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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.
The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to growing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa. Another US group, Christian charity Samaritan's Purse, said it was also temporarily withdrawing its non-essential staff from Liberia, citing regional "instability and ongoing security issues." A Peace Corps spokeswoman said two of the group's volunteers had contracted Ebola after coming into contact with someone who later died from the virus, but she stressed that they were not symptomatic and were currently under medical observation and being held in isolation. At least one American has died from the virus after contracting it in Liberia, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.