Nigeria declared Ebola-free; 'spectacular success'
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa.
Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) — The people closest to Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are trying to resume their lives now that they have come out of a 21-day incubation period without developing symptoms of the disease. Youngor Jallah beamed with pride as she sent her children off to school for the first time in three weeks, with clearance from the Dallas County health department tucked into their backpacks.
Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway. The statement by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came hours after the U.S. airdropped weapons and ammunition to resupply Kurdish fighters for the first time. Those airdrops Sunday followed weeks of airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition in and near Kobani.
Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend said Monday it could be the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said at a news conference that the suspect is 43-year-old Darren Vann of nearby Gary, Indiana, who pleaded guilty to a Texas sexual assault in 2009 and was released from prison in July, 2013. His confession to the slaying of a woman in Hammond led police to the grisly discovery of six other bodies in Gary, including three on the same block, authorities said.
US lawmaker demands probe of Nazi benefit payments
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Democrat demanded Monday that the Obama administration investigate the payment of millions of dollars in Social Security benefits to suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York requested the inquiry in letters to the inspectors general at the Justice Department and Social Security Administration after an Associated Press investigation detailing the payments, which continue to this day.
In Chicago, a warm homecoming for unpopular Obama
CHICAGO (AP) — They say you can never truly go home again, but for Barack Obama, perhaps the old adage doesn't apply. Across the country, far more Americans say they disapprove of the president than approve. He's so politically toxic that Democratic candidates in tough races are practically begging Obama to stay away.
Ebola: Keeping patients alive as body fights back
WASHINGTON (AP) — People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. So why do some people escape Ebola, and not others?
Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and calling on Palestinians to defend a contested Jerusalem holy site "by any means." The heightened rhetoric is a departure for the normally staid Mahmoud Abbas — and an apparent sign of desperation as he tries to halt a slide in his own popularity following this summer's war between Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas in Gaza.
Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere
NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable? Well, don't sound the death knell for cable companies yet.
Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.