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Ebola probe expanding to nurse's flight to Ohio

US official: Ebola probe expanding to include nurse's flight to Ohio, not just return trip
The Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - A health official says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its Ebola investigation to include passengers on a Friday flight from Dallas to Cleveland that carried a nurse later diagnosed with the disease.

Dr. Chris Braden of the CDC said Thursday that health officials are investigating whether Amber Vinson had symptoms since Saturday. He says she may "have had the start of her illness on Friday."

Firm paying $1M in SEC case on high-speed trading

Firm paying $1M in SEC's first manipulation case against high-speed trading firm
Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A firm accused of fraud will pay a $1 million penalty in what federal regulators say is the first case of market manipulation brought against a high-speed trading firm.

The Securities and Exchange Commission also censured Athena Capital Research, which it said used a trading algorithm code-named "Gravy" to manipulate the closing prices of thousands of stocks on the Nasdaq market. Athena placed a large number of rapid trades in the final two seconds of nearly every trading day over six months, the SEC said Thursday.

Italian court: Berlusconi unaware of teen's age

Italian appeals court: Berlusconi unaware of Moroccans teen's age during parties
The Associated Press

MILAN - An Italian appeals court says former Premier Silvio Berlusconi couldn't be found guilty of paying for sex with a minor in 2010 because he appears to have been unaware of the Moroccan teen's age.

The court on Thursday issued its lengthy reasoning behind its July decision to overturn a conviction against Berlusconi for paying for sex with 17-year-old Karima el-Mahroug, then using his influence to cover it up. Both he and Mahroug denied ever having sex.

Woman in shoe-throwing case ordered to Arizona

Judge tells woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton to stay with mom in Arizona
Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton in Las Vegas to live with her mother in Arizona while she awaits sentencing for trespassing.

Alison Michelle Ernst also was told not to have contact with any people or places protected by the Secret Service.

Ernst, 36, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour trespassing. A judge previously dismissed a misdemeanour violence charge.

Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple's lineup

Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple lineup, new Mac system released, Apple Pay date revealed
By Anick Jesdanun And Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

Once in million years: Comet buzzing Mars on Sun

Once in million years: Comet buzzing Mars on Sun, robotic explorers have best seats in house
Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so.

A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching within 87,000 miles (140,006 kilometres) at a speed of 126,000 mph (202,767 kph).

Ohio State student who ran on field pleads guilty

Ohio State student who was body-slammed by coach on field pleads guilty, keeps scholarship
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour criminal trespassing.

Twenty-one-year-old Anthony Wunder was fined $100 plus court costs Thursday in Franklin County Municipal Court. He had originally pleaded not guilty in September.

Wunder, a fourth-year engineering student, ran onto the Ohio Stadium turf Sept. 27 and was slammed to the ground by Ohio State assistant coach Anthony Schlegel. Video of the hit became a sensation on social media.

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Police ticket boy after toy motorcycle hits SUV

Mexico police ticket 6-year-old boy, impound his toy motorcycle after crash with SUV
The Associated Press

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Police in this border city repented Thursday over ticketing a 6-year-old boy for reckless driving, driving without a license and not having his vehicle registered after he drove his miniature motorcycle into an SUV.

The boy's mother, Karla Noriega, said police impounded the miniature gasoline-powered motorbike that her son got for Christmas after he crashed into an SUV on Dec. 27.

Myanmar frees prominent political prisoners

Myanmar releases prominent political prisoners after presidential pardon
The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar has freed several prominent political prisoners, which has been a key condition set by Western countries for easing sanctions against the country.

Myanmar authorities freed the prisoners Friday as part of a presidential pardon for 651 detainees. Relatives and supporters of activists and ethnic minority politicians confirmed their release.

Myanmar state radio and television announced said that the 651 detainees were being freed to take part in "nation-building."

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