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US: 1 American released from North Korea

WASHINGTON — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

NEW YORK — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.

US stocks quietly move higher; IBM disappoints

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market moved quietly higher Monday as investors decided to step back into a market that was rattled by white-knuckle turbulence last week. It was a rare move upward for a market that, for the most part, has been moving lower for the past month.

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New concern worldwide as nurse in Spain gets Ebola

WASHINGTON — Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region.

Protesters at odds over pullback plan

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists agreed Sunday to remove some barriers blocking roads and sidewalks ahead of the government’s deadline to scale back their protests. But the demonstrators appeared to be divided, and others refused to budge, with only hours to go.