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Captured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect

  • ambush: Captured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect- Yahoo News.
  • suspect: Captured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect- Yahoo News.
  • tense: For 48 tense days, hundreds of law enforcement officials fanned out across the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in a grueling manhunt for the 31-year-old survivalist armed with high-powered weaponry and explosives.
  • surrender: In the end, Frein surrendered meekly around 6 p.m. Thursday to a team of U.S. marshals who stumbled across him near an abandoned airplane hangar some 30 miles from the rural barracks where he allegedly opened fire Sept. 12, killing a trooper and seriously injuring another.
  • rural: In the end, Frein surrendered meekly around 6 p.m. Thursday to a team of U.S. marshals who stumbled across him near an abandoned airplane hangar some 30 miles from the rural barracks where he allegedly opened fire Sept. 12, killing a trooper and seriously injuring another.

Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola

  • treat: The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.
  • patient: The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.
  • dirt: The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.
  • path: The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.
  • avoid: The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.

Rebuilt Hawaii town offers look at life after lava

  • guide: It's the newest land on Earth," said Hank Powers, a 47-year-old tour guide who is building a house on 24 acres of Kalapana lava fields.
  • resident: Their example may be of little comfort to nearly 1,000 residents of Pahoa on the Big Island, who are watching as lava threatens to set fire to homes and split their small, rural town in half.
  • threaten: Their example may be of little comfort to nearly 1,000 residents of Pahoa on the Big Island, who are watching as lava threatens to set fire to homes and split their small, rural town in half.
  • split: Their example may be of little comfort to nearly 1,000 residents of Pahoa on the Big Island, who are watching as lava threatens to set fire to homes and split their small, rural town in half.
  • rural: Their example may be of little comfort to nearly 1,000 residents of Pahoa on the Big Island, who are watching as lava threatens to set fire to homes and split their small, rural town in half.

Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests

  • influence: Many protesters also considered the tax as another effort by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to centralize power, muffle the media and greatly increase the role and influence of the state in many walks of life, from business and religion to education and sports.
  • education: Many protesters also considered the tax as another effort by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to centralize power, muffle the media and greatly increase the role and influence of the state in many walks of life, from business and religion to education and sports.
  • majority: While Orban's Fidesz party retained its two-thirds majority in Parliament in April's elections and the prime minister is at the start of his third, four-year term, anti-government sentiment appears to be on the rise.
  • prime: While Orban's Fidesz party retained its two-thirds majority in Parliament in April's elections and the prime minister is at the start of his third, four-year term, anti-government sentiment appears to be on the rise.
  • corruption: Arguments with the European Union and the United States, which recently banned six unnamed public officials from entering the U.S. because of corruption, have eroded some of Orban's support.

Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban

  • invite: We invite the political opposition, particularly the Taliban, to join and enter Afghan dialogue, and ask all of our international partners to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process," Ghani Ahmadzai said.
  • dialogue: We invite the political opposition, particularly the Taliban, to join and enter Afghan dialogue, and ask all of our international partners to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process," Ghani Ahmadzai said.
  • international: We invite the political opposition, particularly the Taliban, to join and enter Afghan dialogue, and ask all of our international partners to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process," Ghani Ahmadzai said.
  • partner: We invite the political opposition, particularly the Taliban, to join and enter Afghan dialogue, and ask all of our international partners to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process," Ghani Ahmadzai said.
  • process: We invite the political opposition, particularly the Taliban, to join and enter Afghan dialogue, and ask all of our international partners to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process," Ghani Ahmadzai said.

10 Things to Know for Today

  • stingy: The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are among the youngest teams in the NFL, they're led by dynamic quarterback Russell Wilson and boast a stingy defense.
  • troops: The 150 peshmerga troops crossed into Turkey on their way to help their Syrian brethren in their battle with the Islamic State group in the besieged border town of Kobani.
  • brethren: The 150 peshmerga troops crossed into Turkey on their way to help their Syrian brethren in their battle with the Islamic State group in the besieged border town of Kobani.
  • border: The 150 peshmerga troops crossed into Turkey on their way to help their Syrian brethren in their battle with the Islamic State group in the besieged border town of Kobani.
  • terrorist: The terrorist network is using Western-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group to try to bring the extremists back into its fold and capture some of the spotlight and jihadist support from IS military advances.

After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's success

  • expert: Characters must have certain qualities, like an oversized round face, short limbs and plump body," said economist Takuro Morinaga, an expert on popular culture.
  • culture: Characters must have certain qualities, like an oversized round face, short limbs and plump body," said economist Takuro Morinaga, an expert on popular culture.
  • personality: Kitty follows the basics, yet she has a strong personality.
  • design: Innovative design and clever marketing also helped expand her fan base around the world, said Christine Y ano, anthropologist and author of " P ink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific.
  • expand: Innovative design and clever marketing also helped expand her fan base around the world, said Christine Y ano, anthropologist and author of " P ink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific.

APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people

  • urge: It urged immediate changes to eliminate or restrict the payment policy.
  • immediate: It urged immediate changes to eliminate or restrict the payment policy.
  • eliminate: It urged immediate changes to eliminate or restrict the payment policy.
  • restrict: It urged immediate changes to eliminate or restrict the payment policy.
  • policy: It urged immediate changes to eliminate or restrict the payment policy.

Q&A: Why Japan's economy needs more juice

  • unprecedented: Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery.
  • stimulus: Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery.
  • confidence: Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery.
  • inflation: It hopes to spur more lending, spending, investment and inflation by increasing the amount of money in circulation.
  • halt: Japan's recovery shuddered to a halt after the government increased sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent in April.

U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

  • debate: U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election- Yahoo News.
  • coalition: With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election.
  • discussion: With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election.
  • lawmaker: A handful of lawmakers are also pushing for Congress to consider a broader Authorization for the Use of Military Force ( AUMF), which would set out guidelines for the overall effort to halt the militants.
  • halt: A handful of lawmakers are also pushing for Congress to consider a broader Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which would set out guidelines for the overall effort to halt the militants.

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

  • quarantine: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail- Yahoo News.
  • treat: CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters)- 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.
  • patient: CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters)- 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.
  • negative: CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters)- 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.
  • legal: CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters)- 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.

Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt

  • elusive: Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt- Yahoo News.
  • ambush: Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt- Yahoo News.
  • suspect: Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt- Yahoo News.
  • capture: Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt- Yahoo News.
  • suspect: Reuters)- The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday.

Radio host abuse claims ignite debate

  • abuse: Fresh allegations that radio host Jian Ghomeshi abused women have sparked intense online discussion about sexual violence.
  • intense: Fresh allegations that radio host Jian Ghomeshi abused women have sparked intense online discussion about sexual violence.
  • discussion: Fresh allegations that radio host Jian Ghomeshi abused women have sparked intense online discussion about sexual violence.
  • violence: Fresh allegations that radio host Jian Ghomeshi abused women have sparked intense online discussion about sexual violence.
  • accuse: Jian Ghomeshi, the former presenter of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC)'s hugely popular radio show Q, has been accused of violently attacking women during sex.

Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas

  • pilot: Only the pilot was on the plane, but it wasn't immediately clear how many people were in the building at the time of the crash at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said.
  • crash: Only the pilot was on the plane, but it wasn't immediately clear how many people were in the building at the time of the crash at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said.
  • confirm: He said both people confirmed dead were found inside the building and five people were unaccounted for.
  • crash: The crash sent towering plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles across Wichita.
  • smoke: The crash sent towering plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles across Wichita.

Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

  • mayor: Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71 -spokesman- Yahoo News.
  • mayor: Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71 -spokesman.
  • mayor: BOSTON (Reuters)- Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement.
  • intense: Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule.
  • sheer: With sheer determination and unmatched work ethic, he took a city that is not as big in size as we are in stature and put us on the world stage as a national leader in health care, education, innovation and the nitty gritty of executing basic city services," said his successor, Mayor Martin Walsh.

Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

  • detain: State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.
  • period: State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.
  • transmit: There's a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is transmitted, and I can understand why people are frightened.
  • volunteer: Hickox, who volunteered in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders, was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine for people arriving at the Newark airport from three West African countries.
  • mandatory: Hickox, who volunteered in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders, was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine for people arriving at the Newark airport from three West African countries.

Today in History

  • entrails: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • entrails: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • soothsayer: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • frightful: Thought for Today: " Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
  • arcade: In 1972, the coin-operated video arcade game Pong, created by Atari, made its debut at Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied

  • quarantine: Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied- Yahoo News.
  • quarantine: Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied.
  • quarantine: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court.
  • quarantine: As quarantines are debated by politicians, U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain will visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta on Thursday.
  • quarantine: A Stanford University physician who late last week returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, was placed under a modified quarantine under the new rules on Wednesday, the San Mateo County Health System said.

Money in politics: More than a game

  • invest: People who invest big money in elections are a lot like folks who invest in the stock market or real estate ”.
  • invest: People who invest big money in elections are a lot like folks who invest in the stock market or real estate ”.
  • candidate: The objective is to help chosen political candidates tally wins when voters head to the polls on election day next Tuesday.
  • prize: The prize is power- control of Congress and the ability to shape the agenda in Washington for years to come.
  • major: Leaders from the two major US political parties, Republican and Democratic, controlled the money and devised the strategy.

Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine

  • quarantine: Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine- Yahoo News.
  • quarantine: Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine.
  • quarantine: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court.
  • telephone: Setting himself apart from his counterparts in Maine and New Jersey, Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidate along with Christie, telephoned the nurse, calling her a hero.
  • quarantine: She previously blasted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after she was taken from Newark's airport and put in quarantine in a tent before being driven to Maine to spend the rest of her 21-day quarantine at her home.

Man convicted in Purdue shooting found dead

  • laceration: The Indiana Department of Correction said 24-year-old Cody Cousins was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after being found unresponsive Tuesday night at the Indiana State Prison with self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and arms.
  • investigator: Investigators said the Warsaw, Indiana, man entered a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus Jan. 21 and attacked Andrew Boldt, 21, of West Bend, Wisconsin.
  • program: Both Cousins and Boldt were teaching assistants in Purdue's electrical engineering program at the time.
  • sentence: Cousins was sentenced Sept. 19 to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.
  • prison: Cousins was sentenced Sept. 19 to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.

Hawaii residents leave homes as lava flow nears

  • resident: Hawaii residents leave homes as lava flow nears- Yahoo News.
  • stick: I don't want to stick around and just wait for it to come and take it," Denise Lagrimas said while taking a break from loading kitchen cups and bowls in cardboard boxes.
  • civil: Civil defense officials in Hawaii County said late Tuesday the lava was about 370 yards from the main road in Pahoa town, the commercial center of Puna, a sprawling, mostly agricultural and forested part on the Big Island.
  • material: The lava entered private property next to the main road and was burning tires and other materials.
  • warn: This prompted authorities to warn downwind residents with respiratory problems to stay indoors.

Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

  • rocket: Crews planned to hit the ground at daybreak Wednesday to search for pieces of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo module, which blew up Tuesday night just moments after lifting off from NASA's launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, said Bill Wrobel, director of the facility.
  • launch: Crews planned to hit the ground at daybreak Wednesday to search for pieces of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo module, which blew up Tuesday night just moments after lifting off from NASA's launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, said Bill Wrobel, director of the facility.
  • complex: Crews planned to hit the ground at daybreak Wednesday to search for pieces of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo module, which blew up Tuesday night just moments after lifting off from NASA's launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, said Bill Wrobel, director of the facility.
  • facility: Crews planned to hit the ground at daybreak Wednesday to search for pieces of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo module, which blew up Tuesday night just moments after lifting off from NASA's launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, said Bill Wrobel, director of the facility.
  • equipment: The cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment for NASA, as well as prepackaged meals and freeze-dried Maryland crabcakes for a Baltimore-born astronaut who's been in orbit for five months.

Hidden camera captures street harassment

  • debate: A video showing a young woman being pestered by catcallers has gone viral, re-igniting the debate about street harassment.
  • ignore: When she ignores them, she is admonished (" Smile !", " You should say thank you more").
  • admonish: When she ignores them, she is admonished (" Smile !", " You should say thank you more").
  • signal: In total she encounters over 100 comments in 10 hours- not including many more non-verbal signals like winks and whistles.
  • typical: This is a typical day in my life," says Roberts.

A social conservative showdown

  • vehemently: Almost half the country is vehemently against Ms Rousseff, he writes, and will not be inclined to co-operate with her second-term agenda.
  • inimitable: "As evangelical leaders approach 2016 with unprecedented urgency and emphasis on co-ordination, it appears the decision to collectively endorse one person may come down to two very different candidates: Huckabee, the once-ran preacher with inimitable charm and religious bonafides; or Cru z, the fresh-faced agitator who refuses to compromise or play nice with his party's establishment.
  • acrimonious: The question is whether the next four years will be acrimonious and unproductive or constructive and forward-looking," he writes.
  • capricious: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Israel's missiles over ones offered by the US, which Mead speculates is part of a concerted strategy to avoid becoming too dependent on the " capricious hands of a Washington that imposes sanctions unfairly, at least in some cases ".

U.S. isolates troops, Australia slaps visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states

  • quarantine: The decision goes well beyond previously established military protocols and came just as President Barack Obama's administration sought to discourage precautionary quarantines being imposed by some U.S. states on healthcare workers returning from countries battling Ebola.
  • quarantine: The latest measures, along with decisions by some U.S. states to impose mandatory quarantines on health workers returning home from treating Ebola victims in West Africa, have been condemned by health authorities and the United Nations as extreme.
  • pariah: The top health official in charge of dealing with Washington's response to Ebola warned against turning doctors and nurses who travel to West Africa to tackle Ebola into " pariahs".
  • quarantine: U.S. federal health officials on Monday revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines.
  • quarantine: There has been a growing chorus of critics, including public health experts, the United Nations, medical charities and even the White House, denouncing mandatory quarantines as scientifically unjustified and an obstacle to fighting the disease at its source in West Africa.

The battle against confusing parking signs

  • campaign: Now a campaign by a frustrated guerrilla designer could help make the system less absurd, says Jon Kelly.
  • guerrilla: Now a campaign by a frustrated guerrilla designer could help make the system less absurd, says Jon Kelly.
  • absurd: Now a campaign by a frustrated guerrilla designer could help make the system less absurd, says Jon Kelly.
  • thrall: For a nation so famously in thrall to the internal combustion engine, the United States can be a deeply perplexing place in which to park.
  • combustion: For a nation so famously in thrall to the internal combustion engine, the United States can be a deeply perplexing place in which to park.

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Profiting from failure

  • unwieldy: Designed to provide a common intelligence picture from the Pentagon to the farthest reaches of Afghanistan, the Distributed Common Ground System has proven crash-prone, unwieldy and" not survivable," in the words of one memorable 2012 testing report.
  • disqualify: In May, he went further, disqualifying himself from any involvement in any matter that touched the company.
  • hindrance: D CGS continues to be unstable, slow, not friendly and a major hindrance to operations," soldiers with the 130th Engineer Brigade said in a February memo.

Baltic states seek defence against Russian threat

  • nimble: An effective strategy requires deep cultural knowledge, the engagement of many communities and their leaders, and the resources to be nimble in dealing with new groups and new threats," he writes.
  • forsake: In Tunisia, Diehl says, the country's Islamist Ennahda party have embraced a unity governing coalition- forsaking the " scorched earth " politics of other Arab nations.
  • scorch: In Tunisia, Diehl says, the country's Islamist Ennahda party have embraced a unity governing coalition- forsaking the " scorched earth " politics of other Arab nations.