Headline News

  • US nurse angry over Ebola quarantine


    26 October 2014 Last updated at 01:31 Strict quarantine rules were imposed after a US doctor tested positive for Ebola on his return to New York A nurse quarantined on her return to the US from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has criticised the way she was dealt with at Newark airport. Kaci Hickox said the experience was frightening and could deter other health workers from travelling to West Africa to help tackle the Ebola virus. Illinois has become the third state after New York and New Jersey to impose stricter quarantine rules. Meanwhile the US ambassador to the United Nations is to visit West Africa. Samantha Power will travel to Guinea on Sunday, continuing later to Liberia and Sierra Leone – the three worst-hit countries. “For me the benefits of having first hand knowledge of what is happening in these countries gravely outweighs the almost nonexistent risk of actually travelling to these countries, …

    October 25, 2014 7:49 pm
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Politics

  • Six more states now allowing gay marriage: 32 total now


    By The Associated Press October 25, 2014 Vernita Gray (left) and Pat Ewart kiss after their marriage ceremony(Reuters/John Gress) The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday. Gay marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. The government’s announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. It brings the total number of states with federal recognition of gay marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia. Couples married in these states will qualify for a range of federal benefits, including Social Security and veterans’ benefits. “With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving full equality for all Americans,” Holder said. The attorney general said the government …

    October 25, 2014 5:27 pm
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Stocks

  • Brits may get paid for losing weight


    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm
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Sports

  • Hodgson helps Sabres beat Sharks 2-1; end 4-game losing streak


    Buffalo Sabres’ Nicolas Deslauriers (44) scores a goal past San Jose Sharks’ Scott Hannan (27) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. The Sabres won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) Buffalo Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth (34) and Andre Benoit (61) block a shot from San Jose Sharks’ Adam Burish, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. At left is Sharks’ Tommy Wingels (57). (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) SAN JOSE, Calif. –  Cody Hodgson felt the Buffalo Sabres were close to a breakthrough on a tough West Coast trip. Continue to work hard and good things will happen. Hodgson and Nicolas Deslauriers each scored their first goal of the season early in the third period and the Sabres continued their dominance over San Jose, beating the Sharks 2-1 Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I think …

    October 25, 2014 7:49 pm
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World News

  • Isis exploits tribal fault lines to control its territory


    On one recent Thursday, Abu Jassim received a text message from a provincial leader of the Islamic State (Isis). Abu Jassim, from a tribal area in eastern Syria, was asked to lead the Friday prayers at a nearby mosque, known to be a stronghold of the Sufi order al-Khaznawi. Although he had no experience as a mosque imam, Abu Jassim told the usual preacher that he would take his place in compliance with the Isis orders. His sermon focused on the misguidance of Sufi practices, to the dismay of the local worshippers. Two days later Abu Jassim was summoned by the jihadi group’s regional emir and disappeared for several days before he was finally released. According to one of his relatives, a local resident had tipped off Isis that Abu Jassim was one of the rebels who had fought Isis a few months before it took over his area. Abu Jassim told the Isis leader …

    October 25, 2014 7:49 pm
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Technology

  • DUI suspect accuses cop of nabbing nude photos from her iPhone


    Officer Sean Harrington is accused of sending a woman’s private pictures to his own cell phone. ABC 7 Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Giving someone else access to your gadgets is always risky. When that someone else is a police officer, there’s an additional dimension of risk. It’s not that most police officers can’t be trusted, though some have been known to overreach. It’s just that offering additional, potentially self-incriminating information might be unwise. A 23-year-old California woman claims she was arrested for suspected drunk driving and taken to jail in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Martinez. She allowed a California Highway Patrolman to access her iPhone, so he could retrieve the phone number of someone she needed to call. She allegedly gave him her passcode. After she had been booked, she says, she noticed that certain of her private pictures — some featuring her in a state of undress — had been sent …

    October 25, 2014 5:27 pm
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Science

  • Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft


    [image-50] SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS). A boat will take the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA within 48 hours. Dragon will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing. “This mission enabled research critical to achieving NASA’s goal of long-duration human spaceflight in deep space,” said Sam Scimemi, director of the International Space Station division at NASA Headquarters. “The delivery of the ISS RapidScatterometer advances our understanding of Earth science, and the 3-D printer will enable a critical technology demonstration. Investigations in the returned cargo could aid in the development of more efficient solar cells and semiconductor-based electronics, the development of …

    October 25, 2014 5:48 pm
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Health

  • U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, strongly criticized her treatment. Under a policy introduced on Friday, anyone arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory quarantine for 21 days. Three weeks is the longest documented period for an Ebola infection to emerge. Kaci Hickox, a nurse, was placed in quarantine at Newark after returning on Friday from working with medical charity Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. Hickox, who was transferred from the airport to a hospital where she was placed in isolation, described a confusing and upsetting experience at the airport and worried the same treatment …

    October 25, 2014 5:27 pm
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Entertainment

  • Madeleine Albright schools Conan O’Brien in hilarious Twitter war


    VIDEO: Does Conan O’Brien have a long-lost son? It all started on Thursday, when Conan O’Brien decided to have some Halloween fun this week by tweeting his Halloween costume ideas. But he never could have predicted the response he would receive. .@ConanOBrien I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 In case you forgot, Albright is the former Secretary of State. She was the first woman to ever hold the position after she was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1996. Chelsea Handler: Conan O’Brien is packin’ has a great bod .@ConanOBrien Never get into a word war with a diplomat. We talk even more than comedians. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 Uh, we’d just like to point out that at 77 years old, Albright is using Twitter like a boss. Can she please give us some lessons? .@ConanOBrien Ha, …

    October 25, 2014 7:08 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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