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This photo was taken in November, a tough month for Sierra Leone, with Ebola cases reportedly on the rise. A staff member is disinfecting an office where Dr. Komba Songu M'Briwah talks on the phone.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:55

A million cases by the end of 2014. On the wane in Guinea in August. Coming soon to every major U.S. city. Predictions about Ebola frequently don't come true — and there's a reason for that.

In this June 27, 2006, file photo U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The U.S. announced the transfer of four detainees from Guantanamo to Oman; one will go to Estonia.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:31

The transfers, announced late Wednesday, bring to 122 the number of detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay. The move comes amid GOP opposition, citing security, to freeing prisoners from the facility.

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:49

The regulations have been in place for decades. The new regulations, which let some Americans travel to the island without a license, go into effect Friday.

Satellite image of dense housing in Doro Baga taken on Jan. 7, following an attack by Boko Haram. This shows almost all the structures razed. The inset demonstrates the level of destruction of most of the structures in the town. The red areas indicate the remaining healthy vegetation.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:39

The government has downplayed the severity of the attack, but Amnesty International, which released the images, say they prove the attack was on a "horrific scale."

In <em>Birdman, </em>Michael Keaton (a real-life former Batman) plays a former movie superhero who's trying to get a grasp on his career.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:38

It was a good day for complicated male leads and the movies that feature them, and a rough day for just about everybody else at the Oscar nominations.

Chris Pine and Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the film <em>The Theory of Everything</em> during the Best Picture category at the Oscar Nominations announcement on Jan. 15 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:21

They were followed by The Imitation Game with eight Oscar nominations and American Sniper and Boyhood, with six each.

Alaska: home to Denali National Park and Preserve, grizzly bears and some very pricey health insurance.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:15

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful upon his arrival in Manila  on Thursday.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:29

Security for the visit is intense, because the last two pontiffs to tour the country were targeted for assassination.

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:57

The man is now charged with arms trafficking. Local reports say the man sold one of the Paris suspects ammunition for his weapon.

A box of five Cadbury Creme Eggs in London. The confectioner's decision to change the chocolate used to make the outer shell has left many in the U.K. in "shellshock."
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 02:22

Now is the time when Cadbury's colorfully wrapped chocolate eggs hit stores in Great Britain. But the company has changed the chocolate used in the treats, leaving many Britons in "shellshock."

Dave Tobelmann worked for 33 years at General Mills before retiring five years ago. Not long after, he returned to the company, this time through a staffing firm specializing in retiree placement.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 02:21

Employers are trying to hang onto older talent by offering flexible work hours, more attractive health care benefits or having retirees return to mentor younger workers.

The ferry pulls in to Friday Harbor, the only incorporated city in San Juan County, Wash. Veterans will often travel the hourlong ferry ride to reach VA services here.
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 02:20

Sometimes veterans don't claim their benefits because they live in remote areas that lack resources. In one Washington state county, Veterans Affairs services are at least an hour ferry ride away.

A painted map of the U.S. seen from inside a classroom at Homer A. Plessy Community School, a charter school in New Orleans.
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 23:08

Will choice and competition really improve academic quality? A new study out of New Orleans complicates the picture.

Karlene Bley of Los Angeles spreads her torchon of foie gras onto bread during lunch at the Presidio Social Club restaurant in San Francisco. Last week, a federal judge overturned California's ban on the dish.
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 19:34

A ban on foie gras that went into effect in 2012 was overturned last week. Now some chefs offering the dish have received enough threats to get law enforcement involved.

A view of buildings on Rikers Island penitentiary complex .
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:35

After years of pressure, New York is changing its policy on solitary confinement. Activists say it's a historic step forward. Officers say it will bring more bloodshed.


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