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Governors back home quarantine for Ebola workers

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:46

NEW YORK (AP) — The governors of New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as they back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa, while the nation's top infectious-disease expert warns that such restrictions are unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from aiding disease-ravaged countries.

Teen wounded in Wash. school shooting dies

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:53

A 14-year-old girl wounded when a fellow student opened fire in a cafeteria has died.

State governors stand firm on Ebola quarantines despite White House pressure

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:12

By Joseph Ax and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The governors of New York and New Jersey on Sunday stuck to new plans to quarantine health workers returning to their hometowns from countries with Ebola epidemics, despite pressure from the White House, but emphasized that people could stay at home while in isolation. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck a more conciliatory tone on Sunday about the new quarantine policy after the White House said that mandatory isolation could impede the Ebola fight. ...

N.Y. governor loosens Ebola rules

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:06

Gov. Cuomo will allow health workers returning from Ebola zone to stay home for 21 days.

Washington state rampage baffles Native American community

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:27

By Victoria Cavaliere and Eric M. Johnson MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Members of a tight-knit Native American community in Washington state were struggling on Sunday to comprehend how a life-long friendship among cousins ended with one of them gunning down the other two, along with three friends, in a high school cafeteria. The shooter and one girl, identified by a family friend as Zoe Galasso, were killed, while the other freshmen students were gravely wounded in the Friday morning shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, an hour's drive north of Seattle. ...

Brazil's Rousseff narrowly wins second term

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:04

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected Sunday in the tightest race Brazil has seen since its return to democracy three decades ago, giving the juggernaut Workers' Party its fourth-straight presidential victory and the chance to extend its social transformation of the globe's fifth-largest country.

Eight firefighters injured in Los Angeles storage 'death trap'

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 16:14
(Reuters) - Eight firefighters were injured battling a massive fire at a Los Angeles storage facility filled with combustibles like furniture, artwork, and vinyl records but with no sprinkler system, city and fire officials said on Sunday. More than 300 firefighters battled overnight to extinguish the blaze that erupted late on Saturday evening at a two-story Extra Space Storage in the beachside neighborhood Venice, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement. ...

Florida to monitor health of travelers from Ebola-hit countries

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:22

Florida will require 21-day health monitoring of people returning to the state from Ebola-affected countries in Africa, Governor Rick Scott said.

White House seeking to reverse New York, New Jersey's Ebola quarantine orders: NYT

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is pressuring the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their orders imposing a quarantine on all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contacts with Ebola patients, the New York Times reported on Sunday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made the decisions on Friday after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back to New York infected. Quoting an unnamed administration official, the paper said "top administration officials have been speaking with Mr. ...

Pro-Europe parties secure big election win in Ukraine: exit poll

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:46

Pro-Europe parties led by a group backing President Petro Poroshenko swept a parliamentary election in Ukraine on Sunday, an exit poll showed, giving him a mandate to end a separatist conflict and pursue democratic reforms. The survey, issued after voting stations closed in the ex- Soviet republic, gave Poroshenko's bloc 23 percent of the votes cast for the 29 competing parties, ahead of the party of his ally, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, on 21.3 percent. ...

Thirty adolescents abducted in northeast Nigeria: local chief

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:31

Around 30 adolescents -- some of them girls aged as young as 11 -- have been abducted in northeast Nigeria over the weekend by suspected Boko Haram rebels, a local village chief said.

Tribe reels from Washington state school shooting

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:13

A close-knit community on the Tulalip Indian Reservation has struggled to find answers following the shooting at a high school on Washington's Puget Sound in which a young gunman from a prominent family opened fire, killing one person and injuring four others — including two of his cousins.

George P. Bush says dad 'moving forward' on 2016

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 08:17

Jeb Bush is "moving forward" on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he'll enter the Republican race. That's the opinion of his son, who's running for office in Texas.

Fauci: Quarantine can have unintended consequences

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 05:54

Mandatory 21-day quarantines on health care workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West Africa can have the unintended consequence of discouraging them from volunteering, a top federal health official said.

Waiting on Jeb: Will another Bush run for the White House in 2016?

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:15

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush's flirtation with a possible run for the White House in 2016 has been so low key that some in his party aren't convinced he's prepared to take on the challenge.     The former Florida governor with the famous family name is among the leaders in polls charting potential Republican contenders in 2016 and says he will decide late this year or early next year. But unlike some would-be competitors like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who are making forward-leaning statements, Bush is publicly expressing his uncertainty. ...

U.S. envoy Power arrives in West Africa

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 03:56

By Michelle Nichols CONAKRY (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, arrived in Guinea's capital Conakry on Sunday to see first hand how the global response is failing to stop the deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa. Power, who will also visit Sierra Leone and Liberia, said she hopes to gain a better understanding of which resources are missing so she can push other countries to offer more help. ...

U.N. climate change draft sees risks of irreversible damage

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 03:39

Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week.

Steenkamp was about to leave Pistorius, says mother

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 03:20

The mother of Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend believes that her daughter was about to leave the disgraced athlete when he shot her dead in what a South African judge ruled to be culpable homicide. June Steenkamp -- mother of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp -- also told Britain's newspaper The Times that she and her husband Barry were haunted by images of the shooting, for which Pistorius was sentenced to a five-year jail term. Pistorius, the first double amputee Paralympian to compete against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics, said he shot Steenkamp four times through a locked door to the bathroom in his Pretoria home because he mistakenly believed there was an intruder inside. In "Reeva: a Mother's Story", June Steenkamp wrote that she was "shocked" that the athlete was found guilty only of culpable homicide, or manslaughter.

Search for answers after Washington state school rampage

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 02:38

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Members of the Tulalip Tribes community in Washington state say they are trying to comprehend how a life-long friendship among sports-loving cousins ended with one of them gunning down the other two, along with three female friends, in their high school cafeteria. The shooter and one girl, identified by a family friend as Zoe Galasso, were killed while the other freshmen students were gravely wounded in Friday's morning rampage at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle. ...