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U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

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. ...

Indiana police search vacant houses after arrest of suspected killer

Lake County Sheriff's Department photo of Darren VannBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Indiana police used a dog trained to hunt for cadavers to search more than 90 vacant houses in the city of Gary on Tuesday, following the discovery of the bodies of six women who may have been victims of a serial killer. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, a convicted sex offender, was charged in Lake County on Monday with murder and will make his first court appearance on Wednesday. ...

New York state to settle landmark suit over public defenders

By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York state has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is underfunded and violates poor people's rights to counsel a day before the case was set to go to trial. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday. ...

Memphis boy wounded when gun he brought to school goes off

By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) - A Tennessee teenager was wounded in the leg on Tuesday when he dropped his backpack and a handgun he was showing off to middle school classmates in Memphis went off, officials said. The 13-year-old student, who was not identified, was in stable condition at a nearby hospital, but faces 180 days suspension from school for having a firearm on campus, a spokeswoman for the Shelby County Schools said. The incident happened on Tuesday morning, but the A. Maceo Walker Middle School remained in session for the day. ...

FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

DENVER (AP) ? The FBI said Tuesday that it's investigating the possibility that three girls from the Denver area tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists.

VIDEO: Aggressive group of dirt bikes, ATVs on Philly streets

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

Schools scoured in search for ambush suspect

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)SWIFTWATER, Pa. (AP) ? With two possible sightings in four days, a man charged in the deadly ambush of a state police barracks appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains.

$8M for 88 victims of abuse by Franciscan friar

PITTSBURGH (AP) ? Eighty-eight former students who were sexually molested by a Franciscan friar who worked as an athletic trainer at a Catholic high school have settled their legal claims for $8 million, according to two attorneys who represent more than half the victims.

Protocol breached during murder suspect's release

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.

New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week.