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Florida out of the gate at start of early voting

ATLANTA (AP) — Midterm elections are almost three weeks away, yet more than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The Associated Press from election officials in 11 states.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand's award-winning soap opera "The Power of Shadows," the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and the producers say they will live happily ever after in the sequel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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US steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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CDC: Nurse exposed to Ebola should not have flown

NEW YORK (AP) — A top federal health official said Wednesday that a Texas nurse exposed to the Ebola virus never should have taken a flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area. She has now been diagnosed with Ebola and officials are now contacting other passengers on the plane.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

NEW YORK (AP) — Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to watch "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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Success for 2nd station spacewalk in 2 weeks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts replaced a failed electrical unit at the International Space Station on Wednesday, restoring full power to the orbiting lab.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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