Defiant Maine nurse emerges as center of Ebola debate

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Maine’s governor vows to use legal authority to keep a nurse, recently back from West Africa, quarantined.

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    Defiant Maine nurse emerges as center of Ebola debate

    Defiant Maine nurse emerges as center of Ebola debate

    Maine’s governor vows to use legal authority to keep a nurse, recently back from West Africa, quarantined.

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