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Cowboys' Spillman subject of reported sex assault
In this Sept. 21, 2014, photo, Dallas Cowboys' C.J. Spillman warms up for the Cowboys' NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine, Texas, police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night, Oct. 1, that the alleged incident took place early the morning of Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Spillman's agent and attorney declined to comment. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month.

Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste
General view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Patrick Rucker and Julie Steenhuysen WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. ...

AP PHOTOS: Trash pickers worry about end of dump
In this May 12, 2014 photo, a vulture flies over the Estrutual landfill where a man searches for recyclable materials near downtown in Brasilia, Brazil. Located just west of Brazil’s ultramodern Planalto Presidential Palace, the dump is set to shut down on a still-unannounced date. The closure postponed because a replacement landfill is not ready. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Against a distant skyline of high-rise buildings, huge vultures dive over the nearly 9 tons of rubbish that arrive daily at the huge dump in Brazil's capital as nearly 3,000 trash pickers set aside recyclable plastic, metal and paper to sell.

Sullivan grilled during fisheries debate in Alaska
Sen. Mark Begich, left, and his Republican challenger, former state attorney general Dan Sullivan, tangled Wednesday night Oct. 1, 2014 at a debate on fishing issues in a high school auditorium in Kodiak, Alaska. The Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sullivan was grilled on his positions on fishing issues during a debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in one of the largest ports in the U.S. Fishing is Alaska's top industry and employs about one-tenth of the state's population. (AP Photo/KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan was grilled on his positions on fishing issues during a debate Wednesday night with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in one of the largest fishing ports in the U.S.

EU, Ukraine plot next move in gas war with Russia
Security personnel take part in a drill near an underground gas storage in the village of Opari, some 70 km south-west of Lviv, Ukraine, on September 30, 2014Kiev (AFP) - Crisis-hit Ukraine and the European Union will try on Thursday to forge a joint stance at crunch talks with Russia in the latest gas war with its westward-leaning neighbour.

Dallas ER sent Ebola-infected patient home
Map shows Ebola victim flight across Atlantic; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas emergency room sent a man with Ebola home last week, even though he told a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, and officials at the hospital are considering if they would have acted differently had the entire medical staff been aware.

AP PHOTOS: Lines linger for famed Chicago hot dogs
Patrons wait in line for Hot Doug's gourmet hot dog stand to open Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Chicago. When owner Doug Sohn announced this year he was closing in October, there was little doubt that encased meat aficionados would turn up for one last sausage made of everything from escargot to foie gras to Portuguese linguisa. A line that starts forming deep into the night is lined with lawn chairs, card tables, poker chips, sleeping bags, favorite pillows, more than a few bottles of booze and anything else to help a couple hundred people get through a wait of eight, nine or ten hours. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's hippest hot dog stand helped elevate the lowly sausage into a culinary superstar by stuffing it with exotic ingredients including escargot, foie gras and rattlesnake. When the owner announced the gourmet shop was closing, everyone expected encased-meat aficionados to line up for one last taste.

Police made tough call with UVa student missing
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Virginia State Police, missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., is shown. Police say the investigation into the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has turned up a lead in Harrington's 2009 disappearance and death. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police, File)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police have revealed next to nothing about the evidence they have against Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., and they won't have to for months to come.

History fight coming to a head in suburban Denver
In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo, protesting Pamona High School students, left to right, Ciana Vrtikapa, Tori Suyak, and Becca Ferris engage with passing motorists in a busy intersection near their school, during a multi-school protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in Arvada, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A fight in Colorado over how United States history is taught is coming to a head in suburban Denver on Thursday with students and teachers expected to pack a school board meeting where the controversial changes could face a vote.

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford hits a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez during the fourth inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing.

Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
FILE - This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, came word that it had happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/CDC, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

Palestinians draft U.N. resolution on ending Israel occupation
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New YorkUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Palestinians have drafted a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation by November 2016, which they have shared informally with Arab states and some council members, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday. The text has not been formally circulated to the full 15-nation Security Council, a move that can only be done by a council member, said the diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity. As a result, it remains unclear when, and if, it will be put to a vote. It calls for "the full withdrawal of Israel ... ...

Tesco's 250-million-pound black hole: Who was minding the shop?
Shopping trolleys are seen at a Tesco Express in southwest LondonBy James Davey, Neil Maidment and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - "Things are always unnoticed, until they're noticed," Tesco Chairman Richard Broadbent said when asked how Britain's biggest retailer had failed to spot a 250 million pound ($410 million) sized hole in its first-half profits. It was an oversight that led to a 4 billion pound drop in Tesco's market value and the suspension of four senior executives. The newly installed CEO called in forensic accountants and lawyers to find out what went wrong. ...

Minneapolis community fights recruiters for jihad
In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, Abdirizak Bihi, right, executive director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, spends time with kids playing soccer at Currie Park in Minneapolis, near a large Somali community in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. While Bihi strolls through the neighborhood parks, he is on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to recruit the city's young Somalis to join jihad in Syria. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Every evening after work, Abdirizak Bihi strolls through neighborhood parks where young Somalis shoot hoops and play soccer. He tells jokes, urges them to clean up their trash and even grabs the basketball to take a few shots.

In Times Square, demonstrators back Hong Kong protesters
Hundreds gather in New York's Times Square to rally in support of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" on October 1, 2014New York (AFP) - Chanting "Hong Kong, Stay Strong," about 350 people rallied in New York city's Times Square to show their support for pro-democracy protesters in the southern Chinese city.

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