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SALT LAKE CITY >> Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month suspected the deaths weren't accidental, and revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions, according to a statement released Thursday. Jacob Strack said his family is struggling after learning from search warrants Wednesday that police found cups with a red liquid   Full Story
 
DUNMORE, PA. >> Pennsylvania State Police, sending a seven-week manhunt, have captured a man accused of ambushing two troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other. Eric Frein, 31, was taken into custody Thursday, state police said. They released no details of his capture.   Full Story
 
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PAHOA, HAWAII >> The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heyday. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Thursday the National Guard is deploying 83 troops to Pahoa to help provide security.   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON >> An undercover government agent wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman recorded everything he saw as part of an international gambling bust in a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in July. Defense lawyers say in a court filing that the FBI shut off Internet access to the suspects' villas and impersonated repair technicians to get inside and collect   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON >> The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S. Health experts say putting people into quarantine can be appropriate on a case-by-case basis.   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON >> For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government. Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule being announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.   Full Story
 
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PAHOA, HAWAII >> Jeff and Denise Lagrimas' single-story home is just across the street from properties where lava from Kilauea volcano is expected to slither past on its way to the ocean. But they're moving to another town 14 miles away before they're able to find out whether this forecast comes true or whether the molten rock oozes into their home instead.   Full Story
 
BOSTON >> A Massachusetts child rape suspect who police say cut off a court-ordered GPS monitoring device and went on a cross-country crime spree has been captured after a month on the lam. Massachusetts State Police say 26-year-old Gregory Lewis of Southbridge was caught just before midnight Tuesday in the village of Fort Edward, New York, after driving into the Hudson River while fleeing   Full Story
 
Starting this week, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can now get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether to get it is a more complex choice than ads for "the breakthrough test .   Full Story
 
CHICAGO >> Dietary supplements containing potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients may still be for sale even years after safety recalls, a study found. In supplements bought online, researchers detected hidden steroids, similar ingredients to Viagra and Prozac and a weight loss drug linked with heart attacks.   Full Story
 
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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced cease-fire and the hoped-for release of 219 schoolgirls held captive since April. On Oct. 17, Nigeria's military said a cease-fire had been agreed to with Boko Haram and ordered troops to immediately comply.   Full Story
 
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JERUSALEM >> Israel's prime minister pledged Monday to keep building in east Jerusalem, despite stiff international criticism and recent rising tensions between Jews and Arabs in the city. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government said it was advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the part of the city the Palestinians   Full Story
 
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CAIRO — In its latest move against terror and dissent, Egypt on Monday declared all key government facilities military establishments protected by troops for the next two years and detained a prominent pro-democracy activist on trial for organizing an unauthorized protest. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a general-turned-politician who last year ousted the country's first freely elected   Full Story
 
CONAKRY, GUINEA >> The United States will help fight Ebola over "the long haul," the American ambassador to the United Nations said on a trip to the West African countries hit by the outbreak. Samantha Power will be in Sierra Leone on Monday. Power met Sunday with religious leaders in Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was first identified in March.   Full Story
 
RICHMOND, VA. >> Virginia's practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court in a case that experts say could have repercussions beyond the state's borders. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria ruled last year that around-the-clock isolation of condemned inmates is so onerous that the Virginia Department of   Full Story