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French doctor sick with Ebola in LiberiaYour Top Plays for Today

The Ebola virus has claimed 2,097 lives out of 3,944 people infected in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health OrganizationLiberia's president praises U.S. troops and treatment centers, but says more is needed.

File: In this Tuesday May, 20, 2014, file photo Oscar Pistorius outide the HIgh Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

Northern Calif. wildfire rips through 150 homesVikings admit 'mistake' on Peterson; sponsors pressure NFL

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh PondFire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota VikingsBy Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - Grievances against the NFL's response to domestic abuse cases gathered pace on Wednesday as the Minnesota Vikings acknowledged making a mistake with its treatment of star player Adrian Peterson and corporate sponsors joined the chorus of discontent with America's top sports league. Brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, which began a three-year affiliation with the NFL this month, said "it was very much considering its future" as a sponsor. Nike Inc said it had suspended its contract with Peterson. The Vikings on Wednesday issued the latest mea culpa from the NFL. ...

Michigan woman holds off thief, then gives birthWatson says in-form Horschel did not deserve Ryder Cup nod

Mark NewtonFLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police in Flint, Michigan, say a woman gave birth after she and her family captured a purse snatcher in a grocery store parking lot.

Ryder Cup team U.S. captain Tom Watson gestures while announcing his three picks to add to this year's Ryder Cup squad in New York(Reuters) - United States captain Tom Watson said on Wednesday he has no issue with the deadline for making wildcard picks even though his team at next week's Ryder Cup in Scotland will not include the game's hottest player. Billy Horschel was runner-up in the second of four playoff events on the U.S. circuit a day before Watson made his wildcard picks and then went on to triumph at the next two tournaments to secure FedExCup honors and the $10 million jackpot. But Watson, speaking on a conference call in his final interview before the U.S. ...

15 killed in college shooting in Nigeria's KanoUmpire suspended for grabbing player

A student looks over at the damage to a lecture hall at the Federal College of Education in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on September 17, 2014Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the region's main city of Kano, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly targeted civilians in the north, is likely to be a prime suspect. A police spokesman added that officers arrived on the scene and killed two of the attackers. ...

Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaNew York (AFP) - Major League Baseball umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay on Wednesday for grabbing the shirt of Philadelphia pitcher Jonathan Papelbon and pushing him in a game on Sunday.

Fed signals plan to keep record low rateFlorida State University benches quarterback Jameis Winston half a game

In this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a dinner during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Yellen will be pressed to clarify the Fed's intentions after the Fed issues its policy statement on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)The Federal Reserve has renewed a pledge to keep interest rates near zero.

MLB: Florida State at New York YankeesBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida State University benched Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston on Wednesday for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after he shouted obscenities in the student union plaza, for which he later apologized. Winston jumped atop a table in the student union courtyard on Tuesday and shouted an obscene sexual phrase that was promptly circulated on social media by several students. ...

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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

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