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Preventive measures in Ebola case...Turkey to take on extremists...Speed trap changes



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DALLAS (AP) — A family acquainted with the first U.S. Ebola patient is not allowed to leave their home in Dallas. Food is being brought to them and an armed guard has been posted outside their home because they were not complying with an order to remain quarantined. The infected man's belongings and other items have been bagged so that the four people can't come in contact with them. Health officials are also contacting about 80 people who may have had contact with the patient.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has joined nations engaged in an effort to eradicate the extremist group Islamic State. Turkey's parliament has authorized the military to launch military offensives into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the group. Turkey is a NATO member and has a large and modern military.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — With the approach of elections, President Barack Obama is shifting into campaign mode for Democrats. Speaking at Northwestern University, he said the midterm campaign will be a referendum on his economic policies. He says conditions have improved, but that Republicans have blocked his efforts to boost wages and create more jobs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years. The Labor Department says the number of beneficiaries dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000. Overall, 2.3 million people are receiving jobless aid. That's the fewest since June 2006, which predates the start of the Great Recession by 18 months.

WALDO, Fla. (AP) — Because of its reputation of being a speed trap and other issues, city leaders in the town of Waldo, Florida, have disbanded the police force. It was such a speed trap that AAA erected billboard to warn drivers about it. Law enforcement responsibilities are now with the Alachua (uh-LACH'-oo-uh) County Sheriff's Office. One resident worried about a crime increase says he'll wear a side arm.

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