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Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

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Ex-Mountie hero of shooting at Canada’s Parliament

The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder.

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty because of the government’s order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated.

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NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees

The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.

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Libya FM wants Tripoli negotiations

Libya’s newly appointed foreign minister said Thursday he hopes to see a negotiated solution to the standoff in the capital, Tripoli, where Islamist-allied militias have taken over the city and forced out the elected lawmakers.

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Officials: New York doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.

Students charged in alcohol death

Authorities on Thursday arrested four University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity brothers in the alcohol-related death of a freshman found unresponsive in his room in September.

Expert: Autopsy doesn’t show if Brown went for gun

Michael Brown’s official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there’s no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.

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Protest against police brutality blocks Ga freeway

Demonstrators who say they were taking part in a week of resistance to police brutality temporarily blocked rush hour traffic on a busy freeway through downtown Atlanta.

Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

US increases security, though no threats cited

The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threat against the U.S.

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2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament

A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said.

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North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.

Education Dept. loosens eligibility for parent loan program

The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.

FedEx predicts increase in holiday deliveries

FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

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Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.

Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

US expands Ebola checks

Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports.

Ebola causing spike in demand for hospital gear

Manufacturers and distributors of impermeable gowns and full-body suits meant to protect medical workers from Ebola are scrambling to keep up with a surge of new orders from U.S. hospitals, with at least one doubling its staff and still facing a weekslong backlog.

Teacher hurt by rock thrown on car: Eager for home

A schoolteacher severely injured by a rock thrown from the overpass of a Pennsylvania interstate said Tuesday she was looking forward to getting back to her Ohio home and seeing her 12-year-old dog Coco.