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Family hires new lawyer in $75 million New York chokehold lawsuit

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 13:46

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family of a black New Yorker who died after a local police officer put the 43-year old man in a chokehold announced on Saturday a replacement in the $75 million wrongful death lawsuit, local media said. Speaking at a news conference with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem, Eric Garner's family said civil rights attorney Jonathan Moore will replace Sanford Rubenstein, a CBS News affiliate reported. ...

Second day of protests take shape in St. Louis

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:06

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday for a second day of organized rallies to protest Michael Brown's death and other fatal police shootings in the St. Louis area and elsewhere.

Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev allegedly knew of brother's role in 2011 murders

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:10

Defense attorneys say the government has a witness prepared to testify that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew of his older brother's role in an unsolved 2011 triple murder case near Boston.

AP Enterprise: Records chronicle Duncan's decline

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:28

Despite five days of intensive treatment, Thomas Eric Duncan's condition was deteriorating.

New Jersey officials order 'symptom-less' NBC News crew into Ebola quarantine

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 08:39
(Reuters) - New Jersey health officials have ordered into mandatory quarantine an NBC News crew that worked with an American cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, though the group has no symptoms, its health department said on Saturday. Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo is receiving treatment at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, which said on Friday that he had shown modest improvement and was in stable condition. ...

Snowden's girlfriend living with him in Russia: film

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:34

New York (AFP) - Fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum by Moscow after revealing the extent of US government surveillance, has been joined by his American girlfriend in Russia, a documentary reveals.

Spain Ebola nurse improves as world tries to stem virus

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:08

Madrid (AFP) - Countries across the world scrambled Saturday to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak that is getting worse "every day", as the condition of a Spanish nurse infected with the disease improved.

Ebola monitoring rises as Spain tries to contain health crisis

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:33

Sixteen people were being monitored in a Madrid hospital for signs of Ebola on Saturday.

Cities, states scramble after Dallas's Ebola missteps expose planning gaps

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:08

By Sharon Begley and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Officials acknowledge they need to do more. ...

Kurds struggle to defend besieged Syrian town

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 01:38

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Syrian activists and Kurdish officials say fierce fighting is underway in a Syrian border town where Kurdish militiamen are struggling to repel advances by the Islamic State group.

Stepped-up Ebola screening starting at NYC airport

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 22:30

NEW YORK (AP) — A stepped-up screening program that checks the temperature of travelers arriving from West Africa is starting at New York's Kennedy International Airport, part of an ongoing effort to stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed more than 4,000 people.

Weekend of protests under way in St. Louis after new shooting

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 22:14

By Kenny Bahr FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Ferguson, Missouri police station late Friday, kicking off a planned weekend of demonstrations against police violence after eight people were arrested in chaotic protests the previous night. "My hands on my head. Please don't shoot me dead" and "Who shuts it down? We shut it down!" a crowd of roughly 300 people chanted as they stood just inches from a row of dozens of officers, most clad in riot gear. ...

North Korea says talks with South 'all but scrapped'

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 21:08

Seoul (AFP) - North Korea's state media said on Saturday high-level talks with the South were now all but scrapped due to the launch of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets from the South a day earlier.

U.S. begins enhanced Ebola screening program at New York's JFK airport

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:06

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stepped up efforts by the U.S. to halt the spread of the Ebola virus will start at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, where teams armed with thermal guns and questionnaires will screen travelers from West African countries hit hardest by the outbreak. JFK Airport is the first of five U.S. airports to start enhanced screening of U.S.-bound travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where most of the outbreak's more than 4,000 deaths have occurred. ...

Sears says Kmart stores hit by data breach

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:48

The attack likely resulted in the theft of some customer payment cards at its Kmart stores.

Idaho becomes latest U.S. state to allow gay marriage

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:35

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A county clerk in Idaho began issuing the state's first marriage licenses to gay couples on Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a temporary hold it imposed days earlier, capping a week of victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America. The move came as barriers to gay marriage fell state by state this week, from Nevada to North Carolina, and followed days of back-and-forth federal court actions that could soon see legal weddings for same-sex couples extended to 35 states. ...

Gay marriage obstacles fall in conservative states

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:03

Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Here's a rundown of the most recent developments:

Las Vegas sounds false alarm as global Ebola fears spread

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:13

By Grant McCool (Reuters) - A commercial plane was briefly quarantined on a Las Vegas airport tarmac on Friday, sending airline shares down as worldwide fears increased that Ebola could spread outside West Africa, where it has killed more than 4,000 people. Airline and hospital officials said a Delta Air Lines plane was held at McCarran International Airport, but it turned out to be a false alarm and an all-clear was issued. A Delta spokesman said the concerns arose after a passenger on the flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport reported feeling unwell. ...

U.S. Supreme Court lifts hold on gay marriage in Idaho

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:06

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed gay marriage in Idaho to go into effect by lifting a temporary hold imposed earlier in the week. The court rejected an emergency request by the state, which is contesting a federal appeals court ruling from Tuesday that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. At around the same time the high court issued the order, a district court judge in North Carolina struck down that state's gay marriage ban. ...

College revokes senator's degree

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:08

Investigators conclude John Walsh plagiarized a research paper required to graduate.