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Billionaire Paul Allen boosts his contribution in Ebola fight to at least $100 million

SEATTLE — Billionaire Paul Allen says he’ll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola.
The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he’s supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected.

US video journalist leaves Nebraska hospital after Ebola recovery, heads home to Rhode Island

OMAHA, Neb. — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at an Omaha hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said.

Missouri funeral director sending dad’s ashes out with a bang as part of fireworks display

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway.
Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of his family’s goodbye.

Nebraska trucker takes lost bull mastiff on a long haul back to her family in Arizona

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A dog-loving Nebraska trucker has taken a lost 95-pound bull mastiff on a 1,380-mile trip back to her owners in Arizona.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai honoured with Liberty Medal for her work to educate girls

PHILADELPHIA — A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education brought her passion for learning to Philadelphia, where she received the Liberty Medal on Tuesday.
In accepting the honour, Malala Yousafzai implored world leaders to spend money on supporting learning, not wars, and to solve their differences with words.

Oscar Pistorius taken away to jail to serve 5 years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

Robotic exoskeleton helps paralyzed groom walk the aisle with his bride in upstate New York

DEWITT, N.Y. — New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle.

Ex-Pennsylvania county inmate gets state prison sentence for using name confusion to escape

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 9 to 24 months in state prison for taking advantage of county jail guards who were confused by her similar-sounding name and released her to a bail bondsman looking for another inmate.

Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, Shuji Nakamura win Nobel Prize in physics for LED lights

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that spurred the development of LED technology used to light up computer screens and modern smartphones.

Pope urges bishops at start of big family debate to speak without fear, listen with humility

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged bishops on Monday to speak their minds without fear about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church’s teaching on family matters relevant to today’s Catholics.

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