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Surgeon Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Succumbs to the Virus

November 17, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.  Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said.

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Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease.  To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.

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Police Detain Six People as Protests Intensify in Hong Kong

November 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Tensions spiked at democracy protests that have gripped Hong Kong for nearly two months as a small group of activists clashed with police while trying to break into the city's legislature.  Police detained six people in the overnight clashes and warned of more arrests. The scuffles came hours after authorities enforced a court order to clear some barricades from a small section of a nearby site occupied by pro-democracy activists.

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New Agency Established in Wake of Ferry Sinking Incident

November 19, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

South Korea formally launched a new safety agency in the wake of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students, and exposed shortcomings in disaster response.  The new ministry has about 10,045 employees, becoming the fifth largest government department, according to the home affairs ministry.

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Three Killed in Albania Floods

November 19, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said.  The government said the army was on standby to help emergency service workers with evacuation efforts, as more heavy rain was expected.

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Portable Showers Set Up for Those Affected by Drought

November 19, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.  Until now, many have been forced to bathe from buckets and drink bottled water.

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Polish Electoral Commission Targeted by Hackers

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 Computer hackers have attacked the website of Poland's electoral commission, which is still unable to publish full returns from local elections because of an unrelated computer glitch, officials said Wednesday.  The State Electoral Commission said while the website hacking incident didn't add further difficulties to the vote counting process, it ordered its officials to change their passwords.

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Former Massey CEO Blankenship Indicted

November 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Facing criminal charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades, ex-coal baron Don Blankenship has fallen silent for the first time in a while.  A gag order issued shortly after the 43-page indictment this week means Blankenship will have to hit pause on the defiant public relations campaign he's waged since the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

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State of Aging Structures a Concern in New Orleans' French Quarter

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The collapse of a 210-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter is raising warning flags about decay and a lack of rigorous inspections in one of America's oldest and most fragile neighborhoods.  No one was injured when the three-story, brick-and-cypress building collapsed in late October, but the episode has thrown into focus an array of problems throughout the nearly 300-year-old Quarter.

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More than 170 Passengers Contracted Virus During Cruise

November 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A nearly monthlong cruise that saw more than 170 passengers get sick with the gastrointestinal illness norovirus has ended in Los Angeles with a thorough cleaning of the ship. Carnival's Crown Princess docked at the Port of Los Angeles after the voyage that took more than 4,100 people from Los Angeles to Hawaii to Tahiti and back.

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Chickens, Ducks Killed Over Bird Flu Concerns

November 17, 2014 3:22 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain was preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.  British officials said they were investigating a case of the H5 bird flu virus in northern England, but noted it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain.

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Hack Causes State Department to Shut Down Entire E-Mail System

November 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack.  A senior department official said "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network.

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Cause of Chemical Leak that Killed Four Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

DuPont officials said it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth.  A company spokesman said DuPont is investigating the cause of the leak of methyl mercaptan at a plant in La Porte. The chemical is used to create crop-protection products such as insecticides and fungicides.

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Schools Closed, Crops at Risk After Snow Storm

November 14, 2014 8:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend.

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School Tests Active Shooter Alarm System

November 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A simulated school shooting  showed what "active shooter" technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat ever strikes as it has at other schools across the country.  Smoke alarm-sized sensors installed in classrooms, hallways and other points throughout the building were activated by the sounds of gunfire, and police officers were immediately able to track his movements and quickly subdue him.

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Nurses Strike Over Patient Care Standards, Ebola

November 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.  The nurses, who are in the midst of contract negotiations, held red and yellow "strike for health and safety" picket signs. The two-day strike was expected to affect at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics and lasted until 7 a.m. Thursday.

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