of world travel, much of which was in the service of the poor.


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.


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Suspect in killing of deputies was twice deported
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday. The suspected shooter told Sacramento County Sheriff's investigators that he was 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City. However, his fingerprints match the biometric records of a Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte in a federal database, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said.


Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting
TULALIP, Wash. (AP) - A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school. First-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the attack Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, teachers union president Randy Davis said.


NJ Gov. Christie back again in Iowa; 2016 on mind?
CLIVE, Iowa (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, returning to Iowa to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, criticized President Barack Obama in a fiery speech Saturday night that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch. "America used to control events both here at home and around the world. And now it seems that our fate is being dictated to us by others," Christie said. "It is because of the lack of leadership that we have in the White House. It has been six long years, but I bring you good news: There are only two more years left,"


Extremists launch new attack on Syrian border town
MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) - Fighters from the Islamic State group launched Saturday a new offensive on the northern Syrian town of Kobani after shelling the area from their positions nearby, activists and a Kurdish official said. Heavy fighting took place in Kobani Saturday afternoon and many mortar shells were fired into the town. Machinegun fire could be clearly heard from inside the town where black smoke was billowing.


Ukraine pauses before decisive vote
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine braced for decisive parliamentary elections Saturday against the backdrop of unrest in eastern regions roiled by conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatist forces. Campaigning material was being taken down across the country in line with election laws ahead of a vote Sunday that pollsters say will be dominated by President Petro Poroshenko's party.


Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie Series 2-all
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium. Sandoval's single set up the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth that sent the Giants surging past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday night at pulsating AT&T Park.


No. 24 LSU upends No.3 Mississippi, 10-7
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bo Wallace was on the cusp of prolonging No. 3 Mississippi's bid for an unbeaten season until LSU safety Ronald Martin got in the way. Wallace's pass was intercepted by Martin at the 1 with 2 seconds left, and the Rebels fell 10-7 to the 24th-ranked Tigers on Saturday night.