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October 17, 2014

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EBOLA

WASHINGTON — Facing renewed criticism about the U.S. response to the Ebola, President Barack Obama is conceding that it may make sense to have a single person lead the administration’s effort. But he says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive.

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EBOLA-FRIEDEN

WASHINGTON — Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America’s top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because “overconfidence can kill.” Five months later in a hearing room on Capitol Hill, Tom Frieden was accused of not following his own advice. By Anne Flaherty.

STRATEGIC KOBANI

WASHINGTON — Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit. By Lara Jakes.

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TROPICAL WEATHER

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on this tiny British territory, threatening to batter Bermuda with dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge. Authorities urge people to move away from low-lying ground. By Josh Ball and Danica Coto.

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VENEZUELA-UN SECURITY COUNCIL

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela celebrates its new seat on the United Nations’ most powerful body as a global ratification of the country’s socialist revolution. By Hannah Dreier.

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BRAZIL-ELECTION

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s presidential contenders square off in an acrimonious debate, trading barbs about corruption, nepotism and the ability to spark the stagnant economy. By Brad Brooks.

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CUBA-CIVIL SOCIETY

CARDENAS, Cuba — The former editors of one of Cuba’s few non-state controlled media outlets have quietly restarted efforts to spur debate about the nation’s future, launching a series of public forums and plans for a new journal addressing the island’s most urgent problems. By Michael Weissenstein.

BRAZIL-DRY SAO PAULO

SAO PAULO — The Sao Paulo state water utility assures customers that Brazil’s largest city won’t run out of water, even though a main reservoir is nearly dry.

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GUYANA-EBOLA BAN

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago become the latest countries in the Western Hemisphere to restrict travelers from West African nations struggling with an epidemic of the Ebola virus. By David McFadden.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

BETTING ON APPLE PAY

CUPERTINO, California — Apple’s skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week’s launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet. By Brandon Bailey.

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EARNS-GOOGLE

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s third-quarter earnings slipped as the Internet search leader hired nearly 3,000 more employees while pouring more money into its zest for innovation and quest for new markets. By Michael Liedtke.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

THEATER REVIEW-ON THE TOWN

NEW YORK — The webs have been swept away, the comic book villains are long gone and even the name of the theater has changed. So what better way to bid farewell to the doomed “Spider-Man” musical at the re-christened Lyric Theatre than with a pure American classic? An exuberant, dazzling revival of “On the Town” has opened, filling Broadway’s biggest theater with big, crowd-pleasing dance numbers, lavish and clever visuals and superb performances from a massive cast. By Mark Kennedy.

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