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October 22, 2014

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EBOLA-US

WASHINGTON — The federal government is closing a gap in Ebola screening at airports Wednesday while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals and nurses ready for another patient to turn up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease. By Connie Cass and Alicia A. Caldwell. AP Photos.

With: EBOLA-CAMERMAN; EBOLA-NURSE.

CUBA-EBOLA

HAVANA — Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies off to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, as part of a strategy that puts doctors on the front lines of Cuba’s foreign policy. Now the intensive care specialist is headed to the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic along with 90 other Cuban medical workers. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly frees an American man, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refuses to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held. By National Security Writer Lara Jakes.

UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-TRYING CHARM

UNITED NATIONS — For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen’s contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations’ bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his card and suggests a “coffee meeting to exchange views.” The young adviser to North Korea’s foreign ministry is on an unusual mission that’s almost certainly doomed to fail: Persuading the world that his country’s dreadful human rights situation isn’t so bad after all. Faced with the threat of a referral to the International Criminal Court, Pyongyang is trying on the charm. By Cara Anna. AP Photos.

UNITED STATES-VIETNAM

WASHINGTON — The State Department welcomes the release of one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents, as the U.S. urges the authoritarian government in Hanoi to improve its human rights record and smooth the way for stronger relations. By Matthew Pennington. AP Photo.

OBIT-BRADLEE

WASHINGTON — Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, has died. He was 93. By Nancy Benac. AP Photos.

With: OBIT-BRADLEE-REACTION.

AP POLL-MIDTERM ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before Election Day, most likely American voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate and with it full control of Congress, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that’s the outcome they’d prefer. By Jennifer Agiesta and Emily Swanson. AP Photos.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS-THE CLINTONS

AURORA, Colorado — Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall, attending fundraisers and get-out-the-vote rallies for a long roster of Democratic candidates. In states like Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Colorado, the Clintons are an asset at a time when many Democrats need a big name to help inspire supporters. The Clintons usually campaign for candidates on their own. By Ken Thomas and Nicholas Riccardi. AP Photos.

OBAMA-BLACK VOTERS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for votes in the Nov. 4 election, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. By Nedra Pickler. AP Photo.

US-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to apply for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year. By Alicia A. Caldwell. AP Photos.

MEXICO-THE MISSING

IGUALA, Mexico — Authorities hunting for 43 missing students have so far only found more unidentified dead. Rather than solve an extraordinary crime that has captured international attention, a mass forced disappearance by the state, the discovery of bodies has added layers of horror to a case already difficult to fathom. Given Mexico’s record on identifying the missing, it will be hard to ever know who the bodies are. By Maria Verza and Christopher Sherman. AP Photos.

MEXICO-ARMY SLAYINGS

MEXICO CITY — The government’s Human Rights Commission says Mexico’s army and civilian prosecutors tried to cover up unjustified killings by troops during a confrontation with suspected gang members, saying at least 12 and probably 15 people were executed by soldiers. By Mark Stevenson. AP Photo.

CANADA-SOLDIERS HIT

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec — A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities say. By Benjamin Shingler and Rob Gillies. AP Photos.

WOMEN KILLED

GARY, Indiana — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in Indiana. By Michael Tarm and Tom Coyne. AP Photos. AP Video.

ISLAMIC STATE-COLORADO

DENVER— Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents’ money and flying to Germany, authorities say. By Sadie Gurman.

BRAZIL-ELECTION-BATTLEGROUND STATE

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Brazil’s deadlocked presidential race is the most heated since the nation returned to democracy, and nowhere is the battle more bare-knuckled than in Minas Gerais, the state where both candidates were born. By Adriana Gomez Licon. AP Photos.

PEOPLE-MALALA-LIBERTY MEDAL

PHILADELPHIA — A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education has been honored with the Liberty Medal.Malala Yousafzai accepted the medal, which is given annually at the National Constitution Center to someone who strives to secure freedom for people around the world, on Tuesday. She implored world leaders to spend money on education, not wars, and to solve their differences with words.

JAMAICA-GAY RIGHTS

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country often described as the region’s most hostile to LGBT citizens, a rights group says. By David McFadden.

CHILE-IAPA-PRESS FREEDOM

SANTIAGO, Chile — Freedom of expression and the press have sharply deteriorated in the Americas over the last six months due to an increase in censorship and physical attacks on journalists, the Inter American Press Association said Tuesday.

MORMON-UNDERGARMENTS

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints’ devotion to God. By Bradley McCombs. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

EARN-MCDONALD’S

NEW YORK — After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. AP Photo.

With: MCDONALD’s-FIVE-PROBLEMS.

YAHOO-CEO AT CROSSROADS

SAN FRANCISCO — Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. AP Photo.

OBIT-NELSON BUNKER HUNT

DALLAS — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

OSCAR DE LA RENTA-APPRECIATION

NEW YORK — Fun, sunny, romantic. Oscar de la Renta approached fashion and life on those terms, but there was more, so much more, those who loved and admired the designer say.The “more,” Vogue’s Anna Wintour wrote Tuesday on the magazine’s website, was “democratic.” By that, she meant de la Renta possessed the sensibility, the ease, to dine with the rich and famous but happily play dominoes with his staff. The “more,” to others, was his desire to make women feel feminine and pretty, and not just a coterie of first ladies and socialites. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos. AP Photos.

With: OSCAR DE LA RENTA-FIRST LADIES.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-DE LA RENTA

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Designer Oscar de la Renta is mourned in his native Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamour and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez AP Photos.

TV-MAGGIE Q-STALKER

NEW YORK — Maggie Q’s new drama series, “Stalker,” takes pains to say most victims of stalking aren’t big shots or celebrities. They’re everyday folks. Even so, she has had her own brush with a stalker. As a star of Asian-based action films, then the title character of the CW thriller “Nikita,” Maggie has done her best to deflect off-screen attention. Now she’s headlining “Stalker,” and in its early weeks she has braced for an even greater challenge ahead staying out of the public eye. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP Photos.

POWER BROKER AT 40

NEW YORK — Carl Weisbrod was two years out of graduate school, on his way to a career in legal services, when a new book about municipal builder Robert Moses changed his life: Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker.” A generation of city planners and builders have come of age since Caro’s 1,100-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography was published, 40 years ago. Celebrated for its exhaustive detail, controversial for its startling disclosures, Caro’s book has been cited as inspiration for a new approach to urban planning — more modest in scale, more focused on community involvement. By National Writer Hillel Italie..

MUSIC-NEIL DIAMOND

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album in six years awash in the heady glow of love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says his love for his new bride inspired his work on “Melody Road.” By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. AP Photos.

THEATER-JOSH RADNOR

NEW YORK — For nine years, Josh Radnor played a hopeless romantic on TV’s “How I Met Your Mother.” So he’s the perfect person to ask if his latest project is a good for a date night. Radnor is on Broadway in Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced,” a blistering play about a dinner party that spirals into a shouting match about race, Islam and culture. He thinks for a moment before taking the bait. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photo.

OBIT-ALFRED WERTHEIMER

LOS ANGELES — Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died.

SPORTS:

PARAGUAY’S LITTLE CLUB-PHOTO ESSAY

CAPITATA, Paraguay — They don’t get much smaller than Paraguay’s Deportivo Capiata — or bigger than Argentina’s legendary Boca Juniors. So when the Capiata soccer club beat Boca 1-0 at its famed La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, it was a shocker for the ages. With photo essay by Jorge Saenz.

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