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  • Washington state teen shooter's family living in 'nightmare'
    Washington state teen shooter's family living in 'nightmare'

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a "nightmare" and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself. One girl was killed and four other freshman students were severely wounded in Friday's morning rampage inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, north of Seattle. ...

  • Mussolini air raid shelter opens to tourists
    Mussolini air raid shelter opens to tourists

    ROME (AP) — A Roman villa's wine cellar, which was converted into an air raid shelter for Benito Mussolini and the Italian dictator's family, is opening its anti-gas, double steel doors to tourists.

  • U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment
    U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

    The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...

  • Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm
    Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse.

  • Cloning whistleblower: Little changed in S. Korea
    Cloning whistleblower: Little changed in S. Korea

    CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The whistleblower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero.

  • US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa
    US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States ambassador to the United Nations is on her way to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, amid rising calls for travel restrictions back home in the U.S.

  • Workers are now earning just what they did when recession hit

    Workers’ weekly earnings recently picked up. But after accounting for inflation, third-quarter earnings just matched what workers took home near the start of the recession,

  • Islamic State fighters attack crossing as Kurds set to reinforce Kobane
    Islamic State fighters attack crossing as Kurds set to reinforce Kobane

    Islamic State group fighters made a new bid to cut off the Syrian border town of Kobane from neighbouring Turkey Saturday as preparations gathered pace to deploy Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements. The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq unveiled plans on Friday for up to 200 well-trained peshmerga to join Syrian Kurdish forces defending Kobane in the coming week. Kurdish news agency Rudaw said the first contingent could head to Kobane as early as Sunday but there was no immediate confirmation of that timetable. Peshmerga ministry spokesman Halgord Hekmat declined to specify what route the Iraqi Kurdish forces would take, but they are expected to travel overland through Turkey, which has said it will allow them transit.

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