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U.S. prepares to receive two American aid workers stricken with Ebola

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ATLANTA - Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said on Friday.

Google, Facebook pay for shuttles to use San Francisco bus stops

SAN FRANCISCO - Commuter shuttles run by Google Inc, Facebook Inc and other Silicon Valley companies began paying on Friday to make stops at San Francisco bus stations after protests blamed them for gentrification.

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Floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion to be replaced after water main break

LOS ANGELES - The wooden floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this week when a major water main broke, the school's athletic director said on Friday.

Natural Disasters 5:40pm EDT

Area in front of White House cleared due to unattended package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Park Police and Secret Service officers cleared an area in front of the White House on Friday evening because of an unattended package left in front of the presidential building, a Reuters eyewitness said.

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Chicago police say homicides fall to lowest level since 1963

CHICAGO - Chicago's police superintendent said on Friday the number of homicides had fallen to the lowest level in five decades so far this year as he sought to dispel the notion that America's third-largest city reigns as the nation's murder capital.

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Michael Jackson's Neverland estate being considered for sale

LOS ANGELES - Late pop singer Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is being considered for sale, a spokesman for the company controlling the property said on Friday.

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Arizona reveals drug dosage given in drawn-out execution

PHOENIX - A review ordered by Arizona's governor into last month's drawn-out execution of a death row inmate is underway and authorities confirmed on Friday the dosage of the controversial two-drug cocktail the prisoner received for his lethal injection.

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Q&A: U.S. Justice Ginsburg on Hobby Lobby, gay marriage, retirement

WASHINGTON D.C. - In an interview (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-usa-court-ginsburg-idUSKBN0G12V020140801) with Reuters late on Thursday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, was not just defiant about calls for her retirement. A former women's rights advocate appointed to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Ginsburg also had plenty to say about how the Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision highlighted a gender gap among her fellow justices,

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U.S. court upholds Guantanamo detainee search policy

WASHINGTON - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's new search procedures for Guantanamo Bay detainees, rejecting the argument that invasive practices such as frisking of anal and groin areas discouraged consultation with defense lawyers.

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Death of New York man a homicide caused by police choke hold -autopsy

NEW YORK - The death of a man during an arrest last month in New York City was caused by a choke hold by a police officer, the chief medical examiner's office said on Friday, declaring the death a homicide.

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