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Ebola spurs evacuations, closures

– The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.

Meanwhile, Liberia’s president ordered the nation’s schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as fears deepened over the virus that already has killed more than 670 people in West Africa.

Bullet through wall kills Detroit boy, 8

Sporadic gunfire isn’t an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday were way too close.

Numerous shots were fired at an apartment building, with one piercing a wall and hitting an 8-year-old boy who was sleeping. The child – who Higgins described as a “good boy” who loved playing baseball – died 45 minutes later.

Philly drug officers accused of crimes

Six Philadelphia narcotics officers used gangland tactics to shake down drug dealers, relying on guns, badges, beatings and threats to extort huge piles of cash and cocaine, federal authorities charged in an indictment Wednesday.

The police officers once held a suspect over an 18th-floor balcony and used a steel bar to beat someone else in the head, authorities said. They held one man captive in a hotel room for several days while he and his family were threatened, they said. And another dealer was thrown in a jail cell overnight, uncharged, while officers broke into his home and stole a safe with $80,000 in it.

The six accused officers all pleaded not guilty during brief federal court hearings.

Last Enola Gay crew member dies

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have cost more lives on both sides.

But Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk also said it made him wary of war – and that he would like to see all of the world’s atomic bombs abolished. VanKirk, 93, died Monday at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said.

Indy man scratches off 2nd $1 million

An Indianapolis man has won two $1 million lottery prizes in the past three months.

Hoosier Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won $1 million from a Cash Spectacular scratch-off ticket he bought last week at an Indianapolis store. His other big winner came in April in Jasonville, in western Indiana.

Lottery officials say the odds of winning a top prize from the game are 1 in 2.1 million.

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