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On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:34
Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.

Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:05

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission.

U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:35
By Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. ...

Giants win 3rd World Series title in 5 years

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:50

Madison Bumgarner comes out of the bullpen to shut down the Royals in a classic Game 7.

U.S. education department gets tougher on for-profit colleges

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:18
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under new regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total earnings. The U.S. ...

Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside; police watch

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:12

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter's hand, signaling a showdown with state police monitoring her and state officials seeking to legally enforce her confinement.

Five members of Utah family likely died of poisoning: reports

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:26
(Reuters) - Police believe two parents and three children found dead inside their Utah home weeks ago likely died of poisoning, local media reported on Wednesday. The five people, including children between the ages of 11 and 14, were found on Sept. 27 at their home in Springville, about 45 miles (72 km) south of Salt Lake City. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and their children Benson, Emery and Zion, were each found lying next to a cup of colored fluid, according to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, which cited documents filed in court by police. ...

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:39

By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...

Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:37

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:16

By Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. ...

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:39

By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, moving at speeds of 10 to 15 yards (meters) an hour as it bubbled over a cemetery and reached the community's outskirts. ...

Obama: We can’t seal ourselves off from Ebola

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:02

The president says it is essential that the U.S. and other countries work to stop the outbreak at its source.

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:01

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed.

Nation 'unprepared' for Ebola oubreak

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:56

An independent review gives dire warnings about the U.S. health care system's readiness.

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.