24 October 2014

NIH: Nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola

Patient Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)One of two caregivers at Dallas hospital to treat Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan now free of virus and discharged.


24 October 2014

Deadly clash in West Bank

Palestinian youths from the Jalazoun refugee camp clash with Israeli security forces on a road at the entrance of the Jewish West Bank settlement of Beit El, north of Ramallah, on October 24, 2014RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hospital official says a teen was killed during clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank.


24 October 2014

North Korea may have nuke knowhow

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at the newly completed Yonphung Scientists Rest Home, south of PyongyangWASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of American forces in South Korea says North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the United States, but he does not know whether they have done so.


24 October 2014

Car smashes into Calif. restaurant, 7 injured

This Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 photo provided by Leonard Rhone shows a car that plowed through a storefront in Dublin, Calif. Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into the restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. A 56-year-old female driver had just pulled into a parking lot outside Taqueria Los Pericos in Dublin on Thursday night when she accidentally accelerated and plowed through the storefront. (AP Photo/Leonard Rhone)DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into a restaurant in a Northern California shopping center.


24 October 2014

Man in NYC hatchet attack said to have Islamic 'extremist leanings'

Four police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photographs when they were attackedsuspicion of smoking marijuana in BrooklynThe man who attacked New York City police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead was reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings," the SITE monitoring group said. Four rookie police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when the man walked up and without saying a word attacked them with the hatchet, a city hall statement said. One officer was hit in the arm and another in the head before the other officers shot and killed the attacker, according to police commissioner Bill Bratton.


24 October 2014

Islamic State used chlorine gas in fight north of Baghdad, say Iraq officials

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, Army soldiers search Iraqis amid tight security during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday.


24 October 2014

Why NYC Ebola case won’t be rerun of Dallas

Traffic passes Bellevue Hospital, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Dr. Craig Spencer, a resident of New York City and a member of Doctors Without Borders, was admitted to Bellevue Thursday and has been diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)City designated single hospital as go-to place for Ebola patients, gave specialized training to health workers.


24 October 2014

Canada tries to come to terms with capital shootings

Police officers look for evidence at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, Muslim leaders said Friday.


24 October 2014

How N.C. Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014

Senate North Carolina DebateBut with less than two weeks left until the midterm elections, it’s clear the Tar Heel State has indeed emerged as a ground zero — though not in the way the GOP chairman meant. The highly competitive Senate race in North Carolina is the multimillion-dollar epicenter of the negative campaigning that has come to define this election and that parties are using to try to win tight races nationwide.


24 October 2014

Suspicious yellow powder sent to U.S., other consulates in Istanbul

A member of Turkey's disaster management agency disinfects the garden of the German consulate in IstanbulBy Jonny Hogg ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul on Friday, officials said, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week. Consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium received suspicious packages, the officials said. It was not immediately clear what the powder was and Turkish officials said results of tests on them were due on Monday. ...


24 October 2014

Doctor becomes NYC's first Ebola patient

SITUATION 'UNDER CONTROL' AFTER FIRST CONFIRMED NYC EBOLA CASEThree others are quarantined after a doctor who worked in Africa tests positive.


24 October 2014

Hunt for missing MH370 flight to take many more months

This map provided Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, by The Australian Transport Safety Bureau shows the area surveyed so far which is marked in yellow in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the passenger plane in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday, Oct. 24. Peter Foley, an Australian search coordinator, said there is optimism with two ships using high-tech sonar devices to search for the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLYKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday.


24 October 2014

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth waves as she arrives during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, ScotlandLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (6.35 a.m. EDT), had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...


23 October 2014

Police: Hatchet-wielding suspect shot by officers

In this frame grab taken from video provided by the New York Police Department, an unidentified man approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the Queens borough of New York. The man injured two with the hatchet before the other officers shot and killed him, police said. A bystander was wounded in the gunfire. Investigators were still trying to confirm the identity of the assailant and determine a motive. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens.


23 October 2014

China launches first mission to moon and back

China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite. The unnamed, unmanned probe will travel to the moon, fly around it and head back to Earth, re-entering the atmosphere and landing, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said in a statement. "The first stage of the first return journey test in China's moon probe programme has been successful," it said after the launch, from the Xichang space base in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The module will be 413,000 kilometres from Earth at its furthest point on the eight-day mission, it added.

23 October 2014

Inside the Islamic State’s million-dollar money stream

The Islamic State militants got rich off smuggled oil, kidnappings for ransom, and extortion. Here is how the United States is responding.

23 October 2014

Police: Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Official: 3 dead, 2 hurt in Maryland midair crashFREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.


22 October 2014

U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipmentBy Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials imposed fresh constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three countries at the center of West Africa's Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities. President Barack Obama expressed cautious optimism about the situation in the United States after meeting with his Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, and other top officials on Klain's first day on the job since being named on Friday. The U.S. ...


22 October 2014

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

File photo of Blackwater Worldwide guards Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard leaving federal courthouse after being arraigned on manslaughter charges in WashingtonBy Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world. ...


22 October 2014

Probe: Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - More than 3,000 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year period as part of a program that allowed many of them to remain eligible to play sports, according to a report released on Wednesday. The investigation by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein is the latest of several attempts to unravel allegations of academic fraud involving student-athletes at a university known for both its academic rigor and athletics. ...