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Third victim in Washington state school shooting rampage dies

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:32

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A girl shot during a rampage at a Washington state high school last week that left two other girls dead along with the gunman has died from her wounds, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett said on Friday. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died at 4:45 p.m. at the hospital as a result of severe injuries after being shot in the head during last Friday's incident in a cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, an hour's drive north of Seattle. ...

Judge rejects strict limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 16:20

By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. ...

Federal charges appear unlikely in Ferguson police shooting: Washington Post

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department officials probably will not bring civil rights charges against a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager set off rioting in August, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing law enforcement officials, said investigators had all but concluded there was not a sufficiently strong case to prove officer Darren Wilson violated the rights of 18-year-old Michael Brown when he killed him in the St. Louis suburb on Aug. 9. ...

Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:10

Pilot of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo ejected, suffered serious injuries; co-pilot died.

Seattle Pacific University lifts campus lockdown after gun threat

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:00
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle Pacific University said on Friday its campus was on lockdown after a student received a threat of someone coming to campus with a gun, but lifted the orders about an hour later. The small Christian college was the site of a campus shooting spree in June in which one person was killed and two others wounded. The university said on Twitter that the lockdown was lifted. Earlier it said the Seattle Police Department had informed university officials of the threat. ...

Ebola quarantines a 'disincentive' for health workers

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:10

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Yahoo News Friday that “blanket restrictions” on health care workers returning from West Africa could worsen the Ebola epidemic in the region.

Fireworks factory fire leads to massive blaze

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:52

Fireworks factory fire leads to massive blaze

1 dead, 1 hurt in Virgin Galactic space ship crash

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:42

Witness says SpaceShipTwo exploded during test flight over California's Mojave Desert.

NYC to pay $2.25 million over Rikers Island inmate's death

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:32
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City will pay $2.25 million to resolve a wrongful death claim by the family of a mentally ill, homeless Marine Corps veteran who died at the Rikers Island jail complex eight days after his arrest, the city's comptroller announced on Friday. Jerome Murdough, 56, was found dead in his cell at Rikers Island on Feb. 15. The city medical examiner's office later said his death was accidental and due to hyperthermia caused by exposure to heat. ...

Why judge sided with nurse Kaci Hickox against restrictions

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:17

A state judge in Maine has sided with nurse Kaci Hickox and rejected a request by state officials that her movements be restricted out of an abundance of caution over her recent exposure to the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa.

Wife of Arkansas murder suspect faces murder charge in realtor's death

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:02
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The wife of a man charged a month ago with the kidnapping and murder of a suburban Little Rock, Arkansas, realtor was ordered held without bond by a district judge on Friday, less than a day after her arrest in the case. Crystal Lowery, 41, pleaded not guilty to charges of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave in an industrial area east of Little Rock on Sept. 30. Carter, 50, had disappeared five days earlier after agreeing to show a house to a person she believed was a potential buyer. ...

Obama's 'Mad Men' reference on campaign trail

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:58

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."

State Dept. defends balance of career vs. political posts

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:37

Foreign service officers vs. political appointees, round 1 million. The State Department rejects criticism that President Barack Obama's administration has given too many diplomatic jobs to political appointees.

Tech-savvy grandma saves Kansas Democrats

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:54

Joan Wagnon, 74, is close to reviving her party after a stunning GOP defeat in 2010.

Court: Stay 3 feet away from others

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:52

Temporary order restricts Maine nurse Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in W. Africa.

Drivers scramble for flying cash on highway

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:50

A sudden calamity led to a mad dash for cash in Maryland traffic.

U.S. envoy to U.N. defends Ebola guidelines; praises airlines

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:42

By Louis Charbonneau and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries and praised the airlines still flying there. Amid controversy in the United States over some states ordering 21-day quarantines for nurses and doctors returning home after treating Ebola patients, Power said current federal rules balanced "the need to respond to the fears that this has generated" with the known science on the disease. ...

UK Halloween sets heat record

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:26

London (AFP) - Britain enjoyed the hottest Halloween on record on Friday, forecasters said, ending an unusually mild October with temperatures topping 23 degrees Celcius.

Crews work to recover bodies of 4 at Wichita airport

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:20

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The bodies of four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport remain at the site as authorities assess what needs to be done to make the building safe to enter.

Suspect arrested in killing of S. Africa's national soccer team captain

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:13

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A suspect in the killing of the captain of South Africa's national soccer team has been arrested, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday. Spokesman Nathi Mncube said the suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, had made a brief appearance in the Boksburg Magistrate court east of Johannesburg. The case was postponed until Nov. 11. National soccer star Senzo Meyiwa was hit by a single round in the chest on Sunday night while confronting two intruders at the home of his girlfriend, actress and singer Kelly Khumalo. ...