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Ebola: U.N. opens headquarters in Ghana

Monday, 29 September 2014 19:24
The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis. This outbreak has spiraled into the worst ever for Ebola, and the World Health Organization says it is has linked more than 3,000 deaths to the disease. Even that frightening figure is likely an underestimate of the true toll, said WHO. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have…
NYC police chokehold death goes to grand jury
Monday, 29 September 2014 19:24
A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed New York City man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage, union officials said. The proceedings come five weeks after the medical examiner found that a banned chokehold used by Officer Daniel Pantaleo contributed to the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. The officer's lawyer, Stuart London, said he expects it will…
NYC man's chokehold death goes to grand jury
Monday, 29 September 2014 18:23
A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed New York City man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage, union officials said. The proceedings come five weeks after the medical examiner found that a banned chokehold used by Officer Daniel Pantaleo contributed to the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. The officer's lawyer, Stuart London, said he expects it will…
Britons sign away first-born children for free wifi
Monday, 29 September 2014 18:23
London (AFP) - Several Britons agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free wifi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet, published on Monday. Londoners were asked to agree to terms and conditions as they logged on to use free wifi in a cafe in a busy financial district and at a site close to the houses of parliament. The terms included a "Herod clause", under…
Judge recommends 6 officers be fired for N.Y. jail beating
Monday, 29 September 2014 18:23
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday. Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according…
W.H. fence-jumper got to East Room
Monday, 29 September 2014 18:23
The man who breached security at the White House this month overpowered a U.S. Secret Service officer and ran through much of the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three people familiar with the incident. A Secret Service official who spoke on condition of anonymity said an alarm box near the front entrance of the White House had been muted, the Post said.
Must-know: Important US releases point to a stronger economy
Monday, 29 September 2014 17:27
Does the August jobs report mean US growth is softening? (Part 3 of 6) (Continued from Part 2) Meanwhile, outside of the jobs report, other U.S. economic releases are painting a consistently positive picture of the domestic economy. In the latest ISM manufacturing survey, new orders reached their highest level since 2004. And the service component of that survey hit a nine-year high. Finally, the rate-sensitive auto sector recently witnessed a surge in annualized auto…
Supreme Court delays start of early voting in Ohio
Monday, 29 September 2014 17:26
WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday. The justices' order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from state officials to wipe out a week in Ohio when people could both register to vote and cast ballots. The state's Republican officials have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting and restrict weekend and evening…
Chris Christie, Michelle Obama bring star power to Wisconsin
Monday, 29 September 2014 17:26
Last Updated Sep 29, 2014 6:05 PM EDT HUDSON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power Wednesday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for Scott Walker, the state's governor and a potential presidential rival. First Lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, was across the state campaigning for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke, Walker's Democratic challenger. Christie and Walker sidestepped any talk of a 2016…
Syria backs global fight against Islamic State
Monday, 29 September 2014 17:23
By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria stands with a worldwide effort to combat Islamic State, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in a statement to the United Nations that appeared to give tacit approval of U.S. and Arab air strikes in Syria targeting the militants. Moualem told the United Nations General Assembly that military action to tackle Islamic State, al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front, and other extremist groups…

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