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Man shot by police after attacking passengers on Connecticut bus

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:21
NORWALK Conn. (Reuters) - A man wielding a box cutter who attacked passengers on a tour bus headed to a Connecticut casino has died after being shot by a state trooper, officials said on Wednesday. The man, whose identity was not released, was arrested late Tuesday after the driver steered the bus into a construction site off a major highway, state police said, and died of his gunshot wound at a hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut. ...

Report: U.S. troops injured by abandoned Iraqi chemical weapons

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:53

American troops found nearly 5,000 abandoned chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2011, but their discoveries were kept secret by the U.S. government, the New York Times reports.


Ann Romney's new ammunition in fight against MS

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:49

Ann Romney is fighting a battle tougher than any political campaign her husband, Mitt, has ever waged. She has multiple sclerosis — a disabling disease that affects the central nervous system and disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. Romney has managed her illness, for which there is no cure, through mainstream and alternative medicines and therapies — ones she wants others suffering from neurological diseases (including Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's and brain tumors) to benefit from, too.


At soccer match, drone flight causes near-international incident

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:15

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian officials accused Albania on Wednesday of a deliberate political provocation after a drone flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a stadium in Belgrade during a soccer match between the two Balkan rivals, sparking violence between players and fans.


2nd Texas health worker positive for Ebola

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 02:53

The worker, who treated the fist U.S. Ebola patient, has been isolated.


2nd Texas health worker Ebola positive

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 02:51

Female who treated first U.S. Ebola patient is isolated; 75 people being monitored.


North, South Korea hold high-level military talks

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 02:09

Seoul (AFP) - North and South Korea held high-level military talks on Wednesday to air grievances over recent exchanges of fire across their land and sea borders, Seoul's defence ministry said.


Is Cory Gardner’s nice-guy persona enough to win in Colorado?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 01:27
If Cory Gardner can’t win in Colorado, who can? It’s a question that’s about more than just one candidate and one state — it’s about the future of a Republican party that for the past decade has been pulled increasingly to the right, making truly purple states like Colorado appear blue by default. For as much as the Beltway pundit class talks about President Obama being a drag on down-ballot Democrats nationwide, it’s the Republican party brand that could bring down Gardner in Colorado. And if Republicans miss taking back control of the Senate for the third consecutive time because they can’t win in a state like Colorado in an off-year election under a president whose popularity has tanked, it won’t be because Todd Akin moments —viral gaffes from hyper-conservative candidates — took them down. It will be because average, independent voters have come to believe that the GOP is the party of Todd Akins.

California school district settles transgender discrimination complaint

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:33
(Reuters) - A southern California school district settled a claim with the federal government that alleged the district discriminated against a transgender student, officials said on Tuesday. The Downey Unified School District agreed to treat the student as they would any other female pupil, allowing her access to the same sex-designated facilities, programs and events, the U.S. Department of Education said in a statement. ...

Record number of black candidates seeking office

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama's historic presidency.


Nurses: No Ebola protocol at Texas hospital

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 21:39

A nurses' union slams safety conditions at the hospital where a man died from the virus.


Exclusive: U.S. pork group counters antibiotics report with online campaign

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:08
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - A leading U.S. pork association will use an online marketing campaign to counter a critical television documentary on antibiotics use in livestock, pointing consumers to industry-funded websites that defend the practice, according to an association email. The National Pork Board sent out an email about the strategy to food and agriculture officials in advance of Tuesday evening's PBS Frontline program entitled, "The Trouble with Antibiotics". ...

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion restrictions

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:23

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked certain restrictions on abortion contained in a Texas state law that abortion rights groups said would have forced all but a handful of clinics to shut down in the state of 26 million people. 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. ...


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.


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