WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The health of a U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia while helping fight an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly disease has worsened slightly, a relief organization said on Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, an American missionary also infected with the virus, both are in "stable but grave condition," according to Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian relief group. The organization, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, said it was aiming to have all nonessential personnel evacuated from Liberia by this weekend as conditions worsened. On Wednesday, the U.S. Peace Corps said it was pulling all 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus.
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One year into his effort to lower prison sentences for nonviolent criminals, Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday will condemn states that consider demographic data before determining sentencing for convicted individuals, according to Justice Department officials. A bill introduced by Senator John Cornyn, a Republican of Texas, attempts to bring the same practice into federal courts. Holder will argue in a speech to criminal defense lawyers and in a report to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that two people who commit the same crime should not serve unequal time based on those factors alone. "There is concern over these data-based approaches to sentencing.
DETROIT (AP) — A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.