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HONG KONG (AP) — Fights are breaking out in Hong Kong today as residents and pro-Beijing supporters try to force pro-democracy activists from the streets where they've been demonstrating for a week now. Activists are linking arms as they try to stand their ground against the people who want them gone. Student protesters had threatened to surround or occupy government buildings if Hong Kong's chief executive didn't resign. Then he said last night that he would be willing to talk with protest leaders.

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas women who hosted the Liberian man being treated for the Ebola virus says she wants health officials to decontaminate her home. Louise Troh says she and her family are confined to their apartment under armed guard, and the sheets and towels used by Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are still in the apartment. A Dallas city spokesman says a hazardous material crew arrived last night to decontaminate the apartment, but it didn't have the required permits to clean and remove hazardous waste.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll suggests that nearly 2 out of 3 Americans back U.S. airstrikes against Islamic extremists, and half think there's a high risk of a future terror attack on American soil. Americans surveyed in the Associated Press-GfK poll are split on whether they approve of the way President Barack Obama is generally handling the threat from the Islamic State group and other terrorists.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has jolted the central Philippines, sending workers out of their offices. There are no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says the epicenter of today's quake was about 224 miles south of Manila.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California pit bull owner whose four dogs mauled a woman to death faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced today in a Los Angeles County court. Prosecutors say Alex Donald Jackson's dogs were guarding his marijuana operation in May 2013, when they jumped over a fence and attacked Pamela Devitt, who was taking a morning stroll in the desert town of Littlerock. Jackson was convicted last Friday of second-degree murder. He'll also be sentenced for drug-related offenses.

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