Headline News

  • First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: CDC


    (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country after flying from Liberia to Texas, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters on Tuesday. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. health officials and lawmakers have been bracing for the eventuality that a patient would arrive on U.S. shores undetected, testing the preparedness of the nation’s healthcare system. Frieden said a handful of people, mostly family members, may have been exposed to the patient after he fell ill. He said there was likely no threat to any passengers who had traveled with the patient. …

    September 30, 2014 6:33 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Cavalry Starts Spending on House Races (Finally)


    By Emily Cahn and Abby Livingston Posted at 3:46 p.m. today 0 Tweet Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) For months, Republicans feared outside groups would skip over House races this cycle, saving their cash for the battle over Senate control. But the conservative cavalry has finally arrived. Republican groups — which have mostly sat on the sidelines in House contests this cycle until recently — have reserved nearly $12 million on the television airwaves in competitive races through Election Day, according to two sources tracking ad buys in House contests across the country. The reservations, placed over the last two weeks, are a mix of GOP pickup opportunities and defensive ground. The reservations include: More than $4 million from American Action Network, the issue advocacy group headed up by former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. AAN reserved time in seven GOP pickup opportunities: Arizona’s 1st and 2nd Districts, California’s 7th …

    September 30, 2014 3:50 pm
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Stocks

  • House Dems want NY Fed hearings, too


    A frustrated ex-Fed investigator provided several news outlets with apparent secretly-made recordings from her time as a Wall Street regulator. Three Democratic members of Congress joined their Senate colleagues in calling for a probe of Wall Street regulators. The three members — Reps. Maxine Waters of California, Al Green of Texas and Keith Ellison of Minnesota — signed a letter Tuesday urging hearings on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and whether it’s too close with the banks it supervises. They were responding to a collaborative This American Life and ProPublica story centered around the experiences of a frustrated ex-Fed investigator who said her bosses refused to get tough with investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS). The news outlets posted audio she apparently secretly recorded when meeting with her supervisors. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called for such hearings late last week. None have yet been scheduled. The Republicans addressed in the letter — Reps. …

    September 30, 2014 6:53 pm
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Sports

  • Hornets center Al Jefferson anxious to build on big season after team’s offseason acquisitions


    ASHEVILLE, N.C. –  Al Jefferson breaks into a wide, giddy smile and anxiously rubs his large hands together when he thinks about what he and the Charlotte Hornets might to able to accomplish this season. As the Hornets opened training Tuesday in Asheville, Jefferson praised owner Michael Jordan and the team’s front office for landing Lance Stephenson and Marvin Williams in free agency and drafting P.J. Hairston and Noah Vonleh — moves he feels will greatly benefit a team that went 43-39 last season but was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Heat. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “They got the weapons we needed,” Jefferson said. Weapons the 6-foot-10, 289-pound center believes will help free him up from double teams in the low post — and give the team more scoring options if he kicks the ball back outside. “I mean, I’m so happy about it I don’t even want to talk about it …

    September 30, 2014 6:33 pm
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World News

  • First Ebola case diagnosed in the US


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 23:36 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tom Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms the US case The first case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on US soil has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation. The man is thought to have contracted the virus in Liberia before travelling to the US nearly two weeks ago. More than 3,000 people have already died of Ebola in West Africa and a small number of US aid workers have recovered after being flown to the US. “An individual travelling from Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden told reporters on Tuesday. According to Mr Frieden, the unnamed patient left Liberia on 19 September and arrived in the US the next …

    September 30, 2014 6:33 pm
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Technology

  • Four hackers charged with stealing $100m in US army and Xbox technology


    Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft, the US army and leading games manufacturers, as part of an alleged international hacking ring that netted more than $100m in intellectual property, the US Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The four, aged between 18 and 28, are alleged to have stolen Xbox technology, Apache helicopter training software and pre-release copies of games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to an indictment dating from April that was unsealed on Tuesday. Two of the hackers pleaded guilty earlier in the day, the DoJ said. “These were extremely sophisticated hackers … Don’t be fooled by their ages,” assistant US attorney Ed McAndrew said after a court hearing on Tuesday. According to prosecutors, the defendants stole intellectual property and other proprietary data related to the Xbox One gaming console and Xbox Live online gaming system, and pre-release copies of popular video …

    September 30, 2014 3:51 pm
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Science

  • U.S., India to Collaborate on Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission


    In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. [image-51]While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency leaders met to discuss and sign a charter that establishes a NASA-ISRO Mars Working Group to investigate enhanced cooperation between the two countries in Mars exploration. They also signed an international agreement that defines how the two agencies will work together on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, targeted to launch in 2020. “The signing of these two documents reflects the strong commitment NASA and ISRO have to advancing science and improving life on Earth,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This partnership will yield tangible benefits to both our countries and the world.” The joint Mars Working Group will seek …

    September 30, 2014 4:11 pm
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Health

  • CDC experts to deploy to Texas if patient has Ebola: official


    DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. health specialists are ready to deploy to Dallas if a patient being evaluated for Ebola is found to be carrying the disease that has killed thousands of people in West Africa, a Dallas County official said on Tuesday. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to provide initial test results on the patient later on Tuesday, hospital officials said. Texas and Dallas County health officials are in close contact with the CDC, which would send its experts to Dallas if tests on the patient confirm Ebola, said Zach Thompson, director of the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. “Everyone is preparing for the worst and hoping for …

    September 30, 2014 3:50 pm
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Entertainment

  • - Justin Bieber Has A Hot Dinner Date With Kendall Jenner In Paris!


    Posted on Tue Sep 30th, 2014 3:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Justin Bieber is fresh from a romantic Caribbean vacation with Selena Gomez, but on Tuesday evening the 20-year-old pop star picked up Kendall Jenner at the George V Hotel in Paris and took her out to dinner! Selena is ALSO in Paris, but why wasn’t she out to dinner with her man? And would she approve of him taking her frenemy out on the town?! Biebs cruised up to Kendall’s hotel in his chauffeured Rolls Royce, and when the two arrived at the trendy eatery, the singer entered first, with the 18-year-old supermodel following him in a few seconds later. While the two were at the restaurant, fans began to post photos of the two on Instagram, and not only did they appear to be sipping on cocktails, but they couldn’t take their eyes off of each other! A videographer on the scene tells X17online …

    September 30, 2014 5:32 pm
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Editorial

  • Campus sexual assaults: My guidelines for parents with kids of college age


    College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.” The Washington Post recently carried a front-page story about campus sexual assaults. As the father of former college students, two of whom are daughters, I was stunned by the presumptions in the story. It was written in a way that assumed all female college students will have sex and get blind drunk at parties where they will be assaulted by young males. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In the news stories and in comments by President Obama and public officials, there are only scattered references to individual responsibility. In the Post story some parents advise their daughters to …

    September 30, 2014 3:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Dallas man arrested after ill-fated casket prank


    DALLAS (Reuters) – A Texas man suspected of stealing a casket to play a prank on his sister by making her think he had dug up their dead father was arrested after she called police, police said on Tuesday. Once Dallas police received the call from the sister who was concerned about what her brother had brought home, they linked the incident to a report of an assailant stealing an empty casket out of a hearse parked in the lot of Hughes Crown Hill Funeral Home, they said. The man was arrested for public intoxication and will likely by charged with theft for the stolen casket, police said, adding the suspect did not disturb the grave of his father. (Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    September 30, 2014 4:10 pm
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