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This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who promised to defy Maine's quarantine for health care workers who've treated Ebola patients has followed through on her vow.

a couple surveys the remains of the home owned by the woman’s parentsResidents still feel mental anguish two years after Sandy ravaged the East Coast.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna BeachApple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay, saying in a magazine article that he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek published on Thursday. A popular gay and lesbian magazine, Out, placed Cook at the top of its annual top 50 list of gay people in 2013.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks during a lecture regarding the Ebola virus at the Residence Palace in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Power, who recently traveled to the Ebola-infected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, is trying to draw support for more international aid in the stricken areas. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."

This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it slides toward the ocean.

The headline of the Stockton Record newspaper reads "City in 'Fight for its life", in a downtown newsstandBy Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market. A haircut to California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, pensions would be unprecedented in municipal bankruptcy. And both Stockton and Calpers have adamantly opposed the idea. But U.S. ...

Iraqi security forces and gunmen take position following clashes with jihadists on September 19, 2014, in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar provinceMilitants from Islamic State said to have rounded up Sunni men from villages and executed them Wednesday.

FILE - Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook laughs with a group before an Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony at the state Capitol in this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo taken in Montgomery, Ala. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, and published Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For

Umbrella rally marks one month of Hong Kong protestsMonth-old pro-democracy demonstrations a threat to China's rule; time for neutrality is over, political operative says.

North Koreans are seen from the window of a train along the railway line between Pyongyang and the North Phyongan Province on the west coast on April 8, 2012Russia is eyeing a 'mammoth' and lucrative project for the hermit state.

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