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Jeffrey Fowle
Wong Maye-E—AP

American Freed by North Korea

U.S. officials confirmed that Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released and was on his way home after negotiators left Pyongyang. The U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae

IINTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS BEING SCREENED FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS RELATED TO EBOLA AT  THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY MEMBERS OF THE US CUSTOMS AND BOARDER PATROL AND A US COAST GUARD MEDICAL TEAM, BOTH PART OF THE US DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY. THE

U.S. Tightens Ebola Screenings

Homeland security officials said travelers from Ebola-affected Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must travel through certain U.S. cities

An airport worker fuels a JetBlue plane on the tarmac of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

Airlines Hike Prices

The five biggest U.S. airlines upped their base fare on domestic flights despite falling fuel prices and apprehension over the possible spread of Ebola

Oscar Pistorius after he is sentenced at the Pretoria High Court on October 21, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years in Prison

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, eliciting charges of injustice in his native South Africa. Pistorius had claimed he thought an intruder lurked inside his Pretoria home

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Super PAC Concedes Democrats Won't Win the House

The Nancy Pelosi-backed super PAC campaigning for House Democrats has thrown in the towel on the party's chances to retake the majority this year, telling donors that it it's "an uphill climb" and that it instead needs their help for 2016

2014 Medal Carnegie Hall Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta - Concert

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82. He died after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006. De la Renta shot to fame in the 1960s after he dressed First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Kurdish people observe smoke rising from the Syrian town of Kobani following an explosion as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014.

Turkey Says It Helps Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria

Turkey claimed to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support others battling ISIS in the border town of Kobani, but activists said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

Donald Sterling Withdraws Lawsuit Against the NBA

The former L.A. Clippers owner will no longer pursue his case against NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Sterling's wife, Shelly, which had accused both parties of fraud and of inflicting "severe emotional damage" during his forced sale of the team earlier this year

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters watch a live broadcast of a meeting between student leaders and government officials on a road blocked by them at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong

TV Inflates Gulf Between Hong Kong Protesters, Officials

Massive crowds in Hong Kong were transfixed Tuesday night, local time, by their screens and mobile devices as they followed the live broadcast of a historic, two-hour meeting between black-clad rebel students and suited officials

Brain scan, MRI scan

Scientists Find Out Why Some People Are 'Sad' in Winter

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, who studied brain scans from more than 30 subjects, found that season affective disorder (SAD) patients had different levels of a neurotransmitter that regulates serotonin in their brains during winter and summer months

A man stands outside JP Morgan Chase's corporate headquarters on Aug. 12, 2014 in New York City.

European Commission Fines Banking Cartel $120 Million

The European Commission levied a $120 million fine against three major banks Tuesday for manipulating key interest rates. JPMorgan incurred the largest fine, at $79 million, and UBS and Credit Suisse will pay $16 million and $12 million, respectively

Staples To Close 225 Stores

Staples Investigates Possible Credit Card Data Breach

The world's biggest office-supply retailer acknowledged Tuesday it was investigating reports of a possible data breach of customers' credit cards after banks detected a pattern of unusual charges concentrating on a group of shoppers in the northeast