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Texas hospital aims to restore image after Ebola infections

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:27
By Anna Driver DALLAS (Reuters) - The Texas hospital accused of mishandling care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States is hitting back at critics with an aggressive public relations campaign aimed at rehabilitating its battered image. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a Liberian man was treated for Ebola and later died and where two nurses have been infected with the virus, has weathered intense criticism from the public, healthcare workers and politicians over what have been characterized as lax safety protocols. ...

Ebola plush toys fly off the shelf for Connecticut company

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:27
By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - It may be the only time you will find these words in the same sentence: "Ebola" and "Add to Wishlist." Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95, according to the company's website. "Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. ...

White House says it expects Ebola 'czar' to be in job for five to six months

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Ebola "czar" named by President Barack Obama on Friday to coordinate the U.S. response to the disease is expected to hold the position for five or six months, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "The expectation is that this is not a permanent commitment, that we are looking at something on the order of five or six months," Earnest said of the appointment of Ron Klain, a lawyer who previously served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, as Ebola response coordinator. (Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Will Dunham)

White House says travel ban for Ebola not being considered now

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:27

A Frontier Airlines employee wears rubber gloves as she directs passengers where to go at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with a Texas nurse as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas. The Ohio Department of Health says she visited family from Oct. 8-13 and flew Monday from Cleveland to Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is willing to "keep an open mind" about imposing a travel ban as part of U.S. efforts to fight Ebola, but it is not a measure currently being considered, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday. "At this point if our core priority is protecting the American public, then we're not going to put in place a travel ban," Earnest said, because it would give people seeking to travel to the United States "an incentive to be not candid, or honest even, about their travel history." (Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Doina Chiacu)


Passenger from evacuated Madrid plane tests negative for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:27
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain said on Friday all four suspected Ebola cases hospitalised on Thursday, including a Nigerian passenger taken from an evacuated plane by police-escorted ambulance, have tested negative for the deadly disease. The three other people were a priest who had recently been in Liberia, a man recently in Sierra Leone who tested positive for malaria and a person who traveled in the same ambulance as Teresa Romero, Spain's only known Ebola sufferer. ...

Charges possible in a Minnesota priest abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:26

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi poses for a photo in his office before meeting with the media, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. Choi announced that he won't file criminal charges in seven cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving eight Catholic priests. Choi said police are investigating three other cases, one of which is likely to lead to prosecution. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Friday that charges may be brought in at least one case of alleged sexual misconduct by a Catholic priest, and that a case involving allegations that Archbishop John Nienstedt improperly touched a boy remains open despite an earlier decision not to charge him.


Convict must change where he gets wife from work

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:20
WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been told to change where he picks his wife up from work at a nuclear power plant after he pleaded guilty to unwanted sexual contact of another employee.

Police track down SUV involved in school bus road rage incident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:16

2 women questioned, baseball bat found in school bus road rage investigationThere are new leads in the road rage incident involving a school bus in Northeast Philadelphia.


Cross-dressing Washington state teen boys barred from high school event

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:16
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two male students have been barred from a Washington state high school's spirit event for dressing like women, sparking a cross-dressing protest that has seen more than a dozen students show up for class posing as the opposite sex, officials and local media said on Friday. The high school sophomores, Mason Mudge and Chandler Krueger, dressed as Miss America and pop star Nikki Minaj when they attended a Spirit Week event on Wednesday at White Pass High School in Randle, about 110 miles south of Seattle, the school said. ...

Sikh massacre in India is issue in California race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:13

CORRECTS TO TARA SINGH KANG FROM TARA SING KANG - Harmeet Dhillon, left, speaks with Tara Singh Kang, and his wife Rachhpal during a precinct walk to gather support in the Sikh community for Congressional candidate Doug Ose in Elk Grove, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Sikh political activists in California are campaigning against freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for what they call his refusal to acknowledge the Indian government's complicity in the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in 1984. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Anger stemming from a 30-year-old religious clash in India that left thousands dead has crept into one of the closest and most expensive congressional races in the country.


67-foot vessel sinks off Washington; 2 rescued

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:13

The Lady A, a 67-foot recreational vessel, sinks with about 700 gallons of diesel on board in 180 feet of water north of Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Wash., following the rescue of two people aboard by a small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The two people were taken to the station with no reported injuries. There is no report of a spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles)SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a 67-foot recreational vessel with 700 gallons of diesel onboard has sunk off the coast of Washington state after a man and woman were rescued.


Trump Atlantic City casino gets court OK to break labor deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:09

Donald Trump smiles before giving a luncheon speech at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy Tom Hals (Reuters) - The bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal casino received court approval on Friday to break its labor agreement, a key condition for a rescue deal with billionaire Carl Icahn, and the union promptly announced a plan to picket the Atlantic City, New Jersey hotel. Parent company Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc has said trimming $14.6 million from its annual union pension and healthcare costs is key to save the casino from becoming the fifth to close this year in the seaside resort. U.S. ...


Local hospitals say they're ready to treat Ebola patients

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:47

Local hospitals say they're ready to treat Ebola patientsAnother hospital in Philadelphia is now preparing to handle patients infected with the Ebola virus.


No sign that leprosy at Ohio prison has spread: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:41
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - There are no signs that leprosy diagnosed in an Ohio inmate had spread to other prisoners or staff, and there is little risk that it has, prison officials said on Friday. The inmate, originally from Micronesia, a region of islands in the Pacific Ocean, is being treated at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after tests determined on Tuesday that he had leprosy, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said on Friday. The chronic infection, also known as Hansen's disease, can be treated with antibiotics. ...

Federal judge overturns Wyoming gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:37
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Wyoming to allow same-sex marriage but has stayed his decision so that the state can appeal if it wants.

Thousands released after immigration holds denied

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:35

In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents take a person into custody during an immigration sweep in Ontario, Calif. Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions. They highlight the friction between the federal government and police and sheriff's departments, some of which say holding immigrants beyond their release dates harms community policing efforts. (AP Photo/U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions.


Fear-gauge flashes wild week on Wall Street

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:34

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, trader Peter Tuchman watches a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell, as the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 460 points in afternoon trading, then clawed back much of the ground it lost. Europe’s economy is sputtering, oil prices are falling and stocks are swinging wildly. And Wall Street’s long dormant “fear index” predicts more turbulence ahead. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Europe's economy sputters, oil prices plunge and stocks start swinging wildly. Wall Street's long dormant "fear index" now predicts more turbulence ahead.


Alert: Federal judge orders Wyoming to allow same-sex marriage but stays until next Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:29
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Alert: Federal judge orders Wyoming to allow same-sex marriage but stays until next Thursday.

Judge voids Taj Mahal casino union contract

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:24

Judge voids Taj Mahal casino union contractThe owners of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort voiced optimism Friday that they can avoid closing the struggling casino after a federal bankruptcy court judge voided its contract with union workers.


Man pleads guilty in Connecticut campus gun scare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:17
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought guns including a semi-automatic rifle to campus pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges and faces two years in prison, authorities said.