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Ebola lawsuits would face high hurdles in Texas

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:02

By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Potential suits against the Dallas, Texas hospital that sent home a patient later diagnosed with Ebola face long odds in the face of state medical malpractice laws. Texas tort-reform measures have made it one of the hardest places in the United States to sue over medical errors, especially those that occurred in the emergency room, according to plaintiffs’ lawyers and legal experts. ...

Panetta: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria damaged U.S. credibility

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:33

President Barack Obama damaged U.S. credibility by drawing a “red line” against Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then failing to back up the warning with military force, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Yahoo News in an interview. “It was damaging,” Panetta, who also served Obama as CIA director, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

2 Japanese, 1 American win Nobel Prize in physics

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:06

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy efficient and environment-friendly light source.

Nurse in Spain gets Ebola, raising global concern

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:48

It's the first time someone has caught the disease outside West Africa.

Airstrikes hit jihadists near embattled Syria town

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:11

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Warplanes believed to have been sent by the U.S.-led coalition on Tuesday struck positions held by Islamic State militants near a Syrian border town that beleaguered Kurdish forces have been struggling to defend.

Why GOP presidential hopefuls are finally talking about drugs

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:33

They aren't calling for marijuana legalization, but many of the possible presidential candidates are seeking new strategies to combat drug addiction.

Mom charged after daughter brings heroin to daycare

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:32

(Reuters) - A Delaware mother was arrested on Monday after her four-year-old daughter unknowingly brought roughly 250 packets of heroin to her daycare, and passed them out to classmates thinking they were candy, police said. Ashley Tull, 30, of Selbyville was charged with drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child after her daughter brought the drugs to the Hickory Tree Child Care Center on Monday morning, Delaware State Police said in a statement. ...

Gay marriage focus returns to lower courts

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to pass on gay marriage appeals effectively makes same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and returns the focus in the other 20 states to the courts — and, more particularly, to four federal appeals courts in the Midwest and South that have a more conservative makeup.

Mississippi family gunfight leaves two dead, two wounded

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 19:49
By David Minsky (Reuters) - Two family members killed each other and wounded two relatives in a gunfight following a domestic altercation in rural northeast Mississippi last week, a law enforcement official said on Monday. Mickey Sudduth and his father-in-law Robert Mize both fatally shot each other outside Mize's home near Aberdeen after a dispute involving Sudduth's estranged wife Jennifer on Friday afternoon, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said. ...

Supreme Court dodges gay marriage, allowing weddings in five more states

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 18:14

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprising move that will allow gay men and women to get married in five additional states, with more likely to follow quickly. On the first day of its new term, the high court without comment rejected appeals in cases involving five states - Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana - that had prohibited gay marriage, leaving intact lower-court rulings striking down those bans. ...

Mexican army disarms police in missing-students city

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:59

Iguala de la Independencia (Mexico) (AFP) - Mexican federal forces disarmed a southern city's entire police corps and took over security Monday after officers were accused of colluding with a gang in violence that left 43 students missing.

U.S. helicopters join air war in Iraq against IS group

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:52

Washington (AFP) - The US military has started flying attack helicopters against Islamic State militants in Iraq for the first time, officials said Monday, marking an escalation in the air war that puts American troops at higher risk.

Obama calls for greater foreign help against Ebola

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says some foreign countries are not doing enough to confront the Ebola crisis in West Africa. He says the international community has not been as aggressive as it needs to be to help contain what he's calling a top national security issue for the United States.

Michael Phelps suspended after DUI

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:32

Michael Phelps has been suspended by USA Swimming for six months.

White House's extraordinary rebuke of Netanyahu

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:26

The Israeli PM's sharp words for the Obama Administration drew a quick response.

Trump's name removed from casino

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:04

By Daniel Kelley and Mark Makela (Reuters) - Workers began removing the large letters spelling out the Trump name from the shuttered Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City on Monday after real-estate mogul Donald Trump sued to end a licensing deal that allowed the casino owners to use his name. Trump, who has emblazoned his name across properties in various U.S. cities, sued in August to have his name taken off the Trump Plaza, which closed last month, and the nearby Trump Taj Mahal, which is on the verge of closing. ...

Frightening Ebola development in Spain

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:15

In what could be the first infection outside Africa, a Madrid nurse contracts the virus.

Islamic State's bloody clash with Kurds

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:44

Islamic State and Kurdish militia fighting them for key border town near Turkey take casualties.

Facebook's $22 billion acquisition

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:35

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, with the final price tag rising an additional $3 billion to roughly $22 billion because of the increased value of Facebook's stock in recent months. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum will receive nearly $2 billion in stock, vesting over a four-year period, as an inducement for him to stay with the company, according to a regulatory filing on Monday. ...

Sir Michael of Bloomberg? A knight but not quite

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:02

LONDON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg is a knight — but he won't be Sir Mike.