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Four Americans arrive in Nebraska to be monitored for Ebola virus

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 09:56
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Four Americans who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have arrived in the United States and are being observed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the hospital said on Sunday. The individuals arrived on Saturday and are being housed on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha, where medical personnel will monitor them for 21 days for any Ebola symptoms, hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said. A U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone arrived at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland on Friday and was in serious condition, the NIH said. The people under observation in Nebraska are among at least 10 Americans flown to the United States by non-commercial air transport who may have been exposed to the unidentified Ebola patient in Sierra Leone or had a similar exposure to the virus as the patient.

New York real estate baron Durst arrested on LA murder warrant

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 09:24

Robert Durst, scion of one of New York's largest real estate empires, has been arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles County, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said. Durst, born in 1943, is known for life twists that led him to be questioned but not charged in the mysterious deaths of his first wife Kathleen Durst in 1982 and a longtime friend in 2000. The New York Times reported last week that the district attorney in Los Angeles had recently reopened an investigation into the December 2000 killing of Durst's friend Susan Berman, and was tying it to the case of Kathleen Durst, who went missing from New York and was eventually pronounced legally dead.

Putin: Russia prepared raising nuclear readiness over Crimea

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 08:27

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year's tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine's president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday.

University of Maryland investigating racist fraternity email

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 08:09

The University of Maryland is investigating a 2014 email allegedly sent by a white Kappa Sigma fraternity member containing racial epithets aimed at African American, Indian and Asian women and encouraging fellow members to have sex with women in their basement regardless of consent.

Kerry asserts obstacles to Iran nuke pact mostly 'political'

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 07:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry, returning to talks with Iran on its nuclear program, said Sunday that most of the differences still barring an agreement are political rather than technical.

Ohio River spills banks, flood warning for Cincinnati

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 05:16
(Reuters) - Melting snow and rain caused the Ohio River to spill its banks over the weekend, cutting off roads and flooding homes in the southern part of Ohio. The National Weather Service, which has issued a flood warning for the Cincinnati area, said the river is expected to crest on Sunday at 57.8 feet and be above its 52-foot flood stage at least through Thursday. No deaths or major injuries have been reported. "There have only been a handful of evacuations," said Jay Carey, branch chief with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. ...

Bombings at churches in Pakistan kill 14

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 03:08

The blasts went off minutes apart in a majority Christian suburb of Lahore.

Tsarnaev testimony key question at Boston Marathon bombing trial

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 03:06

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A question looms over the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as federal prosecutors enter the final stages of their case against him: Will he testify in his own defense? Tsarnaev's lawyers opened the trial this month with a blunt admission, saying he helped his older brother carry out the twin bombings that killed three people and injured 264 near the renowned race's finish line on April 15, 2013. Rather than fighting to prove his innocence, defense attorneys hope to spare the ethnic Chechen from execution by persuading the jury he played a secondary role to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who masterminded the attacks and was killed after a gunfight with police later that week. When the trial resumes in U.S. District Court in Boston on Monday, prosecutors will move on to the final hours before Tsarnaev was found hiding in a drydocked boat.

Boston St. Patrick's parade to include gay groups for first time

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 03:03

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Two homosexual rights groups will march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday after organizers lifted a longtime ban on lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT) organizations joining the annual Irish-American march. Boston Pride, an LGBT rights group, said this week organizers had accepted its application to participate in this year's march through the Irish bastion of South Boston. The rights group will join OutVets, representing gay veterans, in bringing an end to two decades of debate over the issue. Organizers had insisted that homosexuality conflicted with Catholic doctrine, but the ban ran counter to the liberal mores that prevail in Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

U.S., Iran in new nuclear talks as tempers fray

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:50

Iran and the US aim in talks starting Sunday in Switzerland to begin closing in on a deal reducing Tehran's nuclear activities to within strict limits after 18 months of tortuous negotiations. Time is however running short and tempers are fraying in Washington where critics fear that the mooted accord will not do enough to prevent the Islamic Republic getting nuclear weapons. US Secretary of State John Kerry, due to meet his Iranian counterpart in Lausanne later, sought to allay such concerns, saying the aim was "not just to get any deal, it is to get the right deal". The target is for Iran and six world powers -- the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- to agree the outlines of a deal by March 31 and to fine-tune the details by July 1.

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:20

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Officials struggled on Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

U.S. shuts Saudi embassy over security fears

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 22:55

The US embassy in Saudi Arabia said it had suspended consular services in the kingdom for two days due to "heightened security concerns", after warning of threats against Western oil workers. All services in Riyadh and at the consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran have been cancelled for Sunday and Monday, it said in a statement posted on its website Saturday. The embassy warned US citizens to take extra precautions and keep a low profile if they were out in public. Saudi Arabia is taking part in US-led air strikes that began in September against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, raising concerns about possible retaliation.

White House warns Senate anew on Iran legislation

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 20:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House delivered a fresh warning to the U.S. Senate late Saturday to stay out of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, asserting that pending legislation would likely have a "profoundly negative impact" on the ongoing talks.

Ferguson activists press ahead, undeterred by latest shooting

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 20:29

By Nick Carey FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - As the hunt for suspects in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, extended into a third day, activists took the first steps on Saturday to force the mayor out of office while residents awaited signs of progress in the investigation. A group called Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) said it is starting a petition to recall Mayor James Knowles. An uneasy quiet prevailed in the St. Louis suburb, in contrast with the mayhem that erupted near midnight on Thursday when gunshots rang out during a protest rally, wounding a pair of officers. Police arrested two people on Saturday night in neighboring St. Louis when about 70 protesters tried to block a street, a Reuters witness said.

Report: Jeb Bush used personal email to discuss security issues

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 19:39

Aides for the GOP hopeful say none of the messages contained classified information.

Up to 51 dead after bus crash in southern Brazil

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 19:30

As many as 51 people died on Saturday when a passenger bus drove off a cliff in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, police said. Despite nearly a decade of sustained economic growth that only slowed in recent years, the country has done little to improve or expand its creaky infrastructure.

Kerry cautious before new Iran talks, cites 'important gaps'

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 19:21

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday delivered a highly cautious assessment ahead of the next round of nuclear talks with Iran, citing "important gaps" in the way of a deal before an end of March deadline.

Tug sinks off New York's Long Island, one dead, three rescued

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 18:20
(Reuters) - A tugboat sank off New York's Fire Island on Saturday, and one crew member died and three were pulled from the icy water by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel, the Sea Bear, went down off Fire Island as it was returning to New York from the area's Shinnecock Inlet, said Coast Guard duty officer Mark Averill in New Haven, Connecticut. The Sea Bear notified a vessel service it was taking on water, and the Coast Guard dispatched rescue boats and a helicopter, he said.

Miami hosts first Formula E electric car race in U.S

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 13:28

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Thousands of fans turned out on Saturday for the first Formula E electric car race in the United States, with organizers saying the event along downtown Miami's bayfront would help boost more energy efficient mainstream automobile technology. "Formula E will pioneer technology which will be used on normal road cars," British entrepreneur Richard Branson, the Virgin Racing team owner, told a press conference before the race. "I hope 10 years from now the smell of exhausts from cars will be a thing of the past as much as the smell of cigarettes in restaurants," added Branson, whose Virgin Group sponsors a two-car team. Miami is the fifth of 10 cities around the world to host races for the inaugural year of the Formula E championship, launched in Beijing in September 2014.

At least 10 Americans being flown to U.S. after possible Ebola exposure

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 12:50

At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.