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10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Oct. 1

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Ebola case fuels concerns for Liberians in Texas  The first case of the disease diagnosed in the U.S. sends chills through the West African community in Dallas whose leaders urge caution to prevent spreading the virus. 2. Read More…

Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas

Dr. Edward Goodman, left, epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Dr. Mark Lester, Southeast Zone clinical leader for Texas Health Resources, listen to a reporters question during a news conference about an Ebola infected patient they are caring for in Dallas, Tuesday. Federal health officials confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area’s West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus. The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Sept. 30

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Hong Kong leader: Beijing won’t back down  Leung Chun-ying says the central government will not rescind its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub as pro-democracy protesters set a deadline for a response to Read More…

Colorado high court considers pot firing case

In this April 25, 2013, file photo, attorney Michael Evans, left, listens in his office in Denver, as his client Brandon Coats talks about the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Coats being fired from his job after testing positive for the use of medical marijuana. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, says he still can’t find steady work because employers are wary of his off-duty Read More…

Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias case

In this Jan. 9, 2013, file photo, Jodi Arias appears for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment. Other jurors were let go due to Read More…

Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat. Reid is not on the ballot this year, but his position as majority leader depends on Democrats denying Republicans the net six Read More…

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

In this picture taken Sunday, Finda Saah, 28, holds six-week-old Prosper Junior, as 5-year-old Alice and 13-year old son Augustin look on, at their St Paul  Bridge home in Monrovia, Liberia. Finda lost her husband to the deadly Ebola virus and gave birth three days later. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Soon her mother’s sorrow became so unbearable, her body so limp and heavy, that even Read More…

Government to reveal drug company payments to doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors. As conceived, the so-called Open Payments program was intended to allow patients to easily look up their own doctors online. That functionality won’t be Read More…

Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

A Guantanamo guard keeps watch from a tower overlooking the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in In this March 29, 2010 photo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects. A detainee sent back Read More…

Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles

Chinese tourists enjoy scenic on the Quanfu island, a Paracels of Sansha prefecture of China's Hainan province. A cheer erupted on board at the sight of the distant land, and passengers scurried to take pictures of each other at the railing holding China’s bright red flag. (AP Photo/Peng Peng)

ABOARD THE COCONUT PRINCESS (AP) — On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea. Cheers erupted on board at the sight of the distant land, and Zhang and the other passengers scurried to take pictures of each Read More…