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Fears grow in United States over Ebola's spread outside West Africa

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:25

By Laila Kearney and Patricia Zengerle NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fears are growing in the United States about Ebola with about 200 airline cabin cleaners walking off the job in New York and some lawmakers demanding the government ban travelers from the West African countries hit hardest by the virus. "The nation is frightened, and people are frightened of this disease," the U.S. cabinet secretary for health, Sylvia Burwell, said on Thursday, a day after the death in Texas of the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. U.S. ...

1901 time capsule finally opened. What's inside?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:40

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A time capsule that had been hidden in the head of a lion statue atop a historical landmark for more than a century yielded one surprise Thursday: a hardcover book.

South Carolina court bars judges from issuing gay marriage licenses

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:31

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ordered state judges on Thursday not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a federal court rules on whether the state can continue enforcing its ban on such marriages. The state Supreme Court's instruction came after Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon accepted marriage license applications from 19 gay couples on Wednesday. Condon had indicated he would begin issuing the documents after the state's mandatory 24-hour waiting period for marriage licenses, citing U.S. ...

Ebola's devastating effect on tourism

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:35

Just as Africa's travel industry had picked up, the deadly virus has cast a gloomy shadow.

Ben Affleck's 'Islam' statements make him target

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:35

Ben Affleck's 'Islam' statements make him target

Group asks for probe into shooting range that refuses to cater to Muslims

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:03

A Muslim civil rights group is asking the Department of Justice to investigate an Arkansas shooting range whose owner recently declared it a "Muslim-free zone."

Ebola victim's heartbreaking story of love and loss

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:54

DALLAS — Love, not Ebola, drove Thomas Eric Duncan from his native Liberia.

Mom: Teen killed by St. Louis cop was unarmed

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:47

Authorities allege the 18-year-old shot three times before the off-duty officer returned fire.

Woman's tweets over pilot gets her booted from flight

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:23

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman says she was removed from a JetBlue flight after tweeting about the flight's delays, which included a pilot having to take a sobriety test.

Arizona landscaper killed by swarm of bees

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:16

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — Thousands of swarming bees have left one landscaper dead and another critically injured after the men were stung in southern Arizona.

Prolific 1990s graffiti artist 'Cost' nabbed with brushes, arrested in NYC

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:47

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they have arrested a high-profile graffiti artist.

Mom of U.S. hostage tweets letter to IS

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:31

Paula Kassig tries to reach the Islamic State's leader, hoping he'll spare her son.

Americans: Ban flights from Ebola nations

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:19

But health experts say such a move would be counterproductive.

Activist investor Icahn urges action on Apple's undervalued stock

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:51

In a new letter to the Apple CEO, Carl Icahn lays out an aggressively bullish case for Apple's new iPhone models and the company's growth prospects. He says he won't sell any of his stock in any future tender offer Apple might undertake.

Where is Kim Jong Un?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:41

TOKYO (AP) — As North Korea's ruling party prepares to mark its 69th anniversary on Friday, the world will be watching to see if leader Kim Jong Un will make his first public appearance in more than a month.

Fatal St. Louis police shooting sparks protests

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 02:35

Police say an off-duty officer shot and killed a teen who opened fire during a chase.

Airport screening for Ebola: 5 things to know

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 01:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced Wednesday that airline passengers arriving from the three West African countries experiencing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak will now be screened for potential exposure to the deadly disease when they arrive at five major U.S. airports. The screening will include having their temperatures taken.

Matt Bai: Why an independent win in Kansas would matter

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 23:56

A month out from the midterm elections, Kansas is the most interesting state on the map. Greg Orman, who is running for Senate as an independent against the state's powerful Republican incumbent, Pat Roberts, has opened up a surprising lead; according to one analysis, Orman is the only Senate candidate in the country who keeps getting more popular, rather than less.

St. Louis police fatally shoot suspect, spawning tense protest

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:07
By Kenny Bahr ST LOUIS Mo (Reuters) - An off-duty St. Louis city policeman shot and killed a suspect who fired on him on Wednesday, police officials said, touching off unruly protests at the scene just miles from the suburb of Ferguson. The 32-year-old officer, who was working for a security company but wearing his city police uniform, attempted to stop a suspect who then fled on foot, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Schron Jackson said. ...