Ebola fears ease on Texas, Nigeria

Forty-three people who had contact with a deceased patient were cleared of risk and health officials declared Nigeria free of the disease.

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 Darren Vann

Indiana convicted sex offender may have killed for decades

A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women may be a serial killer, police said Monday.

about 3 hours ago

Fannie, Freddie to accept lower down payment mortgages

The move from a 5 percent down payment could increase the ability of creditworthy but cash-strapped consumers to become homeowners.

about 3 hours ago

Officials touting methane cleanup urge quick action

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are considering a combination of regulations and voluntary programs.

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National briefs: Benefits for ex-Nazis opposed

Plus: Rabbinical Council acts; Wyoming gay marriages near; Guardrail maker case

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Obama hits midterm election trail

Gubernatorial candidates are eager for the star power he still brings when it comes to firing up the core constituencies in the party.

1 day ago

 Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings speaks today during a news conference about the recent Ebola infections in Dallas. Officials announced that 43 of the first wave of 48 people being monitored for having contact or potential contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the U.S., are officially off of the list for twice-daily monitoring for Ebola and all remained asymptomatic throughout the process.

Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

A government official said revised guidance instructs health workers treating Ebola patients to wear protective gear "with no skin showing.

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 Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations conducted a hearing to examine the response to the Ebola outbreak and whether America’s hospitals and health care workers are adequately prepared for Ebola patients.

CDC revises protocol for Ebola treatment

And the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

1 day ago

Power plants seek to extend life of nuclear reactors

Nuclear proponents say that extending plants’ lifetimes is more economical than building new plants. But the idea is striking.

1 day ago

Urban migration of college graduates expanding

When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Met Opera faces protest for opening

PLUS: Officials observe remains; comet passes Mars; N.H. festival mayhem; man arrested for 3 killings

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 Pittsburgh's skyline and bridges often are revered for their beauty. But the Pittsburgh accent? Not so much, according to a contest.

Pittsburgh trumps Scranton for 'America's ugliest accent' title

Pittsburgh finished with 10,404 votes to Scranton's 8,748 to win by a margin of 54 percent in the contest.

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Supreme Court allows Texas to use voter ID law

The measures can be used in the November elections.

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Obama says sealing off region could worsen Ebola epedemic

He urged Americans not to give into “hysteria” as Republicans question his newly appointed czar.

2 days ago

Two Ohio residents being watched for Ebola

The Putnam County residents were in contact with the Texas nurse being treated for the disease.

2 days ago

Ferguson police officer tells investigators he feared for his life during struggle

The policeman who fatally shot an unarmed teen in a St. Louis suburb in August said he was pinned in his vehicle as they struggled over his

2 days ago

New York's registry of mentally ill people barred from having firearms draws heavy criticism

The database was established after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

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Nation briefs: Social security gets boost

PLUS: Ebola patient’s memorial; Hurricane passes Hawaii; RC endorses HIV pill.

2 days ago

EDMC enrollment, shares fall

The for-profit education company has not seen profits in the last three years.

3 days ago

 Michael Dunn is led away after his sentencing Friday at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. Dunn, convicted of first-degree murder in a retrial in September for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012 in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Loud music killing nets life sentence

Fla. man gets life in prison in loud music killing, in a case that to some mirrored the Trayvon Martin case.

3 days ago

Many unable to meet a deductible or the doctor

It’s a trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low.

3 days ago

Christie signs law allowing betting on sports in N.J.

But legal challenges could stall the roll-out.

3 days ago

Prison term reductions before California voters

Support for the ballot initiative is uniting billionaires on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

3 days ago

National Briefs: Same-sex marriage bans fall

PLUS: Casino contract voided; prison violence increases; leprosy poses little risk; actress’s body identified

3 days ago

 Ron Klain

Obama's Ebola czar choice, Ron Klain, already criticized

Rep. Tim Murphy of Upper St. Clair was among Republicans who noted Mr. Klain’s lack of a medical background.

3 days ago

 President Barack Obama, left, speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response.

Obama says travel ban would be counterproductive; Texas toughens monitoring

The president says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive.

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 The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden, far left, testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

GOP calls for travel ban for West Africa over Ebola

Lawmakers grilled a top federal health official who refused to say whether the Obama administration is considering such restrictions.

4 days ago

 Twilette Miller, a nurse arriving from Dayton, Ohio, and concerned about Ebola reports, wears a precautionary surgical mask at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Panic over Ebola surfaces across the country

On social media, on cable television, in political campaigns and at work, discussion is increasingly centered on Ebola.

4 days ago

Life goes on as usual at Kent State, despite Ebola scare

Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson visited relatives, three of whom are Kent State administrators, in the Akron area.

4 days ago

 FBI director James Comey speaks about the impact of technology on law enforcement Thursday at Brookings Institution in Washington.

FBI says overhaul of law needed for tech companies

Agency director James Comey warned that Americans would see cases in which murderers, rapists and terrorists could more easily elude

4 days ago

Quick weight loss just as good (or bad) as losing it gradually, researchers say

In some respects, the rapid weight-loss regimen tested in the study worked better than its slow-but-steady counterpart.

4 days ago

National Briefs: Detroit closer to exit from bankruptcy

PLUS: Biden son’s discharge; U.S. probes train crash; Florida governor's race.

4 days ago

 Tallmadge police cordon off a home Wednesday in Tallmadge, Ohio, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. Ms. Vinson, a nurse who helped care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

CDC to contact Cleveland flight passengers

Ebola patient Amber Vinson may have been experiencing symptoms the day she traveled from Dallas to Cleveland on her way to plan her wedding.

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 Police keep watch on a home today in Tallmadge, Ohio, a suburb of Akron, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. She was diagnosed with Ebola the day after arriving in Texas.

Texas, Ohio schools closed as Ebola precaution; Congressional hearing looks into response

Federal health officials will be questioned by lawmakers at a congressional hearing into their response to the Ebola outbreak.

4 days ago

 Tallmadge police block off a home in Tallmadge, Ohio where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas.

Ohio mobilizes after visit by nurse with Ebola

The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, was visiting family in the Akron area from last Friday to Monday.

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 A Time Warner Cable office is pictured in San Diego on Wednesday. Time Warner Inc.'s HBO will launch a standalone online streaming service next year to make hit shows such as "Game of Thrones" available to people who do not subscribe to cable television.

HBO Go will stand on its own as Internet TV rises

So, is this the end of pay-TV as we know it? As many as 10 million U.S. households are now broadband-only.

5 days ago

 Thomas Frieden, left, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prepares to testify today on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Lawmakers: Government credibility waning on Ebola

Top public health officials defended their actions as public unease grew over the possibility of the deadly virus spreading widely here.

4 days ago

U.S. jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

The Labor Department says weekly applications fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since April 2000.

4 days ago

 In this artist rendering, the Downtown Crossing bridge will connect downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., running parallel to the existing Kennedy Bridge. The East End Crossing will be located eight miles upstream and connect Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind.

States link across party lines to build Ohio River bridges

The Ohio River Bridges project is an American anomaly that has the potential to become a model.

5 days ago

 Mathew Jacob removes a gown Tuesday during a refresher course on protective equipment procedure at the Brookhaven College School of Nursing in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Ebola errors tarnish image of prominent Dallas hospital

For Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the last 2½ weeks have been a nightmare.

5 days ago

Harvard law professors criticize school’s sexual misconduct policy

Dozens of Harvard Law School faculty members say the rules violate basic principles of fairness and would do more harm than good.

5 days ago

National Briefs: Harris picked to host 2015 Oscars show

PLUS: ticket-fixing case; bail law for immigrants; voter ID law struck down

5 days ago

 A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, above, who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, Texas health officials said today.

Second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola, flew from Cleveland earlier this week

The experts had warned that fighting Ebola is hard, and Wednesday’s drumbeat of bad news proved them correct.

5 days ago

 Some 1.05 million vehicles will be recalled in Japan and 615,000 overseas, covering more than a dozen Lexus models and Toyota models Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah, Voxy, Corolla Rumion and Auris.

Toyota recalls 1.67 million Toyota, Lexus cars for three separate defects

Toyota said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths resulting from the defects.

5 days ago

Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

Nurses say they were forced to use tape to secure openings in flimsy garments as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea, vomiting

5 days ago

 In this Monday image from video, an American Airlines Flight 2293 crew member checks a Boeing 757 cabin’s wall panels that cracked loose in the interior of the plane during flight from San Francisco to Dallas.

Cracked airplane wall panels scary, not dangerous

The problem on the flight from San Francisco to Dallas began shortly after takeoff Monday afternoon.

6 days ago

 David Greenglass, left, in 1950

David Greenglass: Spy who helped seal the Rosenbergs’ doom

It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War, and it rested largely on the testimony of Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass.

6 days ago

Texas abortion curbs blocked by divided U.S. Supreme Court

The move may let 13 facilities reopen while raising questions about similar rules in other states.

6 days ago

National Briefs: Nike fights Converse knockoffs

PLUS: Teeth-bleaching case; health care, residency; less driving dependent; Megabus crash hurts 18.

6 days ago

Police: More than dozen injured in Megabus crash near Indianapolis

The bus carrying between 50 and 60 people crashed on Interstate 65 when its driver apparently swerved to avoid a minor crash, police said.

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