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U.S. military officials feared dead in typhoon

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:47

Tokyo (AFP) - Strong typhoon Phanfone made landfall in central Japan on Monday, slamming into the archipelago with winds of 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour and making a beeline for Tokyo, the country's meteorological agency said.

Journalist with Ebola headed to U.S.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:46

Ashoka Mukpo will be treated at Nebraska Medical Center's specialized isolation unit.

Two NFL players arrested for trespass in separate incidents

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 15:56
(Reuters) - Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Minneapolis arrested two professional football players on trespassing and other charges, authorities and local media reported Sunday. The arrests of Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby and Minnesota Vikings tackle Tom Johnson came as the National Football League has come under nationwide scrutiny following a domestic violence incident involving one of its players. In Fort Lauderdale, Shelby, 25, was charged with trespass and resisting arrest without violence after an apparent incident at a local nightclub, police said. ...

No signs of foul play seen in Pennsylvania 9/11 memorial fire

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 13:40
(Reuters) - Investigators have found no signs of foul play or arson in a fire at a 9/11 memorial complex in Pennsylvania which destroyed a U.S. flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, authorities said on Sunday. Also lost in Friday afternoon's blaze were personal items belonging to the passengers and crew members who were on United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed as one of four hijackings by al Qaeda militants on Sept. 11, 2001. ...

British hostage released in Libya after five months

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 11:42

London (AFP) - British schoolteacher David Bolam has been released after nearly five months of captivity in Libya, reportedly after payment of a ransom to his Islamist captors.

New Jersey boy's death is first linked directly to enterovirus

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 10:31
(Reuters) - A New Jersey boy who went to bed last month in seemingly good health and died in his sleep is the first fatality linked directly to a strain of enterovirus that has infected more than 500 people, a local medical official said on Sunday. The 4-year-old boy, identified as Eli Waller of Hamilton Township, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlantic City, never awoke after going to sleep on the night of Sept. 24, Hamilton Township Health Officer Jeff Plunkett said. ...

Egypt jihadist group releases video of beheadings

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 10:03

A video released Sunday showed the execution of four men accused of spying for the army and for Israel's Mossad intelligence service.

Iconic sunset images on the Hudson River

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 10:00
The Statue of Liberty after sunset. The ship pauses to allow shutterbugs to photograph Lady Liberty. (Yahoo News/Gordon Donovan)

Nebraska hospital prepares for arrival of Ebola patient

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 08:03

(Reuters) - A Nebraska hospital is preparing for the expected arrival of an Ebola patient who contracted the disease in Liberia, a spokesman said on Sunday. Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson would only identify the patient as a male U.S. citizen expected to arrive on Monday. But the father of Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, told Reuters on Friday that his son was going to Nebraska for treatment. The Nebraska hospital last month treated and released Dr. Rick Sacra, an American missionary who also contracted Ebola in Liberia. ...

Ex-Haiti dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier dead at 63

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 05:29

Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation with an iron fist from 1971 until his ouster in 1986, died of a heart attack. He was 63.

Hong Kong protesters agree to remove some barricades

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:41

In an apparent concession to authorities warning pro-democracy protesters to clear Hong Kong's streets by the beginning of the work week, students occupying the area outside city government headquarters ...

Mass grave found near Mexico town hit by violence

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 19:18

IGUALA, Mexico (AP) — A clandestine grave site with multiple burial pits was found outside this city where violence last weekend resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students after protesters clashed with police, Mexican officials said Saturday.

Ebola patient in Dallas turns critical, no new U.S. cases

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 17:09

By Jon Herskovitz and and Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition in a Dallas hospital, as health officials reported tracking scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms. The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived in Dallas from Liberia two weeks ago, has heightened concerns that the worst epidemic of Ebola on record could spread from West Africa where it began in March and has taken more than 3,400 lives. Dr. ...

Ebola ruled out for ill passenger escorted off plane in Newark

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 16:45
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - U.S. disease-control agents in biohazard suits removed a sick passenger and his daughter from a United Airlines jet that landed on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, but federal health officials later said they had ruled out Ebola as a concern. ...

African immigrants worry about backlash from U.S. Ebola case

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 16:09

By Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) - In Dallas and other cities home to large populations of African immigrants, worries are abounding among many that their standing in the United States has been tainted by one Liberian man infected with Ebola being treated in Texas. "Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and that's just not right," said a Liberian who asked to be called Sekou, fearful that he and other West African immigrants are going to face bias in their U.S. home because of the sick man. ...

Flag that flew over U.S. Capitol on 9/11 destroyed in memorial fire

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 14:20

(Reuters) - The flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was destroyed in a fire at a 9/11 memorial complex in Pennsylvania, authorities said Saturday. In addition to the American flag, also lost in the fire were personal items of the passengers and crew members who were on board United Airlines Flight 93 when it went down in a field as one of four hijackings by al Qaeda militants on Sept. 11, 2001, the National Park Service said in a statement Saturday. ...

Texas Ebola patient in critical condition

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 13:23

Thomas Eric Duncan has been kept in isolation for a week at a Texas hospital.

Parents of missing Virginia student plead for help in finding her

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:14

By John Clarke (Reuters) - The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham released a tearful video on Saturday, pleading for help in finding their daughter who vanished three weeks ago. "Somebody listening to me today either knows where Hannah is, or knows someone who has that information," said Hannah's mother, Sue Graham, standing next to her husband, John. "We appeal to you to come forward and tell us where Hannah can be found." Jesse Matthew, 32, of Charlottesville has been charged in the disappearance of the college sophomore, who was last seen on Sept. ...

U.S. officials say Ebola unlikely in sick Newark passengers: report

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:21

(Reuters) - Federal health officials do not believe two sick passengers removed from a United Airlines flight that landed on Saturday at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey are infected with the Ebola virus, according to a local media report. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dressed in full HAZMAT gear, escorted a man and his daughter off the flight, WABC-TV and the Record newspaper reported. The two passengers were believed to be from Liberia and were exhibiting signs of illness during the flight, the reports said. ...

Parents of American hostage plead for son's release

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:02

The parents of an American hostage being held by Islamic State militants Saturday pleaded for their son’s life, saying he had voluntarily embraced Islam and was dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people.