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A local woman cries in front of  a damaged school after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Cease-Fire in Ukraine Unraveling

Thursday, October 2, 2014

At least 11 adults were killed in Ukraine on Wednesday when artillery shells struck a schoolyard and bus stop in suburban Donetsk on the belated first day of school for the city at the center of a pro-Russia rebellion against rule from Kiev, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies reported. The blasts at Donetsk School No. 57 and at the nearby …

Parents Fearing Ebola Remove Kids From School

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dallas — At L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, parents rushed to pull their children out of school after they received calls a student who may have had contact with the patient diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus. “I’m scared,” said Kia Collins, who has four children at the school ages 5-11. “I may keep …

U.S. Sharply Criticizes New Settlements

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Washington — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians. The harsh criticism came just hours after President Obama …

Secret Service Chief Resigns After Scandal

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Washington — The resignation of Secret Service director Julia Pierson and the launch of a top-to-bottom review of the agency Wednesday are an acknowledgment by President Obama of what he has long denied: that the force charged with protecting him is in deep turmoil and struggling to fulfill …

Neurologists: For Most Chronic Pain, Opioids a Bad Choice

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Patients taking opioid painkillers for chronic pain not associated with cancer — conditions such as headaches, fibromyalgia and low-back pain — are more likely to risk overdose, addiction and a range of debilitating side effects than they are to improve their ability to function, a leading physicians group …

Conviction in Florida Loud-Music Killing

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Report: Free Birth Control Cuts Teen Pregnancy, Abortions Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds. The average …

How Long Will Beijing Let Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests Go On?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hong Kong — China’s Communist Party seems determined to snuff out any “contagion” from Hong Kong’s lively pro-democracy demonstrations reaching the mainland. In the days since protests broke out in the former British colony, at least a dozen …

U.S. Doctors Get $3.5 Billion From Drug Companies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New York — U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals were paid $3.5 billion by drug and device makers over five months in 2013, according to the first comprehensive disclosure of the companies’ financial ties to the medical professionals that prescribe and use their products. The disclosures by the U.S. …

Secret Service Chief on Hot Seat

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Washington — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday took “full responsibility” for what she called an “unacceptable” intrusion at the White House last week but failed to mollify a bipartisan group of lawmakers who worried that repeat …

First Ebola Case Confirmed in U.S.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dallas — A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas this month was diagnosed with Ebola Tuesday, becoming the first person to board a passenger jet and unknowingly bring the disease here from West Africa, where it has killed thousands of people in recent months. Experts have said …

Hong Kong Protests Highly Censored In Chinese Media

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beijing — China’s government has cut off news about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events. …

U.S. and Afghanistan Sign Vital, Long-Delayed Security Pact

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kabul — The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a security deal that will allow nearly 10,000 American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond the final withdrawal of U.S. and international combat forces this year. The Bilateral Security Agreement, and a separate agreement signed with NATO, permit …

Kurds, Brits Recapture Key Town

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Irbil, Iraq — Kurdish militia have captured a strategic border town on the route between the Islamic State-held cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq as part of a three-front offensive launched to retake territory lost to the group over the summer, Kurdish officials said Tuesday. …