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U.S. Ebola 'czar' starts work, drugmakers launch vaccine drive

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WASHINGTON - The new U.S. Ebola "czar" starts work on Wednesday as the Obama administration ramps up its response to the potential spread of the virus, and drugmakers started a project to accelerate development of a vaccine and produce millions of doses.

Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

BERLIN/SEOUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization.

North Korea, World 11:06am EDT

Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot: report

- A newly disclosed autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

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Wisconsin judge orders competency hearing for girl in 'Slenderman' case

MILWAUKEE - A judge on Wednesday ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend in an attempt to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman."

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NYC subway breaks record with more than 6 million daily rides

NEW YORK - More people rode the New York City subway than ever in September, with the number of trips exceeding a record-breaking 6 million on five separate days over the month, transit officials said on Wednesday.

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U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

Health, Tech, 7:11am EDT

U.S. regulators expand number of vehicles affected by Takata recalls

DETROIT - U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants.

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Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another reason to prepare for worst

- With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances.

Health 10:27am EDT

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

WASHINGTON - Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday aged 93. | Video

People, 3:04am EDT

Mega harvest leaves U.S. farmers battling bugs in storage bins

CHICAGO - With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges.

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