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Patient isolated at Mass. clinic after Ebola symptoms

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:01

A medical clinic in Braintree, Massachusetts, near Boston was evacuated and a patient has been isolated because of his recent travel to West Africa and medical symptoms, the Boston Globe reported on Sunday. “Ebola protocol is in place,” the Globe quoted Braintree fire official Joe Zanca as saying. The clinic was the Harvard Vanguard Medical Center, the newspaper said. (Reporting by Peter Cooney in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

U.S. says Turkey OKs use of bases against IS militants

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:08

American defense officials say Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq,

Seventh New Jersey high school student surrenders in sex abuse case

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:31
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A seventh New Jersey high school student has turned himself into authorities to face charges of sex abuse stemming from a hazing scandal that led to the cancellation of the remainder of the school's football season, authorities said Sunday. The teenagers from Sayreville War Memorial High School are accused of sexual assaults on four different victims on four different occasions in September, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski. Six of the students were arrested on Friday. ...

Iraq ground role likely for U.S. military advisers: Dempsey

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 09:48

Washington (AFP) - US military advisors are likely to take a more direct role in the ground campaign against jihadists in Iraq once Iraqi forces are ready to go on the offensive, the top US officer said in comments aired Sunday.

CDC: Protocol breach in treating Ebola patient

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 08:12

A top federal health official says the Ebola diagnosis in a health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan at a Texas hospital shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol.

Tropical Storm Fay brushes Bermuda with high winds and rain

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 06:57
MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Fay swept past Bermuda drenching the British territory in the Atlantic with winds gusting to hurricane force, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday. The storm, just below Category 1 hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph), was located 85 miles (140 km) north north-east of Bermuda on Sunday morning, the Miami-based center said. A hurricane watch was still in effect for Bermuda, it warned, noting that tropical storm force winds extended 175 miles (280 km) from the center of Fay. ...

Abbas pledges transparency in Gaza reconstruction

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 05:19

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday promised transparent and responsible use of funds pledged at a donor's conference to help Gaza rebuild after this summer's devastating war between Israel and Hamas.

Texas worker tests positive for Ebola, U.S. airports start screening

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 04:23

SAN ANTONIO Texas (Reuters) - A health worker in Texas at the hospital where the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died last week has tested positive for the deadly virus in a preliminary test, the state's health department said on Sunday. U.S. authorities are stepping up efforts to stop the spread of the virus, with medical teams at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Saturday beginning the screening of travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola outbreak on record. ...

Obama hangs tough on migrant detention despite slowing influx

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 04:06

By Richard Cowan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The surge in child migration from Central America is receding but the United States is aggressively pushing ahead with plans to expand detentions, a little-publicized part of a broader campaign to deter illegal migrants. Under pressure from opposition Republicans to stem the unprecedented flow of children earlier this year, the Obama administration beginning in June pledged to speedily return them to their home countries and help better secure borders in Mexico and Central America. ...

Putin orders troops away from Ukraine border

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 02:51

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases, according to his spokesman.

Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 02:25

The worker helped treat Ebola victim Thomas Duncan, doctors said.

Monitor: IS pouring reinforcements into Syria border town

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 02:05

Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group poured in reinforcements Sunday for its nearly month-long siege of Kobane as the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders kept up their high-profile resistance.

Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 02:00

(Reuters) - A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for an Ebola patient there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement on Sunday. The health care worker reported a low-grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing, it said. "We knew a second case could be a reality, and we've been preparing for this possibility," said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the health service. (Reporting by Jason Neely)

More than 20 injured in Halloween hayride accident in rural Maine

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 22:30
(Reuters) - More than 20 people were injured including some seriously on Saturday when a truck towing a Halloween hayride went off the road, flipping the trailer and sending people tumbling to the ground, authorities and media reports said. State Fire Marshal Sgt. Joel Davis said 23 people were taken to area hospitals, with three of the injured believed to be in serious condition. The injuries occurred when the trailer-towed hayride overturned on the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine, around 8.30 p.m. ...

U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 21:57

By Phil Stewart (Reuters) - At Fort Campbell in Kentucky, spouses of U.S. soldiers headed to Liberia seem to be lingering just a bit longer than usual after pre-deployment briefings, hungry for information about Ebola. For these families, the virus is raising a different kind of anxiety than the one they have weathered during 13 years of ground war in Afghanistan and Iraq. They want to know how the military can keep soldiers safe from the epidemic, a new addition to the Army's long list of threats. ...

Reports: Putin orders Russian troops withdrawn from Ukrainian border

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 21:48

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported late on Saturday, citing Kremlin spokesman. The troops pullout came before an expected meeting between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Milan next week. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Russian president had met his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu. ...

Louisiana infant survives days trapped beneath father's dead body

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 20:28
(Reuters) - A 10-month-old Louisiana baby survived for three days trapped under the decomposing body of her dead father after he suffered cardiac arrest, authorities said on Saturday. The mother was in jail on misdemeanor charges at the time but was released on Saturday to care for the baby girl, Betty Jean Fields, and her five-year-old brother, who had alerted neighbors on Friday night. "The baby was dehydrated," Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said. "It was able to breath, expand its chest up and down ... We're very blessed that the baby didn't succumb. ...

Thousands march in St. Louis to protest police violence

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 18:03

By Kenny Bahr and Fiona Ortiz FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - The mother of an unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, walked with hundreds of protesters on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb, part of a weekend of protests against police violence. Earlier in the day, thousands of people marched in St. Louis, as the protest movement took on more urgency days after a fatal shooting of a teenager by an off-duty police officer in that city. In Ferguson, Lesley McSpadden, whose son Michael Brown died in the Aug. ...

N.J. football case puts hazing in focus

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 16:20

Seven students are facing sex crime charges at this solidly middle-class town.

Toddler dies from enterovirus strain

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 15:01

A Michigan girl is the second child to die this year in the U.S. from the virus.