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U.S. doctor who recently returned from Africa tests positive for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:56

 New York doctor has Ebola, 1st in cityA U.S. doctor who recently traveled from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus at Bellevue Hospital in New York.


Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:09

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska, Phillip Peter, chairman of the Akiachak tribal council, talks about his remote Alaska village, where only half the homes have indoor plumbing. The village is among rural communities nationwide to receive a share of more than $352 million in grants and loans for upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems nationwide. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to water and wastewater systems with more than $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


U.S. National Park graffiti vandal spotted through social media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:02
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The National Park Service said on Thursday it was investigating a New York artist as a suspect for graffiti vandalism in parks across the Western United States after she posted at least one picture of herself defacing a protected park on social media. One photo obtained by the blog Modern Hiker and shared with the National Park Service shows the artist putting the finishing touches on an acrylic drawing of a cigarette-smoking woman at Utah's Canyonlands National Park in June. ...

Tennessee judge reprimanded for aiding release in assault case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:59
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee judicial conduct board has reprimanded a judge who intervened to gain a prominent developer accused of assaulting a girlfriend an early release from a cooling-off period in jail, the state courts office said on Thursday. Police said the man, who was released after three hours rather than the 12 hours called for in the June case, attacked the woman again that same morning. The release drew heavy criticism from city leaders and Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, who called it a fiasco. ...

Prosecutors: Michigan girl meant to kill family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:56

This photo released by the Plymouth Township Police Department, shows Michael Rivera. A 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl accused of stabbing her younger brother as part of a plot to kill her family so that she could run off with Rivera was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Rivera, who prosecutors and the girl's parents describe as her boyfriend, was ordered held on $1 million bond Sunday. He faces the same charges as the girl, plus a felonious assault charge. (AP Photo/Plymouth Township Police Department) (AP Photo/Plymouth Township Police Department)PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl accused of stabbing her younger brother as part of a plot to kill her family so that she could run off with a 23-year-old man was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday.


New York police officer critically wounded in hatchet attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:55
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hatchet-wielding attacker charged a group of New York City police officers posing for a photograph on Thursday, wounded two, one critically, before the assailant was shot dead, police said. The officers had been asked by a freelance photographer to pose for a picture and were gathered on a Queens street at 2 p.m., a New York Police Department spokesman said. Suddenly a man carrying a hatchet charged the officers, swinging it and striking one officer in the right arm and then swinging it again and striking a second officer in the head, the spokesman said. ...

California clinic doctor suspected of taking nude photos of patients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:47
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A doctor who volunteered at a San Diego-area health clinic for the poor and uninsured is suspected of taking more than 1,300 sexually explicit photographs of female patients with his mobile phone, according to court documents filed by state medical board investigators. Jeffrey J. Abrams, 67, an endocrinologist, has not been arrested and still holds a state medical license, but has been suspended by the clinic, officials there said on Thursday. Calls to Abrams' office were not immediately returned. ...

Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:36

This undated photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. The National Park Service is investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country’s most recognizable wilderness areas, including Crater Lake. (AP Photo/Instagram)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.


Three dead after airplane and helicopter collide in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:36

The wreckage of a Cirrus SR 22 airplane near Frederick Municipal Airport in MarylandWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two taken to a hospital after a small airplane and a helicopter collided in mid-air on Thursday near a local airport in Frederick, Maryland, authorities said. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said a Cirrus SR22 airplane coming in for a landing at Frederick Municipal Airport collided with a helicopter that was involved in a training exercise on Thursday afternoon. ...


Northrop must face whistleblower anti-missile lawsuit: U.S. judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:34

A UAV helicopter build by Northrop Gruman is on deck aboard the soon to be commissioned littoral combat ship USS Coronado during a media tour in CoronadoBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A Chicago federal judge on Thursday rejected Northrop Grumman Corp's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by a former employee who accused the defense contractor of defrauding the U.S. government in performing a contract to develop a missile defense system for commercial aircraft. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah said the employee, Illinois resident Leo Danielides, plausibly alleged that Northrop induced the government in 2006 to award it the third phase of the "Counter-MANPADS" project through false statements, and lied about its performance when seeking periodic payments. ...


Dallas man's Halloween decor inspired by Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:26

Homeowner James Faulk stands in front of an Ebola themed Halloween display he made at his town home in the University Park section of Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. According to Faulk, he is just trying to get people to smile and enjoy Halloween. (AP Photo/LM Otero)UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) — Taking inspiration from the fear of Ebola, a Dallas-area man has stacked up barrels marked "biohazard," surrounded his yard with yellow caution tape and crossed his door and windows with white tape marked "quarantine."


New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:16
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A physician with Doctors without Borders who returned from West Africa recently and developed potential symptoms was being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus. The doctor was identified as Craig Spencer, who was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola. ...

Pennsylvania high school's football season canceled over hazing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:08
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A school district in suburban Philadelphia canceled a high school football team's season and suspended its coaching staff after investigating reports of hazing. Central Bucks School District Superintendent David Weitzel said in a statement to district parents that an investigation turned up multiple “humiliating and inappropriate acts” during pre-season team building exercises at Central Bucks West High School. ...

Trial starts for Pittsburgh professor accused of poisoning wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:05
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The trial of a Pittsburgh professor charged with poisoning his physician wife began on Thursday with a prosecutor saying the suspect had been one phone call away from "the perfect murder." Dr. Robert Ferrante, 66, who taught neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, faces a homicide charge in the death of his wife, Autumn Klein, 41. Ferrante is accused of using cyanide to poison his wife on April 17, 2013. ...

AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:54
NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Networks Inc. said Thursday it will pay $200 million to acquire a stake in BBC America.

University of Oregon urged to scale back fraternities, sororities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:52

University of Oregon fans smile as they watch their team play UCLA during the Pac-12 Football Championship game in EugeneBy Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A task force formed in response to sexual violence at the University of Oregon is urging the school's leaders to suspend plans to expand the number of sororities and fraternities, citing their outsized involvement in these assaults. The university's task force on Wednesday issued of series of recommendations, also calling on university leaders to create an office to address sexual assault and violence, fund self-defense training for women and revise a number of campus policies. ...


Navajo high court delays election for leader, orders new ballots

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:43
PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Navajo Nation's highest court on Thursday ordered that a November vote to pick the Native American tribe's top official be postponed and ballots reprinted after a finalist was disqualified for refusing to prove his fluency in the Navajo language. The three-member Navajo Supreme Court said in a written ruling that the ballot for the general election, which was originally scheduled for Nov. 4, will be without tribal presidential candidate Chris Deschene's name. The vote is intended to determine who should lead the largest Native American community in the United States. ...

EU leaders seek more Ebola funding at summit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:43

British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, speaks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. EU leaders will gather Thursday for a two-day summit in which they will discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain pledged an additional 100 million euro ($126 million) to fight Ebola and Prime Minister David Cameron called on the other European Union leaders at a summit to step up their efforts to contain the deadly virus too.


U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:40

Armed RCMP officers head in to Centre Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in OttawaBy Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week. The officials cautioned on Thursday that the discussions are in preliminary stages and that no immediate action appeared likely by either U.S. President Barack Obama's administration or Congress. ...


Girl, 8, rescued from apartment fire in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:39

Girl, 8, rescued from apartment fire in DelawareAn 8-year-old girl had to be rescued from an apartment fire in Milltown, Delaware.