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Residents fear that the economy of Belhaven, N.C., will collapse because its hospital closed. "How many people go retire somewhere where it doesn't even have a hospital?" asks the mayor.

A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

Last month, the only hospital in the sleepy town of Belhaven in eastern North Carolina closed its doors, prompting Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neal to step out of party lines and call for an expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. And then he took a lot more steps.

The Republican mayor and self-proclaimed conservative spent the last two weeks walking the 237 miles from eastern North Carolina to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the need to save his and other rural hospitals around the nation.

A satellite view of Tropical Storm Bertha.

Tropical Storm Bertha Takes Aim At The Caribbean

Tropical Storm Bertha is moving northwest, taking aim at Puerto Rico and expected to skirt the Dominican Republic's coast.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, while the Dominican Republic has issued a tropical storm watch.

Luckily, forecasters with the Hurricane Center say upper level winds are not favorable for further strengthening, so maximum sustained winds should remain at about 50 mph.

People attend a hiring fair for veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 16. About 7.5 million people in the U.S. are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.

As Labor Market Advances, Millions Are Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Treading water in July is really fun — if you happen to be in a swimming pool.

But if you find yourself stuck in the part-time labor pool, drifting is disappointing.

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that while employers hired 209,000 workers in July, the growth rate was not strong enough to push part-timers forward.

Liberian men walk past an Ebola banner at the Monrovia City Hall in Liberia on Thursday.

Ebola Moving Faster Than Efforts To Control It, WHO Chief Says

The head of the World Health Organization told leaders of the African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak that the deadly virus is "moving faster than our efforts to control it."

Slow Walkers May Be On Their Way To Dementia

Wait a minute. Weren't we told by Simon and Garfunkel: "Slow down, you move too fast. You've got to make the morning last"?

And by some other philosopher to "stop and smell the roses"?

Now we learn from new research that walking slow can be a bad thing — or at least reveal that you might be slouching toward Alzheimer's.

A pair of giraffes being transported in a crate Thursday near a low bridge on a freeway in Centurion, South Africa.

During Transport, A Giraffe In South Africa Hits Head On Overpass, Dies

As one South African journalist put it on Twitter, this tale is worthy of Aesop. It starts on a South African highway on Thursday. A truck is transporting two giraffes and as you might imagine, it creates a great buzz among drivers.

Pabi Moloi, a well-known TV and radio host, snaps a picture that portends trouble:

What is this emoji?

Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Images, GIFs and emojis — particularly the latter — have morphed into ways we express our feelings. They've quickly replaced words and sentences in our texts, tweets and emails.

Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia (left), pictured Tuesday, relinquished his House majority leader post on Thursday and said Friday that he would resign from Congress before the end of his term.

Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor

Fresh from relinquishing his House majority leader position in the wake of a stinging primary defeat, Rep. Eric Cantor now says he will give up his Virginia congressional seat months before his term expires, to make room for his replacement.

Construction workers building a commercial complex Thursday in Springfield, Ill., earlier this month. The sector has been on a gradual rebound following a devastating hit during the housing collapse in 2008.

Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added

The nation's unemployment rate moved up a bit in the month of July, to 6.2 percent, as more Americans who'd been sitting on the sidelines started looking for work, according to the latest monthly report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs, a bit less than economists had expected.

Members of Uganda's gay community and gay rights activists react after the constitutional court overturned an anti-gay law.

Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law

A court in Uganda has thrown out a controversial law that punished acts of homosexuality harshly, including with life in prison.

The AP reports the decision was a technical one. The court ruled that there was no quorum when Parliament met to pass the law.

The AP adds:

"'The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was quorum,' the court said in its ruling. 'We come to the conclusion that she acted illegally.'

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