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Elementary! New exhibit sifts Sherlock Holmes' legacy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:33

LONDON (AP) — Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous Londoners of all time. Many tourists still see the bustling city through his eyes, and seek out his address, 221B Baker Street.

Defense continues in trial of friend of accused Boston bomber

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:09

BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators are due back in court on Thursday to continue their defense of the 21-year-old man. Robel Phillipos, 21, was too intoxicated by marijuana the night of April 18, 2013, when he is charged with accompanying two other men to the accused bomber's college dorm room, to remember his actions, his lawyers assert. ...

Second Texas nurse with Ebola receiving care at Atlanta hospital

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:59

By Terry Wade DALLAS (Reuters) - The second nurse to contract Ebola in the United States was receiving care at an Atlanta hospital on Thursday, a day after the news emerged that officials did not stop her flying on a commercial flight even after she reported a slight temperature. The nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, a day before she was diagnosed with Ebola, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. CDC Director Dr. ...

Hurricane Gonzalo regains strength on way to Bermuda

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:28

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo regained strength on Thursday, again reaching Category 4, as it swirled towards Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo was about 540 miles (865 km) south-southwest of Bermuda early on Thursday, the center said, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph). The hurricane was expected to send large swells and potentially dangerous surf conditions to the U.S. east coast on Thursday before bringing hurricane-force winds to Bermuda on Friday, forecasters said. ...

Matt Bai: Let's change the way we choose the vice president

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:42

Hillary Clinton gave a political speech in Pennsylvania last weekend, which, in case you missed the coverage, pretty much locked up the 2016 nomination. Don't be surprised if they hold the Democratic convention over Skype sometime this month, just to dispense with the tiresome formalities of an actual campaign. Maybe they'll throw in the 2020 nomination, too, while they've got everyone on the line.

Extreme measures: U.S. hospitals take on Ebola, but at what risk?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 21:21

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The infection of two U.S. healthcare workers who cared for a dying Ebola patient in Dallas is challenging assumptions about how to protect Western medical workers who perform advanced, life-saving procedures that may increase their risk of exposure. The U.S. ...

White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 21:17

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease. Just three weeks ahead of critical midterm elections, Obama is facing increased pressure from Republican critics. They say he has been too slow to protect Americans, drawing parallels to what they have described as foot-dragging on dealing with the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. ...

Hospital exec apologizes for Ebola errors

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 21:16

A Texas hospital official admits "we made mistakes" in handling the deadly disease.

U.S. health official allowed new Ebola patient on plane with slight fever

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:14

By Lisa Maria Garza and Terry Wade DALLAS (Reuters) - A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola told a U.S. health official she had a slight fever and was allowed to board a plane from Ohio to Texas, a federal source said on Wednesday, intensifying concerns about the U.S. response to the deadly virus. The nurse, Amber Vinson, 29, flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, the day before she was diagnosed with Ebola, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Vinson told the CDC her temperature was 99.5 Fahrenheit (37.5 Celsius). ...

Florida governors debate marred by trivial live TV squabble over fan

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:55

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist don't agree on much, not even a podium cooling fan that delayed the start of the second televised debates between the two candidates on Wednesday evening. For all their policy differences in the battle for the nation's largest swing state, the squabble over a small ground-level fan at Crist's legs will likely be the most remembered moment of an otherwise forgettable debate. ...

Helicopter Pilot Films Eruptions at Iceland's Holuhraun Volcano

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:24

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has been active since Sunday, August 31. Helicopter pilot Gisli Gislason captured this stunning aerial video of plumes of fire and gas spewing from the lava field in the Holuhraun area on October 14. Credit: Gisli Gislason Helicopter Pilot Iceland

Obama: Feds must tackle Ebola 'in a much more aggressive way'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:10
President Obama promises a "much more aggressive" federal government response to Ebola amid growing public fears stoked by a new case in Dallas. And he notes he was fine after having "hugged and kissed not the doctors, but the nurses" who cared for a patient in Georgia.

Libyan al Qaeda suspect seeks to toss statements in U.S. case

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:44

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda figure Abu Anas al-Liby told a U.S. judge on Wednesday that statements he made to U.S. interrogators should not be allowed at trial because he felt he had no choice but to talk. The 50-year-old Libyan, who faces charges stemming from the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, testified at a hearing in New York to determine whether the statements he made aboard a U.S. Air Force plane can be used against him in court. ...

Photos: It's a small world! Annual Nikon contest entries

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:08
Mr. Swapnil Pandit Patil Kolhapur, Maharastra, India Plant root (Hidden beauties) Portable Field Microscope 40X (courtesy of Nikon Small World)

US stocks sink in turbulent day of trade

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:05

New York (AFP) - US stocks Wednesday finished a turbulent day in the red, rallying somewhat from a huge midday drop spurred by worries over global economic weakness and the Ebola epidemic.

Dow plunges 450 points

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:32

Dow plunges 450 points

Senators who opposed 'czars' now want one for Ebola

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:28

Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas was one of the first lawmakers to call on the Obama administration to appoint a czar to help coordinate the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in Africa, along with a cluster of cases at home. The problem? Almost five years earlier to the day, Moran introduced legislation urging Obama to cease the practice of appointing czars. Moran, who was then a congressman running for the U.S. Senate, also sponsored a bill that would prohibit the federal government from using taxpayer money to pay the salaries of such unconfirmed administration officials — which would have effectively ended the practice of appointing them.

NYC prosecutor asks judge to quash decades-old murder convictions

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City prosecutor will ask a judge on Wednesday to vacate 28-year-old murder convictions against two men, saying the convictions were based solely on confessions his office believes were false. Willie Stuckey, Jr., and David McCallum were both 16 years old in 1986 when a jury in Brooklyn found them guilty of kidnapping and murdering Nathan Blenner. McCallum, now 45, has been in a state prison ever since. Stuckey died in prison in 2001. After reviewing their cases, Ken Thompson, Brooklyn's district attorney, said both men were wrongfully imprisoned. ...

U.S. war on IS militants has new name: ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:15

President Obama's war on the so-called Islamic State finally has a name: It's Operation Inherent Resolve. It's not as dramatic as Desert Storm but not as bad as Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL).

Second day of numerous U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria's Kobani

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft carried out 18 strikes on Islamic State positions near the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani and five strikes against the group in Iraq on Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. military's Central Command said. The planes struck 16 buildings occupied by Islamic State militants and destroyed several of their fighting positions near Kobani, a Kurdish town on the Syrian border with Turkey, it said in a statement on Wednesday. ...