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

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear.

Pentagon: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country.

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.

GOP's Senate arm collects $10M in 2 weeks

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Senate Republicans' campaign arm picked up $10.1 million during the first two weeks of October and has spent has spent roughly $35.5 million since Sept. 1, according to fundraising summaries released Thursday.

Senators plan bill to block benefits for ex-Nazis

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Two Democratic senators announced Thursday they will introduce legislation that would stop suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits.

Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The judge overseeing a proposed head injury settlement with the NCAA has concerns about the deal and is holding off on granting preliminary approval.

Serbia protests IOC Kosovo provisional recognition

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Serbia lodged a formal protest Thursday against the International Olympic Committee decision to grant provisional recognition to Kosovo, calling it a "precedent of dangerous proportions."

Gauge of US economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month.

Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.92 pct.

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects of a wave of consumers refinancing their loans. The 30-year mortgage fell further below 4 percent.

US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Islamic State militants are raking in money at a remarkable rate, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.

Thiago Silva and Lucas back in Brazil squad

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas are back in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria next month.

'Little Dancer' musical readies for opening in DC

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

"Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," a famous sculpture by Edgar Degas that can be seen in museums around the world, is coming to life in a new musical exploring the story of a mysterious 14-year-old dancer and the artist who portrayed her.

US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.

Lawsuit filed by former LSU tennis coach dismissed

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A Baton Rouge federal judge has dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit that former longtime LSU women's tennis coach Tony Minnis filed against the university after his 2012 firing.

WADA meets Kenya officials over doping report

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The World Anti-Doping Agency will help create a new anti-doping body in Kenya after a report concluded the East African country — a longtime producer of champion distance runners — has no effective program to fight drug cheating.

HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

HealthCare.gov's simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. But it can't be used by legal immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens, who represent millions of potential new health insurance customers.

3 states wage fight to keep same-sex marriage ban

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Three states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry.