Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient
By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said. On the patient's first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday, he walked into the hospital presenting â€śnon-specific symptomsâ€ť and was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, Dr...
U.S. Ebola patient traveled to Texas via Brussels: Canada official
(Reuters) - The first patient diagnosed in the United States with an Ebola infection traveled from Liberia to Texas via Brussels, Canadian chief public health officer Greg Taylor said on Wednesday. U.S. health officials said on Tuesday that the man sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20. (Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Correction: Buffalo Silos-Beer Ad story
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Sept. 30 about a beer advertisement being installed on grain silos, The Associated Press erroneously reported the company that paid for the ad. The ad was paid for by Buffalo-based Labatt USA, not Toronto-based Labatt Breweries.
5 reasons bonds may be less safe than you think
NEW YORK (AP) — Burned by the stock-market crash during the financial crisis, investors have poured a trillion dollars into bond funds in the past six years. They like the interest payments that bonds throw off, and that their prices barely move day to day.
New Oklahoma procedures increase sedative fivefold in executions
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma set up new procedures on executions that include increasing by five times the dosage of a controversial sedative that was among the drugs used in a botched execution in April, which prompted the state to suspend lethal injections. The new procedures, announced late on Tuesday, allow the corrections department director to choose from four lethal injection options, two that increases the dose of Midazolam to 500 milligrams, the amount Florida uses in executions, from 100 milligrams...
Destruction of Syria weapons facilities to begin
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons facilities is expected to begin this month, and the first of the 12 facilities should be destroyed by the end of November, the organization tasked with eliminating the country's chemical weapons program says.
Team seeks anyone who encountered Ebola patient
DALLAS (AP) — A nine-member team of federal health officials is tracking anyone who had close contact with a man being treated for Ebola in a Dallas hospital, the director of the nation's top disease-fighting agency said Wednesday.
U.S. experts hunt for Ebola exposure after first case
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health experts are monitoring "a handful" of people who were potentially exposed to Ebola through physical contact with the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States, the top U.S. public health official said on Wednesday. Health officials confirmed the first case of the virus in the country on Tuesday, when a man who flew from Liberia to Texas tested positive for Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in three countries in West Africa...
Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mayor of a small Los Angeles suburb was shot dead by his wife on Tuesday but the woman was released without charge after being detained, the county sheriff's department said. The shooting at Bell Gardens stemmed from an afternoon quarrel between the mayor, Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette, 43, that escalated when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr...
U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House, while details emerged of a separate security lapse involving an armed contractor who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting Obama had failed on Sept...
Pennsylvania bans hunting in manhunt search area
The discovery of two powerful pipe bombs during a manhunt in the Pennsylvania woods indicates the fugitive wanted in an ambush on state troopers is stressed out and making mistakes, authorities said as they repeated a call for him to surrender.
Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.
Liberia says U.S. Ebola case showed no symptoms when he left
DAKAR (Reuters) - The man being treated for Ebola in Texas showed no signs of fever or symptoms of the virus when he left Liberia for the United States via Brussels on Sept. 19, the Liberian government said on Wednesday. The case is the first to be diagnosed outside West Africa during the current outbreak, raising the prospect that the worst epidemic of the deadly hemorrhagic fever on record could spread to nations beyond the region...
Driver in fatal tour bus crash has hearing delayed
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A court commissioner has rescheduled a preliminary hearing for the driver in a fatal Delaware tour bus crash after the man, who speaks little English, couldn't answer simple questions at a court appearance.
Sagebrush recreation sites across U.S. West generate millions
By Sandra Chereb CARSON CITY Nev. (Reuters) - Miles of sagebrush may be tedious to interstate travelers across the U.S. West, but the ecosystems supporting the scrubby plants are an economic generator, pumping millions into the local and national economies, according to a report released on Tuesday. An analysis prepared by ECONorthwest, an Oregon-based economics firm, estimates that recreational visitors to sagebrush country in 11 Western states spent $623 million in communities within 50 miles of Bureau of Land Management recreational sites in 2013...
Threat leads to evacuation of Sandy Hook school
MONROE, Conn. (AP) — A bomb threat called into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Wednesday led police to order students, including many who lived through the 2012 massacre, out of the building.