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Dallas officials urge calm in city on edge over Ebola

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 07:16

By Anna Driver DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas officials are still working to contain the public's fear of Ebola even as dozens of people who may have had contact with a Liberian man who died from the virus are soon expected to be released from a 21-day monitoring period. There have been no new cases since two nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan contracted Ebola. But one traveled on a plane shortly before her diagnosis, sparking worry that fellow airline passengers could be infected. ...

Texas lab worker tests negative for Ebola after cruise in isolation

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:50

A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola, has tested negative for the disease, Carnival Cruise Lines said on Sunday. The Carnival Magic arrived on Sunday in the port of Galveston, Texas after a week-long trip that included being denied docking by Belize and Mexico because of the presence of the woman on board. The woman works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, was treated for Ebola. ...

Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:46

By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chibok in April. ...

S. Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:52

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries.

Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:36

The Texas-based cruise ship carrying a health care worker being monitored for signs of Ebola returned to port early Sunday.

U.S. hospitals gird for Ebola panic as flu season looms

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:04
By Bill Berkrot and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - A young woman complaining of abdominal pain and nausea who had traveled to Africa arrived at a Long Island hospital fearful that she had contracted Ebola. She did not have the virus, but the pregnancy test was positive. The woman had been to South Africa, more than 3,400 miles (5,400 km) from the three West African countries enduring the worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the trip ended six weeks prior, or twice the potential incubation period for Ebola infection. "It tells you how ready for panic we can get ourselves," said Dr. ...

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 01:29

By Humeyra Pamuk URFA Turkey (Reuters) - The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State attacked Kurdish militants with mortars and car bombs. Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the town on Saturday, some of which fell inside Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said four more were fired on Sunday. The month-long battle for Kobani has ebbed and flowed. ...

Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 01:20

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39. More than 500 people have been rescued from a route popular with foreign adventure tourists that circles Annapurna, the world's tenth-tallest peak, among them 230 foreigners. ...

Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 23:16

A long search appears to have come to a sad end, though further forensic tests are needed.

Cops: Remains may be those of missing U.S. student

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 20:28

The British-born University of Virginia student has been missing since Sept. 13.

Street artist revisits ghosts of Ellis Island hospital

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:51

New York (AFP) - Ellis Island was once the gateway to America for millions of immigrants, but the cavernous hospital that treated some of those new arrivals has been closed to the public for 60 years.

Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:46

By James Pomfret and Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week. Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of waning after three weeks of standoffs in which hundreds of thousands of people have occupied city streets to demand full democracy in the former British colony. ...

Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola: Obama

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:01

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored in case they are infected, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans "can't give in to hysteria or fear" about the spread of the virus. As though to illustrate his point, a Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday afternoon over concern about a woman who fell ill. The woman was first reported to be on the checklist for possible Ebola exposure but turned out not to be. ...

Human remains found in search for missing Virginia student

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 16:41
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Searchers looking for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham found human remains at an abandoned property in a rural area on Saturday, five weeks after she was last seen in the university town of Charlottesville, police said. Authorities, who notified the girl's parents of the grim discovery, must conduct forensic tests on the remains to determine the person's identity, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told a news conference. ...

Body found in search for Va. student

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 15:29

Police say they've found human remains that could be those of Hannah Graham.

Pa. ambush suspect spotted carrying gun, police say

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:32

By Joe McDonald MOUNTAINHOME Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist charged with murdering a Pennsylvania trooper and wounding another was spotted near his old high school carrying a rifle and with mud smeared on his face, police said on Saturday, five weeks after a manhunt for the suspect began. Eric Frein, 31, who is on the FBI's Most Wanted list, was spotted by a woman in a "surprise encounter" while she was taking a walk, said Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police. ...

Sick woman at Dallas train station not on Ebola watchlist: official

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:35

(Reuters) - A Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday after a report that a woman fell ill at the facility, but the transit authority denied an earlier report that the woman had been on a watchlist for possible exposure to Ebola. The woman exited a northbound train at the White Rock Station and vomited, leading the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system to close the station as a precaution. "The person being treated by Dallas Fire Rescue at White Rock Station is NOT on any Ebola watchlist," Morgan Lyons, a DART spokeswoman, wrote in an email. ...

In Georgia Senate bid, Nunn talks economy to women

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:19

EVANS, Ga. (AP) — You don't hear Michelle Nunn mention gender politics or try to rally female voters in Georgia around issues of abortion, birth control and gay marriage as she runs for the Senate.

Obama to seek more funds to fight Ebola

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:05

The president could make the request as early as next week, Bloomberg reports.

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:06

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis.