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Police say tests show teen shot by St. Louis officer had gun residue on hands

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:34

By Shannon Stapleton St. Louis (Reuters) - A black teenager fatally shot last week in St. Louis by an off-duty police officer had gunshot residue on his hands, jeans and T-shirt, according to crime lab results released on Tuesday after four days of protests in the city against police violence. The killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by a white officer last Wednesday intensified the demonstrations over the deadly Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ...

U.S. sets up rapid-response Ebola team; Dallas nurse improves

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:24

By Terry Wade DALLAS (Reuters) - The United States is establishing a rapid-response team to help hospitals "within hours" whenever there is a case of Ebola, the top doctor leading the fight against the deadly virus said on Tuesday. Prospects for a quick end to the contagion fell as the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that three impoverished countries in West Africa - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - could produce as many as 10,000 new cases per week by early December. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. ...

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion restrictions

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:13

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked certain restrictions on abortion contained in a Texas state law. The high court granted a request filed by abortion rights groups that puts on hold parts of a federal appeals court decision that had allowed the law to go into effect. The brief court order said that requirements that clinics have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries could not go into effect pending appeal. ...

Idaho governor says he will not appeal gay marriage ruling

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:12

(Reuters) - Idaho's Republican governor said on Tuesday he would not challenge a federal appeals court ruling that made gay marriage legal in the state, removing any remaining uncertainty over the future for same-sex couples. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said he continued to believe the federal courts were wrong to abandon what he called the sanctity of "traditional" marriage, and he accused them of undermining the will of Idaho voters and states' rights. "But we are a civil society that respects the rule of law," he said in a brief statement. ...

CDC director: We could have done more in Ebola case

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:58

Ebola has haunted Dallas for more than two weeks, killing one man and infecting a nurse who was treating him. Now, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden, says the nation’s health protection agency should have stepped in and taken control when the country’s first Ebola case appeared in Dallas.

Appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:47

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily reinstated Texas' tough voter ID law, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state's latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.

CDC: We could have done more in Dallas Ebola case

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:33

Ebola has haunted Dallas for more than two weeks, killing one man and infecting a nurse who was treating him. Now, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden says the nation’s health protection agency should have stepped in and taken control when the country’s first Ebola case appeared in Dallas.

Photo exhibition shows 'depravity' of Syria's Assad regime

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:07

In a chilling and potentially controversial exhibit that opens on Wednesday, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will put on public display for the first time photographs — smuggled out of Syria by a regime defector — that show the emaciated and burned bodies of suspected dissidents believed to have been killed in government detention centers. A director of the museum says the photos are reminiscent of the images from Nazi concentration camps.

1 dead as Gonzalo strengthens, aims for Bermuda

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:45

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo grew into a major Category 3 storm Tuesday and is expected to strengthen further as it heads toward Bermuda after killing a man in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten, authorities said.

Voters are punishing Obama for this one economic failure

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:31

Voters are punishing Obama for this one economic failure

Bill Clinton to the rescue

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:16

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Democrats are again enlisting their favorite political son to fend off a Republican drive to claim a U.S. Senate seat and other top offices, announcing Tuesday that former President Bill Clinton will return to the state to campaign for the second time this month.

Protesters, Hong Kong police in standoff near government HQ

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:15

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists clashed with police and barricaded a tunnel near Hong Kong's government headquarters late Tuesday, expanding their protest zone again after being cleared out of some other streets in the latest escalation of tensions in a weekslong political crisis.

Update on Texas nurse who contracted Ebola

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:02

"I am blessed by the support of family and friends," says statement from Nina Pham, 26.

Major casualty in Baghdad car bomb blast

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:58

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A Shi'ite Muslim member of Iraq's parliament was killed in a car bomb attack at a checkpoint entrance to the Shi'ite neighborhood of Kadhimiya in Baghdad on Tuesday, according to a parliamentary media official and police. Police and medics said Ahmed Al-Khafaji, also a member of the Shi'ite Badr political party, was among 25 people killed in the blast on the edge of Kadhimiya, home to the Shi'ite shrine of Imam Kahdim. Khafaji is also a former deputy interior minister, his party said. The death toll was earlier reported to be 18. ...

U.S. says 21 air raids slow IS advance near Turkey border

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:40

Washington (AFP) - US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had "slowed" the group's advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said.

For sublet, urgently: House where Adolf Hitler was born

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:23

Vienna (AFP) - Austria's interior ministry is appealing to other government departments to take over the house where Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, amid a long-running debate over what should become of the building.

Family that lived with Texas Ebola victim showing no symptoms: mayor

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:15

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family who shared an apartment with a Liberian man who died of Ebola in Texas is showing no signs of illness, while the dog of a nurse who contracted the deadly virus is healthy and being cared for, Dallas's mayor said on Tuesday. Thomas Eric Duncan's girlfriend, her 13-year-old son and two nephews in their 20s had been living with Duncan before he was admitted to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 28. "So far no signs of the virus in any of them," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said on CNN. "We check them twice a day, and everybody's healthy. ...

Ebola death rate increases to 70 percent

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:18

World Health Organization also warned of potential for 10,000 new cases per week in 2 months.

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes hit IS positions near Turkey

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:15

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition has launched several airstrikes on Islamic State group positions in Syria, mainly in and around the town of Kobani near Turkey, where Kurdish fighters captured a strategic hill and brought down the jihadists' black flag, activists and a Kurdish official said Tuesday.

Supreme Court leaves California foie gras ban intact

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:11

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a victory for animal rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed California to continue to ban foie gras, a delicacy produced from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn. Rejecting a legal challenge to the law, the court declined to hear an appeal filed by restaurants and producers of foie gras. In doing so, the high court left intact an August 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the law. California enacted the law in 2004 but it did not go into effect until 2012. ...