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This September 24, 2007 file photo shows an Iraqi as he looks at a burnt car on the site where Blackwater guards who were escorting US embassy officials opened fire in the western Baghdad neighbourhood of Yarmukh. (AFP PHOTO/ALI YUSSEF)

Jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards

A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer (L) and Customs Border Protection (CBP) Supervisor Sam Ko conduct pre-screening measures on a passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago, in this handout picture taken October 16, 2014. (REUTERS/U.S. Customs Border Protection/Melissa Maraj/Handout via Reuters)

U.S. to funnel travelers through 5 airports

The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus.

Anti-Occupy residents yell at pro-democracy protesters who have blocked a main road for weeks at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Bobby Yip)

Protesters march to leader's home

About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.

A bear cub was spotted inside a drugstore in Oregon on Wednesday. (Reuters file photo)

Bear cub strolls through drugstore

A 13-pound bear cub perusing the aisles of an Oregon drugstore over the weekend drew cries of shock and cuteness from patrons before police scooped her into a handheld shopping basket, according to video footage and officials on Wednesday.

Darren Deon Vann is seen in an undated picture released by the Hammond Police Department in Hammond, Ind., Oct. 20, 2014. REUTERS/Hammond Police Department/Handout

Suspected serial killer charged with 2nd murder

Suspected serial killer Darren Vann, who was arrested on Saturday and charged in the murder of a young woman whose body was found in a motel in Indiana, was charged on Wednesday in the murder of another woman, prosecutors said.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Ron Klain, then chief of staff to the vice president, and Cynthia Hogan, counsel to the vice-president, in the Oval Office, in this May 21, 2009 photograph. REUTERS/Pete Souza/White House/Handout via Reuters

U.S. Ebola 'czar' starts work

The new U.S. Ebola "czar" starts work on Wednesday as the Obama administration ramps up its response to the potential spread of the virus, and drugmakers started a project to accelerate development of a vaccine and produce millions of doses.

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