Headline News

  • Judge rejects strict limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients


    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – Declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational,” a judge rejected Maine’s bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of the Maine quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. The most deadly outbreak of the disease on record has killed nearly 5,000 people, all but a handful of them in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Maine Governor Paul LePage said that while he was disappointed by the order from Charles LaVerdiere, the chief judge of Maine District Court, the New England state would abide by it. Hickox, 33, said she was pleased with the ruling …

    October 31, 2014 5:51 pm
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Politics

  • Early Voting Update in Four Senate Races


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 4:25 p.m. today 0 Tweet A polling station in Washington, D.C. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Early voting is playing a crucial role in several of the cycle’s most contested races for the Senate, where control hangs in the balance ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Senate Republicans must gain six seats to win the majority — and increasingly likely scenario. Here’s a look at how both sides are faring in early voting in four of the most competitive Senate races: Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, Democrat, vs. Rep. Cory Gardner, Republican. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call Race Rating: Tilts Republican  For the first time, all state voters will cast their ballot by mail. That makes early voting in the Centennial State just, well, voting. As of Friday, Republicans undeniably have the advantage: 41 percent of early voters were registered Republicans, while 32 percent were registered Democrats, according to data from Colorado’s Secretary …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Chipotle gives costumed customers $3 burritos


    If trick-or-treat candy isn’t enough to fill you up during tonight’s festivities, go to Chipotle (CMG). The chain is giving $3 burritos, tacos, salads and bowls to anyone who comes to one of its stores wearing a costume this Halloween. Related: Treat not trick for stock market with record close Chipotle is also giving $2,500 to three customers it deems to have the best costumes on its #chipotlebooritocontest Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) and Instagram hashtags. The next five best costumes get free catering from Chipotle for 20 people apiece. Related: ‘Frozen’ costumes are this year’s most popular This isn’t the first year that Chipotle has had a Halloween costume deal. In the past the food was free for those who dressed up, but not even fun giveaways are immune from rising food prices. Instead, wrote a company spokesman in an email, the occasion has become a fundraiser. Related: Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is still …

    October 31, 2014 4:29 pm
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Sports

  • Hamilton fastest as Mercedes dominate U.S. practice


    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton and his title rival team mate Nico Rosberg were separated by mere fumes on Friday in a familiar Mercedes one-two in U.S. Grand Prix practice. Just three thousandths of a second separated the two at the end of the day, even if Hamilton ended up top of the timesheets in both sessions despite an apparent gearbox problem that sidelined him towards the end of the second. The Briton, chasing his fifth win in a row and 10th of the season, set the morning pace with a time of one minute 39.941 seconds at the undulating Circuit of the Americas. Rosberg, 17 points behind his team mate with three races to come worth a maximum 100 points, was 0.292 seconds slower than the 2008 world champion. Hamilton then produced a 1:39.085 in the afternoon, a massive 1.1 seconds quicker than third placed Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. …

    October 31, 2014 5:51 pm
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World News

  • Quarantine victory for US Ebola nurse


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 20:23 Nurse Kaci Hickox (left) and boyfriend Ted Wilbur appeared in Maine following the judge’s ruling A judge in the US has ruled in favour of a nurse fighting a state quarantine order since returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. Judge Charles LaVerdiere ruled Kaci Hickox did not need to be isolated or restricted in her movements because she is not showing symptoms of the virus. It came hours after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned discrimination against aid workers. And it was a blow to the Maine governor who had sought a 21-day quarantine. The judge said the nurse must comply with health officials over monitoring but does not need to stay away from public places, as the state had requested. Governor Paul LePage said he disagrees with the court’s findings but will comply. “As governor, I have done everything I can to protect the health and …

    October 31, 2014 5:51 pm
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Technology

  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight


    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, pictured here, crashed in Mojave, Calif. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital space plane designed for space tourism and operated by Virgin Galactic, crashed Friday during a test flight in California’s Mojave Desert. The company said on Twitter that it doesn’t yet know the status of the aircraft’s pilots. However, the California Highway Patrol has confirmed one fatality, according to local NBC TV affiliate KGET, which also reported that one person with major injuries has been transported by emergency helicopter to a nearby hospital. According to a tweet from the Associated Press, a witness said the plane exploded in midair after its rockets ignited. That ignition is a key stage of SpaceShipTwo’s self-flight process, where it detaches from the larger WhiteKnightTwo aircraft that ferries it to cruise altitude. It’s unknown what caused the accident. Virgin Galactic is the space tourism company owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Its goal is to operate …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Science

  • Hints of Progress in the Ebola Fight


    At the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak there are finally flickers of hope. Wednesday the World Health Organization reported that even in the absence of new vaccines and medications there have been some significant strides against the virus in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the epidemic. The cautious optimism has set off discussion about what the “next phase” of the Ebola response may entail: even more aggressive tracing of people possibly exposed to Ebola.   The number of cases in Liberia, a top WHO official said Wednesday, may be dropping by as much as 25 percent a week. “It appears the trend is real in Liberia,” Bruce Aylward, WHO assistant director general in charge of the operational response said in a press briefing. “There may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there.”   In west Africa there are still more than 13,500 Ebola cases—actually an uptick of about 3,000 in recent days—but a …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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Health

  • Could breathing differently change how people climb mountains?


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A brief new report claims that using a breathing technique based on Tibetan Buddhist tradition, 26 inexperienced mountain climbers made it up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in 48 hours while avoiding acute mountain sickness. They were trained to take quick deep breaths constantly while climbing, said coauthor Dr. Geert A. Buijze of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam in The Netherlands. “Compare it to the deep breathing when performing strenuous exercises,” Buijze told Reuters Health by email. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can affect anyone who ascends above 8,000 feet too rapidly. Symptoms are usually mild, but severe cases can result in blue skin, chest tightness, confusion, coughing up blood and inability to walk. For the new experiment, which was reported in a letter to the editor in Wilderness Environmental Medicine, the climbers received special training in advance, including mindset coaching, cold exposure, and breathing technique …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Amanda Bynes’ Parents Battle Daughter In Court To Keep Conservatorship Intact


    Posted on Fri Oct 31st, 2014 2:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Amanda Bynes and her parents are ready for a fight. The troubled actress showed up at court on Friday to battle her parents and the judge, in yet another attempt to rid herself of her parents’ conservatorship and prove to the world she is sane. The hearing is Amanda’s opportunity to convince a judge that she is mentally competent to have legal and financial custody over herself. Despite her assertion that she is sane enough to make her own decisions — the 28-year-old actress was late to her 1:30 pm court date in Ventura County, reports TMZ. Less than 45 minutes before the scheduled court time, the former What I like About You actress was spotted eating watermelon at Mel’s Diner in Hollywood, reports the site. This definitely doesn’t seem like the behavior of a person who is well … On Thursday, Bynes left the …

    October 31, 2014 5:11 pm
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Editorial

  • Puppy love… for real


    Elsie and Brady (Courtesy of the author) She had him at woof. Our golden doodle puppy, Brady, has a crush on the girl next door. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She’s an adorable Wheaton terrier named Elsie who’s just a few months younger than Brady. Ever since they discovered each other across our chain-link fence, their obsession has grown. When one is out, he/she is searching for the other. I took Brady for a walk and left the gate to our yard open. Elsie must have been in her yard and heard him. When we returned from the walk, there she was — sitting eagerly on our driveway — waiting for her guy. Their determination to connect is so intense, they’ve found spots all along the fence to dig holes just deep enough for Elsie (who’s smaller) to escape into our yard. While our neighbors are onboard with the relationship, they’re none too pleased about the endless excavation, and …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower


    (Reuters) – A man’s plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man, Brandon Travis, 26, were arrested for trespassing on private property, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. Travis helped Church gain access to the tower, he said. Church was rescued by a firefighter trained in high-suspension rescues who climbed the tower and got a rope and pulley to the man. He was then secured and lowered to the ground just before midnight Thursday, said Brian Hendricks, chief of the Mehlville Fire Protection District. “It appears he climbed the tower, jumped, deployed his parachute and as he was coming to the ground he became entangled in the guy wire,” Hendricks said in an interview. Church …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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