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  • Kaci Hickox, left, from her time in  Sierra Leone.

    Judge in Maine reject quarantine for Ebola nurse

    WASHINGTON — A Maine judge on Friday ruled in favor of a nurse who defied a quarantine in a tense standoff with state authorities, saying local health officials failed to prove the need for a stricter order enforcing an Ebola quarantine. District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, to submit to “direct active monitoring,” coordinate travel with public health officials and immediately notify […]

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    Stock market treat for Halloween: A new record close

    NEW YORK — Who needs candy on Halloween when the stock market is giving out such big treats. Take a look at the headline numbers: The S&P 500 is now up 9% for the year. No, that’s not the 30% gain we saw in 2013, but it’s still very solid. Those who stayed in the market despite the turmoil earlier in the month are having an extra Happy Halloween. The Nasdaq is up nearly 11% for the year, and the […]

  • Suspected cop killer Eric Frein is brought to court.

    Life in northeast Pa. resumes as search ends for trooper killing suspect Frein

    MILFORD, Pennsylvania — After 48 days of living with helicopters, heavily armed police officers, the rumors and constant questions — where is he? — the people of northeast Pennsylvania can finally relax. The manhunt for Eric Matthew Frein, accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper, is over. Heavily armed U.S. marshals captured Frein on Thursday night and turned him over to state police, who slapped the slain officer’s cuffs on him, put him in the back of the trooper’s squad […]

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    Fall back: Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday

    COMMENTARY: On Sunday, it will again be the end of daylight saving time. Many of us will be muttering to ourselves as we wander around resetting all of our various clocks — on the thermostat, clock radio and stove, among other places. Sure, you’ll get an extra hour of sleep by turning back the clock by an hour in the fall. But if you have a regular day job, you’ll be commuting home in the dark instead of in daylight […]

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    It’s not just Costco that is closing on Thanksgiving

    NEW YORK — Once upon a time, you could eat Thanksgiving dinner without worrying whether you might miss a door-buster deal. But in the past couple of years, stores have been falling over each other to offer Black Friday sales on Thursday itself, opening their doors before many people are even done with their turkey. Now, some stores are saying enough. GameStop and Nordstrom joined Costco in deciding they will remain closed on Thursday and open for Black Friday on, […]

  • A plane crashed at a building at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport in southern Kansas on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

    Four killed after plane hits building near Wichita airport

    WICHITA, Kan. — Four people are dead and five people are injured after a small plane crashed into a building near Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport in southern Kansas on Thursday morning, the city’s fire chief said. There are still five people unaccounted for, and authorities are trying to determine how many people were in the building at the time, Chief Ron Blackwell said. “Firefighters engaged in a horrific fight for several minutes. We have the fire under control. We are in […]

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    U.S. Forest Service: Please, don’t feed the bears — or take selfies with them

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Dear park visitors, Please don’t take selfies with bears. It’s stupid. Love, the U.S Forest Service That pretty much sums up a warning issued recently by wildlife officials at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. “Bears are unpredictable, wild animals and may attack if threatened,” Forest Supervisor Nancy Gibson said in a statement. “We can’t have visitors creating dangerous situations for themselves and others. People are risking serious injury or death if […]

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    Dirty tricks of the student loan industry

    NEW YORK — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put student loan servicers on notice this week with a report detailing industry practices it found suspect. These companies help collect on the $1.2 trillion in student debt, but the report didn’t name names of shoddiest actors. The agency found that some companies would charge borrowers late fees on all their loans when payments for one fell short — even if the rest were paid in full. It spotted lots of other […]

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    Terminally ill woman Brittany Maynard decides not to end her life Saturday

    Brittany Maynard says she hasn’t decided yet when she’ll end her life, but it’s a decision she’s still determined to make. “I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” Maynard says in a video released on Wednesday. “But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week.” Maynard says she has […]

  • Nurse Kaci Hickkox, who is under a forced quarantine after she treated Ebola patients in West Africa, defied orders and went for a bike ride in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    Nurse defies forced Ebola quarantine, goes on bike ride

    FORT KENT, Maine — In any other circumstance, it would be the furthest thing from a headline: Maine nurse leaves home on bike. And yet Thursday, when Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend left their house in the tiny town of Fort Kent and pedaled along a long country road, law enforcement vehicles took off after her. About an hour later, they came back. A throng of journalists met her and photographed her. She went back into the house. Hickox has […]

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

    CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay. “Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek. In his column, the Apple chief said that he had tried to maintain “a basic level of privacy.” But he said he decided that desire for privacy was stopping him […]

  • Left Hand's Oktoberfest is a märzen style lager. (6.6% ABV)

    Colorado brews among fall beers worth the brouhaha

    DENVER — It’s officially fall, which means people are haunted by pumpkin. From seasonally spiced lattes to unexpected pumpkin-flavored items like Greek yogurt and potato chips, it’s no surprise that this time of year you’re likely to be offered a squash-style beer. While we fully support pumpkin-flavored brews, there are so many other great beers that often get overlooked on these cool autumn nights. So, we did what any beer lover should do — head over to a highly regarded […]