Court order temporarily restricts nurse's movement FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Kaci Hickox's movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state's quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. A judge granted the order Thursday limiting Hickox's travel, requiring a three-foot buffer if she encounters people, and banning her from public places until there's a further decision Friday.
Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely that - promises.
Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" at the suspect in a fatal ambush on a Pennsylvania state police barracks as troopers led him from his first court appearance Friday following a grueling seven-week manhunt. Eric Frein, 31, appeared gaunt and battered as he answered yes or no questions and listened as a judge read the criminal complaint detailing the Sept. 12 attack that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.
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Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) - The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule. The khaki-clad men often pose with guns, with Assad's image often imposed above the slain soldier.
Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool TOKYO (AP) - When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty. Only a handful of characters last so long, especially in Japan, where thousands come and go in a highly competitive market. Hello Kitty has the looks, and more.
Poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues DENVER (AP) - As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds. And hovering over each of these individual issues is a broad dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress.
Rebuilt Hawaii town offers look at life after lava PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Ten miles from the Hawaii town of Pahoa that is being menaced by a stream of lava from Kilauea volcano, there's another community that was almost entirely swallowed by the molten rock nearly 30 years ago. Today, a few dozen recently built homes sit on Kalapana's rolling black fields - offering a glimpse of life after lava.
US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose across the globe Friday, capping off what has been a seesaw month for investors, after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a new stimulus package to boost the country's struggling economy. Japan's stock market jumped 4.8 percent to reach its highest level since 2007. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 184 points, or 1.1 percent, to 17,380 as of 11:27 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 21 points, or 1.1 percent, to 2,016 and the Nasdaq composite rose 63 points, or 1.4 percent, to 4,629.
Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police BAGHDAD (AP) - The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule. Former officers have been gunned down in their homes, rounded up and shot in groups or killed in public squares as an example to others in recent weeks, particularly in the northern city of Mosul, the largest city in the swath of territory bridging Iraq and neighboring Syria that the militant group controls.
AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween LAS VEGAS (AP) - JT Mollner likes to compare haunted house visitors to bungee jumpers and skydivers - they want to be safe, but they also want an adrenaline rush. Mollner is a managing partner at Freakling Bros in Las Vegas. His dad started scaring people in their front yard in 1976, and the family developed the freestanding haunted house in the 1990s.