University of Oregon meningitis outbreak grows; student's father diagnosed

Friday, 29 May 2015 15:01 Written by
PORTLAND, Ore. The father of a University of Oregon student has contracted the potentially deadly meningococcal disease amid an outbreak that started in January and has killed one student, bringing the total number of people infected to seven, state health officials said on Friday. The 52-year-old man fell ill with meningococcemia, a bacterial precursor to meningitis, six weeks after the last on-campus infection, said Jason Davis, spokesman for Lane County Public Health. The university is…
Police ramp up for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:53 Written by
Arizona police stepped up security on Friday near a mosque for a planned outdoor protest that includes drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, weeks after a similar competition in Texas came under attack by two gunmen. Friday's event is set to run concurrently with evening prayers at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. Many Muslims believe it is blasphemous to create pictures of the Prophet Mohammad. "Dealing with this type of activity is a challenge…
Pennsylvania man sentenced in child rape video case
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:48 Written by
PITTSBURGH A Pennsylvania man who accidentally sold a tablet computer containing a video of himself raping an 8-year-old girl will spend at least 27 years in prison, authorities said on Friday. Donald Miller, 43, of New Castle, pleaded guilty¬†to a state count of rape of a child and a federal charge of producing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was sentenced in the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday…
American Express President Ed Gilligan Dies on Flight From Japan
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:46 Written by
American Express president Edward "Ed" Gilligan died on a flight from Japan to New York this morning, chief executive Kenneth Chenault said in a letter to employees. Gilligan, 55, "became seriously ill on a flight home to New York this morning and passed away," Chenault wrote in the letter, distributed to workers today. Gilligan was named president of the company in 2013 after serving as vice chairman since 2007. He joined the financial services company
Grain Mostly Lower, Livestock Lower
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:46 Written by
Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery gained 1 cent to $4.8875 a bushel; July corn was up 4 cents to 3.5350 a bushel; July oats were 3.50 cents higher to 2.40 a bushel; while July soybeans fell 1 cent to $9.26 bushel. Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. June live cattle was up 1.03 cents to $1.5350 a pound; August
Obama nominates new pipeline, rail administrators at Transportation Department
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:40 Written by
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Friday nominated new administrators for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration, the White House said. Marie Therese Dominguez, an assistant secretary at the Defense Department who has worked at the Transportation Department and National Transportation Safety Board, will be nominated as head of PHMSA, the White House said. Sarah Feinberg, a former White House adviser, will be nominated as head of the Federal…
Women in photos won't press charges in Penn State frat case, police say
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:40 Written by
HARRISBURG, Pa. None of the women in nude photographs posted on a Facebook page for a now-suspended Penn State fraternity is cooperating with investigators, police said on Friday, frustrating efforts to bring charges against the fraternity's members. Earlier this week, Pennsylvania State University suspended the school's Kappa Delta Rho chapter for three years after discovering a private Facebook page that included photos of female students who were undressed, and in some cases, apparently unconscious or…
Swollen Texas rivers prompt evacuations, severe weather kills 21
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:23 Written by
AUSTIN, Texas Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Thursday stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas.…
American Express President Dies Suddenly on Flight
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:22 Written by
American Express says president Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York. The company says the 55-year-old executive was coming back from a business trip. It said the plane made an emergency landing. Gilligan began working at American Express Co. 35 years ago as an intern and became president of the credit card company in 2013. The company says he is survived by his wife
Two officers wounded in shooting at New Jersey library: NorthJersey.com
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:14 Written by
Two police officers and one suspect were wounded in a shooting at the Lyndhurst Public Library in northern New Jersey on Friday, NorthJersey.com reported. Reports of gunfire came in to police at about 2 p.m., NorthJersey.com said. The three wounded were taken to area hospitals. No further details were immediately available. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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