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NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit

- Associated Press

The National Football League on Thursday asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

A Ebola health worker removes rubbish including plastic bottles from the Island Clinic Treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

- Associated Press

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

Dr. Jonathan Samet, the senior scientific editor for the 2014 Surgeon General's Report and the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, poses following an interview in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Samet, attending a medical conference on tobacco research, said that a half a century of surgeon general's reports on the dangers of smoking have played an important role in reducing smoking in the United States. The first surgeon general's report was issued 50 years ago in 1964. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

CVS exec: Ending tobacco sales the right thing

- Associated Press

A top executive of CVS Caremark said Thursday that ending tobacco sales at CVS drug stores last month was the right thing to do even though the sales brought in $1 billion in revenue.

Haiti hopes to woo back tourists with resorts

- Associated Press

Off this sleepy southern Haitian village, fishermen in weathered wooden boats slowly move across azure waters. Miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches slope gently, fringed by grasses and framed by mountains.

1-year term for ex-Ohio doctor who pushed pills

- Associated Press

A former doctor who pleaded guilty to distributing pain medication without a legitimate medical purpose was sentenced on Thursday to one year and one day in prison.

Tennessee Titans rookie NFL football player Taylor Lewan, right, leaves Washtenaw County District Court in Ann Arbor, Mich. after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors to resolve an assualt case involving an Ohio State fan, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT. LOCAL INTERNET

Lewan makes plea deal in Michigan assault case

- Associated Press

Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan pleaded guilty Thursday to being drunk and disorderly in a plea deal that will put him on probation for a confrontation last year involving an Ohio State fan.

This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

- Associated Press

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.

Poet, author Hoagland at USC literary festival

Associated Press

Award-winning author and poet Tony Hoagland is conducting a reading of his works as the final event in the University of South Carolina's fall literary festival.

FILE - In this, Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, shows the home where five Utah family members found dead in their home, in Springville, Utah. Police say the deaths of five members of a Utah family whose bodies were found last month do not appear to be accidental or natural. Court documents obtained Wednesday show the five members of the Strack family, including three children, were found in their Springville home, covered in bedding with cups of red liquid next to the bodies. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Relatives suspected poisoning in family's deaths

- Associated Press

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.

This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)

Maine in standoff with nurse over Ebola safeguards

- Associated Press

Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state's Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.

UNC spending nearly $800k on public relations firm

Associated Press

The University of North Carolina is spending nearly $800,000 with a public relations firm as it deals with the results of an investigation of academic and athletic problems at the Chapel Hill school.