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Do not succumb to Ebola 'hysteria,' Obama urges

Saturday, 18 October 2014 09:14
Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday not to "give in to hysteria or fear" over the deadly Ebola virus, calling for patience and a sense of perspective. In his weekly address to the nation, Obama also played down the idea of a travel ban from West Africa, the epicenter of the outbreak, saying such restrictions would only exacerbate the crisis. "All of us -- citizens, leaders, the media -- have…
Cautious optimism over Nigeria's kidnapped girls
Saturday, 18 October 2014 08:14
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — There's no dancing in the streets, but people in the hometown of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about news of a cease-fire with the Islamic extremists who abducted their daughters six months ago. "We don't know how true it is until we prove it," said Bana Lawan, chairman of Chibok Local Government Area. "We will know the negotiations were successful when we see the girls physically.
Supreme Court denies request to block Texas voter ID law
Saturday, 18 October 2014 06:12
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday denied a request to block a Texas law requiring voters in the state to show certain forms of identification before they cast a ballot. The move comes after a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday granted a request by the state to stay a lower court decision that struck down the law, meaning the measure will be in effect for the November elections.
Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse
Saturday, 18 October 2014 05:11
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from entering the United States. Obama has said he is not philosophically opposed to travel bans, but in his weekly address made…
Supreme Court allows Texas use of new voter ID law
Saturday, 18 October 2014 05:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented. The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal…
Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life
Saturday, 18 October 2014 03:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has told authorities that Michael Brown reached for the gun during a scuffle, the Times reported in a story posted on its website…
Obama names Ebola 'czar,' bolsters Texas response
Saturday, 18 October 2014 01:09
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola "czar" on Friday and named senior officials to help step up the government's response the disease in Texas, where it first appeared on U.S. soil. Obama, facing criticism from some lawmakers over his administration's handling of efforts to contain the virus, appointed Ron Klain, a lawyer who had served as chief of staff to…
Eye of weakening Hurricane Gonzalo smashes into Bermuda
Friday, 17 October 2014 19:04
HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - The eyewall of Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda on Friday evening pounding the Bermuda coast with high waves, driving rain and gusting winds, becoming the strongest storm to hit the tiny Atlantic island chain in a decade, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. "At least part of the island, if not the entire island, is going to be in the eye," said hurricane center specialist Stacy Stewart.…
In turn, gay marriage becomes legal in Arizona
Friday, 17 October 2014 18:04
Gay marriage becomes legal in Arizona In sharp turn, gay couples marry in ArizonaPHOENIX (AP) -- Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.The announcement prompted gay couples to line up at the downtown courthouse in Phoenix, where they began to marry immediately.It was a sharp turn, less than a…
2nd Ebola nurse 'felt funny' while in Ohio
Friday, 17 October 2014 17:03
A Texas nurse who has Ebola indicated she "felt funny" and spent extra time resting during a visit to Ohio in the days before she was diagnosed in Dallas, a CDC official said Friday. Amber Joy Vinson, 29, who was diagnosed with Ebola this week, didn't experience typical symptoms of Ebola at the time of her trip to Ohio on Oct. 10, the CDC's Dr. Chris Braden said. But health officials can't rule out the…

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