Headline News

  • U.S. health experts in Dallas reviewing potential Ebola exposure


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health experts in Dallas on Wednesday were examining how many people may have been exposed to Ebola, just one day after the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the United States, the nation’s top public health official said. The review came after health officials on Tuesday said a man who flew from Liberia to Texas had Ebola, the first confirmation that the outbreak devastating West Africa has reached the United States. “We have a seven-person team in Dallas today helping to review that with the family and make sure we identify everyone that could have had contact with him,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told NBC in an interview. Ebola spreads though contact with bodily fluids such as blood or saliva, something public health experts say naturally limits its potential to infect others, unlike airborne diseases. Frieden said experts …

    October 1, 2014 8:45 am
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Politics

  • Capitol Hill Blue: 20 years and counting


    A previous logo for Doug Thompson’s columns for Capitol Hill Blue My God, has it been 20 years?  Yep.  To the day. On the morning of Oct. 1, 1994, I logged on to PSI Net, my Internet Service Provider (ISP) at the time and the email said I now had free web space now as part of the package of $19.95 a month of service through a modem connection. I had a web page for my free-lance writing and photography business but it was rudimentary, lacking in originality and low on content. Thompson now, after 20 years with Capitol Hill Blue and 22 months after a near-fatal motorcycle accident. But for reasons that are long forgotten, I sat down in the den of our condo in Arlington, Virginia, and wrote about 750 words in an essay entitled: “If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’ then ‘Congress’ must be the opposite of ‘progress.’ ” I sent …

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Stocks

  • Wall Street still hires mostly white men


      Perhaps it’s no surprise, but first-year bankers at Wall Street’s biggest firms are a very white and male bunch. An analysis by the data-driven recruiting firm Vettery found that nearly two thirds of entry-level bankers hired this year are white. Over three quarters — 78% — are male. CNNMoney reached out to each of the big banks specifically mentioned in the report. Most did not comment, and none would provide their own diversity data. The banks that did talk about the report disputed its accuracy and noted that the recruiting firm did not consult them or use their internal data. Among the most recognizable firms, Deutsche Bank (DB)‘s class was rated the most white — 70% — and least Hispanic and black — 4%. A spokeswoman responded that the bank “is committed to recruiting diverse talent” and that the figures “are inaccurate and do not reflect the true diversity of our 2014 analyst class.” …

    October 1, 2014 9:05 am
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Sports

  • McIlroy named PGA Tour Player of the Year


    (Reuters) – Northern Irish world number one Rory McIlroy was named on Wednesday as the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year for a second time after a stellar 2014 campaign highlighted by two major victories. The 25-year-old, who first landed the coveted honor voted upon by his peers in 2012, won consecutive majors this season at the British Open and PGA Championship, sandwiched around his victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Steve Keating)

    October 1, 2014 8:45 am
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World News

  • Man diagnosed with Ebola in US was sent home for two days, officials admit


    The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola outside Africa during the latest outbreak was sent home with a course of antibiotics for two days after seeking medical care at a Dallas hospital last week, a hospital official said. The patient, believed to be male, was admitted to an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital, in Dallas on Sunday, after coming to the same hospital two days before. Edward Goodman, the infectious disease specialist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, told National Public Radio that the patient’s symptoms were not definitive when he was first seen. Goodman said: “He was evaluated for his illness, which was very nondescript. He had some laboratory tests, which were not very impressive, and he was dismissed with some antibiotics.” Medical officials in the US announced on Tuesday that tests confirmed the man, who had travelled from Liberia, had Ebola. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control …

    October 1, 2014 8:45 am
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Technology

  • Snoop Dogg’s cash for Reddit users


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 13:54 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News Snoop Dogg joins a pack of investors putting $50m (£31m) into the social news site Rapper Snoop Dogg, actor Jared Leto and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel are among the famous names investing in social news site Reddit. The site said it raised $50m (£31m) in funding, and that it would take the unusual step of giving some of it to its users in the form of shares. This could be done via a new crypto-currency like Bitcoin, the site has suggested. The funding round values the company, which was set up in 2005, at $500m. The new money will be used to improve the company’s infrastructure, including adding more staff to its current workforce of 51. The investment is being led by Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, a major investor in mostly US start-up firms. “We’re working on a way …

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Science

  • How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings


    Although we now appreciate that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur family tree, a crucial adaptation for flight has continued to puzzle evolutionary biologists. During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. How this happened has been the subject of much debate, with substantial disagreement between developmental biologists, who study how the wings of modern birds develop in the growing embryo, and palaeontologists who study the bones of dinosaurs and early birds. A resolution to this impasse is now provided by an exciting new study publishing on September 30 in PLOS Biology. Underlying this striking evolutionary transformation change is a halving in the number of wrist bones, but developmental biologists and palaeontologists have different names for most of them, and seldom agree on the correspondence between specific dinosaur bones and those of their …

    October 1, 2014 8:25 am
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Health

  • Portola Pharma drug reverses effect of anti-clotting drugs in study


    (Reuters) – Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc said its drug met the main goal of reversing the effect of anti-coagulant drugs in a late-stage study. Data showed that an intravenous shot of the drug, andexanet alfa, immediately reversed the effect of Eliquis, an anti-clotting drug by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Pfizer Inc. Andexanet alfa is also being tested against Xarelto, a drug made by Bayer Healthcare and Johnson Johnson’s unit Janssen, Portola said in a statement. (Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Liam Hemsworth on Miley: "There’s no bad blood there"


    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth still spend time together “There’s not much to say; there’s no bad blood there,” he told Nylon Guys, via E! News. Despite his star power, Hemsworth leads a quiet life and didn’t like the attention he received from the media during and after his relationship with Cyrus. He explained, “You never get used to it because you get followed and you get chased and it’s never a fun experience. I think when people see photos of you out and about in your personal life, they assume that you’ve asked for it or that you want that attention, but I don’t think anyone in their right mind asks for that kind of thing.” Hemsworth stars in possibly one of the biggest movies of the year, with the third Hunger Games film being released in November. But for Hemsworth, he doesn’t feel lucky, because he has worked hard to get where he has …

    October 1, 2014 7:45 am
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Editorial

  • ISIS, Ebola and Nicolas Cage: Is the end of the world near?


    You can lay aside your Mayan calendar and quit gazing into the sky searching for the “four blood moons.” There are fresh signs that the end times are near . . . and coming soon to a theater near you. The new Nicolas Cage movie “Left Behind,” based on the book series that has sold 60 million copies, opens this weekend, and it promises to spark discussion once again about the end of the world. The film dramatizes the Rapture (the sudden disappearance of all Christians from earth), which will plunge the world into seven years of chaos, culminating in the second coming of Jesus Christ. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Before you label such a belief system as “kooky talk” (as Kramer from “Seinfeld” would say), consider that, according to Pew Research, 47 percent of American Christians believe that the end of the world as described in the Bible will occur within the next 40 years. Add …

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Odd News

  • Silicon Valley man unwittingly invites fugitive into home amid manhunt


    (Reuters) – A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday. Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said. Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said. A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. Believing his story, the homeowner invited Tabb into his home …

    October 1, 2014 12:17 am
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