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By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said on Friday. A plane equipped to transport Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol can carry only one patient back at a time, and Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse said it did not know who would return first. Both medical evacuations are due to be completed by early next week, said North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, as officials said bringing the stricken aid workers to the United States would not put the American public at risk. . . more
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Commuter shuttles run by Google Inc, Facebook Inc and other Silicon Valley companies began paying on Friday to make stops at San Francisco bus stations after protests blamed them for gentrification. The private buses, which for years have taken tech workers from San Francisco to their offices in Silicon Valley, have in recent months drawn criticism from groups who say that by catering to well-paid professionals, the buses lead to higher rents in diverse, low-income neighborhoods. ... . . more
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wooden floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this week when a major water main broke, the school's athletic director said on Friday. The large pipe under Sunset Boulevard, just north of the University of California at Los Angeles, ruptured under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, spouting a 40-foot geyser and sending some 20 million gallons of water across the north end of campus. The flood swamped campus athletic fields, underground parking garages and several buildings, including Pauley Pavilion, the arena built in 1965 which has become famous as home to the university's basketball teams. Most of those facilities were back to normal, athletic director Dan Guerrero said in an Internet message to students on Friday, but Pauley Pavilion's entire wooden floor would be replaced with a new "state of the art" court. . . more
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona executioners injected Joseph Rudolph Wood with a lethal combination of drugs 15 times during the nearly two hours it took for him to die, according to documents released Friday. . . more
NEW YORK (AP) — The city medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the announcement of an overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police department. . . more
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A convicted sex offender from California now living in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston was charged Friday in what police say is their first human trafficking case. . . more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials are pledging to take a more gentle approach with mentally ill inmates after graphic images of prisoners being repeatedly doused with pepper spray in their cells were made public several months ago. . . more
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company on Friday reported a 41 percent jump in its second-quarter profit that was boosted by a paper gain from a stock-swap deal completed earlier this year. . . more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Church officials say 274 Mormon missionaries are being transferred out of Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. . . more
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system. . . more
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A review ordered by Arizona's governor into last month's drawn-out execution of a death row inmate is underway and authorities confirmed on Friday the dosage of the controversial two-drug cocktail the prisoner received for his lethal injection. Lawyers for convicted double murderer Joseph Wood say he gasped and struggled for breath for more than 90 minutes as he was put to death on July 23 at a state prison complex. Arizona's assistant attorney general has said the executioners had to administer at least two full doses of the drug cocktail to the 55-year-old before he succumbed. In a statement on Friday announcing that the probe was underway, the state's Department of Corrections said Wood was given a total of 750 mg each of the drugs Midazolam and Hydromorphone. . . more
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming. . . more
NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday. . . more
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Dredging decades ago to aid Columbia River shippers also helped seabirds known as double-crested cormorants by creating a flat, sandy island ideal for nesting and feeding on young salmon and steelhead headed for the Pacific Ocean. . . more
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's police superintendent said on Friday the number of homicides had fallen to the lowest level in five decades so far this year as he sought to dispel the notion that America's third-largest city reigns as the nation's murder capital. Superintendent Garry McCarthy, appearing at a City Council committee hearing, said crime has been dropping in recent years in Chicago. He also disputed allegations that his police department has been manipulating crime statistics to make it seem like Chicago is safer than it really is. The Chicago metropolitan area does not have the highest homicide rate per capita in the United States - New Orleans and Detroit are higher, for example. . . more
Late pop singer Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is being considered for sale, a spokesman for the company controlling the property said on Friday. Owen Blicksilver, spokesman for investment firm Colony Capital LLC, said the company will make a decision soon as to whether it will place Jackson's estate near the central Californian coast on the market. Jackson, who died in June 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, had handed over the title on his Neverland ranch in 2008 to Colony Capital, which held his $23 million loan on the property. At the time of the deal, Colony Capital said the firm had been planning to spruce up the ranch and sell it for an estimated $70 million to $80 million or more if Jackson was able to revitalize his career. . . more
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NEW YORK (AP) — A former investment banker who admitted making trades based on inside information to cover child support was sentenced on Friday on securities fraud charges to 2 1/2 years in prison. . . more

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