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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.

Hawaii island hit by winds, rains from hurricane

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:35
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hurricane Ana was carving a path south of Hawaii on Saturday morning, producing high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted a flood advisory.

WHO won't discuss Ebola mistakes document

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:32

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said Saturday that it wouldn't explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press in which the U.N. health agency said it fumbled early attempts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Missouri officer says he feared for life before shooting unarmed teen: report

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:27

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Missouri in August told investigators he was in fear for his life after the young man grabbed at his gun, which was discharged twice in his patrol car, the New York Times reported. Government officials briefed on a federal civil rights probe into the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson told the New York Times that Wilson had said he was pinned in his car and punched and scratched by Brown in the moments before the shooting. ...

Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:11

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

Justices balk at last-minute voting changes

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

U.S. bans Hungarians from entry over corruption charges

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:25
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The United States has banned several Hungarian citizens from entry and alleged that they were engaged in or benefiting from corruption, prompting the Hungarian government to call for a show of evidence. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has clashed several times with the European Union and the United States over reforms that critics said harmed some foreign investors and weakened the system of checks and balances in the former Communist satellite. "The U.S. ...

Power out, trees fall as hurricane crosses Bermuda

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:11
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda's main hospital during an hours-long battering, but the tiny, wealthy British territory suffered no deaths.

Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:08
Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa.

More young mourners showing love, remembrance with 'RIP' shirts

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:31

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - At the crowded funeral of 13-year-old Demureye' Macon, who was shot on a Chicago street, older mourners wore sober suits and dresses in beige and black. But Macon's peers came dressed in colorful tributes to the seventh-grader, sporting T-shirts, jackets and bandanas bearing the deceased's photo, his birth and death dates and messages including "Long Live the King" and "RIP Demureye." "He was like my little brother," Macon's friend Joshua Reynolds, 16, said at the funeral last week. Reynolds wore a shirt that read "My Brother's Keeper. ...

Cautious optimism over Nigeria's kidnapped girls

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:22

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — There's no dancing in the streets, but people in the hometown of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about news of a cease-fire with the Islamic extremists who abducted their daughters six months ago.

Supreme Court denies request to block Texas voter ID law

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:33

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday denied a request to block a Texas law requiring voters in the state to show certain forms of identification before they cast a ballot. The move comes after a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday granted a request by the state to stay a lower court decision that struck down the law, meaning the measure will be in effect for the November elections. The decision, published early on Saturday morning, was unsigned and did not provide a supporting legal argument. ...