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HONG KONG (AP) — Thursday has come to an end in Hong Kong -- and that means the deadline set by pro-democracy demonstrators for the resignation of the territory's leader has passed. And as tensions increase, protesters and police are preparing for a confrontation. The protesters have face masks and goggles, and police have brought in supplies of tear gas and other riot gear. The demand for the Hong Kong leader to step down is part of a broader push for electoral reforms in Hong Kong, a former British colony controlled by China since 1997.

DALLAS (AP) — Health officials in Texas say they have reached out to about 80 people who may have had direct or indirect contact with the man infected with Ebola or someone close to him. They say no one is showing symptoms. A health department spokeswoman says the number includes 12 to 18 people who first came into contact with Thomas Duncan, as well as others known to have had secondhand contact. Health officials have educated the people on the symptoms of Ebola and told them to notify health workers if they feel ill.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The NFL says it's been aware of Dallas Cowboys player C.J. Spillman's involvement in a reported sexual assault. And a league spokesman says NFL officials have offered to interview the alleged victim "on a confidential and appropriate basis to obtain more information." Police in Grapevine, Texas, say Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault early Sept. 20 at hotel in suburban Dallas. Spillman flew with the team to St. Louis later that Saturday and played on special teams the next day.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A military spokesman in Iraq says fierce clashes have been taking place between Iraqi forces and extremists from the Islamic State group in and around a small western town. The fighting began at dawn when the militants, using at least three suicide bombers, attacked checkpoints at the entrances of Hit, a town about 85 miles west of Baghdad. The spokesman says there are casualties among the security forces.

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and his wife Kate are threatening to take legal action against a photographer they say has been monitoring their toddler son Prince George. In a statement, the palace said the unnamed photographer was suspected of "placing Prince George under surveillance." William and Kate, who are expecting their second child, want to spare their children intense press coverage. William's late mother, Princess Diana, was pursued by photographers for years before her death in a Paris car crash in 1997.

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