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New clinics to curb Ebola's spread ... Tensions rise in Hong Kong ... "Open" website not so much

By The Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 2, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.



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LONDON (AP) — Britain and Sierra Leone are proposing a new type of clinic to help slow the world's largest Ebola outbreak. Officials at a London conference on the outbreak are expected to announce plans to build up to 1,000 makeshift clinics in Sierra Leone. The clinics will offer little treatment, but will get those with the virus out of their homes and away from their families. Officials hope that will slow the infection rate. Sierra Leone is one of the hardest-hit countries. The outbreak has killed more than 3,300 people.

HONG KONG (AP) — Tensions are mounting in Hong Kong. Leaders of the tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters are threatening to try to move into government buildings unless the city's Beijing-backed chief executive steps down. Hong Kong police are warning of serious consequences if the protesters move from the streets. The demonstrations have gone on for a week in the biggest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could be the next country to join the allied fight against Islamic State group militants in Syria and Iraq. Turkey's parliament is considering a motion today to give the government new powers to launch military incursions in neighboring Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.

ELWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A high school football player has died after he collided with an opponent and collapsed during a game on Long Island, New York. Tom Cutinella died at a hospital after undergoing surgery for a head injury suffered during a varsity game.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The website is called "Open Payments," but you'll have to do some sleuthing to learn whether your doctor is under the influence of drug companies and medical device manufacturers. Consumer advocates have long pushed for more transparency about the freebies, travel or other benefits the medical industry is handing out to doctors. The program was required by President Barack Obama's health care law, but for now it's not easy to pry loose the data. For one thing, the website lacks a "Find Your Doctor" button.

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