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U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

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NEW YORK - U.S. health officials imposed fresh constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three countries at the center of West Africa's Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities.

Family of Dallas nurse Vinson says she no longer showing Ebola

- The family of Amber Vinson, one of two Dallas nurses infected with Ebola, said on Wednesday that tests by medical officials were no longer able to detect the virus in her body.

Health, 6:52pm EDT

Probe: Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina

RALEIGH N.C. - More than 3,000 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year period as part of a program that allowed many of them to remain eligible to play sports, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Sports, 6:40pm EDT

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

WASHINGTON - A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

Iraq 5:01pm 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 set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he sustained a gunshot wound to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

4:47pm EDT

Man pleads guilty to killing Montana teacher in cocaine frenzy

- A Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine-fueled frenzy pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday as part of a deal in which prosecutors will dismiss a kidnapping charge in the case, court documents showed.

6:56pm EDT

Critics of Dow herbicide ingredient sue U.S. EPA over approval

- A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for a herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.

Environment 6:44pm EDT

Suspected serial killer charged in another murder in Indiana

CROWN POINT Ind. - Suspected serial killer Darren Vann, who was arrested on Saturday and charged in the murder of a young woman whose body was found in a motel in Indiana, was charged on Wednesday in the murder of another woman, prosecutors said.

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No verdict after second day deliberations over accused Boston bomber friend

BOSTON - A jury deliberated for a second day on Wednesday over whether a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect was too high on marijuana to have intentionally lied to investigators about his role in the aftermath of the 2013 attack.

5:21pm EDT

Lockheed Martin challenges contract to Raytheon

WASHINGTON - Lockheed Martin Corp on Wednesday said it had filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) challenging the Air Force's decision to pick Raytheon Co to develop a new long-range radar.

5:11pm EDT

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