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Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. ...

Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius will finally learn his fate when judge Thokozile Masipais is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)A South African judge sentences the runner for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

A member of the Iraqi security force searches a man at a checkpoint in RamadiIn recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.

A pilot climbs from a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania Monday Oct. 20, 2014 . Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said. (AP Photo/Canadian Air Force, Cpl Gabrielle DesRochers)NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and curfew in response to looting the previous night in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Tuesday he was setting up a special commission to examine the social and economic conditions in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that have fed ongoing race-related protests following the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August. The St. Louis area has seen demonstrations almost daily since the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. ...

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move but pressed North Korea to release two other U.S. citizens as well. "While this is a positive decision ... we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and again call on the DPRK to immediately release them," Earnest said, referring to North Korea. ...

A funny thing happened when the President went to the voting booth.

FILE- In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to The Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle, detained since May and charged with "anti-state" crimes there, has lost his job in Ohio. The city of Moraine, Ohio decision to terminate the 56-year-old's job effective Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, includes severance pay and reinstatement ability. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury was sworn in on Tuesday to decide whether Jodi Arias, who was convicted of the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend at a sensational trial, should face the death penalty or life in prison. The 12 jurors and six alternates were sworn for the penalty phase of Arias' trial by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge after months of delays in the high profile case. Arias, 34, was in court as the jury was sworn in, wearing a beige blouse. ...

New Ebola Screening Procedures At Dulles Airport Take EffectEveryone coming to the U.S. from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease.

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