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Women face hasty surgery, dirty clinics in Indian sterilization drive

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 08:02

By Aditya Kalra RAIPUR India (Reuters) - The scene in the gloomy room where 83 women were sterilized last weekend is repeated routinely at makeshift contraception clinics across India: bloodstained sheets that aren't changed between patients, and hasty two-minute surgeries. Only this time, something went tragically wrong. More than a dozen of the mostly poor and illiterate villagers operated on by Dr. R.K. Gupta have since died, and scores remain sick in hospital, many of them in intensive care. ...

Obamacare enrollment group faces new challenge

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Enroll America, the U.S. government's private-sector flagship for reaching Americans who lack health insurance, has raised less money than last year to promote enrollment in Obamacare health plans but still expects to reach more consumers. The group, closely aligned with the White House and backed by healthcare companies and nonprofit groups, said on Wednesday it has collected $20 million from donors this year, down from $27 million a year ago. ...

Judge overturns same-sex marriage ban in South Carolina

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:43

A federal judge has ordered officials to stop prohibiting same-sex marriages.

Voter turnout for 2014 midterms worst in 72 years

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:34

Voter turnout in last week's midterm elections was terrible. How terrible? Just 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast votes — the worst turnout in 72 years.

Brown family calls for non-violence, has faith in jury: lawyer

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:23

GENEVA (Reuters) - The family of the slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown said on Wednesday that they had faith in the pending decision of a grand jury and called for supporters to refrain from violence. Brown family lawyer Darryl Parks told a news briefing in Geneva, where the parents testified to the U.N. Committee against Torture: "The Brown family continue to call for non-violence. They continue to feel the grand jury will do the right thing." Michael Brown Sr. ...

U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 04:19

VIENNA (Reuters) - Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week. Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream. ...

West Bank mosque torched in suspected revenge attack

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 04:12

Suspected extremists torched a West Bank mosque in an apparent revenge attack Wednesday, as the Palestinian leader and the US top diplomat were to meet Jordan's King Abdullah over the spiralling violence. Months of unrest have escalated in recent days, spreading from annexed east Jerusalem to the occupied West Bank and Arab communities across Israel, and raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising. With the situation showing no signs of abating, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to hold talks in Amman with the king ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, officials said.

U.S. nurses to protest, strike over Ebola measures

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 02:09

By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nurses across the United States will stage protest rallies and strikes on Wednesday over what they say is insufficient protection for health workers dealing with patients possibly stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The California-based nurses' union, National Nurses United, says hospitals still lack enough hazardous materials suits which leave no skin exposed and sufficient powered air-purifying respirators to properly protect nurses from exposure. ...

Disturbing findings about nursing homes across the country

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 01:00

Analysis shows staffing levels lower than what's reported on public website.

How the Koch brothers became criminal justice reformers

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:57

Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have used their fortune to back Republican candidates who support rolling back corporate regulations, slashing taxes and shrinking government.

How Republicans turned the Senate R.E.D.D.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:37

GOP Senate candidates had to follow a 52-point checklist on digitally savvy campaigning.

Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 23:14

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich.

Scientists set for historic comet landing attempt

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:33

BERLIN (AP) — A historic attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet is poised to be set in motion Wednesday by scientists at the European Space Agency, despite a last-minute problem with the landing system.

California teen arrested in shooting death of U.S. Army veteran

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:30
(Reuters) - A southern California teen was arrested on Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a U.S. Army veteran who had recently returned home from Afghanistan, police said. Vincent Estrada, 18, of Sylmar, was arrested and booked on a charge of murder, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Francisco Garcia, 21, was walking along a street with friends early on Sunday morning during a homecoming party thrown for him by his girlfriend when a man got out of a car, smashed a beer bottle on the ground and began screaming at Garcia, police said. ...

Connecticut man charged in death of boy left in hot car: report

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:10
(Reuters) - A Connecticut man was charged on Tuesday in connection with the death of his 15-month-old son, who died in the summer after he was left in a hot car for hours, media reported. Kyle Seitz, 36, turned himself in to police on Tuesday afternoon and was charged with criminally negligent homicide over his son Benjamin's death, NBC Connecticut said. The network reported that Seitz was released on a promise to appear and was due to arrive in court on Wednesday. Ridgefield police confirmed that Seitz turned himself in, but gave no further details. ...

Father of Los Angeles Lakers player shot to death in Philadelphia

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:47
(Reuters) - The father of a player for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers was shot to death in Philadelphia over the weekend, the team said in a statement on Tuesday. Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, who joined the team this year, said in a statement he and his family were "devastated by the news of my father's murder." The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the father, 57-year-old Wayne Ellington, was found in a car on Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head and died later at a local hospital. Philadelphia police could not be immediately reached for details of the shooting. ...

U.S., China unveil ambitious climate change goals

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:40

The deal aims to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change.

U.S. civil rights champion John Doar dies

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 18:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Doar, who played a pivotal role in the fight for civil rights as a U.S. Justice Department official in the 1960s and later served as a special counsel in Congress' investigation of the Watergate scandal, has died at age 92. The New York Times quoted his son Robert as saying he died at his Manhattan home on Tuesday of congestive heart failure. As assistant attorney general for civil rights from 1960 to 1967, Doar found himself in the middle of the battle to end racial segregation in the U.S. South and ensure voting and other rights for blacks in the region. ...

New York doctor now free of Ebola discharged from hospital

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:56

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York doctor who has recovered from Ebola left the hospital on Tuesday and urged support for U.S. health workers treating patients in West Africa so they do not face "stigma and threats" when they return home. The discharge of Dr. Craig Spencer, who worked with Ebola patients in Guinea and had been held in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center since he was diagnosed with the virus on Oct. 23, means no one in the United States is being treated for the disease. ...

Missouri governor outlines Ferguson preparations

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:47

WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) — Police will work to protect peaceful protesters after a grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown shooting case is announced, but those who cross the line into violence will face consequences, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon warned Tuesday.