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The bright yellow steel bridge over St. John's River is an official border crossing between Liberia and Guinea. The Liberian-Guinean border has been closed since July to help curb the spread of Ebola.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:25

To stop the spread of Ebola, Liberia shut down its border crossings to Guinea. That might have been wise from a medical point of view, but it's bad for the economy — and the restless residents.

A laser weapon system on the USS Ponce has been deployed to the Arabian Gulf. The Navy released a video showing the system taking target practice.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:11

The U.S. Navy says it made a "historic leap" by deploying a laser weapon system for the first time. A video shows the system, based on the USS Ponce in the Arabian Gulf, taking target practice.

David Goldhill (second from left) talks with Dan Hilferty of Independence Blue Cross, Kevin Nazemi of Oscar Insurance and Sam Nussbaum of WellPoint in a conversation about health costs. Moderator Avik Roy is at far left.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:59

Technological advances are make it easier for you and your doctor to track your health and to find treatments for complex diseases. But the technology may prove costly and there are privacy pitfalls.

The Uber smartphone app is seen next to a taxi sign in Madrid, Spain. A Spanish judge this week ordered Uber to cease operations in the country. It's the latest challenge around the world faced by the ride-sharing service recently valued at $40 billion.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:58

The attorneys general of San Francisco and Los Angeles counties are accusing the ride-sharing service of misrepresenting its background checks on drivers. It comes amid a rash of bad news for Uber.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:56

Many crops we eat today are the product of genetic modifications that happen in a lab, not in nature. Scientists and consumers are divided how cautious we need to be about these foods.

Gawker CEO Nick Denton is seen with chief strategy officer Erin Pettigrew (center) and president Heather Dietrick. Denton is stepping down as the president of the media company he founded.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:52

But he will remain CEO of the media company that he built, and be part of a seven-member managing partnership. He said he wanted to spend more time blogging.

Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:56

Today's White House summit on early education highlights public and philanthropic partnerships to support high-quality learning opportunities for young children.

Many Yazidis, like the ones shown here, managed to flee the onslaught of the so-called Islamic State and made their way to relative safety, like this camp near the northern Iraqi border crossing of Zakho. However, some 5,000 Yazidis, many of them women, are still being held hostage by the Islamic State.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:51

Many of the 5,000 Yazidi hostages in Iraq are women who are being raped. Those who return to their deeply conservative community face new trauma: shame, invasive 'virginity tests,' possible pregnancy.

Alan Rusbridger said today that he will step down as editor in chief of the <em>Guardian</em> next summer. Rusbridger oversaw the U.K. newspaper's publication of Edward Snowden's leak of classified material.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:51

He is best known in the U.S. for shepherding the newspaper through its coverage of Edward Snowden's leaks of classified material. He will become the chair of the trust that runs the Guardian.

The new NFL conduct policy includes a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation of domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:46

The changes include a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation in domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.

After a woman reported that she was raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi, protesters gathered outside a police station.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:51

A passenger in an Uber car in New Delhi reported that the driver raped her. As the company expands into the developing world, questions about the screening of its drivers are being raised.

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks today flanked by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (left) and emergency manager Kevyn Orr. Snyder said that the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy will end at midnight.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:53

The city's bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, will end at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder said. The city filed for bankruptcy on July 18, 2013.

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Oct. 17. A South African judge ruled today that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed to the athlete for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:36

The double-amputee Olympian was convicted earlier this year of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in the shooting death of his girlfriend. He is serving a five-year prison sentence.

Radiation therapy is effective in treating breast cancer, but typically requires dozens of visits over five to seven weeks.  A newer protocol takes just three weeks.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:31

Three weeks of radiation works just as well as six weeks for most women with early stage breast cancer. But doctors have been slow to make that switch. Money may be one big reason why, a study says.

Artificial Christmas tree.
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:15

When it comes to Christmas trees — like just about everything else — America is split.

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