Thursday's Sports Briefs

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

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Official cites 'epidemic of fear' in US

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. is remote, in the view of a top Health and Human Services official who is assuring lawmakers that government agencies are preparing for any contingency.

Foreign policy question mark over Indonesia leader

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The remarkable rise of Indonesia's new president has captured popular imagination at home and won praise internationally, but Joko "Jokowi" Widodo still needs to prove his foreign policy prowess. The U.S. is looking for him to sustain Jakarta's role as a regional leader in Southeast Asia.

Judge dismisses cases in IRS political controversy

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed two lawsuits stemming from the government's alleged mistreatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.

News Guide: So much cash, FEC struggles to keep up

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Political parties and their campaign committees faced a Thursday deadline — their last before Election Day — to disclose how much cash each raised last month and how much they had on hand for the final push toward Nov. 4.

Obama taps major fundraiser for Sweden ambassador

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is nominating a major fundraiser for his presidential campaign to be the next U.S. ambassador to Sweden.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy makes a political ad

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The political ad plays out like a parody, a "Saturday Night Live" skit: two dusty cowboys standing near the barn trading country talk.

US negotiator: Some want talks with Iran to fail

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The chief U.S. nuclear negotiator suggested Thursday that some U.S. allies and members of Congress hope diplomacy with Iran fails, offering a glimpse of the difficult task awaiting the Obama administration if it manages to secure a nuclear agreement with Tehran by a late November deadline.

Obama looks to inventors for ways to fight Ebola

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is looking for a few smart ideas from the science and technology fields that could help address the challenge posed by Ebola.

Obama fundraises for Dems at Sen. Rockefeller home

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is raising money for Democrats at the sprawling Washington home of West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The United States on Thursday agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015.

Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in US

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Michigan State gets $10 million athletics gift

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Michigan State University has announced a $10 million gift for athletics — the department's largest single donation.

New Jersey files defense of sports betting effort

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Claims that New Jersey's plan to allow legal sports gambling violates federal law are meritless, the state wrote in a court filing in response to efforts by four major U.S. pro sports leagues and the NCAA to stop gambling from beginning this weekend.

Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear.

US officials: Iraqi army regrouping slowly

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.

US announces $840M to improve medical care

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The Obama administration is announcing an $840 million grant program to help doctors and hospitals improve the quality of care delivered to patients.

Report: Better shields needed for private tax data

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The federal government and the states should improve how they protect the security of confidential tax information of people getting benefits under the 2010 health care law, federal investigators said Thursday.

Pennsylvania town can keep Jim Thorpe's body

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Jim Thorpe's body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago after a federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Moratti resigns as honorary president of Inter

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Massimo Moratti has ended an era of nearly 20 years at the helm of Inter Milan by resigning as honorary president of the Serie A club.