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EBOLA

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama calls it a "belt and suspenders" approach -- an extra level of screening at five major U.S. airports to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease. By Lauran Neergaard.

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EBOLA-IMF-WORLD BANK

WASHINGTON -- The leaders of three Ebola-stricken West African nations are meeting with heads of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to discuss the outbreak and what help they need to fight it. Meeting starts 7:30 a.m. EDT. Will be updated.

UNITED STATES-TURKEY-ISLAMIC STATE

WASHINGTON -- Even as it prods Turkey to step up in the global fight against Islamic State militants, the United States is worried that Ankara might use military action to target Kurdish fighters who are the last line of defense against extremists trying to take over the Syrian border town of Kobani. By Lara Jakes and Matthew Lee.

SECRET SERVICE-CONGRESS

WASHINGTON -- Key members of Congress are weighing dramatic changes to the embattled Secret Service, including moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and breaking up its mission. By Erica Werner.

OBAMA-FEW FRIENDS

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is finding himself with few friends in Washington. His former Pentagon chief is criticizing his foreign policy. Longtime political advisers are questioning his campaign strategy. And Democrats locked in tough midterm campaigns don't want Obama anywhere near them between now and Election Day next month. By Julie Pace.

AP Photo.

VENEZUELA-HORSE MAFIA-PHOTO ESSAY

CARACAS, Venezuela -- It sounds like a page-turning novel: A gambling ring poisoned one of Venezuela's most popular race horses, nearly killing the animal to keep it out of a key derby. The case has shone a light on increasingly brazen betting rings that racing enthusiasts warn are threatening to destroy one of Venezuela's most popular sports. By Fabiola Sanchez. With photo essay by Fernando Llano.

AP photos.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico -- Tens of thousands of teachers, activists and residents march and block a major highway in the Guerrero state capital to protest the disappearance of 43 teachers college students and demand that authorities find them. By Mark Stevenson.

AP Photos.

CARIBBEAN-STORM SHORTAGE

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- This year's Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the weakest in decades with only five named storms in the region so far this year. By Danica Coto.

AP Photo.

VENZUELA-SHOOTOUT

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Nicolas Maduro calls for an investigation into a confusing shootout with police that left a well-connected government supporter and four others dead. By Fabiola Sanchez and Jorge Rueda.

CUBA-US-SUMMIT

PANAMA CITY -- A senior State Department official says the U.S. is prepared to welcome Cuba for the first time to a region-wide summit but wants heads of state to focus attention on the communist government's human rights record. By Kathia Martinez.

BUSINESS:

AIG LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON -- Former top regulator Timothy Geithner defends terms of the U.S. government's bailout of American International Group Inc., saying that the insurance giant's exceptionally risky behavior had caused losses that called for strict treatment. By Marcy Gordon.

AP Photo.

APPLE EVENT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM REVIEW-ST VINCENT

UNDATED -- If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it -- and "St. Vincent" is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon -- we'd focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. By Jocelyn Noveck.

AP Photos.


Updated : 2021-07-29 04:08 GMT+08:00