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Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. ...


Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander participates in a panel discussionBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal with a senior U.S. intelligence official allowing the official to work part-time for his firm, an arrangement current and former officials said risked a conflict of interest. Reuters reported on Friday that the U.S. National Security Agency had launched an internal review of the arrangement between NSA Chief Technical Officer Patrick Dowd and IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, which is led by Alexander, his former boss. ...


New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday ordered a 30 day mental health evaluation for Omar Gonzalez, the Iraq war veteran charged with jumping the fence of the White House and entering the presidential mansion with a knife last month. Gonzalez was found "not competent" to stand trial in a one-hour screening performed while he was detained following the Sept. 19 incident. Gonzalez cannot be arraigned on charges returned last week by a federal grand jury unless he is found competent to stand trial. ...


By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A corrections officer in Chicago's Cook County Jail was arrested on Tuesday and faces a federal criminal charge for allegedly trying to smuggle two sandwiches packed with marijuana into the jail last year, federal authorities said. Three inmates, two civilian women and a police dispatcher have also been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in the case. In June 2013, the inmates and their two women friends allegedly bribed corrections officer Jason Marek to smuggle three ounces of pot, along with tobacco, alcohol and other contraband, into the jail, the ...

VIDEO: Aggressive group of ATVs on Philly streetsA large group of all-terrain vehicles has been weaving in and out of traffic all across the city.


CHICAGO (AP) — Dietary supplements containing potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients may still be for sale even years after safety recalls, a study found.

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, designer Oscar de la Renta attends the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2012 fashion show during Fashion Week in New York. De la Renta received the 2012 Couture Council Award by The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. De la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)Reaction to the death late Monday of iconic designer Oscar de la Renta:


WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday it no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits.
The Associated Press-GfK poll on the midterm elections was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 16-20. It is based on online interviews of 1,608 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, says clinical trials planned or under way in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are being accompanied by a strong push among governments for immediate “real-world use” of an approved Ebola vaccine. She told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that tens of thousands of doses _ short of mass deployment _ would be made available through West African “efficacy trials” starting “in early 2015, in January.” (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is pressing the search for an Ebola vaccine and hopes to begin testing two experimental versions as early as January on more than 20,000 front-line health care workers and others in West Africa's hot zone — a bigger rollout than envisioned just a few months ago.


FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2013 file photo, stickers wait for voters at a polling place in Philadelphia. Two weeks before election day, the nation’s likely voters have started seeing eye-to-eye with the election prognosticators. Most now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, more say that’s the outcome they’d like to see. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.


AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A swarm of bees attacked two dozen children at a school near Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday after a student appeared to rattle a nest during a gym-class soccer game, a school spokeswoman said, Four of the children, who are in sixth grade, were taken to the hospital. There was no immediate information on their condition. The nest was in an underground irrigation box at Highland Middle School in Saginaw, said Kristin Courtney, a spokeswoman for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Peter Cooney)
(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday asked Trinity Industries Inc to conduct additional crash testing of a highway guardrail system that had been the subject of a fraud verdict by a federal jury a day earlier. In a letter to Trinity, the Federal Highway Administration said it may suspend or revoke eligibility of federal funding for the ET-Plus system if Trinity does not submit a crash testing plan by Oct. 31. On Monday, a jury in Marshall, Texas, found that Trinity defrauded the government in its sale of ET-Plus to U.S. states, which in turn got federal reimbursements. ...

FBI agents prepare to patrol the woods on Lower Swiftwater Road on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, during a massive manhunt for killer Eric Frein in Swiftwater, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)Police have searched several northeastern Pennsylvania schools as a precaution in the wake of at least two reported sightings of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Five victims of the 1978 mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, were laid to rest after their cremated remains were recently discovered inside an abandoned Delaware funeral home.
DENVER (AP) — The FBI in Denver says it is investigating the possibility that three girls from the Denver area were trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, Robel Phillipos, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrives at federal court to attend his trial in Boston. Closing arguments are being held in the case Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Phillipos is charged with lying to the FBI about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room while two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence several days after the April 15, 2013 attack. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn't remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight.


GARY, Ind. (AP) — Investigators used a cadaver dog Tuesday to comb abandoned buildings in Gary, Indiana for more possible victims of a suspected serial killer who confessed to strangling one woman, directed police to six more bodies and hinted that there could be more killings stretching back two decades.

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys clashed in court on Tuesday over whether a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber was too high on marijuana to have deliberately lied to investigators about his role in the aftermath of the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. A federal prosecutor said Robel Phillipos, 21, lied repeatedly to FBI agents after the April 15, 2013, attack before finally confessing to entering Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room with two other men to remove a backpack containing empty fireworks shells. ...


Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin lunch together after a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Russian leader Vladimir Putin was meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key Western leaders in an attempt to negotiate a full end to hostilities in Ukraine that could ease sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, POOL)BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kiev and will resume European Union-sponsored talks next week.


The sign in the lobby of the corporate headquarters of Dish Network is seen in the Denver suburb of EnglewoodBy Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - Dish Network has stopped carrying Turner Broadcasting's channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, as the companies failed to renew their distribution deal. Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner Inc, said on Tuesday it worked for months to come to an agreement with Dish and accused the satellite TV company of "operating in a disruptive manner". ...


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One stranger tapped on the passenger-side window. Another popped up at her door and jumped in the back.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Warmer water and recent storm swells are to blame for mounds of stinky kelp piling up on the sand in the upscale Southern California resort city of Laguna Beach, scientists say.

This undated handout photo provided by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services shows Rodriquez Purnell. A Maryland lawmaker on Tuesday called for an independent criminal investigation into the accidental release of a man awaiting trial on murder charges from a Baltimore prison. Purnell, 30, was released Friday from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. He was awaiting trial in the shooting death of 27-year-old Terrance Rheubottom on St. Patrick's Day last year in Baltimore. He's also been convicted of assaulting a corrections worker. Purnell remained free Tuesday. (AP Photo/Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services)BALTIMORE (AP) — Corrections officials say a breach in protocol led to the accidental release of a murder suspect in Baltimore.


A mural that reads "Detroit Lives!" is displayed on the side of a building in DetroitBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy dropped hints on Tuesday on what he wants to hear in the city's closing statements and what he may be scrutinizing in creditor settlements. The city's emergency manager also testified in federal court on Tuesday that a recent settlement with the last major holdout creditor was important to keeping elements of Detroit's debt adjustment plan together. "We are getting finality and stability going forward," state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr told U.S. ...


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The reputed former boss of the Philadelphia mob could face more prison time after a judge summoned him for a parole violation hearing.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, The Associated Press attributed a statement to an attorney for McCaffery, Dion Rassias. The statement was distributed by Frank Keel, who said Tuesday he wrongly attributed the comments to Rassias due to miscommunication. Keel, who described himself as an unofficial media adviser to the court, said the statement was from him.
By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic joined other countries in banning entry to foreigners who have visited Ebola-affected countries in the last 30 days, the country's Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday. The Caribbean country joined several other states in the Americas, including Colombia, Jamaica, and St. Lucia, to issue travel bans. ...
By Sascha Brodsky (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials on Tuesday were set to address the suspension of five high school coaches in a locker room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges, according to local media. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School have been suspended and charged with sexually abusing four freshmen members of the team. The head coach and four coaching assistants were suspended as well last week, according to local media. School officials have not officially confirmed those suspensions. ...

In this Sept. 20, 2014, photo, Paul Dotsie and his dog, Buster, search an area near Bishop, Calif. For years, Buster and Dostie have worked together to unlock mysteries, to find the bodies of fighting men who fell long ago on foreign battlefields, or of victims of unsolved crimes or disappearances. In all, Dostie said that Buster has helped find the remains of about 200 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)BENTON, Calif. (AP) — Increasingly, police investigators and courts are putting their faith in four-legged tools — canines that can detect even small particles of human remains.


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