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Ebola-infected aid worker to be moved to Atlanta hospital

Thursday, 31 July 2014 17:37
A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in…
Violet Palmer, NBA's first female referee, comes out publicly as gay
Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:35
Violet Palmer came into the NBA as something of a trailblazer and pioneer, as she and Dee Kantner became the league's first ever female referees upon their arrival in 1997. Nine years later, she became the first woman ever to officiate a playoff game, refereeing Game 2 of the 2006 first-round series between the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets. Now, Palmer has added another historic "first" to her résumé, becoming the NBA's first ever…
Ebola-infected doctor lauded for 'heroic and sacrificial service'
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:34
View gallery.Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia before he contracted Ebola. (Courtesy Samaritan's Purse)Even from his own sickbed in Africa, American physician Kent Brantly continues putting the well-being of others before his own. Brantly, a medical missionary in West Africa, and fellow American Nancy Writebol both contracted Ebola last weekend. They spent the past several days under quarantine and are struggling to survive. On Wednesday, an experimental serum arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, but there was only…
‘Woman in black,' a social-media phenomenon, reaches home
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:34
A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings. Those who tried to give her food and water or otherwise help her were often rebuffed.
Sudanese Christian convert to return to U.S.
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:34
A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, was due to return to the United States on Thursday, according to a family member. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was scheduled to arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday evening, her brother-in-law Gabriel Wani said in a phone interview. Since leaving Sudan after her sentence and detention triggered international outrage, Ibrahim has been in Rome,…
Divided House abandons vote on border bill
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support. The surprise move, coming on Congress' final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, was an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team as a small group of tea party lawmakers once again upset their plans. It was also a disappointment…
Co-sponsor of Bush impeachment says it never happened
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:33
During a floor speech on Wednesday night, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee voiced her opposition to the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama and said that Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush when he was in office. “A historical fact that President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists,” Jackson Lee said. “We did not seek an impeachment of President…
Crashed drone carried contraband aimed at South Carolina prison
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:32
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned…
Crashed drone tried to fly phones, pot into S.C. prison
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:31
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned…
CIA director apologizes to Senate for improper computer searches
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year. Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be. The Justice Department has so far declined…
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