(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infection with Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading through the Caribbean and Latin America. The CDC has cautioned pregnant women not to travel to these areas as Zika has been suspected to lead to birth defects. The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also known to carry the dengue, yellow fever and Chikungunya viruses.
By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Will Smith on Thursday joined director Spike Lee and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith in not attending the 2016 Oscar ceremony in February in protest over the absence of nominated actors of color, while nominee Mark Ruffalo said he will attend the show after confusion over his stance. Smith, star of football head trauma movie "Concussion," was the highest-profile black actor to be snubbed by Oscar voters when nominees were announced last week.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As images and reports of starvation in besieged Syrian communities drew an international outcry and two rare aid convoys this month, an urgent question arose: Why not drop food and other needed supplies by air?
Vullo's nomination as superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) comes eight months after former superintendent Benjamin Lawsky left the agency. Under Lawsky the NYDFS earned a reputation as an aggressive regulatory body that used creative new tactics to extract hefty fines from global banks and other financial institutions.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 28 about "micro-apartments" in New York City, The Associated Press reported that Stage 3 Properties designed the interiors and amenities at a development called Carmel Place. The story should have made clear that architecture firm nArchitects designed the interior and exterior of the building, while Stage 3 Properties did design work on the apartment interiors and amenities. A clarified version of the story is below.
PARIS (AP) — France's government is putting out a call for a standardized computer keyboard to replace the multitude of AZERTY models now on the market, saying current options make it "nearly impossible to write French correctly with a keyboard sold in France."
The U.S. military has stepped up discussions on converting its Aegis missile defense test site in Hawaii into a combat-ready facility that would bolster American defenses against ballistic missile attacks, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The proposal, which has been discussed sporadically for several years, was given fresh impetus by North Korea's fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and by recent strides in China's missile technology capabilities, said current and former U.S. military officials, congressional aides and other sources. A Chinese official in Washington suggested that Beijing would see such a U.S. move as counter-productive to relations.