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Australia says it will launch airstrikes in Iraq

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:21

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Six Australian F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighters will launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq within days as part of the U.S.-led coalition, officials said on Friday.

Four people close to U.S. Ebola patient quarantined in Dallas

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:57

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Four people close to the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States were quarantined in a Dallas apartment, where sheets and other items used by the man were sealed in plastic bags, as health officials widened their search for others who had direct or indirect contact with him. In Liberia, an American freelance television cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has contracted Ebola, the fifth U.S. citizen known to be infected with the deadly virus that has killed at least 3,300 people in the current outbreak in West Africa. ...

U.S. appeals court lets Texas enforce abortion clinic rules

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:21

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that Texas could begin enforcing restrictions on abortion clinics that critics of the new rules say will force all but seven of the facilities in the state to shut down. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Texas could enforce the requirement that clinics have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries while the court weighs the constitutionality of the 2013 state law. ...

American cameraman for NBC News diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:15
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American freelance television cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment, the network said on Thursday in an online report. Diagnosis of the cameraman, who the network said came down with symptoms that included aches and fatigue on Wednesday, is believed to mark the first time an American journalist has been infected with the deadly virus since the current outbreak in West Africa. ...

Girl's family seeks reversal of brain-death ruling

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:58

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.

More than 800 flights canceled in Chicago due to weather, fire issues

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:30

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Incoming stormy weather and operational problems caused by a fire last week at a Chicago-area air traffic control facility forced the cancellation of more than 800 flights on Thursday at Chicago airports. More than 525 flights at O'Hare International Airport, one of the world's busiest, have been canceled and delays are averaging 45 minutes, according to the city's department of aviation. Nearly 300 flights were canceled at Chicago Midway International Airport and some flight delays were averaging 40 minutes or more. ...

Oklahoma prosecutors seeking death penalty in beheading case

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:16

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman and attacking others at a food distribution warehouse in Moore, Oklahoma, according to court documents filed on Thursday. Alton Nolen, 30, has been charged with murder in the death of Colleen Hufford, 54, and the attempted murder of Traci Johnson, 43, as well as assault with a deadly weapon. The FBI is also examining Nolen's background for any potential religious ties to the attack after former colleagues said he had tried to convert them to Islam. ...

Mishandling of U.S. Ebola patient prompts CDC alert to hospitals

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:59

More than 100 people might have been in recent contact with Thomas Eric Duncan.

As midterms loom, Obama shifts spotlight to economy

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:11

By Roberta Rampton EVANSTON Ill. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama tried on Thursday to turn the spotlight on the economy, the issue U.S. voters care about most ahead of November midterm elections, making the case that his policies have steered the country away from the brink of collapse and laid a foundation for growth. It's the second take for a strategy that the White House rolled out in June, only to have its optimistic message drowned out by crises in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and western Africa. ...

Interim Secret Service head has been a familiar figure beside U.S. presidents

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:50

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As a member of the U.S. Secret Service's most elite detail, Joseph Clancy guarded the lives of three U.S. presidents and now will try to repair the agency's damaged credibility after a spate of embarrassments and failures. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Clancy's appointment as interim director shortly after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday. Clancy rejoins the service after leaving his job as head of security for the Comcast media corporation in the Philadelphia area where he grew up. ...

Chaotic scene outside White House a challenge for Secret Service

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:44

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If James McGinley had his way, he would take his message around the world, but he does not have the money and instead is sitting cross-legged in Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House with the words "Wage Love" tattooed across his face. McGinley, a well-spoken man, is trying to talk over the piercing din of a man shouting into a bullhorn, as tourists on Segways whiz by and Secret Service guards push people off of Pennsylvania Avenue for some unknown security reason. ...

White Ohio woman sues over sperm from black donor

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:47

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she and her partner had intended.

More trouble for man who brought Ebola to US

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:39

The Liberian man infected who brought the disease to the US will be prosecuted.

India PM Modi invokes Gandhi himself in effort against filth problem

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:40

Outside of New Delhi's largest train station heaps of garbage lie in the streets and in front of nearby shops and restaurants. In one corner, a sign reads "Deluxe Toilet," which is actually a filthy public bathroom.

'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.