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Sierra Leone Plans Nationwide Shutdown To Slow Ebola Virus

The Western African nation of Sierra Leone is taking drastic steps to try to slow the spread of the Ebola virus. Starting at midnight tonight, there will be a three-day nationwide shutdown. The nation's six million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding

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Great White Sharks Spotted Off Cape Cod

 

Two great white sharks have been spotted off the coast of Cape Cod.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says the two were spotted around 50 yards off the beach in Chatham yesterday.

The sharks were identified and tagged by officials, who say they have been coming close to shore at the location every year since 2009.

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Pro-Casino Group Accepts Challenge To Debate

A casino-funded group hoping to defeat November's ballot question to repeal the state casino law says it will debate its opponents.

The Committee to Protect Mass Jobs, which is financed by MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming, said Wednesday it is ``committed to participating in a vigorous debate'' on the question

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Scotland Votes On Independence Today

The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday as Scotland began voting in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage that helped build an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Cancer

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s doctor says the mayor has cancer.

Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital, said Wednesday Ford has a malignant sarcoma tumor which he described as ‘‘very rare’’ and ‘‘very difficult

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Another NFL Player Deactivated After Assault Arrest

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child

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More On Suffolk Downs Closing

New England's only thoroughbred horse racing track has told its workers it will close by the end of the year because Mohegan Sun did not win a state license for a resort casino at Suffolk Downs.

Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs' chief operating officer, said workers were told Wednesday that the live horse racing season that ends Sept

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Anti-Casino Activists And Casino Proponents Agree To Debate

Anti-casino activists are calling on the state's top lawmakers and executives from the three casino companies that have won state gambling licenses to a political debate.

The Repeal the Casino Deal group proposed on Wednesday a series of ``independent, media-sponsored'' debates between now and the Nov

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Panel Recommends Steps To Protect Cod In Gulf Of Maine

Federal regulators are recommending a host of new restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fishery.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council's Groundfish Oversight Committee on Wednesday recommended a battery of changes, including implementing expansions to existing inshore spawning closures

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