October 21, 2014

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Search expands for contacts in Ohio Ebola investigation

Police keep watch on a home Thursday in Tallmadge, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials expanded their search for people who may have had contact with a Texas nurse diagnosed with Ebola to include another planeload of passengers and shoppers at an Ohio bridal store. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday broadened its search to identify those who may have been Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Oct. 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What Obama says about Ebola restrictions  The president says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive. 2. Why Kobani is key to fight against IS  Robert Ford, the former Read More…

Feds: Don’t expect winter to be polar vortex redux

In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, snow falls as people begin to arrive to the Capitol Building in Washington. Federal forecasters don’t expect this winter to be a chilly sequel to last year’s dreaded polar vortex and California’s rain-blocking weather system. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from thepolar vortex and a lack of California rain, here’s some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say. Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. Read More…

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

FBI Director James Comey speaks about the impact of technology on law enforcement Thursday at Brookings Institution in Washington.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive. Privacy advocates and technology experts called the concerns exaggerated Read More…

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo approaching Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 4 storm early Friday amid warnings by forecasters that the British island territory would likely be hit with damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge in coming hours. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said conditions in Bermuda, where a hurricane warning is in effect, would begin Read More…

Hong Kong police clear smaller protest zone

A police officer holding a police baton secures the area where a pro-democracy protester is being arrested by riot polices in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, early Friday. Riot police moved in on a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest zone in a dawn raid on Friday, taking down barricades, tents and canopies that have blocked key streets for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG (AP) — Riot police cleared an offshoot Hong Kong pro-democracy protest zone in a dawn raid on Friday, taking down barricades, tents and canopies that have blocked key streets for more than two weeks, but leaving the city’s main thoroughfare still in the hands of the activists. Hundreds of officers, some in helmets and shields, descended in the Read More…

Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet

Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters on Thursday in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant’s bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn’t know you needed — but now Read More…

Israel raises the dead with skyward cemetery

A new vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery is seen outside of the city of Petah Tikva, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — At first glance, the multi-tiered jungle of concrete off a major central Israeli highway does not appear unusual in this city of bland high-rises. But the burgeoning towers are groundbreaking when you consider its future tenants: They will be homes not for the living but rather the dead. With real estate at Read More…

Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State

In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, made with an extreme telephoto lens from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Kurdish fighters, bottom, enter their positions in a house in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit. Perched on Turkey’s border, the city of about 60,000 has been besieged for weeks by IS fighters. Kobani is now a Read More…

Obama weighs Ebola czar; Texas toughens monitoring

Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, left, listens as President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response, next to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, right, in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing renewed criticism about the U.S. response to Ebola, President Barack Obama is conceding that it may make sense to have a single person lead the administration’s effort. But he says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive. In Dallas, the epicenter of Ebola in the U.S., officials took Read More…