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

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- 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

Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

BOSTON - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement.

Politics, 1:10pm EDT

Four people dead after plane crash at Kansas airport: fire official

WICHITA Kan. - Four people have been confirmed dead after a small airplane crashed Thursday morning into a flight safety building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, a fire official told a news conference.

1:35pm EDT

Woman seen harassed on NYC streets in video gets rape threats

NEW YORK - A woman featured in a video in which she is harassed more than 100 times on New York City's streets said on Thursday that she has received dozens of rape threats after the clip was posted on the Internet and watched widely.

2:09pm EDT

Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment

- U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups.

Health 1:07pm EDT

Oregon woman visits Grand Canyon ahead of planned assisted suicide

- A 29-year-old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer has ticked off the Grand Canyon from her bucket list and said in a video released this week that she might end her life through assisted suicide in a couple of days.

1:41pm EDT

Watchdog faults U.S. grenade-trafficking probe tied to Fast and Furious

WASHINGTON - Units of the U.S. Department of Justice "seriously" botched an investigation into a suspected trafficker of grenade parts and failed to adequately consider the public safety risk posed by letting the suspect walk free, a watchdog for the agency said on Thursday.

1:29pm EDT

U.S. education department gets stricter with for-profit colleges

- The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities.

1:19pm EDT

U.S. lawsuit vs Hartford police who fatally shot dog is revived

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit against Hartford, Connecticut, and two police officers over the fatal shooting of a family dog, near a 12-year-old girl, after the officers entered a property without a warrant to search for guns.

12:59pm EDT

Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market.

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