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CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say charges have been filed against an Illinois man in connection with a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that brought two of the nation's busiest airports to a halt today. Brian Howard faces a federal charge of destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities. He's being treated for burns and what authorities say are self-inflicted wounds. The ground stop affected thousands of passengers in the Chicago area alone. Terrorism has been ruled out as a motive.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's top aviation security official says the al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group is "a clear and present danger" to commercial flights to Europe and the United States. The group was targeted by U.S. airstrikes this week in Syria. Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole (PIH'-stohl) has been researching and testing devices designed to elude airport security.

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines should be available in the coming months and could eventually be given to health care workers and other people at high risk of the deadly disease. A WHO toll released today puts the number of deaths from the disease past 3,000.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma City say 10 new charges have been filed against a police officer accused of sexually assaulting women. Prosecutors also say they have identified two additional victims, bringing the total number of accusers to 10. Charges against the officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, include first-degree rape and indecent exposure.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Federal civil rights investigators want the Ferguson police chief to ban his officers from wearing bracelets supporting a white colleague who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. In a letter released today, the Justice Department asks Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson to confirm its understanding that officers in the suburban St. Louis County department won't wear "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets while on duty.

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