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U.S. nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, takes bike ride

- A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride on Thursday, defying a quarantine order and setting up a legal collision with state authorities. | Video

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Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal

BRUSSELS - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy.

World, Russia 10:43am EDT

Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

JERUSALEM - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

World, Israel 11:38am EDT

U.S. jobless claims rise, but underlying labor market trends firming

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose for a second straight week last week, but remained at levels consistent with a firming labor market.

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Spain state adviser backs move to block Catalonia independence vote

MADRID - The Spanish state adviser on Thursday backed a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for Nov. 9, making it likely the government will try and have the "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts.

World, Spain 11:15am EDT
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Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

OUAGADOUGOU - Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.