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Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

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Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus.

Prosecutors accept proposed trial delay for Colorado cinema gunman

DENVER - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater massacre case do not oppose a defense request to delay the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes until early next year, court papers showed on Thursday.

2:27pm EDT

Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty

WASHINGTON - A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday.

12:31pm EDT

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake quake hits Alaska near Fairbanks

JUNEAU - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska near Fairbanks on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and there were no initial reports of damage or injuries.

1:41pm EDT

Justice Dept. 'exasperated' by local probe of Missouri teen shooting

- U.S. Justice Department officials on Thursday criticized local authorities' investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, saying the case had been handled in a "selective" and "inappropriate" manner.

1:24pm EDT

Chicago suburban high school on lockdown due to unattended package

CHICAGO - A Chicago suburban high school was on what it describes as a "soft lockdown" on Thursday after the discovery of an unattended package in the stadium.

1:40pm EDT

California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

East Porterville Calif. - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home.

Environment 12:18pm EDT

Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot

- The official autopsy on an unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer in August set off protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he sustained a gunshot wound to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor candidate influenced paper

CHICAGO - A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.

Politics, 5:15am EDT

Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains should not be moved: U.S. court

- Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma.

Sports, 11:34am EDT

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