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U.S. nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, takes bike ride

Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur address the media during an informal meeting with the news media outside their home in Fort KentBy Joseph Ax and Jeff Mason (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride on Thursday, defying a quarantine order and setting up a legal collision with state authorities. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce a 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...



Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

Boston's Mayor Thomas MeninoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. ...



Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

The headline of the Stockton Record newspaper reads "City in 'Fight for its life", in a downtown newsstandBy Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market. A haircut to California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, pensions would be unprecedented in municipal bankruptcy. And both Stockton and Calpers have adamantly opposed the idea. But U.S. ...



Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment

Estrada looks into signing up for health insurance at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Caroline Humer (Reuters) - U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. In interviews with Reuters, half a dozen privately held and non-profit health insurers around the country say they are expecting this growth based on interest from potential customers they are hearing about through their call centers, sales forces and brokers. ...



Settlement reached in 2009 New York plane crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ? A settlement has been reached in the only case to go to trial following a 2009 plane crash into a home outside Buffalo, New York that killed 50 people.


Alabama pastor: College official touched me, too

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) ? A Baptist minister from Alabama says he was inappropriately touched by a man now accused of sexually assaulting students at a state university in northeastern Pennsylvania.


Closings set in Florida A&M hazing trial

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ? A former Florida A&M University band member told a judge Thursday he will not testify on his own behalf in his trial on manslaughter and hazing charges in the November 2011 death of a school drum major.


U.S. lawsuit vs Hartford police who fatally shot dog is revived

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit against Hartford, Connecticut, and two police officers over the fatal shooting of a family dog, near a 12-year-old girl, after the officers entered a property without a warrant to search for guns. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said there was not enough evidence of an urgent need that would justify the Dec. 20, 2006, search of plaintiff Glen Harris' property, during which one of the officers shot and killed Seven, a 3-year-old St. Bernard. ...


Pa. coroner auctioning off guns used in suicides

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) ? A western Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths.


Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas

In the image from video provided by KAKE News black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport where officials say a plane crashed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Wichita, Kan. AP Photo/KAKE News) MANDATORY CREDITWICHITA, Kan. (AP) ? A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building Thursday while trying to return to a Kansas airport, killing two people inside the building and injuring at least four others, officials said.