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Temps Have Been Above Average for 355 Straight Months

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014. And June of 2014. And May of 2014. What that means is that for each of these months, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature has never been higher, at least since we started recording …

North Korea Frees Held American

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held. There was no immediate explanation for the release of Jeffrey …

Ebola Screening Expanded

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a …

Legendary Editor Ben Bradlee Dies

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More than 40 years ago, two young Washington Post reporters began digging into a local burglary that would have roused little interest except for one odd fact: One of the five men arrested at the Democratic Party’s national …

Lack of Commercial Market Slowed Ebola Vaccine Effort

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — Hospital workers battling Ebola in West Africa and Dallas are missing the one weapon that could help them most: a Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment or vaccine. Instead, doctors and nurses rely on experimental drugs and isolating patients to treat a virus that has killed almost …

U.S. Tied to Fate of Kurds

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Istanbul — The U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State, launched in August to stop the takeover of Iraqi Kurdistan and to rescue a trapped religious minority, has now become focused on a Syrian Kurdish enclave whose defenders …

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Atlanta — Health officials released new guidelines Monday for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for …

Nigeria Declared To Be Ebola-Free

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Abuja, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country …

A Mammoth, But Careful, Restoration for Smithsonian

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Washington — There are no instructions for taking apart a 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton. So workers moved carefully Monday as they beheaded the massive one that has loomed for decades over the Ice Age hall in the Smithsonian’s National …

Police: Indiana Serial-Killing Suspect Hints at More Victims

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gary, Ind. — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated …

AP News in Brief at 8:58 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

White House Opposes Social Security Payments to Former Nazis Washington (ap) — Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated …

Free Online AP Courses Debut on edX Website

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a website overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students. The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and …

Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Monday at his …