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China launches first mission to moon and back

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 21:17

China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite. The unnamed, unmanned probe will travel to the moon, fly around it and head back to Earth, re-entering the atmosphere and landing, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said in a statement. "The first stage of the first return journey test in China's moon probe programme has been successful," it said after the launch, from the Xichang space base in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The module will be 413,000 kilometres from Earth at its furthest point on the eight-day mission, it added.

Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:04

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday. The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. ...

Tracking Dr. Spencer's contacts isn't easy

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:08

As a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola, officials face a difficult challenge.

Police: Hatchet-wielding suspect shot by officers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:24

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens.

NYC doctor tests positive for Ebola

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:23

A physician with Doctors Without Borders recently returned from West Africa.

New York police officer critically wounded in hatchet attack

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:21

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hatchet-wielding attacker charged a group of New York City police officers posing for a photograph on Thursday, wounded two, one critically, before the assailant was shot dead, police said. The officers were on foot patrol when they were asked by a freelance photographer to pose for a picture on a Queens street at about 2 p.m., a New York Police Department spokesman said. Suddenly a man carrying a hatchet charged the officers, swinging it and striking one officer in the right arm and then swinging it again and striking a second officer in the head, the spokesman said. ...

Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:13

(Reuters) - The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children, state officials said. The state's highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal. Earlier this month, after the U.S. ...

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola: NY Times

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:03

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, the New York Times said on Thursday. Dr. Craig Spencer was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola. Spencer, 33, developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and notified Doctors Without Borders on Thursday morning, the organization said in a statement. ...

Police: Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:27

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:54
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A physician with Doctors without Borders who returned from West Africa recently and developed potential symptoms is being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus. The doctor developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Preliminary results of the Ebola testing were expected in the next 12 hours. ...

Inside the Islamic State’s million-dollar money stream

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:41

The Islamic State militants got rich off smuggled oil, kidnappings for ransom, and extortion. Here is how the United States is responding.

Former Louisiana mayor arrested on child porn possession charges

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:53

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The former mayor of a small Louisiana city was arrested on Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said. Wilson Longanecker Jr., 41, who served as mayor of Sorrento, about 50 miles northwest of New Orleans, from 2011 to 2013, was also charged with one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to hide evidence, prosecutors said. "Crimes like this illustrate how important it is to actively, aggressively pursue those who exploit our children," said Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in a statement. ...

NYC doctor being tested for Ebola virus

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:40

The 33-year-old physician recently returned to the U.S. from West Africa.

Bad news for CSI fans

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:34

Hillary Clinton hits the campaign trail

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:30

The potential 2016 hopeful lends her support to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Canada's PM makes big pledge after attack

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:21

Prime Minister Stephen Harper lays out response to yesterday's tragedy in Ottawa.

NFL discusses plans to add new team

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:49

The National Football League anticipates a franchise across the pond.

White House announces new healthcare intiiative

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:20

The Obama administration announced a program budgeted at $840 million.

WHO: Ebola still of grave concern; number with disease approaches 10,000

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:20

Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of people with the disease neared 10,000. The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly haemorrhagic fever that the situation in the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "remains of great concern". "It was the unanimous view of the committee that the event continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern," it added. The experts have been brainstorming new ways to halt the spread of the epidemic, the third such meeting since the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea earlier this year.

Homecoming for U.S. cameraman recovered from Ebola

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:12

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola is home in Rhode Island.