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

Prescreening is done on a passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoBy 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. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...

Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were on their way to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamist militants in Syria. U.S. officials declined to say if they suspected a link between the girls and militants in the region. ...

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoBy Roberta Rampton and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record. North Korea has been on a diplomatic campaign to counter charges by a U.N. body that highlighted widespread human rights abuses and a move by some U.N. members to refer the state to an international tribunal. ...

Famed Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dead at 88: housekeeper, local media

(Reuters) - Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Texas oilman who was considered the richest man in the world before his fortunes were undone by Muammar Gaddafi and his own epic overreaching in the silver market, died on Tuesday at age 88, according to his housekeeper and local media. The Dallas Morning News reported that Hunt died at an assisted-living center in Dallas suffering from dementia and cancer. Bobbie Young, a housekeeper at his Dallas residence, said he died in the morning. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner from San Francisco; Editing by Steve Gorman)

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Kidnapping charges dismissed for West Philadelphia business owners

Kidnapping charges dismissed for West Philadelphia business ownersTwo West Philadelphia business owners say their reputations were destroyed and their efforts to help their home country of Liberia delayed because of a wrongful prosecution by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Schools reopen Wednesday amid Eric Frein search

Schools reopen Wednesday amid Eric Frein searchPolice swarmed the area around a clothing bin late Tuesday morning after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man who allegedly gunned down a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

Elusive bobcat escapes again from New Jersey home

Elusive bobcat escapes again from New Jersey homeA pet bobcat that has repeatedly escaped from its owner's southern New Jersey home is again on the loose.

Malala Yousafzai receives Liberty Medal

Malala Yousafzai receives Liberty MedalA Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls' education has been honored with the Liberty Medal.