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Independence leader steps down...Search for Ebola in West Africa...Deputy still missing



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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The leader of the failed independence effort in Scotland is resigning as the country's leader and as head of the Scottish National Party. Alex Salmond says he's proud of the campaign and the record turnout for yesterday's referendum, even though it ended with voters deciding that Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Thousands of health workers are knocking on doors across the West African country of Sierra Leone. They're searching for people with Ebola who may be hiding in their homes. The entire nation is locked down for three days, in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. Army officer says thousands of American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims. Gen. Ray Odierno (oh-dee-EHR'-noh) says the disease has accelerated faster than initially thought, so the U.S. needs to get people on the ground and ramp up numbers quickly. President Barack Obama has pledged 3,000 troops, and the U.S. military commander and a small team have arrived in Liberia to do initial assessments.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The search has resumed for a missing sheriff's deputy in Central Texas. The deputy's patrol car was found swamped by floodwaters yesterday, minutes after she radioed for help while checking flooded crossings. Efforts to find the deputy were suspended before nightfall yesterday because of storms that are remnants of Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL').

DENVER (AP) — Educators say a surprising number of school science teachers don't have the required training to handle hazardous chemicals and don't know about standard safety measures. Fires have erupted twice in 12 days during science demonstrations in Nevada and Colorado, injuring a total of 17 people. Both involved methanol, a form of alcohol. Both are under investigation.

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