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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

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CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video

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U.S. envoy to report temperature twice daily after West Africa visit 3:10am GMT

NEW YORK - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days.

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U.S. quarantines 'chilling' Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF 12:40am GMT

NEW YORK - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on aid work there, the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday.

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New York unveils incentives for workers in West Africa Ebola fight 30 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - New York officials on Thursday announced a program to encourage healthcare professionals to work in Ebola-hit West Africa, an effort to deflect criticism that the state's mandatory quarantine could hamper the battle against the disease.

Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival: study 30 Oct 2014

CHICAGO - Scientists have been puzzling for years over why some people survive Ebola while many others perish. A new study provides strong evidence that individual genetic differences play a major role in whether people die from the disease.

To stop Ebola's spread in West Africa, target funerals: study 30 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - As the global health community ramps up its efforts to treat Ebola patients and curb its spread in West Africa, a new analysis finds that the greatest impact would come from insuring safe burials for victims, scientists reported on Thursday.

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Ebola health worker restrictions could deter others: U.S. envoy 30 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - Some countries are yet to shoulder their share of the Ebola response burden and some restrictions on aid workers returning home from West African nations hit hardest by the disease could deter thousands from helping, Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, said on Thursday.

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World Bank funding for Ebola fight hits $500 million 30 Oct 2014

GENEVA - The World Bank pledged $100 million on Thursday to help recruit more foreign health workers in the fight against Ebola, taking its funding for the three worst-hit countries to more than half a billion dollars over the past three months.

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In Guangdong, nervy Chinese ramp up Ebola watch 30 Oct 2014

HONG KONG - Chinese authorities have identified the southern province of Guangdong, home to Asia's biggest African population, as a frontline in their efforts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering mainland China.

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Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment 30 Oct 2014

- U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups.