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Doctors Without Borders physician in NYC tests positive for Ebola

A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN.

Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children

Ottawa shooting: Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted to travel to Syria

The man who stormed Canada’s government complex Wednesday, killing a soldier and sending Ottawa into a lockdown, had recently applied for a passport and was hoping to leave for Syria, his mother told Canadian authorities.

Judge dismisses Tea Party group's lawsuit against IRS over targeting

A federal judge has dismissed all counts of a lawsuit filed by a Tea Party group against the IRS claiming it was targeted for special scrutiny.

Young Women Leader Shares Message of Faith With Girl Scouts

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discussed the impact of faith on the lives of girls with other youth religious leaders during a 90-minute panel discussion at the 2014 Girl Scouts Convention held Thursday, 16 October 2014, in Salt Lake City

Changing fields: Returned missionary college football players find new opportunities to share gospel

Returned Mormon missionaries playing college football at schools such as Stanford, San Jose State, Oregon State, Air Force and Arizona State share stories, experiences.

LDS Pitcher Set to Make World Series Start

Kansas City Royals manager, Ned Yost, scheduled Jeremy Guthrie as the starting pitcher for the third game of the World Series, set to be played Friday, October 24, 2014 in AT&T Park in San Francisco. This will be Guthrie’s first time pitching in the World Series.

Defending the Faith: Some things are more important than others

Latter-day Saints take a high view of the reliability of scripture, but we don't believe in scriptural inerrancy. And, anyway, some aspects of the scriptures are more important than others. We should focus on defending the essentials.

Six Notable Tabernacle Choir Changes Under Conductor Jerold Ottley

Jerold Ottley started his career as an educator and planned to keep it that way. When Ottley was asked to be the assistant director for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, he was hesitant because of his commitment to the University of Utah

Three dead after airplane and helicopter collide in Maryland

Three people were killed and two taken to a hospital after a small airplane and a helicopter collided in mid-air on Thursday near a local airport in Frederick, Maryland.

Why Kansas is set to become focus of same-sex marriage fight

Kansas officials say they are not bound by a Supreme Court decision that allowed federal court rulings in support of same-sex marriage to stand. In a court hearing Friday, they will defend the state's ban on gay marriage.

Eastern Europe Shivers Thinking About Winter Without Gas

As winter approaches, former Soviet satellite nations from Poland to Bulgaria are watching Russia and Ukraine’s stalled gas negotiations with growing trepidation.

Companies try to escape ObamaCare penalties

With companies set to face fines next year for not complying with the new mandate to offer health insurance, some are pursuing strategies like enrolling employees in Medicaid to avoid penalties and hold down costs.

Rand Paul Tries to Peel Away Isolationist Label

Charging that "America cannot disengage from the world," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday confronted critics who brand him an isolationist as he endorsed an American foreign policy that embraces war with limits.

Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

U.S. National Park graffiti vandal spotted through social media

The National Park Service said on Thursday it was investigating a New York artist as a suspect for graffiti vandalism in parks across the Western United States after she posted at least one picture of herself defacing a protected park on social media.

Navajo high court orders officials to postpone tribe's presidential election, reprint ballots

The top court on the largest American Indian reservation ordered tribal election officials Thursday to postpone the Navajo Nation's presidential election and immediately reprint ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.

CDC Details New Ebola Response and Prep Teams

The government's new federal Ebola response squads were getting their first test Thursday, dispatched to New York to help care for the city's first case, a doctor who had treated a patient with the disease in west Africa.

Senators move to block U.S. benefits to ex-Nazis

Members of Congress rushed Thursday to announce legislation to close a loophole that has allowed Nazi war-crime suspects to collect millions of dollars in Social Security benefits.

ObamaCare rate increases fuel Republican attacks ahead of midterm elections

ObamaCare rate increases are coming to some key battleground states, fueling Republican attacks ahead of next month’s midterm elections.

Nato jets 'intercept Russian spy plane' over Baltic

A Russian spy plane has been intercepted by Nato jets over the Baltic Sea, the alliance says, amid heightened tensions in the region.

US returns smuggled ancient artefacts to Peru

The US has returned about 20 ancient artefacts - some more than 1,800 years old

ISIS Inc.: US official reveals how terror network makes its millions

Islamic State militants are amassing a fortune through their web of criminal activity, including earning roughly $1 million a day from oil smuggling alone, according to a Treasury Department official who on Thursday provided unprecedented details about the illicit financial network.

Thousands of Iranians Take to Streets in Protest at Wave of Acid Attacks

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the parliament building in Tehran, and thousands more in Isfahan City, where at least six women are believed to have suffered acid attacks in the last few weeks.

Islamist preacher rejects link to Ottawa shootings, warns of threat to Britain

Britain's most high-profile Islamist preacher rejected suggestions on Thursday he had influenced the man believed to have shot dead a soldier in Ottawa, but warned there could be similar attacks in Britain from angry radicalized Muslims.

China Seeks Closer Military Ties with Iran

China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans.

Islamic State militants allegedly used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces

11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The diagnosis: poisoning by chlorine gas. The perpetrators, according to the officers: Islamic State extremists.

Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food

President Nicolas Maduro's government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband.

Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister: ‘We will not be intimidated … never’

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reacted to the terrorist storming and shooting of a war memorial and then Parliament with a blunt, aggressive message: This nation will not bury its head.

UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to EU

The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) towards the European Union's budget because of the country's relative economic health.

China Moves to Reinforce Rule of Law, With Caveats

Communist Party leaders, seeking to address widespread dissatisfaction with China’s politicized and corrupt judiciary, endorsed a raft of legal changes on Thursday to foster a more predictable legal system while keeping the courts under the firm control of the party.

Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive Inc's (AMZN.O) sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower on Thursday.

Sears closing stores, cutting over 5,400 jobs

Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close about 100 stores and cut more than 5,400 jobs before Christmas

Defective air bags raise questions about automakers’ ability to handle gigantic recall

More than 30 million cars and trucks nationwide are equipped with dangerously defective air bags, congressional officials say, a number that raises questions about whether the U.S. auto industry can handle what could become the largest recall in history.

Facebook launches Rooms app for anonymous sharing of interests

Facebook has taken the wraps off a new app for iOS called Rooms that brings people together around their interests.

The Spy Who Came In From the Bank: Fake Nazi Agent Named

The World War II spy who fooled British Nazis into believing he was a Gestapo agent and persuaded them to work for him has been named as a London bank clerk who barely spoke German.