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African immigrants worry about backlash from U.S. Ebola case

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 16:09

By Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) - In Dallas and other cities home to large populations of African immigrants, worries are abounding among many that their standing in the United States has been tainted by one Liberian man infected with Ebola being treated in Texas. "Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and that's just not right," said a Liberian who asked to be called Sekou, fearful that he and other West African immigrants are going to face bias in their U.S. home because of the sick man. ...


Flag that flew over U.S. Capitol on 9/11 destroyed in memorial fire

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 14:20

(Reuters) - The flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was destroyed in a fire at a 9/11 memorial complex in Pennsylvania, authorities said Saturday. In addition to the American flag, also lost in the fire were personal items of the passengers and crew members who were on board United Airlines Flight 93 when it went down in a field as one of four hijackings by al Qaeda militants on Sept. 11, 2001, the National Park Service said in a statement Saturday. ...


Texas Ebola patient in critical condition

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 13:23

Thomas Eric Duncan has been kept in isolation for a week at a Texas hospital.


Parents of missing Virginia student plead for help in finding her

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:14

By John Clarke (Reuters) - The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham released a tearful video on Saturday, pleading for help in finding their daughter who vanished three weeks ago. "Somebody listening to me today either knows where Hannah is, or knows someone who has that information," said Hannah's mother, Sue Graham, standing next to her husband, John. "We appeal to you to come forward and tell us where Hannah can be found." Jesse Matthew, 32, of Charlottesville has been charged in the disappearance of the college sophomore, who was last seen on Sept. ...


U.S. officials say Ebola unlikely in sick Newark passengers: report

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:21

(Reuters) - Federal health officials do not believe two sick passengers removed from a United Airlines flight that landed on Saturday at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey are infected with the Ebola virus, according to a local media report. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dressed in full HAZMAT gear, escorted a man and his daughter off the flight, WABC-TV and the Record newspaper reported. The two passengers were believed to be from Liberia and were exhibiting signs of illness during the flight, the reports said. ...


Parents of American hostage plead for son's release

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:02

The parents of an American hostage being held by Islamic State militants Saturday pleaded for their son’s life, saying he had voluntarily embraced Islam and was dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people.


Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:57

Jean-Claude Duvalier's brutal regime sparked an uprising that sent him into exile.


Dallas hospital: U.S. Ebola patient now in critical condition

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:27

(Reuters) - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States is now in critical condition, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said on Saturday. The patient, Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia, had previously been described as being in serious condition. (Reporting by Michele Gershberg; Editing by James Dalgleish)


Parents of U.S. hostage plead with militants

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:12

Peter Kassig’s family releases message a day after Islamic State threatens to kill him.


Medical copter crashes in north Texas, killing patient

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:10
(Reuters) - A medical helicopter transporting a patient to a north Texas hospital crashed early Saturday near downtown Wichita Falls, killing the passenger and injuring all three crew members, authorities said. The patient, whose name was not immediately disclosed while family was notified of the accident, was en route to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls from Waurika, Oklahoma, when the crash occurred just before 2 a.m., according to a statement on the city's official website. The patient died at the scene, the statement said. ...

Ebola casts pall over Eid holiday in West Africa

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:16

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The raging Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa cast a pall Saturday over celebrations in the region of Eid al-Adha, one of Islam's most important holidays.


Standoffs get ugly at Hong Kong democracy protests

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 04:37

Standoffs between Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters and their antagonists grew increasingly ugly Saturday, as the two sides traded insults and at times taunted police. The city's leader said streets ...


North Korea's No. 2 visits South for rare talks

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 04:07

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's presumptive No. 2 and other members of Pyongyang's inner circle met with South Korean officials Saturday in the rivals' highest level face-to-face talks in five years, a possible indication that both sides are interested in pursuing better ties after months of animosity.


Hong Kong police arrest 19 in protest clash

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 20:39

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong arrested 19 people, some believed to have organized crime ties, during a night of running brawls stretching into Saturday as mobs tried to drive pro-democracy protesters from the streets where they've held a weeklong, largely peaceful demonstration.


U.S. parents confront fear of Ebola in classroom

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 19:14

By Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) - A visibly nervous Qeuna Dawson on Friday walked her two boys to the Jack Lowe Elementary School in Dallas, where a student was removed after coming into contact with the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. "I wanted to keep my boys home but they told me the school is safe. But if I hear of one child sneezing, those boys are staying home," said Dawson, who lives a stone's throw from the spot where the infected man was rushed to a hospital. At ground zero of the U.S. ...


Parents of U.S. hostage ask for prayers

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:51

A member of the Islamic State threatens to kill former Army Ranger Peter Kassig in a video released Friday.


U.S. officials acknowledge ‘missteps’ in Dallas but defend Ebola response

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:18

Top U.S. officials admit to "missteps" in handling the case of a man with Ebola in Dallas, Texas, but insist that screenings have kept infected people off U.S. soil and predict there will be no outbreak in the United States.


Militants behead British hostage

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:52

The execution of Alan Henning mirrors other beheading videos shot by the Islamic State.


Secret Service in disarray, fueling questions over Obama's safety

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:31

By Matt Spetalnick, David Lawder and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Secret Service officer Timothy McCarthy took a bullet to protect Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt and agent Jerry Parr shoved the president into a limousine, their quick reflexes projected a Hollywood-style image of invincibility around the agency. ...


How the Secret Service's problems became a secret in Washington

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:04

Though they are not formal oversight committees, appropriations committees have provided critical monitoring and oversight of government agencies during the annual budgeting process, as agency directors and Cabinet secretaries are called on to explain what they are doing and justify any requests for more money. That switch of jurisdiction, from Treasury to the bureaucratic behemoth of Homeland Security, would throw a cloak of secrecy over the Secret Service’s financial needs, performance and areas in need of improvement. Henceforth, public information about what was happening at the Secret Service would be much harder to find, bursting into view only when there was a failure or an embarrassing scandal.


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