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Ebola patient in Dallas takes turn for worse

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:52

An entrance sign to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is seen in DallasBy Jon Herskovitz and and Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition, as health officials reported fielding scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. ...

New Mexico balloon fiesta hits sky

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:41

Students surround Albuquerque pilot Steve Adams' basket as he operates the propane burner during the Aloft event at S.Y. Jackson Elementary School, marking the first official event of this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. The nine-day fiesta gets underway Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, with a mass ascension of hundreds of balloons at balloon fiesta park. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons above Albuquerque went off without a hitch Saturday morning.

Vegas area poised to get EPA clean-air designation

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:23
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year push to limit dust pollution in and around Las Vegas has the federal Environmental Protection Agency poised to give the region a clean bill of health.

Parents of missing Virginia student plead for help in finding her

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:14

Hannah Graham in Charlottesville Police Dept. photo.By John Clarke (Reuters) - The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham released a tearful video on Saturday, pleading for help in finding their daughter who vanished three weeks ago. "Somebody listening to me today either knows where Hannah is, or knows someone who has that information," said Hannah's mother, Sue Graham, standing next to her husband, John. "We appeal to you to come forward and tell us where Hannah can be found." Jesse Matthew, 32, of Charlottesville has been charged in the disappearance of the college sophomore, who was last seen on Sept. ...

Fire destroys Wawa truck in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:10

Fire destroys Wawa truck in Delaware CountyA fire destroyed a tractor-trailer at the WAWA distribution center in Middletown Township, Delaware County Saturday morning.

Loose e-cigarette laws may be hard to tighten

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 03:58
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a rush to keep electronic cigarettes out of children's hands while the federal government creeps forward with a proposed national ban for minors, experts say that many states are passing laws that could mean fewer restrictions on the nicotine devices later.

Parents of American held by Islamic State appeal for his release

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 03:54

Still image from video shows a masked man standing next to a kneeling man identified as U.S. citizen Peter Edward KassigBy Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The parents of an American humanitarian worker held hostage by Islamic State militants appealed for his release on Saturday, speaking in a statement and a video message that highlighted his aid work and mentioned his conversion to Islam. Ed and Paula Kassig, of Indianapolis, Indiana, urged the release of their son, Peter Kassig, 26. Kassig was threatened in a video issued on Friday by Islamic State militants that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, 47. ...

One town has its hand in 1000s of pumpkin pies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 03:49

In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo, John Ackerman displays some of the harvested pumpkins for the Libby's pumpkin cannery at his farm in Morton, Ill. Ackerman grows 30 acres of those pumpkins for Nestle but keep some to sell for retail to local residents. Libby's makes more than 80 percent of all canned pumpkin eaten in the United States. The pumpkins that Nestle USA owned Libby’s uses are grown on a few thousand acres around the small central Illinois town. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)MORTON, Ill. (AP) — Every year between August and early November, Steve Beuttel eats a lot of pumpkin pie.

New Jersey nun credited with curing boy beatified

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 03:15

In this undated college photo provided by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is shown. More than 80 years after her death, the New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease in the 1960s is set to be beatified on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The ceremony led by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials said was the first beatification Mass held in the United States.

No selfies: Brazil keeps phones out of vote booths

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 03:06

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, center, takes a selfie with workers during a visit to the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept.30, 2014. Chaired by Nawal El Moutawakel, the IOC Coordination Commission makes its seventh visit to Rio de Janeiro to monitor the preparation of the city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some of the globe's biggest users of social media, Brazilians snap selfies at the beach, at soccer matches, at the gym, in maternity wards and even inside the dens of drug-dealing gangs.

Arizona highway signs in metric units may change

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 02:28

This Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo shows a sign on northbound Interstate 19, near Amado, Ariz., in the southern part of the state, that tells drivers they are kilometers away from their destination. Although other highways around the country have some metric signs, I-19 is the only continuous highway that is entirely in the metric system. The signs were installed nearly 40 years ago as part of pilot program that aimed to introduce the use of the metric system in the United States. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — North of the U.S.-Mexico border, a relatively barren stretch of an Arizona highway is lined with road signs that tell drivers how many kilometers they are from their destination — not how many miles.

Medical copter crashes in north Texas, killing patient

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 02:10
(Reuters) - A medical helicopter transporting a patient to a north Texas hospital crashed early Saturday near downtown Wichita Falls, killing the passenger and injuring all three crew members, authorities said. The patient, whose name was not immediately disclosed while family was notified of the accident, was en route to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls from Waurika, Oklahoma, when the crash occurred just before 2 a.m., according to a statement on the city's official website. The patient died at the scene, the statement said. ...

5 killed in three-car crash in Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 01:54
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say five people were killed in a three-vehicle crash on the edge of Chino.

Hot, dry weather in California stokes wildfire fears

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 01:50
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The fall season has brought a wave of hot, dry weather to California, with parts of the state baking this weekend in triple-digit temperatures and officials expressing concern the summer-like heat could spark a massive wildfire. The scorching temperatures came from a high pressure system in the U.S. West and the arrival in Southern California of autumn's first Santa Ana winds, which carry hot air through mountain passes toward the coast, meteorologists said. ...

Pakistan: Smoke forces emergency exit from plane

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 01:40
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Smoke inside the cabin of a Dubai-bound Emirates plane about to take off from Pakistan's Karachi airport forced an emergency evacuation of passengers from the aircraft on Saturday, a Pakistani civil aviation spokesman said.

Methodist church to hear appeal over gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 01:04

Methodist church to hear appeal over gay weddingThe Methodist church's highest court will decide later this month whether a minister who officiated his gay son's wedding can keep his pastoral credentials.

Parents of missing UVa student ask for information

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:38

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew didn't appear in in Albemarle County General District Court as expected Thursday, Oct, 2, 2014, for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges, in Charlottsville, Va. Matthew also is charged with abduction with intent to defile 18-year-old Hannah Graham. His bond hearing on that felony count has been set for Dec. 4 in Charlottesville. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville, File)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Noting their heart-wrenching wait for answers, the parents of a missing University of Virginia student appealed Saturday for whoever is responsible for her disappearance three weeks ago to help them find their daughter.

U.S. CDC: Many inquiries about possible Ebola cases, no new infections

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:37

CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, speaks at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta(Reuters) - U.S. health officials have fielded inquiries about as many as 100 potential cases of Ebola since the first patient with the deadly virus was detected in the country, but no new infections have been identified, a senior health official said on Saturday. Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said news of the Ebola patient in Dallas has raised the awareness of hospitals nationwide to check incoming patients for potential risks, particularly those who have recently traveled from the epicenter of the outbreak in West Africa. ...

Harvard police: Threat may have come from overseas

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:35
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University says an emailed threat sent to hundreds of students and others affiliated with the school may have come from overseas.

Florida 'speed trap' town disbands police force

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:30

Kim Andrews stands outside his gun and knife collectors’ shop in Waldo, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Andrews says he will now wear a gun every day, since the tiny north Florida town known nationally as a speed trap decided to officially dismantle its police force. The move came weeks after the police chief and interim chief resigned due to state investigations into ticket quotas, mishandling of evidence and other issues. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is now in charge of policing the town of 1,000, leaving some citizens worried that the speeding problem will worsen, and that criminals will feel like they have carte blanche. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The tiny town of Waldo in north Florida has such a notorious reputation as a speed trap that AAA erected billboards to warn drivers about it, but all that may be about to change.