U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protections

October 31st, 2014

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A California-based nurses union said Thursday it was organizing strikes and other protests against what it views as insufficient protection for nurses caring for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses have demanded better protection when treating Ebola patients for weeks, ever since two nurses in Texas became infected with the virus while treating Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who fell ill and died while visiting Dallas. …

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US police killing suspect captured

October 31st, 2014

A US man who has eluded police in the forests of Pennsylvania for seven weeks after the fatal shooting of a police officer has been found.

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IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries

October 30th, 2014

A health worker sprays a colleague's boots with chlorine disinfectant in MonroviaWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. "The outlook for the Ebola-hit countries has worsened, with large financing needs likely for 2015," IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters, referring to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He said the Fund was still assessing what that would mean for its response. …


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US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

October 30th, 2014

A US nurse who returned from treating patients in Sierra Leone defies a voluntary quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a bike ride.

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Samsung’s Q3 profit plunges to near three-year low

October 30th, 2014

Visitors check out Samsung Electronics showroom at its headquarters in Seoul, on October 30, 2014Samsung reported its smallest quarterly profit in nearly three years on Thursday as its key smartphone business faltered under competition from Apple's iPhone6 and Chinese handset makers in an increasingly saturated market. Operating profit also dropped 60 percent from a year ago to 4.06 trillion won, while sales tumbled about 20 percent to 47.4 trillion won, Samsung said in a statement. "The average selling price of smartphones declined due to an increased share of middle- to low-end smartphone sales and price reductions of existing smartphone models," the company said. The latest edition of Samsung's previously all-conquering Galaxy S smartphone met with a lukewarm response on its launch in April.


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Ebola quarantine test looms in US

October 30th, 2014

A nurse who cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is fighting the US state of Maine over its right to quarantine her against her will.

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British jets intercept Latvian plane over southern England

October 29th, 2014

Two British Royal Air Force Typhoon jets were scrambled on Wednesday to intercept a Latvian cargo aircraft over southern England and escort it in to land at Stansted airport, but no security threat was found, officials said. Britain raised its terrorism alert in August to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying that Islamic State militants operating in Syria and Iraq posed the greatest threat to the country’s security risk. A Stansted airport spokesman said Thursday’s incident arose after the Russian-made aircraft lost communications with air traffic controllers, and that police officers subsequently carried out checks with the crew on the ground. The Latvian aircraft was then cleared to carry on with its journey to Birmingham in central England.

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Hawaii residents flee lava flow

October 29th, 2014

Residents of a Hawaiian village threatened by the Kilauea volcano are evacuated from their homes as lava hits the first houses in its way.

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Hawaii residents leave homes as lava flow nears

October 29th, 2014

This Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava that has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in the Big Island community Tuesday. The lava flow easily burned down an empty shed at about 7:30 a.m., several hours after entering a residential property in Pahoa Village, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. A branch of the molten stream was less than 100 yards (90 meters) from a two-story house. It could hit the home later Tuesday if it continues on its current path, Oliveira estimated. Residents of Pahoa Village, the commercial center of the island's rural Puna district south of Hilo, have had weeks to prepare for what's been described as a slow-motion disaster. Most have either already left or are prepared to go. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Jeff and Denise Lagrimas' single-story home is just across the street from properties where lava from Kilauea volcano is expected to slither past on its way to the ocean.


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US rocket explodes during launch

October 29th, 2014

An unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.

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