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Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses

LONDON - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to speed up the development of an Ebola vaccine and hope to produce millions of doses for use next year. | Video

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Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

BERLIN/SEOUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization.

U.S., North Korea, World 11:06am EDT

U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

Health, Tech, U.S. 7:11am EDT

Hong Kong protesters march after fruitless talks with government

HONG KONG - About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.

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Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves as election nears

BRASILIA - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pulled ahead of opposition candidate Aecio Neves in another poll on Wednesday and looks like a slight favorite heading into what is expected to be the country's tightest election in decades.

World, Brazil 10:23am EDT
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U.S. Ebola 'czar' starts work, drugmakers launch vaccine drive

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. Ebola "czar" starts work on Wednesday as the Obama administration ramps up its response to the potential spread of the virus, and drugmakers started a project to accelerate development of a vaccine and produce millions of doses.

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Soldier shot; gunman enters Canadian parliament, many shots fired

OTTAWA - A gunman shot a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and was then chased by police into the main parliament building, where at least 30 more shots were fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.