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Minister: Bailed-out Cyprus' economy on the mend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:09
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' finance minister says the bailed-out country will manage to keep its debt well below projections by its international creditors.

Texas health worker isolated on cruise ship over possible Ebola contact

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:40

Carnival Cruise Lines(Reuters) - A Texas health worker who may have had contact with specimens from the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has been isolated on a cruise ship despite showing no symptoms of the disease, the Department of State said on Friday. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker, who did not have direct contact with now deceased Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan but could have processed his bodily fluids 19 days ago, left on a cruise from Galveston on Sunday, department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. U.S. ...


Australia's CSL, Ansell join global medical response to Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:19
By Byron Kaye and Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian biotech firm CSL Ltd, the world's second-biggest blood products maker, said on Friday it's working on a plasma product to treat Ebola following a request from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a growing commercial response to the deadly outbreak. The Australian government has faced criticism from political opponents for refusing to send medical personnel to West Africa where Ebola has killed nearly 4,500 people and for donating just A$18 million ($15. ...

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:03
"You're right, it needs to be solved in Africa. But until it is, we should not be allowing these folks in, period." — Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., on prohibiting passengers from flying in from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea during the Ebola outbreak.

Shots fired against police in 3 Washington towns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:35
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Shots were fired into police stations and patrol cars at two towns before a suspect was arrested in a shooting with officers at a third city in an hour-long spree Wednesday night about 30 miles northeast of Seattle.

1st Dallas nurse with Ebola arrives in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:33

Nina PhamFREDERICK, Maryland (AP) — The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital walked gingerly down the stairs of an executive jet into a waiting ambulance at a fog-shrouded airport Thursday.


Lottery officials launch new multi-state game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:25
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new lottery game that features more but smaller jackpots will start this weekend in some U.S. states.

Police: Baby left 6 hours in Oregon car later dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:16
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A 6-month-old baby girl left in a car in an Oregon suburb for approximately six hours Thursday has died, police said.

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo bearing down on Bermuda

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:04

15 p.m. EDT Thursday Oct. 16, 2014 shows Hurricane Gonzalo, right, as it approaches Bermuda. At 11 p.m. Gonzalo was approximately 340 miles south-southwest of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph moving north-northeast at 14 mph according to the National Hurricane Center. Gonzalo was expected to pass within 29 miles (46 kilometers) of Bermuda on Friday night, close enough to be considered a direct hit, the Bermuda Weather Service warned. (AP Photo/NOAA)HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — A powerful Hurricane Gonzalo bore down on this tiny British territory early Friday, threatening to batter Bermuda with dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge.


China rail official sentenced to death for graft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:56
BEIJING (AP) — A former top Chinese railway official was convicted of taking nearly $8 million in bribes and given a suspended death sentence, a court said Friday.

Ebola fears prompt big responses around globe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:53

In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, before being flown to the National Institutes of Health outside Washington. Pham is shown in the video — posted online by the hospital's parent company — smiling as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of the first patient. (AP Photo/Texas Health Resources, Dr. Gary Weinstein)Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluid, such as getting an infected person's blood or vomit into the eyes or through a cut in the skin, not through the air, experts say. And people infected with Ebola aren't contagious until they start showing symptoms, such as fever, body aches or stomach pain, research shows. But fears over the virus spreading have prompted an outsized response:


Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from W Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:57

President Barack Obama, right, next to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, speaks to the media about Ebola during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, with members of his team coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.


Officials move to keep Dallas health workers home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:48

The main building of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas complex is shown, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Dallas. Dallas County commissioners will consider issuing a disaster declaration after Ebola has left a man from Liberia dead and two nurses infected. Commissioners scheduled an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon. The proposal says Dallas County "has the potential to suffer widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus." (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS (AP) — Texas officials moved for the first time Thursday to force health care workers who had contact with a dying Ebola patient to stay home, reversing course after a nurse later diagnosed with the disease flew across the Midwest and deepened anxiety about whether the virus would spread in the U.S.


AccuWeather: Bright End to the Workweek

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:46

 Bright End to the WorkweekMeteorologist David Murphy is tracking a big cool down over the weekend.


250 students forced out of Philadelphia charter school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:38

250 students forced out of Philadelphia charter schoolParents are outraged and heartbroken after a lottery determined which students would stay and which students would be forced to leave a cash-strapped charter school in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties section.


Police: Women attack school bus with baseball bat in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:36

 Women attack school bus with baseball bat in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say one student was injured after two women attacked a school bus with a baseball bat in Northeast Philadelphia.


Nina Pham, 1st Dallas nurse with Ebola, arrives in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:35

Nina Pham, 1st Dallas nurse with Ebola, arrives in MarylandThe first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital has arrived in Maryland for treatment at a specialized isolation unit.


Argentina launches its first home-built satellite

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:30

In this photo provided by Service Optique CSG, the Ariane 5 lifts-off carrying the Argentine made ARSAT-1 geostationary communications satellite, from Kourou, French Guiana, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. According the Argentine authorities the satellite will offer Internet, cell phone and television signals for the next 15 years for Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. (AP Photo/Service Optique CSG)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite Thursday.


Hawaii braces for potentially destructive wind

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:59

00 p.m. EDT, shows Tropical Storm Ana 490 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour moving westward. Ana should pass just to the south of the Hawaiian island chain and may clip the island of Kauai. On the mainland, an area of low pressure moves into the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain. High pressure dominates over the southwestern Untied States with mostly sunny skies. (AP Photo/ Weather UndergroundHONOLULU (AP) — Tropical Storm Ana is expected to deliver heavy rain and potentially destructive winds to the southern half of Hawaii's Big Island in the next couple of days, meteorologists said Thursday.


Task force to review cases of 3 missing girls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:57

HOLD FOR STORY -- FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, Connecticut Chief State's Attorney Kevin T. Kane listens to Sandy Hook Elementary School victims' families speak before The Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know, in Hartford, Conn. A task force made up of investigators from state and local police and the state attorney’s office has been established to probe the disappearance of three girls from the same area of eastern Connecticut decades ago. Police and prosecutors announced Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, the formation of the Tolland County Cold Case Task Force. “We have to care about our people; we especially have to care about little girls who are lost and their families,” said the Chief State’s Attorney Kane. “We owe it to them to do our best and take another crack at these cases.” (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, file)VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A task force made up of investigators from state and local police and the state attorney's office has been established to probe the disappearance of three girls from the same area of eastern Connecticut decades ago.