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Locator beacon recovered after teen pilot's ocean crash

Officials in American Samoa on Monday recovered a personal locator beacon registered to an Indiana teen and his father who crashed off the U.S. territory last month as they attempted to fly around the world.

Jodi Arias to represent herself at execution trial

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that Jodi Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial, where jurors will decide whether she is put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend.

Man admitted to NYC hospital for Ebola monitoring

A man was admitted to a New York City hospital Monday with symptoms similar to those of Ebola and was being tested though odds are he is not infected, officials said. In the early morning hours of Monday, a male patient with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms presented at The Mount Sinai Hospital's Emergency Department in New York City, said its president David Reich. The patient recently traveled to a West African country where Ebola has been reported, he added without naming the country. It's much more likely it's a much more common condition," Reich said, noting that testing and confirmation with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta would take 48-72 hours.

Experimental drug may be Ebola silver bullet

Hopes of finding a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus shifted on Monday to a small California-based biotech company whose experimental drug has been used to treat two American missionary workers. The drug, developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, was used to treat two aid workers, one from the Samaritan's Purse group and the other from Christian mission group SIM USA, who were exposed to the disease in Liberia, according to a U.S. government health official. The Samaritan Purse aid worker, Dr Kent Brantly, returned to the United States on Saturday for medical care, and his colleague Nancy Writebol of SIM USA is due to fly back via medical aircraft on Tuesday. Samaritan's Purse said both the aid workers received the experimental treatment while in Liberia.

Iraq air force to back Kurds fighting Islamists

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called upon his country's armed forces to help the Kurdish military battle a Sunni militant offensive in northern Iraq that has caused tens of thousands of people from the minority Yazidi community to flee their homes.

Latin youth sent undercover in U.S. anti-Cuba ploy

Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed by a U.S. agency to work undercover in Cuba. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world's most sophisticated counter-intelligence services.

Colorado: Gay bar discriminated against man in drag

A popular Denver gay bar discriminated against a man when a bouncer denied him entry last year because he was dressed in drag, Colorado regulators said in a decision that could become more common as anti-discrimination laws increasingly include gender identity.

Former enemies unite for World War I commemoration

SAINT-SYMPHORIEN, Belgium (AP) — Separated by only a small patch of yellow daisies at the Saint-Symphorien military cemetery lie two former enemies: British Captain Kenneth James Roy and German Gefreiter Reinhold Dietrich. Also between the two are some 9 million dead soldiers over four years.

World Bank approves $200M in Ebola assistance

The World Bank on Monday announced up to $200 million in emergency assistance to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The funding will also help the countries improve their public health systems and cope with the economic impact of the crisis, the Washington-based lender said in a statement. Guinea's economic growth could fall a full percentage point to 3.5 percent due to the epidemic, according to the World Bank and IMF's initial assessment.

Both sides prepare for new Gaza war crimes probe

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a replay of the last major Gaza conflict, human rights defenders are again accusing Israel and Hamas of violating the rules of war, pointing to what they say appear to be indiscriminate or deliberate attacks on civilians.

Israel slows attacks in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel appeared to be winding down a blistering monthlong military campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday, pulling out more ground troops and imposing a brief pause in airstrikes, as Egyptian-led diplomatic efforts to end the fighting gained steam. Palestinian officials said a cease-fire deal appeared imminent.