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Wall St. boosted by earnings, S&P posts best week in nearly two years
24 Oct 2014 at 1:28pm
By Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed out their best week in nearly two years on Friday, helped by earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble and as concerns eased over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States. The S&P 500 was up 5.5 percent from its low on Oct. 15 and had its best weekly gain in nearly two years, boosted by solid corporate earnings reports. News of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in New York City hit futures late on Thursday, but the markets shook off those concerns on Friday. ...
U.S. considering quarantine for returning Ebola health workers: CDC
24 Oct 2014 at 1:25pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is considering quarantining healthcare workers returning to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated Ebola patients there tested positive for the virus. Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Reuters on Friday that quarantine is one option being discussed by officials from across the administration. ...
Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges
24 Oct 2014 at 1:22pm
By David Morgan and Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans with an eye on next month?s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama?s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened public anxiety about the disease spreading outside of West Africa. Darrell Issa, a California Republican who is a constant critic of Democrat Obama?s administration, said the response had been inept, characterized by over-confidence and ill-considered procedures to protect U.S. ...
Mali's first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl, dies: officials
24 Oct 2014 at 1:15pm
By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - A two-year-old girl who was Mali's first case of Ebola has died, officials said on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warned she had potentially exposed many people to the disease by traveling across the country while ill. The two-year-old had traveled with her grandmother hundreds of kilometers by bus from Guinea via Mali's capital to the western town of Kayes, where she was diagnosed on Thursday. Health workers were scrambling to trace hundreds of potential contacts in a bid to prevent Ebola taking hold in Mali. ...
New York 'fully prepared' to handle Ebola case
24 Oct 2014 at 1:07pm
New York's mayor said Friday that the city's health system is fully equipped to handle Ebola after a doctor who had been infected in West Africa was hospitalised in America's largest city. Doctor Craig Spencer, 33, was in stable condition in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center after testing positive for the illness, which has killed nearly 4,900 people in West Africa. He was rushed to the hospital with fever and gastrointestinal symptoms on Thursday, a week after returning from treating Ebola patients in Guinea with the charity group Doctors Without Borders. "There is no cause for alarm," Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference.
Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama
24 Oct 2014 at 1:04pm
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.
U.S. officials considering quarantines for returning healthcare workers
24 Oct 2014 at 12:55pm
By Sebastien Malo and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Obama administration is considering quarantines for healthcare workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West African countries, an official said on Friday, as authorities in New York retraced the steps of a doctor with the disease. In Washington, President Barack Obama hugged a Dallas nurse who survived Ebola after catching it from a patient. ...
Ebola case in NYC brings demands for quarantines
24 Oct 2014 at 12:53pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.
Obama gives big hug to U.S. nurse who survived Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 12:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gave a big hug on Friday to Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who survived a bout with Ebola. Obama met Pham in the Oval Office shortly after her release from a nearby hospital after recovering from the virus. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama brought Pham in for a meeting to recognize her for doing her job at a Dallas hospital, where she fell ill while caring for an Ebola-stricken patient who eventually died. ...
Kansas court upholds conviction in abortion doctor's murder
24 Oct 2014 at 12:43pm
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a man's conviction in the 2009 slaying of a late-term abortion doctor but sent the case back to a lower court for resentencing. Scott Roeder was convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for at least 50 years in the shooting death of George Tiller at a Wichita church. Tiller was one of the few doctors in the country to perform late-term abortions and his Wichita clinic was a focal point for anti-abortion protests. ...
Republicans question federal response on Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 12:37pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The new Ebola infection in New York City exposed flaws in the system and raised new concerns, lawmakers said Friday, as they criticized the federal response to the outbreak and questioned top officials' credibility.
Showing cell phone callers the road might improve driver safety
24 Oct 2014 at 12:27pm
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Providing a caller with views of the driver and the road ahead might reduce cell phone distraction for the driver, suggests a new study. Researchers used a driving simulator and video phones to examine how a driver?s conversation partner ? either on the phone or in the car ? could affect their safety on the road. At any given time, about 5 percent of drivers in the U.S. are using their cell phones, but the devices are cited as a cause of distraction in 18 percent of crashes, say the authors. ...
Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 12:26pm
Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave the hospital and meet President Barack Obama for a hug. The good news for the nurses, who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas, came as the city of New York was dealing with its first case of the deadly virus. Nina Pham smiled often and appeared healthy, wearing a turquoise shirt and dark business suit, as she addressed reporters outside the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," Pham said.
Tracing Path of Ebola-Infected Doctor From Coffee Stand to Bowling Alley
24 Oct 2014 at 12:20pm
Officials are retracing the steps an Ebola-infected doctor, investigating a number of sites including a bowling alley, restaurant and coffee stand in an effort to stop the deadly virus from spreading further.
Dallas nurse Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus: hospital
24 Oct 2014 at 12:13pm
(Reuters) - A second Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola is now free of the virus, Emory University Hospital in Atlanta said on Friday. Amber Vinson, one of two nurses from a Dallas hospital infected with Ebola after treating the first patient diagnosed with the disease in the United States, is still receiving supportive care at Emory and no release date has been set. But tests no longer detect the virus in her blood, the hospital said in a statement. The other nurse, Nina Pham, also was declared virus-free on Friday and left the Maryland hospital where she had been treated. ...