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WHO: Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, a billboard reading 'Stop Ebola' on the Masiaka Highway, forming part of a trans-West African highway, which links all West African States, on the outskirts of the capital city of Conakry, Guinea. Despite stringent infection-control measures, the risk of Ebola’s spread cannot be entirely eliminated, Doctors Without Borders said Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, after one of its doctors caught the dreaded disease while working in Guinea and went to New York City. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The number of people believed sickened by Ebola has passed 10,000, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.


Washington school gunman was homecoming prince

Student Jaylen Fryberg is seen during a homecoming celebration at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in this still frame made from video. Fryberg has been identified as the gunman who walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and opened fire without shouting or arguing, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jim McGauhey)MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school's homecoming court just one week ago.


Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space

This picture obtained courtesy of Paragon Space Development Corporation shows the StratEx team filling a high-altitude balloon to take Google executive Alan Eustace to the Stratosphere on October 24, 2014 in Roswell, New MexicoA Google executive set a new record Friday by jumping successfully from near the top of the stratosphere -- some 135,000 feet, or 41,000 meters high, his project website said. The record dive by 57-year-old Alan Eustace, who is a "senior vice president of knowledge" at Google, was conducted as part of the Stratospheric Explorer project to allow manned exploration of the stratosphere above 100,000 feet. According to a statement from the Paragon Space Development Corporation, Eustace completed the four-hour mission over Roswell, New Mexico, using a specially designed space suit and balloon module to carry him to the stratosphere. "He spent a short time, around a half hour, experiencing the wonders of the stratosphere before being released from the balloon.


Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

People attend a community vigil at the Grove Church following a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in MarysvilleBy Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, took his own life as his classmates fled to safety. The incident was the latest in a series of deadly shooting rampages at U.S. schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws. ...


Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

A man pushes a rack near the building where Dr. Craig Spencer lives while a cleaning crew from "Bio Recovery Corporation" works inside the apartment in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America's biggest urban center. She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during the 21-day incubation period of the virus. ...


Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree

A California Highway Patrol car and other law enforcement vehicles set up a roadblock near Placer High School leading to a rural area where authorities are searching for an assailant, in Auburn, Calif., who shot three sheriff's deputies in two Northern California Counties, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Deputies were searching a canyon in the Sierra Nevada foothills for an armed man suspected in the shooting of a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy and two Placer County Deputies and a bystander in an attempt to carjack a vehicle.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, and a female companion, who were described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as armed and dangerous, were taken into custody, police said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis. ...


2 dead in Washington state school shooting

MarysvilleA student opened fire in Marysville, fatally wounding one before he was killed.


Tracking Dr. Spencer's contacts isn't easy

NYC Doctor Diagnosed With EbolaAs a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola, officials face a difficult challenge.


US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at the newly completed Yonphung Scientists Rest Home, south of PyongyangWASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are "pretty darn low," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.


7 hurt when car smashes into California restaurant

This Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 photo provided by Leonard Rhone shows a car that plowed through a storefront in Dublin, Calif. Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into the restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. A 56-year-old female driver had just pulled into a parking lot outside Taqueria Los Pericos in Dublin on Thursday night when she accidentally accelerated and plowed through the storefront. (AP Photo/Leonard Rhone)DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Police say all seven people injured when a car crashed into a Northern California restaurant have now been released from hospitals.


Deadly violence in the West Bank

Palestinians from the Jalazoun refugee camp clash with Israeli security forces at the entrance of the Jewish West Bank settlement Beit El, north of Ramallah, after a march against Israeli restrictions on the Al-Aqsa mosque, October 24, 2014RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian-American teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank.


Man in NYC hatchet attack said to have Islamic 'extremist leanings'

Four police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photographs when they were attackedA hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference on Friday, one day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" describing it as a "terrorist attack." Police said Zale Thompson, who was 32, unmarried and unemployed, appeared to have acted alone and was not affiliated to a particular group, but that the investigation was ongoing. A loner who spent hours locked away in his bedroom, he had looked at websites about groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and watched beheadings and Wednesday's deadly attack in Canada.


Islamic State used chlorine gas in fight north of Baghdad, say Iraq officials

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, Army soldiers search Iraqis amid tight security during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday.


Nurse Nina Pham Ebola-free, meets Obama

DALLAS — After nearly two weeks in isolation, Ebola patient Nina Pham walked out of a Maryland hospital on Friday free of the deadly disease that has seized the nation’s attention.

Why NYC Ebola case won’t be rerun of Dallas

Traffic passes Bellevue Hospital, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Dr. Craig Spencer, a resident of New York City and a member of Doctors Without Borders, was admitted to Bellevue Thursday and has been diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)City designated single hospital as go-to place for Ebola patients, gave specialized training to health workers.


Canada tries to come to terms with capital shootings

Police officers look for evidence at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.


How N.C. Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014

Senate North Carolina DebateBut with less than two weeks left until the midterm elections, it’s clear the Tar Heel State has indeed emerged as a ground zero — though not in the way the GOP chairman meant. The highly competitive Senate race in North Carolina is the multimillion-dollar epicenter of the negative campaigning that has come to define this election and that parties are using to try to win tight races nationwide.


Suspicious yellow powder sent to U.S., other consulates in Istanbul

A member of Turkey's disaster management agency disinfects the garden of the German consulate in IstanbulBy Jonny Hogg ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul on Friday, officials said, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week. Consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium received suspicious packages, the officials said. It was not immediately clear what the powder was and Turkish officials said results of tests on them were due on Monday. ...


Doctor becomes NYC's first Ebola patient

SITUATION 'UNDER CONTROL' AFTER FIRST CONFIRMED NYC EBOLA CASEThree others are quarantined after a doctor who worked in Africa tests positive.


Hunt for missing MH370 flight to take many more months

This map provided Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, by The Australian Transport Safety Bureau shows the area surveyed so far which is marked in yellow in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the passenger plane in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday, Oct. 24. Peter Foley, an Australian search coordinator, said there is optimism with two ships using high-tech sonar devices to search for the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLYKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday.