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WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas health officials have ordered four close family members of the Ebola patient in Dallas to stay in their home, and they've posted law enforcement outside to be sure. Federal and Texas health officials are reaching out to about 100 people to determine if they have had contact with the Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas. But Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden says they've only identified a handful of individuals so far who may really have been exposed and will be monitored.

HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong haven't yet responded to an offer by the territory's leader to hold talks aimed at defusing a week of massive street demonstrations. Hong Kong's chief executive made the offer as he refused demands from the protesters that he resign. Many of the protesters are expressing disappointment with the proposal, saying the offer includes no details.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the decisions Washington will make about the economy in the coming years will set the conditions for middle-class growth in the 21st century. Obama was speaking speaking at Northwestern University near Chicago. He says that while the economy has improved under his presidency, it's "indisputable" that millions of Americans still aren't feeling the benefits. The president says while he's not on the ballot in November, his economic policies are.

WASHINGTON (AP) — One economist says it's "just a matter of time" before there's a "run of big gains" in monthly hiring figures. Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics is reacting to today's report that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week fell by 8,000 -- and that the total number of people on unemployment is at its lowest level in more than eight years. The government's September jobs report is due out tomorrow.

LONDON (AP) — A jury in London has convicted a British woman of buying poison over the Internet. But jurors cleared the woman of trying to kill her mother, in a plot that prosecutors said was inspired by an episode of "Breaking Bad." The woman had been accused of slipping a toxin similar to ricin (RY'-sin) into her mother's cola after she was forbidden from marrying.

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