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  • Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation


    (Reuters) – A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into “strict isolation” to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient’s symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation. The 898-bed acute-care hospital “is following all federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors,” it said. The hospital said the CDC anticipated preliminary results of tests on the patient to be ready on Tuesday. U.S. lawmakers this month called for a government-funded “war” to contain the epidemic before it threatens more nations, building on an American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus. On Saturday, the U.S. …

    September 29, 2014 11:56 pm
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Politics

  • Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties, create model for world


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries’ strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world. In a joint “vision statement” issued after their first meeting at a White House dinner, the two leaders said they would work together “not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world.” They said their countries would cooperate in security and fight terrorism and back a “rules based” global order in which India assumes greater multilateral responsibility, including a reformed U.N. Security Council. They also vowed to work together against the threat posed by climate change and to cooperate to address the consequences of unchecked pollution. “We have a vision that the United States and India will have a transformative relationship as trusted partners in the 21st century. Our partnership will be a …

    September 29, 2014 11:36 pm
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Stocks

  • Hong Kong protesters willing to pay economic price


    A man walks to work on an empty street in Hong Kong, cleared as pro-democracy protests continue to expand in the city. As demonstrations continue to disrupt normal operations in Hong Kong, both experts and residents are considering the long-term impact that pro-democracy protest will have on the international finance hub. Police have used pepper spray and tear gas in an effort to oust protesters from their camps near Hong Kong’s main business district, but the activists remain in place and have even occupied main roadways in other neighborhoods. The protesters want free and open elections in the Chinese territory, while Beijing has proposed a process that would essentially allow it to screen candidates for the city’s top office. The protests have closed some schools and office buildings, and 21 banks have closed branches or ATMs. The benchmark Hang Seng has shed nearly 6% over the past five trading days. On Monday, the Hong Kong …

    September 30, 2014 12:37 am
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Sports

  • Brady tosses 2 interceptions, loses fumble as Chiefs roll to 41-14 victory over Patriots


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  Asked about the quarterback situation in New England, coach Bill Belichick replied with a disgusted look. This has been one rough start for Tom Brady and the Patriots. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The three-time league MVP threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and also lost a costly fumble in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. It was the fourth straight clunker for Brady, who was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach. Rookie backup Jimmy Garroppolo finished things off, going 6 of 7 for 70 yards and a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski. “They just didn’t play very well and Kansas City played well,” Belichick said. “That’s a bad combination. We all have to do a better job.” As for his late-game substitution? “Just wanted to play everybody,” Belichick said. Brady finished 14 of 23 for …

    September 30, 2014 12:17 am
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World News

  • Hong Kong leader in protest appeal


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 05:28 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ali Moore: Protesters are taking time to clean up after themselves Hong Kong leader CY Leung has urged pro-democracy protesters to “immediately” stop their campaign, as huge crowds continue to bring parts of the territory to a standstill. On Monday night, tens of thousands blocked streets, singing and chanting. The protesters want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected. By Tuesday streets were relatively quiet but crowds are expected to swell for the eve of Chinese National Day. Over the weekend police used tear gas and pepper spray, but riot police have since been withdrawn and protesters remain calm. However, key parts of the city are being blocked by protesters, with some schools and banks closed. The protesters want Mr Leung, the chief executive, to step down. But he appeared …

    September 29, 2014 11:57 pm
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Technology

  • Netflix hits Hollywood with roundhouse kick to solar plexus


    Netflix has nabbed a deal with The Weinstein Co. to stream the sequel to Ang Lee’s Academy Award-winning martial arts drama, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on the same day that it will appear in IMAX theaters next year. The deal entrenches Netflix on the entertainment map as it premieres a major film. Netflix The film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” is set to debut on August 28, 2015. Lee is not involved in the project, which will be directed by martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo-Ping. It stars Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen. It also marks the first fruit of work carried out by the company’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos to nail this sort of deal where Netflix gets to participate in hosting films that premiere on the same day as they appear in IMAX theaters. In statements released with the announcement, the companies said this would be the first of several such …

    September 29, 2014 11:36 pm
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Science

  • Dolphins are attracted to magnets


    Related images(click to enlarge) Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say. Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France, in a study in Springer’s journal Naturwissenschaften — The Science of Nature. Their research, conducted in the delphinarium of Planète Sauvage in France, provides experimental behavioral proof that these marine animals are magnetoreceptive. Magnetoreception implies the ability to perceive a magnetic field. It is supposed to play an important role in how some land and aquatic species orientate and navigate themselves. Some observations of the migration routes of free-ranging cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises, and their stranding sites suggested that they may also be sensitive to geomagnetic fields. Because experimental evidence in this regard has been lacking, Kremers and her colleagues set out to study …

    September 29, 2014 11:56 pm
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Health

  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives best for teens: pediatricians


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For adolescents who choose not to abstain from sex, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) favors long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices. All methods of hormonal birth control, including contraceptive pills, are safer than pregnancy, Dr. Mary A. Ott from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana told Reuters Health by email. But long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, including the contraceptive implant and the intrauterine device (IUD), should be the first-choice contraceptive methods for adolescents who choose not to be abstinent, she added. Today in the medical journal Pediatrics, Ott and colleagues on the AAP’s Committee on Adolescence updated the organization’s 2007 policy statement on prescribing contraception for adolescents. After reviewing such issues as confidentiality, discussing a teen’s sexual history, and counseling about abstinence and contraception, the policy statement advises pediatricians to counsel teens about a broad range of contraceptive services, with a …

    September 29, 2014 11:36 pm
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Entertainment

  • 5 Things that cost as much as George Clooney’s wedding


    The Brad Pitt vs. George Clooney weddings If you think there are better things to drop $13 million on, you’re probably right. Here are five things we think might have been a better use of the Oscar-winning actor’s cash. Though, let’s be honest — even after the $13 million wedding, he has plenty of cash left over to buy all of these things, too. 1. 6 Tibetan Mastiffs Heralded as the most expensive dog money can buy, Tibetan Mastiff puppies go for a staggering $1.9 million each, meaning George and Amal’s wedding bill would only have covered six of the pups, with a little money to spare. The dogs are so expensive because they’re seen as the ultimate status symbol for the wealthy elite in China. C’mon, George, don’t you just want to hug one (or six)? 2. 57 Bottles of Ley .925 Pasión Azteca tequila We know George loves his tequila. Like, he really …

    September 29, 2014 11:16 pm
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Editorial

  • Oops, he did it again: Obama won’t take blame for ISIS threat, weak economy


    President Obama sat down with the friendly journalists at “60 Minutes” Sunday night. On two occasions, I literally rewound the tape to see if I had heard the president correctly… The first time I did this was when the president blamed the intelligence community for his failure to foresee the threat that ISIS would become. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Jim Clapper has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” he said. President Obama chose to blame anyone and everyone for his failures on the economy and containing ISIS. Everyone, that is, except himself. President Obama rolled “the beast” over his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (By the way, this is the same James Clapper who admitted to telling “untruths” to Congress last year.) The president said they underestimated ISIS but that was on the basis of intel provided by his intelligence adviser. In other words, “it’s not my fault, folks.” …

    September 29, 2014 11:36 pm
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Odd News

  • McGinley even angled for advantage with fish tank


    GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Such was the meticulous attention to every detail during Paul McGinley’s victorious campaign as European Ryder Cup captain, the Irishman even made careful plans for the fish tank in the team room. “Everything in the room was planned, from the carpet to the wallpapers to the images on the wall, to a big fish tank with (European) blue and gold fish,” the smiling Irishman told a news conference on Monday. “It was the colors I was interested in rather than the breed. It was just a little, small touch,” McGinley said. “We had two rooms, a dining area and a lounge area. There was a big picture in the corner of John Jacobs, the first European captain, a big picture of the first Britain and Ireland team in 1927 and big pictures of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. “We had a lot of different images around the team room. It …

    September 29, 2014 7:54 pm
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