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First person diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in Texas hospital

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:03

By Lisa Maria Garza and Richard Valdmanis DALLAS (Reuters) - A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a hospital isolation ward on Wednesday and the government ordered extra screenings at five major airports as part of efforts to stop the virus spreading outside of West Africa. Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived in the United States in late September from Liberia, had been in critical condition and on a ventilator, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas giving him an experimental medication to try to keep him alive. ...

Cops mistake teen for burglar, make wrong move

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:55

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents, authorities said Wednesday.

U.S. military hits six IS targets near Kobani

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday reported six airstrikes that helped stop Islamic State militants from taking over the Syrian town of Kobani, but played down the significance of the battle in the long-term U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamist group. The airstrikes destroyed an armored personnel carrier, armed vehicles and artillery belonging to the militant group, which had threatened to overrun the town on the Turkish border, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. ...

U.S. orders agents to monitor travelers for Ebola

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:13

The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. ...

How to bury an Ebola victim

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:58

Dallas officials now face a situation they haven't before: handling a contagious body.

Muslim woman barred from US pool over clothes

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:53

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city is promising to revise its swimsuit rules after a Muslim woman was turned away from its recreation center pool for wearing an Islamic dress over a shirt and pants.

NFL owners approve $1.4 billion sale of Buffalo Bills

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:26

NEW YORK (AP) — Admitting it was a dream come true, Terry Pegula and wife Kim were unanimously approved by NFL owners Wednesday as new owners of the Buffalo Bills.

Ebola patient dies at Dallas hospital

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:18

Thomas Eric Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly virus.

U.S. justice temporarily blocks Idaho gay marriage ruling

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:03

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked gay marriages from beginning in Idaho on Wednesday after state officials requested a freeze on Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. The brief order issued by the high court said that gay marriage supporters should file a response to the state's emergency request by 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Thursday. The court will then decide whether to issue a more permanent stay. In the meantime, gay marriages in Idaho will not be able to proceed. ...

South Carolina judge to issue marriage license to same-sex couple

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:57
CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A judge in Charleston, South Carolina, said on Wednesday he would issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple even though the state's ban on gay unions remains in place after actions by the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for them elsewhere. Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon accepted an application for a marriage license from a lesbian couple on Wednesday and said he would issue it after the mandatory 24-hour waiting period. "As a result of the actions of the U.S. ...

Kennedy halts gay marriage in Nevada, Idaho

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:37

The Supreme Court justice has blocked a decision that declared same-sex unions legal.

331 dead: Despite cease-fire, killing persists in Ukraine, U.N. says

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:39

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 331 deaths have been reported in eastern Ukraine since last month's cease-fire deal between Russian-backed separatists and government troops, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Cop's $50-good deed for MIch. mom and daughter

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:09

EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn't secured in a booster seat decided a ticket wouldn't cut it.

Animal lovers rally for Ebola nurse's dog

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:00

Thousands plead for the canine's life after a judge orders it be put down.

Ebola's jaw-dropping cost to economy

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 03:58

The World Bank warns that the deadly epidemic could deal a stunning financial hit.

Friend of accused Boston bomber due to testify on Wednesday

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 03:04

BOSTON (Reuters) - A man convicted of obstructing justice for removing fireworks from the accused Boston Marathon bomber's dorm room days after the deadly blasts is due in court on Wednesday to testify against a friend who prosecutors say joined him in that visit. Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, who was a friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, took the stand briefly on Tuesday to testify at the trial of Robel Phillipos, 21, who has been charged with lying to investigators probing the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. ...

Islamic State's downs second aircraft, raising fears

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 02:14

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants with Islamic State group on Wednesday shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter, killing the two pilots on board in the second such incident in a week and raising concerns about the extremists' ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes.

U.S. medical workers get crash course on treating Ebola on frontlines

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:14

By Colleen Jenkins ANNISTON Ala. (Reuters) - Dr. Kwan Kew Lai's family and colleagues in Boston fear for the safety of the infectious disease physician when she travels to Liberia later this month to treat Ebola patients. "I just feel like it's wrong for me to sit at home while I hear the news of people dying," said Lai, 63. Dressed in a yellow full-body suit, Lai joined 35 other licensed health workers this week for new, hands-on safety training. Developed by the U.S. ...

Why are so many Republican governors flailing?

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:31

Republicans will hold the House; they're even favored to win the Senate. But turn your attention to the gubernatorial contests, and a different picture emerges.

U.S. court to hear appeal over keeping U.S. demands for telecom records secret

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 23:17

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court is set to hear arguments on Wednesday on whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation can force Internet and telecommunications firms to turn over customer records without revealing the government's demands. A lower court judge in San Francisco previously ruled such gag orders were unconstitutional in a lawsuit filed by an undisclosed telecom company. The government's appeal of that decision will be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Tech companies have sought to clarify their relationships with U.S. ...