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Union appeal NFL suspension of Rice...Damage assessment...Obama: Ebola fight 'daunting'

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 7:51 p.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — The NFL Players Association has appealed the league's indefinite suspension of Ray Rice. The Baltimore running back was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assaulting his then-fiancee in a casino elevator in February. But the Ravens cut Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite after a video surfaced last week showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator.

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Residents and officials have been assessing the damage in Weed, California, a day after an intense wildfire swept through lumber town. Officials now say 150 structures were damaged or destroyed, many of them houses. However, there were no reports of deaths or even serious injuries in the community of 3,000, despite residents having only a few minutes to flee the wind-blown flames.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says "the world knows how to fight" Ebola, but the task of stopping the epidemic that's killed at least 2,400 people in West Africa is "daunting." Obama was briefed on the situation by doctors and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University in Atlanta today. Calling the Ebola outbreak a "potential threat to global security," the president has ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region to help setup treatment facilities and help train local health care workers.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old have disrupted another government meeting. At a St. Louis County Council meeting this evening, they also renewed calls for the removal of the county prosecutor investigating the case. Michael Brown, who was black, was fatally shot Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, who is white.

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officers continue to search dense forests in northeastern Pennsylvania for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two State Police troopers last Friday, killing one. The State Police commissioner says Eric Matthew Frein (freen) is "extremely dangerous" and residents in the area should be alert and cautious. Investigators say Frein has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and commit mass murder, though they don't know why.

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