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Elton John's bold words about Pope Francis

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:59

NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit.

Maine, nurse who tested negative for Ebola clash over quarantine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:31

By Susan Heavey and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maine's governor said on Wednesday that he would seek legal authority to enforce a 21-day quarantine on a Maine nurse who has tested negative for Ebola after treating patients in West Africa and initially was isolated in a tent in New Jersey. Governor Paul LePage issued a statement after nurse Kaci Hickox said she would challenge the New England state's restrictions and would not follow guidelines to quarantine herself until Nov. 10 as demanded. ...

Purdue University accused killer found dead

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:16

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — State correction officials say an Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead in his prison cell.

FBI under fire for 'completely unacceptable' act

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:00

The FBI has come under fire from media organizations following disclosures that it create a fake news website to track down a suspect in a bomb threat case. Documents revealed the FBI created a fake Associated Press news article that appeared to be in the Seattle Times, to trick the suspect to install malware that would reveal his location. The incident dates back to 2007, but the documents surfaced this week after a security research for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a link to the case file on Monday. "The FBI impersonating the press is just as irresponsible as the CIA running fake immunization programs.

Report: Red Cross was totally unprepared for Hurricane Sandy relief

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:57

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says "as many as 40 percent" of the relief organization's emergency vehicles were used as backdrops for press conferences during the group's response to the storm, a new report by ProPublica and NPR finds.

Storied Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee remembered

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bradlee, who led The Washington Post during some of its proudest moments, is being remembered in a service at Washington National Cathedral.

Ebola nurse fights quarantine in Maine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:24

Kaci Hickox tested negative for the virus and refuses to stay put for 21 days.

More than 100 believed dead in Sri Lanka landslide

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:33

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - A landslide in hilly south-central Sri Lanka is believed to have killed more than 100 people on Wednesday as it buried scores of houses, a government minister said, and the toll is likely to rise. The landslide hit a village in the tea-growing area of Sri Lanka after days of heavy monsoon rain, with more than 300 people listed as missing. ...

Chrysler recalling 381k trucks over fire hazard

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:13

DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's Chrysler Group said on Wednesday it is recalling 381,876 Ram trucks mostly in the United States to correct a potential fire hazard. Chrysler said in a statement that problems with 2010-2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs equipped with Cummins diesel engines could cause fuel-heater housings to overheat and fuel to leak. It said 314,704 of the trucks are in the United States, 59,432 in Canada and the rest outside North America. Chrysler said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition. ...

Who was Ebola's patient zero?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:40

LONDON (AP) — In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control.

Hawaii lava flow hits property, threatens dozens more

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:05

By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano flowed through a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island, threatening dozens more homes and businesses, authorities said. The front from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging toward the town of Pahoa for weeks, with recent speeds averaging around 15 yards (13.7 meters) an hour. It incinerated an uninhabited building on Tuesday and a finger broke off toward an evacuated home that could soon be destroyed, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense. The U.S. ...

Increasing diabetes cases lead to new global health fears

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:43

Having diabetes triples a person's risk of contracting TB, which killed about 1.5 million people last year, said the report compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation. A growing link has been observed between diabetes -- a disease of diet, lifestyle and genes -- and TB, a respiratory disease spread by bacteria, it said. "This is largely because diabetes rates are skyrocketing around the world, and having diabetes increases the risk that a person will become sick with TB." According to the report, it was estimated that there were more people in the world living with a combination of TB and diabetes than there were people living with TB and HIV -- a well-known duo that has claimed millions of lives.

Unmanned U.S. supply rocket explodes after liftoff

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:02

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Florida (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. supply rocket exploded shortly after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia, the first disaster since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the Wallops Flight Facility at 2222 GMT on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later and plunged back to the ground in a massive ball of fire and smoke. No one was hurt in the crash, authorities said. ...

Costly U.S. nuclear arms revamp, tight cash call for tough choices

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:07

By David Alexander KINGS BAY Ga. (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel grabbed a ladder extending through the sleek black hull of the USS Tennessee at a Navy submarine base here and disappeared down the hatch for a close look at one of the Pentagon's most daunting budget issues. Inside the vessel, 24 tubes for launching nuclear ballistic missiles sliced through the submarine's decks, with the crew's bunks and Spartan living quarters packed in around them. The Tennessee and 13 other Ohio-class submarines are critical elements of the U.S. ...

Cause sought for supply rocket explosion

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:30

An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff in Virginia.

Vanished Broncos fan found safe

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:47

Paul Kitterman had not been seen since he disappeared during Thursday night's game in Denver.

U.S. supply rocket explodes on liftoff

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 22:40

An unmanned Antares rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad.

'I don't feel safe anymore'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 22:25

Residents still feel mental anguish two years after Sandy ravaged the East Coast.

Royals roll past Giants to force Game 7 in World Series

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:47

Ned Yost wanted a seven-game World Series. Now he's got it.

American couple held in Qatar for death of adopted daughter

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:25

An American couple feels trapped and abandoned by the U.S. Government as they await a possible death sentence following the death of their daughter in the oil rich country of Qatar. Grace and Matthew Huang were accused of starving their adopted daughter Gloria to death almost two years ago. Since the tragic night of Gloria's passing, the Huangs have been jailed, separated from their other two children. Their lives are in the hands of a foreign government whose judicial process is mysterious and terrifying to them.They decided to share their story exclusively with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric.