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2 Americans with Ebola land arrive in the US

Friday, 01 August 2014 17:53
View gallery.Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia before he contracted the Ebola virus. (Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse) [Updated at 6 p.m. ET] A U.S. medical rescue team has arrived in West Africa to evacuate two Americans seriously ill with the deadly Ebola virus, doctors with Emory University Hospital said on Friday. Medics from the air ambulance have deemed Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol stable enough to transport. The small private jet can carry only…
Canadian police launch anti-sexting app for kids
Friday, 01 August 2014 15:50
Ottawa (AFP) - A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic." The "Send This Instead" free app, to be offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, provides 57 humorous and sarcastic retorts to sexting requests, as well as a link to police to report sexual harassment. Replies include "Sorry, just in the middle of…
Jury in former Va. governor's corruption trial sees racy e-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014 14:49
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell saw an e-mail exchange on Friday between the governor's wife and a businessman that defense attorneys said was evidence the pair were having an affair. Lawyers for McDonnell's wife, Maureen, said at the start of the couple's corruption trial that their marriage had been unraveling at the time they accepted gifts from a businessman who…
Official: NYC Police chokehold ruled a homicide
Friday, 01 August 2014 14:49
NEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a white police officer on a black New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide. Eric Garner, 43, whose videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry and calls by the Rev. Al Sharpton for federal prosecution, was killed by "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during…
Obama: Republicans not even trying on immigration
Friday, 01 August 2014 14:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama says Republicans know that legislation won't succeed in the Senate.
New alcohol rehab denter opens in...Iran?
Friday, 01 August 2014 13:48
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has opened the country's first, state-run rehab and treatment center for alcoholism, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Friday. According to the report by ISNA, the center was inaugurated at the Tehran University's Medical School. One of the physicians at the center, Dr. Mohammad Reza Sargolzaiee, was quoted as saying that the center opened "following an increase in alcohol use among Iranians." Drinking alcohol is illegal for Muslims under…
Kerry turns U.S. wrath on Hamas
Friday, 01 August 2014 13:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday condemned violations of the internationally-brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and said the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be a "barbaric" action. Secretary of State John Kerry denounced as "outrageous" a militant attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and led to the alleged abduction. Saying it was an affront to assurances to respect the cease-fire given to the United States and United Nations, which brokered…
Ebola epidemic is spiraling out of control, WHO official says
Friday, 01 August 2014 09:47
Conakry (AFP) - The World Health Organization warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption. WHO chief Margaret Chan told the leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at a regional summit the response to the epidemic had been "woefully inadequate", revealing that the outbreak was "moving faster than our efforts to control…
N. Korea detainees plead for U.S. help
Friday, 01 August 2014 09:47
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms. In their first appearance since being detained more than three months ago, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle told a local AP Television News crew that they were in good…
Can this new 'accessbility logo' help change handicap stigma?
Friday, 01 August 2014 08:47
View photo.Left, the old symbol; right, the new accessibility icon (Accessible Icon Project) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last week that will both remove the word "handicapped" from signs for people with disabilities and update the standard wheelchair symbol with a more active "accessibility logo." "One of the largest concerns is that existing signage and language emphasizes the disability itself, rather than the person," a press release announcing the legislation reads.
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