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U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 21:25

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...


Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:05

San Francisco puts a sudden end to Kansas City's perfect postseason roll.


North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:55

By Roberta Rampton and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record. North Korea has been on a diplomatic campaign to counter charges by a U.N. body that highlighted widespread human rights abuses and a move by some U.N. members to refer the state to an international tribunal. ...


U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:43

By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...


CDC debuts new safety steps in Ebola training for thousands

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:53

Thousands of New York City health-care workers — from nurses to janitors — learned how to safely put on and take off a full suit of protective equipment to treat a patient with Ebola at an upbeat Centers for Disease Control and Prevention event in Manhattan Tuesday morning.


Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:25

GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana.


Faulty airbags warning expanded to 6.1. million U.S. cars: NHTSA

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. highway safety regulator, NHTSA, expanded its warning on Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto-part maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags," it said in a statement. ...


Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:37

In a charmed life of newspapering, Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.


Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:35
By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were on their way to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamist militants in Syria. U.S. officials declined to say if they suspected a link between the girls and militants in the region. ...

The Ben Bradlee mystique

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:02

The famed Washington Post editor was a one-of-a kind newsman from an age gone by.


Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:28

American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo will be released from the hospital soon, officials say.


Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:12
By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported earlier this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were en route to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamic militants in Syria. U.S. officials declined to say if they suspected a link between the girls and militants in the region. ...

Ebola nurse's status upgraded to good from fair

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:00

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The medical status of nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola when she helped treat the first patient to be diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, was upgraded to good from fair on Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced. Pham was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16. (Reporting by Sharon Begley)


Massive finds off coast of North Carolina

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:57

Washington (AFP) - Two sunken ships from World War II -- a German U-boat and an American merchant vessel -- have been found deep in the ocean off the coast of North Carolina, officials said Tuesday.


Doctor gets emotional recounting Ebola patient's final days

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:15

Dallas doctor Gary Weinstein describes Texas Health Presbyterian's efforts to care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the country's first Ebola patient.


Man to Obama: 'Don't touch my girlfriend'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:22

A funny thing happened when the President went to the voting booth.


Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:57

In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.


NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:37

NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.


White House confirms U.S. citizen released from North Korea

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move but pressed North Korea to release two other U.S. citizens as well. "While this is a positive decision ... we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and again call on the DPRK to immediately release them," Earnest said, referring to North Korea. ...


North Korea's big move on captured American

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.


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