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ADDING NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER LEFTERIS PITARAKIS Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo, Lefteris Pitarakis)

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 are linked to a group responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Turkey. With the U.S. decision to drop weapons and ammunition …

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 new standards since two Dallas hospital nurses were diagnosed with the disease this month after …

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 Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West …

Kurds Retake Parts of Kobani in biggest US battle of anti-Islamic State campaign

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Istanbul — Aided by U.S. airstrikes, the Kurdish militia defending the besieged Syrian town of Kobani recaptured more territory Friday in what has turned into the single biggest battle between the U.S.-led coalition and the extremist Islamic State group since the U.S. began bombing Iraq in early August. …

Nigeria Says Truce Reached With Militants

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Johannesburg, South Africa — Nigerian officials said Friday that they had agreed to a cease-fire with Boko Haram, but their statements left confusion as to the fate of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group in April. Air …

Hong Kong Protesters Return to Site After Police Clear Streets

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hong Kong — Hundreds of angry pro-democracy protesters returned to occupy streets in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok neighborhood on Friday night after the police removed roadblocks at the sit-in site early in the morning. Police used pepper spray and batons as they sought to disperse demonstrators who stormed …

Wobbling Saturn Moon Might Be Full of Water

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Planets aren’t always filled with molten rock, and guessing the composition of distant planets can be a tricky business. But scientists now believe that Saturn’s moon Mimas has one of two things under its icy, rocky surface: a core shaped like a football or a liquid ocean. In …

Constitution Takes Trip Before 3-Year Restoration

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boston — Old Ironsides took one last trip around Boston Harbor on Friday ahead of a major, multi-year restoration project, firing its cannons while the Dropkick Murphys punk band and a Boston Pops quintet entertained hundreds of special …

Followers Flock to Buddhist Temple to See Vietnamese Healer

Friday, October 17, 2014

Morgan Hill, Calif. — As dawn cracked the morning sky, the first light of Wednesday found hundreds of sick, disabled and desperate pilgrims lined up outside the Tam Tu Buddhist Temple, hoping to be healed. Many of them had been there all night. An enormous army of misery …

FBI: Reform Tech Encryption

Friday, October 17, 2014

Washington — FBI Director James Comey on Thursday called for the law to be changed to require technology companies to provide investigators with a way to gain access to encrypted communications, warning that without reform, Americans would see cases in which murderers, rapists and terrorists could more easily …

Harvard Profs Condemn Sex Assault Policy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Boston — A group of Harvard Law School professors have condemned the university’s new sexual misconduct policy, saying it violates the rights of the accused and “departs dramatically” from current law. Harvard’s procedures for deciding sexual misconduct cases “lack the most basic elements of fairness and due process, …

Study: Rapid Weight Loss Just as Good

Friday, October 17, 2014

Los Angeles — When it comes to dieting, the conventional wisdom holds that losing weight gradually is more sustainable in the long run than losing weight quickly. But new results from a long-term clinical trial show that this is just another dieting myth. Both fast and slow weight …

Weekly Jobless Claims Hit 14-Year Low Despite Global Economic Trouble

Friday, October 17, 2014

Initial jobless claims fell sharply last week to their lowest level in 14 years as the labor market continued to show signs of improvement despite global economic problems. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits dropped …