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'I will not resign'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:23

Hong Kong's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying won't step down, but did agree to send underling to talk to protesters.

Dozens feared exposed to Dallas Ebola patient

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:17

Health officials: Lapse in diagnosis, quarantine should be a lesson in what not to do in future.

At nation's oldest Episcopal seminary, 8 of 10 professors fired

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:14

NEW YORK (AP) — The lid has been lifted on a fierce internal battle at the nation's oldest Episcopal seminary, which has lost most of its faculty over what they say is their dean's intimidating, disrespectful leadership.

Dose of reality for 'Real Housewives' couple facing fraud sentencing

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:52

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality.

Boston Herald apologizes for Obama 'watermelon' cartoon

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:29
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Herald has apologized for an editorial cartoon about the recent White House security breaches featuring U.S. President Barack Obama that made a watermelon reference. The cartoon, which appeared on Wednesday, depicted Obama brushing his teeth while an unidentified man, presumably an intruder, sits in a bathtub behind him asking, "Have you tried the new watermelon-flavored toothpaste?" A historic U.S. racist stereotype held that black people are particularly fond of watermelons. Obama is the United States' first black president. ...

Hong Kong protests show signs of escalation

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:28

Police seen unloading tear gas and rubber bullets; authorities warn to disperse immediately.

Who is Joseph Clancy, interim director of the Secret Service?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:19

The 58-year-old led presidential detail for President Barack Obama and the first family before retiring in 2011 to become director of corporate security for Comcast.

U.S. citizen joins Syria Kurds in fight against Islamic State

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:59

By Tom Perry and Fiona Ortiz BEIRUT/CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has joined Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, a spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group in the country said on Thursday. The Kurdish official said that Jordan Matson had joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by Islamic State close to Syria's borders with Turkey and Iraq. "Yes it is true," YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. "He is fighting in the Jazaa area. ...

The nine lives of Boko Haram 'leader' Abubakar Shekau

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:56

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is an elusive figure whose whereabouts are unknown, but he makes himself heard each time the military proclaims him dead.

Supreme Court takes no immediate action on gay marriage cases

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:56

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday took no action over whether it plans to take up the question of whether states can ban gay marriage. The seven different cases pending before the court were not mentioned in a list of new cases the court agreed to hear on Thursday ahead of its new term, which starts on Monday. The move does not necessarily mean the court will decline to hear the cases during the new term. It often takes more time to consider particularly noteworthy or complicated cases before deciding whether to take them up. ...

Using 'contact tracing' to halt Ebola spread

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:19

CDC tries to determine if U.S. Ebola patient exposed others in Dallas area.

Matt Bai: Who says Jeb can't survive the primaries?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 01:36

So I've been catching up on all the latest accumulation of Washington wisdom and totally get why no one other than Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or the reincarnated Pat Buchanan can possibly win the Republican nomination in 2016. But, what about Jeb Bush? Or Chris Christie?

HK police warn protesters not to charge buildings

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 01:06
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy or surround government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by midnight Thursday.

Prosecutor investigates grand jury in Ferguson shooting: NY Times

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:39

(Reuters) - The St. Louis County prosecutor is investigating the grand jury that is considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests, the New York Times reported. The investigation was set off by a message posted on Twitter, in which the poster claimed to have a friend on the grand jury and said there was not enough evidence for an arrest, the Times reported on Tuesday. The grand jury is considering whether to indict officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. ...

History fight coming to a head in suburban Denver

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:10

DENVER (AP) — A fight in Colorado over how United States history is taught is coming to a head in suburban Denver on Thursday with students and teachers expected to pack a school board meeting where the controversial changes could face a vote.

Why did ER send Ebola patient home?

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:09

A Texas hospital initially released him even though he said he had been in West Africa.

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 22:47

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. The Dallas Ebola case, involving a man who flew back to the United States last month from Liberia, has prompted national concern over the potential for a wider spread of the deadly virus from West Africa, where at least 3,338 people have died in the worst outbreak on record. U.S. ...

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 21:05

By Richard Cowan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. ...

Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 20:03

By Patrick Rucker and Julie Steenhuysen WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. ...

Mexico captures most-wanted 'drug-cartel kingpin'

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 17:57

Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican soldiers have captured Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the country's most-wanted men and a suspected drug-cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said.