FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who promised to defy Maine's quarantine for health care workers who've treated Ebola patients has followed through on her vow.
Kaci Hickox left her Fort Kent home with her boyfriend on Thursday and went for a bike ride, trailed by reporters and a state police cruiser. They returned about an hour later.
State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.
Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.
Hickox contends there's no need for quarantine because she's showing no symptoms after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. She told reporters on the bike ride that she hopes that a compromise can be reached "amicably."
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard-by-yard as it slides toward the ocean.
"She is so gentle, but so unrelenting. She is just slow and steady," said Jamila Dandini, a retiree who stopped at a coffee shop down the road from where scientists have forecast the lava will likely cross.
Lava from a vent at Kilauea volcano has been sliding northeast toward the ocean since June. Last month, scientists said it was two weeks away from hitting the main road in Pahoa, a small town of about 950 residents. The lava slowed but has largely remained on course.
Late Wednesday, it was about 225 yards away from Pahoa Village Road, Hawaii County civil defense officials said. It was traveling about 5 to 10 yards an hour.
The languid pace has given residents time to pack their valuables and get out of the way. Yet it's been agonizing for those wondering whether the lava might change directions and head for them. And stressful for those trying to figure out how they will cope once the lava blocks the only roads in and out of town.
"It's like slow torture. It speeds up, it slows down. It speeds up, it slows down," said Paul Utes, who owns and operates the Black Rock Cafe. "It's not like any other event where it comes and goes and it gets over with and you can move on."
Utes' restaurant is not in the predicted path even though it's just a few hundred yards south from where the lava will likely cross the main road.
But he worries this could change. Even if the cafe is spared, he doesn't know how traffic will be diverted once lava crosses the road, how his vendors will supply his restaurant and what the public — his customers — will do.
For the time being, business is up because more people from around the island and tourists from outside Hawaii have been streaming into town hoping to get a glimpse of the molten rock.
"The anxiety building up is kind of hard to deal with," he said.
Some changes brought by lava are already starting to have an effect.
The county bus no longer passes through the main street lined with wood buildings dating to the town's heyday as a lumber- and sugar-plantation town. So Dandini has to walk into town from where the bus drops her off on the outskirts.
Once the lava crosses the road and the bypass road, effectively slicing Pahoa in half, most residents won't be able to get to the area's only supermarket even though it's only a mile from the town center.
The rural, mostly agricultural community of Puna, for which Pahoa is its commercial center, will be cut off even more if the lava makes it all the way to the ocean, some 6 miles away.
Some businesses are closing or moving. Some are vowing to stay.
Dandini likened the impending isolation to being on "an island on an island."
She predicted it would be an opportunity for people to work together to solve their problems. Some people, she said, have been discussing pooling their resources for supply runs to Hilo, the nearest city, because it could take hours to get there on alternate routes once Pahoa's main roads are cut off.
So far, lava has burned a garden shed, tires and some metal materials.
Dozens of homes, business and other structures are in the area of the lava flow. That number could increase as the flow front widens.
Erbin Gamurot, 48, a handyman, said Pele just wants to visit her sister, Namakaokahai, the sea goddess.
"She's doing what she gotta do. That's her way, that's her nature. Who can stop her?" he asked.
Associated Press writer Alina Hartounian in Phoenix contributed to this report.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are trying to foil a robbery suspect described as pregnant and wearing a large, red cape.
Police say the woman is a suspect in at least four armed robberies in recent weeks.
The clerk at a Walgreens store told police the woman said she had a gun and took about $200 from the register before escaping in a gold Nissan Maxima on Oct. 6. The clerk described her as being "very pregnant" and wearing the cape.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that descriptions of the woman in other robberies vary.
In the most recent case -- the robbery of a Big Brother Grocery -- she is described as being pregnant and wearing a red shawl.
Police said they believe the same woman might have committed all four robberies.
ATLANTA (AP) — Cold temperatures are in store for Georgia in coming days.
National Weather Service forecasters say a freeze is possible in parts of the northeast Georgia mountains Sunday, as a large area of cold high pressure builds into the region. In that area, temperatures in the Toccoa area are expected to drop to around 32 degrees by early Sunday morning. It's expected to stay mostly dry during that period.
Chilly temperatures are also expected across Georgia Friday evening, when Halloween trick-or-treating is planned in communities across the state.
In metro Atlanta, temperatures are expected to drop into the mid- to upper 30s by early Sunday morning.
The weather service said the average date of the first freeze is Nov. 6 in Athens; Nov. 11 in Macon; and Nov. 13 in Atlanta.
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.
The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.
Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The executive said that for years he's been open with many people about his sexual orientation and that plenty of his Apple colleagues know he is gay.
Cook wrote in the column published Thursday that it wasn't an easy choice to publicly disclose that he is gay, but that he felt the acknowledgement could help others.
"I've come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important," he wrote.
Three days ago, Cook challenged his home state of Alabama to better ensure the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Alabama is among the states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, and it also doesn't offer legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Cook is a native of Robertsdale, Alabama, and attended Auburn University.
"I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook wrote in the essay Thursday.
The executive said that "being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day."
Cook said he's been lucky to work for a company that "loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people's differences."
Cook succeeded Apple founder Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple Inc. in 2011.