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U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

14 hours 29 min ago
Reuters, by Jeffrey Dastin Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 44 2014 01:44:49 GMT New York - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. (Snip) Affected travelers will have their temperatures checked for signs of a fever that may indicate Ebola infection, among other protocols, at New York's John F. Kennedy,

Ebola Czar Day One: Mr. Klain’s debut

14 hours 46 min ago
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 35 2014 01:35:30 GMT Political point man or medical manager? That is the persistent question for Ron Klain, who officially begins his tenure as the nation’s “Ebola response coordinator” on Wednesday. The choice of the deft Mr. Klain — an attorney and former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joseph R. Biden and Al Gore and an associate counsel to former President Bill Clinton — has critics wondering if President Obama “sees Ebola as a political crisis, not a health crisis” in the words of Rep. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican. It is certainly a strategic crisis, riddled with mixed messages and tardy responses that Mr. Klain must cobble into coherence

Thom Tillis Senate bid imperiled by tea party toll-road disdain

15 hours 3 min ago
Washington Times, by S.A. Miller Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 30 2014 01:30:12 GMT Charlotte - They spoke one after another at a tea party meeting at an upscale pub — conservative voters and activists vowing to derail Republican Thom Tillis’ run for U.S. Senate because, as state House speaker, he muscled through a toll road project. “Since the creation of the automobile until this point, there [haven’t] been toll roads [in North Carolina],” conservative activist Chuck Suter said at the meeting, which is an offshoot of the Charlotte Tea Party. “We would expect this to come from Democrats.” “I don’t want to send him to D.C,” fumed Mary Amstrong, a businesswoman and Republican voter

Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93

15 hours 3 min ago
KNBC'TV [Los Angeles, CA], by Wendy Rieger Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 18 2014 01:18:02 GMT One of the great figures in American journalism has died. Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, passed away at the age of 93. The family says he had been in hospice care suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. His death was reported by The Washington Post Tuesday. Bradlee skyrocketed to fame in the early 1970s when he allowed the Post to look deeper into the burglary at the Watergate Hotel. His collaboration with young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein eventually brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency and established the Washington Post as one of the world´s top newspapers.

FBI probing if 3 American teens detained in Germany attempted to join ISIS

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:24
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge and Associated Press Posted By: Emerson- Wed, 22 46 2014 12:46:20 GMT The FBI says it is investigating the possibility that three American teenage girls were attempting to join the Islamic State in Syria when they were detained in Germany. A law enforcement source told Fox News Tuesday that the girls are home in Colorado after they were tracked down in Frankfurt. The three girls are all under the age of 18 and are not expected to face charges. Two of the girls are of Somali descent and one is of Sudanese descent, according to the source. ABC News reported that a law enforcement official said the girls were planning to travel to Syria

To be read at the NYC Rally protesting ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Jewish Journal, by Judea Pearl Posted By: MDMuskrat- Wed, 22 41 2014 12:41:35 GMT Friends and Fellow protesters: In joining you today to protest the New York Metropolitan Opera production of this opera, I echo the silenced voice of my son, Daniel Pearl, and the silenced voices of other victims of terror, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and including thousands of men, women and children who were murdered, maimed or left heartbroken by the new menace of our generation, a menace of savagery that the Met has decided to elevate to a normative, two-sided status, worthy of artistic expression.  They tell us that the composer tried to "understand the hijackers, their motivations, and their

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
BBC News [UK], by Fergus Walsh Posted By: Emerson- Wed, 22 40 2014 12:40:17 GMT A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame. The treatment, a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London. (Snip)He said walking again ' with the support of a frame ' was "an incredible feeling", adding: "When you can´t feel almost half your body, you are helpless, but when it starts coming back it´s like

White House fence jumper found "not competent"

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
CBS News, by Paula Reid Posted By: Emerson- Wed, 22 18 2014 12:18:44 GMT Alleged White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C. this afternoon for what should have been an uneventful status hearing and an arraignment on additional charges, but there were some surprises.At the hearing it was revealed that Gonzalez had undergone a forensic mental health screening and was found to be "not competent" to stand trial. This was unusual because at the last hearing, his lawyer, David Bos, objected to the screening, maintaining that Gonzalez was, in fact, competent. While the lawyers for the prosecution and defense were filing arguments to determine whether the screening should

Nina Pham, Dallas Nurse With Ebola, Upgraded to Good Condition

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
NBC News, by M. Alex Johnson Posted By: Emerson- Wed, 22 13 2014 12:13:06 GMT Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who was infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian man who died this month, has been upgraded to good condition, the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday. Pham, 26, had been listed in fair condition since she was flown Thursday to a special NIH clinical studies unit in Maryland from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she and a second nurse tested positive for the virus after Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8. The NIH said it would release no further information, but it said Pham was grateful "for everyone´s concerns and well wishes."

NBC News Freelancer Ashoka Mukpo Declared Free of Ebola

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
NBC News, by M. Alex Johnson Posted By: Emerson- Wed, 22 11 2014 12:11:10 GMT Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelancer for NBC News, has been declared free of the virus and will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday, the hospital said Tuesday. A blood test confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Mukpo, 33 — one of eight Americans to have been diagnosed with Ebola — no longer has the virus in his bloodstream, the hospital said. It said he´s free to head home to Rhode Island. "Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling

Clinton: Women´s rights ´under assault´ by Republicans

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Agence France-Presse, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 21 14 2014 11:14:34 GMT Denver - Hillary Clinton urged Americans not to vote for Republicans who dwell on the past, warning at a Democratic campaign rally Tuesday that conservatives seek to keep women´s rights "under assault" nationwide. Applauded by hundreds of supporters in suburban Denver, the former secretary of state lent her political celebrity to Colorado´s embattled Senate incumbent Mark Udall, who trails in the polls and has made securing constituent´s rights to abortion and contraception the central theme of his campaign. "Don't vote for people who proudly tell you they will never compromise, don't vote for people whose image of the future

Obamacare Dumping Patients Into Medicaid

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
White House Dossier, by Keith Koffler Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 21 01 2014 11:01:33 GMT Obamacare is robbing patients of their private plans and dumping them into Medicaid, forcing them to accept not only subpar treatment but less access to care. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal today by Jeffrey A. Singer MD, a general surgeon who is also an adjunct scholar at the conservative CATO Institute, Obamacare is resulting in a involuntary shift of patients onto government-run care, establishing at least a beachhead for the long-held liberal dream of fully socialized medicine. From the piece: A recent Boston University/Harvard Medical School study suggests that up to 80% of people participating in

Senate Control Could Rest On One Of The Reddest Of Red States — And The GOP Is Making A Huge Comeback

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato Posted By: MissMolly- Tue, 21 57 2014 10:57:35 GMT OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — Republican leaders have a new regular stop on their travel schedules these days. Iowa. New Hampshire. And Kansas? On this crisp October day, US Sen. Pat Roberts has brought in another member of the Republican Party´s all'star campaign team to stand by his side and rally his base. Sens. Ted Cruz and Tom Coburn, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Kansas´ own former senator Bob Dole have all shown up for an appearance with a friend in trouble. On this day, Roberts´ guest is Rep. Paul Ryan (R'Wisconsin), the current chair of the House Budget Committee,

Why Sears Is Cutting Own Throat By Leasing Locations To Primark

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Forbes, by Walter Loeb Posted By: NorthernDog- Tue, 21 33 2014 10:33:56 GMT Yesterday’s announcement that Primark will lease about 520,000 square feet in seven locations from Sears Holding is of great concern to me. The Sears properties they are going into are in prime locations in the Northeastern part of the United States. In my May 21, 2014 blog post, I described this Irish company as a scary, low priced fashion retailer with a contemporary flair. The merchandise, which I have seen in Europe is of very good quality, is well designed and is sold at very, very low prices. This is what makes Primark “scary.” Primark focuses on basic merchandise that

Texas led national job creation in September, marking 12th straight month on top

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Dallas Morning News (TX), by Sheryl Jean Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 21 29 2014 10:29:36 GMT Last week, we learned that Texas added 36,400 jobs in September and set a state record for adding 413,700 jobs in the last 12 months. Today, we know Texas led the nation in job creation for September and the last 12 months, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (See chart below nationwide numbers.) Overall, employment increased in 39 states plus Washington, D.C., decreased in 10 states and was unchanged in one state (South Dakota) in September. Over the last 12 months, the only place that didn’t see employment increase was Alaska. The ranking changes a

Dish Customers Lose Turner’s CNN, HLN in Contract Dispute

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Bloomberg News, by Doni Bloomfield Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 21 06 2014 10:06:56 GMT Dish Network Corp. (DISH)’s more than 14 million satellite'TV subscribers no longer have access to CNN, Cartoon Network and other Time Warner Inc. (TWX) cable channels. Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner, pulled the channels last night after failing to negotiate a new contract, Dish said in a statement. As the two sides pointed fingers, Turner said that Dish dropped the channels. Turner’s Boomerang, HLN, truTV, Turner Classic Movies and CNN en Espanol are also no longer available on Dish’s service. Blacked'out channels have become increasingly commonplace when contracts come up for renewal as networks demand higher fees for

Academic Magnet coach fired over watermelon celebration; players, parents defend coach

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Amanda Kerr Posted By: Attercliffe- Tue, 21 40 2014 09:40:12 GMT The removal of the head coach of Academic Magnet High School is the result of an allegation of "inappropriate post game celebrations" by the football team, according to a statement released by the Charleston County School District on Tuesday. The statement follows the confirmation Monday night that Raptors head coach Bud Walpole has been relieved of his duties by the Charleston County School District. Former and current Raptor players and their parents are coming to coach´s defense. The Charleston County School District has scheduled a news conference for 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Michael Sam Is Out Of The NFL Again As Cowboys Cut Him From Practice Squad

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Mediaite, by Michael Goldschein Posted By: BaseballFan- Tue, 21 22 2014 09:22:32 GMT Bad news for people who love good news: Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, drafted by the Rams, then cut, then signed to the Cowboys practice squad, has been released, according to the AP. Sam came to Dallas on Sept. 3, days after he was one of the last cuts from the final St. Louis roster. At the time, we were excited for Sam — not because he was a Cowboy, but because Dallas was expected to have an historically bad defense. Instead, they’re ranked a respectable 16th overall by Football Outsiders, meaning the unit doesn’t need help. Author and Source corrected. Please proofread.

The GOP hates the ‘lamestream media’ even more than you think

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 21 16 2014 08:16:03 GMT When it comes to the outlets that the most conservative Americans get their news from, it´s Fox News and everybody else. And by everybody else, we mean mostly a bunch of other conservative'leaning media. A new study from the Pew Research Center lays bare the increasing reliance on partisan and/or ideological news sources on the right and left, and both sides have trended in that direction. But when you compare the left to the right, it´s clear which side is more interested in consuming news from sources with which it agrees politically. Pew asked people which news sources they got

Forty'nine new Ebola cases in a day leaves bodies piling up in Sierra Leone, as the deadly virus spreads through the teeming capital of Freetown

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:31
Daily Mail [UK], by Annabel Grossman Posted By: Attercliffe- Tue, 21 14 2014 08:14:32 GMT Dozens of people are being infected with the deadly Ebola virus each day in Sierra Leone, as the terrifying disease tears through the country´s capital city, Freetown. Yesterday, forty'nine new cases were confirmed in just 24 hours, the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) reported. So many people are succumbing to the deadly virus that removing the dead bodies is becoming a serious problem. Lawmaker Claude Kamanda who represents a western area of the country said that more than 20 deaths are being reported each day. He told the local Politico newspaper that authorities are experiencing challenges collecting corpses from both quarantined and