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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

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CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video

Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Pennsylvania police ambush

- Prosecutors will seek the death sentence for Eric Frein, the suspect in the September murder of a Pennsylvania state trooper, the district attorney of Pike County said on Thursday.

30 Oct 2014

Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday.

Politics 30 Oct 2014

National Guard arrives in Hawaii town threatened by lava

PAHOA Hawaii - National Guard troops arrived in a Hawaii town threatened by a slow-moving river of molten lava on Thursday, and were greeted with cheers by residents of the Big Island community where they are to provide security as the volcanic flow advances. | Video

Environment, 30 Oct 2014

Stockton, California, workers relieved as judge ruling secures pensions

SACRAMENTO - Stockton, California, employees breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as a judge ruled the city could exit bankruptcy, leaving benefits administered by public pension giant Calpers untouched.

30 Oct 2014

San Francisco to raise minimum wage to $11.05 per hour

- San Francisco will raise the city's minimum wage to $11.05 per hour from the start of next year, up from $10.74 currently, the mayor's office said on Thursday.

30 Oct 2014

Suspect identified in eight graffiti vandalism cases in National Parks

LOS ANGELES - Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death Valley in California, and credit social media for helping pinpoint the alleged culprit.

30 Oct 2014

Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

WICHITA Kan. - Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita on Thursday, setting off an explosion and huge fireball, officials said.

30 Oct 2014

New Jersey man whose son, 4, fatally shot neighbor, pleads guilty

- A New Jersey father whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old neighbor pleaded guilty on Thursday to endangering the welfare of children by keeping unsecured firearms, authorities said.

30 Oct 2014

Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials

SACRAMENTO Calif. - Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday.

Environment, 30 Oct 2014

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