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New York doctor now free of Ebola discharged from hospital

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:20

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, 33, 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. ...

Jon Stewart's bold new project

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:13

NEW YORK (AP) — A bleary-eyed Jon Stewart is sitting outside his offices reflecting on his directorial debut, "Rosewater," a drama about the unjust imprisonment of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran.

Missouri Governor to outline law enforcement plans for decision on police shooting

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:04

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday is expected to detail law enforcement preparations ahead of protests that could erupt once a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson. Tensions have been building for weeks as the St. Louis suburb awaits an announcement of the grand jury's decision on the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. There is widespread expectation the grand jury will not indict Wilson. ...

Cold sweeping south, northern Great Lakes hit by early heavy snow

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:32

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Drivers faced a second day of unseasonably heavy snow and some businesses and schools shut down in the northern Great Lakes region on Tuesday, while a cold front was expected to push cold air south as far as Texas on Wednesday. "Temperatures will be 20 to 40 degrees below average from just east of the Rockies to the Plains," the National Weather Service said on its website. The cold was expected to extend as far as Texas on Wednesday, with freeze warnings issued for about two dozen counties including Dallas. ...

Iran orders two new nuclear reactors from Russia

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:18

Russia signed Tuesday a contract to build two nuclear reactors in Iran and announced plans for a total of nine, less than two weeks before a deadline on for deal on the country's disputed atomic programme. A series of agreements signed during a visit to Moscow by Iran's nuclear programme chief Ali Akbar Salehi includes a contract for two new reactors at the existing Russian-built Bushehr plant. The agreements foresee increasing the total number of Russian-built reactors in the country to nine as well as possibly transferring some sensitive technology relating to the production of fuel rod components. The announcement comes amid last-minute diplomacy before a November 24 deadline to find a solution to ease Western suspicions over Tehran's nuclear intentions as well as damaging sanctions on the Iranian economy.

Nigeria's President vows to beat Boko Haram

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:18

By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - President Goodluck Jonathan promised Nigerians on Tuesday he would fight corruption and defeat the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency as he announced his bid to win a second term at the head of Africa's biggest economy in a February election. A southern Christian president heading Africa's top oil producer, Jonathan is seen as a strong incumbent despite a raft of multi-billion-dollar oil scandals and his government's inability so far to end the five-year-old insurgency waged by Boko Haram, mostly in the Muslim north. ...

Arctic blast descends on Rockies, Upper Midwest

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:07

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — After being buried under more than a foot of snow, parts of the Rockies and Upper Midwest were getting their first icy touch of arctic air on Tuesday. And the rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average.

Mass sterilisation leads to deaths of ten Indian women

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:08

Dozens more are in hospital, some in a critical condition, after a state-run program went badly wrong.

Mormon church admits founder Joseph Smith had about 40 wives

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:32

(Reuters) - The Mormon church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has tried to gloss over aspects of its history, including the polygamy practiced by Smith and Brigham Young, who helped found Salt Lake City, Utah, the headquarters of the Mormon church. ...

John Cleese opens up

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 01:14

"Monty Python." "Fawlty Towers." "A Fish Called Wanda." John Cleese has been making audiences laugh for decades. Now, in an interview with Yahoo News, he talks about his new autobiography, "So, Anyway."

Portland schools urged to scrap transfers to boost racial diversity

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 01:11
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A citizen's group in Portland, Oregon, said on Monday the city should drop policies allowing students to transfer public schools, saying it is making the schools less racially diverse and poorer. "It's mostly white, mostly middle-class families, transferring out of schools that have students of color," said Kali Thorne Ladd, a member of the group which had been asked by educators to evaluate Portland Public Schools transfer policies. ...

U.S. was ill-equipped to handle Ebola rescues: Documents

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:52

The U.S. State Department expedited a $4.9 million deal for medevac services, Yahoo News has learned, after two Americans infected with Ebola, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, recently had trouble being rescued from West Africa. The CDC had developed an airworthy isolation chamber for infectious patients in the past decade, but the high-tech transportation tent was in storage when Samaritan’s Purse — a Christian humanitarian group — first sought help from the federal government.

Did CIA pay off victims' families after botched attack?

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:38

After an errant drone strike in Yemen, a trail of secret meetings and U.S. cash.

Putin steals show with head-turning gesture

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 23:26

BEIJING (AP) — It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive.

S. Korean ferry captain gets 36 years in prison

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 23:03

The captain is found guilty of negligence in the disaster that killed more than 300 people.

US officials: More work needed on Iran nuke deal

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 21:56

BEIJING (AP) — Two days of tough talks to limit Iran's nuclear program failed Monday to make major headway toward a final deal —a foreboding sign for years of negotiations that are set to expire in less than two weeks.

Rockies, Upper Midwest get blast of wintry weather

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:39

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A blast of wintry weather blew into parts of the Rockies and Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing a foot of snow in some areas, along with plunging temperatures. The cold weather is expected to eventually blanket the central U.S. from the Rockies to the Great Lakes region.

Ferguson, Missouri, braces for grand jury decision, new protests

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:12

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Tensions were building in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday as the community girded for a decision by a grand jury over whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August. The shooting sparked weeks of unrest and ongoing demonstrations, and some groups have threatened widespread protests if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is not charged with a crime in the death of Michael Brown, 18. St. ...

Anadarko's $5.15 billion cleanup deal approved by U.S. court

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:15
By Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anadarko Petroleum Corp's agreement to pay $5.15 billion to clean up nuclear fuel and other pollution received approval from a federal judge on Monday, the final hurdle for the settlement touted by the U.S. Department of Justice as the largest-ever environmental cleanup recovery. The agreement, reached in April, resolved a lawsuit against Anadarko and its Kerr-McGee unit from creditors of Tronox Inc, the paint materials maker that was once a unit of Kerr-McGee. ...

N.Y. doctor infected with Ebola to be released from hospital

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:14

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, had been held in isolation in Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.