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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.


Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola. The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.


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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AMBUSH SUSPECT CAUGHT, FACES DEATH PENALTY CHARGES


Captured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) - They searched for him in impenetrable woods and forbidding caves, in schools and vacation homes and even in a roadside clothing donation bin, all the while hoping that ambush suspect Eric Frein wouldn't take a potshot at them from some unseen, distant perch. For 48 tense days, hundreds of law enforcement officials fanned out across the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in a grueling manhunt for the 31-year-old survivalist armed with high-powered weaponry and explosives.


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.


Global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan
LONDON (AP) - Global stocks spiked sharply higher Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a fresh stimulus to boost the country's flagging economy. Japan's stock benchmark was the main beneficiary, closing 4.8 higher at 16,413.76, its highest level since late 2007. Expectations that Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund would boost its equity holdings gave a further boost to the market.


AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween
LAS VEGAS (AP) - JT Mollner likes to compare haunted house visitors to bungee jumpers and skydivers - they want to be safe, but they also want an adrenaline rush. Mollner is a managing partner at Freakling Bros in Las Vegas. His dad started scaring people in their front yard in 1976, and the family developed the freestanding haunted house in the 1990s.

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