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  • W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States...

  • US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours. In a joint statement, the U.S. and U.N. said they had gotten assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed...

  • NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade. Space agency officials unveiled seven instruments they plan to put on a Martian rover that would launch in 2020, including two devices aimed at bigger future Mars missions. The...

  • Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy...

  • Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report. The document, released Thursday by the CIA, is a...

  • Gunn: Mississippi Republicans need to heal rift

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Republican Party needs to heal divisions created by a hard-fought U.S. Senate primary that is still being protested by tea party conservatives, House Speaker Philip Gunn said Thursday. "The enemy is not other conservatives. The enemy is not...

  • NC budget details education increases, other cuts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kindergarten through college classrooms see an extra $113 million, public school teachers get raises averaging 7 percent, and vouchers allowing children to attend private and religious schools with taxpayer money get an extra boost in the $21.1 billion state budget...

  • Governor goes underway on nuclear submarine

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Lincoln Chafee was submerged for two days aboard a nuclear submarine off the coast of New England. WPRO-AM reported Thursday Chafee was on the Groton, Connecticut-based USS Missouri last week. Chafee spokeswoman Faye Zuckerman told the Associated Press...

  • Seychelles fears Ebola, bars Sierra Leone team

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Seychelles forfeited an African Cup qualifying game and withdrew from the competition Thursday rather than allow Sierra Leone's soccer team to travel to the Indian Ocean island because of fears over the deadly Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football confirmed Seychelles'...

  • Judge delays decision on Alabama abortion law

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge is delaying his decision on an Alabama law that could close some abortion clinics, saying he needs more time to review an appeals court ruling earlier in the week blocking a similar measure in Mississippi. At issue is a section of a 2013 law...

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