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Toddler beaten and choked to death for soiling pants: police

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:51
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - A man accused in the death of his 3-year-old stepdaughter was being held in a New York City hospital on Sunday after police found him in an apartment with self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said. Kelsey Smith, 20, is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child after the death of Jeida Torres, who detectives believe was beaten and choked on Saturday because she soiled her pants, said New York Police Lieutenant John Grimpel. Stiffer charges could be filed later, he said. ...

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 13:57

By Jeff Mason UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election. ...

Hurricane Ana stays well south of Hawaii

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 13:32
(Reuters) - Hurricane Ana stayed on a slow course south of Hawaii on Sunday, well off shore but spinning off threats of heavy rains, strong winds and high surf to the Pacific archipelago, the National Weather Service said. “Based on the latest forecast, there is little chance for hurricane conditions at this time,” the weather service said in statement at about 8 a.m. Hawaii time. The center of Hurricane Ana was about 90 miles west-southwest of Lihue on the island of Kauai and is expected to get no closer, the weather service said. ...

Police hunt for clues in Hannah Graham case

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:49

Virginia authorities comb an area near where human remains were discovered.

Comet buzzes Mars in once-in-a-lifetime encounter

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:05

A comet zoomed by Mars today (Oct. 19) in an extremely rare close encounter that scientists billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event that may help researchers better understand the earliest days of our solar system. At the time of closest approach, the comet barreled by at 126,000 mph (203,000 km/h) relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said. It is incredible luck that it is saving us the trouble of going to it, as it flies by Mars, which is being explored by seven active robots," Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, a camera team member for NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity Mars rovers, said in a statement. Planetary scientist David Grinspoon, who tracked Comet Siding Spring flyby in real-time during a live webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory, compared the significance of the event with the epic impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. 

Dutch MH17 relative visits Ukraine crash site

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:26

The Hague (AFP) - A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has travelled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday.

Dozens hurt in riots near New Hampshire pumpkin festival

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:41
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - More than two dozen people were treated at a New Hampshire hospital for injuries resulting from rioting that erupted near the site of an annual pumpkin festival in Keene, a hospital official said on Sunday. Hundreds of mostly young people descended on neighborhoods around the pumpkin festival on Saturday, setting bonfires, throwing bottles and flipping some vehicles as police in riot gear tried to keep control, according to local news coverage. ...

Dallas officials urge calm in city on edge over Ebola

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 07:16

By Anna Driver DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas officials are still working to contain the public's fear of Ebola even as dozens of people who may have had contact with a Liberian man who died from the virus are soon expected to be released from a 21-day monitoring period. There have been no new cases since two nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan contracted Ebola. But one traveled on a plane shortly before her diagnosis, sparking worry that fellow airline passengers could be infected. ...

Texas lab worker tests negative for Ebola after cruise in isolation

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:50

A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola, has tested negative for the disease, Carnival Cruise Lines said on Sunday. The Carnival Magic arrived on Sunday in the port of Galveston, Texas after a week-long trip that included being denied docking by Belize and Mexico because of the presence of the woman on board. The woman works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, was treated for Ebola. ...

Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:46

By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chibok in April. ...

S. Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:52

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries.

Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:36

The Texas-based cruise ship carrying a health care worker being monitored for signs of Ebola returned to port early Sunday.

U.S. hospitals gird for Ebola panic as flu season looms

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:04
By Bill Berkrot and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - A young woman complaining of abdominal pain and nausea who had traveled to Africa arrived at a Long Island hospital fearful that she had contracted Ebola. She did not have the virus, but the pregnancy test was positive. The woman had been to South Africa, more than 3,400 miles (5,400 km) from the three West African countries enduring the worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the trip ended six weeks prior, or twice the potential incubation period for Ebola infection. "It tells you how ready for panic we can get ourselves," said Dr. ...

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 01:29

By Humeyra Pamuk URFA Turkey (Reuters) - The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State attacked Kurdish militants with mortars and car bombs. Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the town on Saturday, some of which fell inside Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said four more were fired on Sunday. The month-long battle for Kobani has ebbed and flowed. ...

Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 01:20

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39. More than 500 people have been rescued from a route popular with foreign adventure tourists that circles Annapurna, the world's tenth-tallest peak, among them 230 foreigners. ...

Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 23:16

A long search appears to have come to a sad end, though further forensic tests are needed.

Cops: Remains may be those of missing U.S. student

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 20:28

The British-born University of Virginia student has been missing since Sept. 13.

Street artist revisits ghosts of Ellis Island hospital

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:51

New York (AFP) - Ellis Island was once the gateway to America for millions of immigrants, but the cavernous hospital that treated some of those new arrivals has been closed to the public for 60 years.

Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:46

By James Pomfret and Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week. Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of waning after three weeks of standoffs in which hundreds of thousands of people have occupied city streets to demand full democracy in the former British colony. ...

Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola: Obama

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:01

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored in case they are infected, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans "can't give in to hysteria or fear" about the spread of the virus. As though to illustrate his point, a Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday afternoon over concern about a woman who fell ill. The woman was first reported to be on the checklist for possible Ebola exposure but turned out not to be. ...