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As Ebola hits, New Yorkers maintain wary calm
24 Oct 2014 at 9:28am
By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - News of New York's first case of Ebola was met with worry and even anger on Friday, but for this city of eight million residents, seasoned by everything from terror attacks to superstorms, there was no sign of panic. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, was moved with elaborate precautions from his Harlem apartment to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan with a fever and tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, sparking concern about the spread of the disease in the country's most populous city. ...
Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response as fourth case emerges
24 Oct 2014 at 9:24am
By David Morgan and Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's response to Ebola ran into fresh criticism from Republicans in Congress on Friday, as the emergence of a fourth U.S. case in New York City heightened public anxiety about the potential spread of the virus. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, blasted what he described as a "bumbling" administration response characterized by missteps and ill-considered procedures to protect U.S. healthcare workers at home and troops in West Africa. ...
Federal officials: Dallas nurse free of Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 9:17am
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital Friday, free of the virus.
Republicans question federal response on Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 9:13am
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.
Doctor with Ebola in NY hospital, nurse declared virus-free
24 Oct 2014 at 9:10am
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was quarantined at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, unnerving financial markets amid concern the virus may spread in the city. The three previous cases were in Dallas. ...
Nurse Nina Pham Ebola Free, Glad to Go Home to Her Dog
24 Oct 2014 at 9:06am
Nurse Nina Pham has been declared Ebola-free.
Saturday Night Live interns settle NBCUniversal wage lawsuit
24 Oct 2014 at 8:58am
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of former interns at NBCUniversal, including on the late-night TV show "Saturday Night Live," have reached a $6.4 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit claiming they should have been paid for their work. The settlement resolves claims that NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp, violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws in New York, California and Connecticut by classifying the plaintiffs improperly as "non-employee interns," exempt from applicable wage and hour requirements. "It was probably a good idea for NBCUniversal to settle," said Marcia McCormick, an employment law professor at Saint Louis University School of Law. "NBCUniversal ran the risk that its decision not to pay interns might be viewed by a court as willful, which could result in much higher damages." NBCUniversal denied wrongdoing in agreeing to settle.
Factbox: Ebola cases in the United States
24 Oct 2014 at 8:46am
(Reuters) - Nine cases of Ebola have been seen in the United States since the beginning of August. A Liberian man who died Oct. 8 in a Dallas hospital was the first person diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil. The latest case is a doctor in New York City who was diagnosed on Oct. 23 within a week of returning from treating people in Guinea, one of the three worst-hit West African countries. The following are details of cases of the hemorrhagic fever seen in the United States: NEW YORK DOCTOR Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, returned to the United States on Oct. ...
Texas nurse Nina Pham cured of Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 8:45am
An American nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas has been declared free of the virus and will leave the hospital Friday. The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside the capital will hold a press conference at 11:30 am (1530 GMT) to discuss the details of Nina Pham's release, a spokeswoman told AFP. Pham was the first US healthcare worker to be infected with Ebola while working inside the United States, after Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on September 28. Duncan, who is believed to have been infected in his native Liberia before traveling to Texas to visit family, died on October 8.
Novo Nordisk receives U.S. subpoena related to Danish factory
24 Oct 2014 at 8:45am
By Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest maker of insulin, has received a U.S. subpoena requesting documents relating to potential manufacturing issues at its Kalundborg plant in Denmark, the company said on Friday. The Kalundborg factory 100 km west of Copenhagen is the world's biggest insulin production site, making half the world's supply. It also produces another kind of non-insulin diabetes treatment known as GLP-1 medicine. The company said the request came from the office of the U.S. ...
Wall St. climbs on Procter & Gamble, Microsoft
24 Oct 2014 at 8:37am
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, buoyed by gains in Microsoft and Procter & Gamble after their quarterly results and as steps towards expediting the development of vaccines for Ebola eased concerns over its possible spread in the United States. Microsoft was up 1.6 percent at $45.75, after it reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue while keeping its profit margins largely intact. Fellow Dow component Procter & Gamble gained 2.7 percent to $85. ...
British boy Ashya headed for Spain after cancer therapy
24 Oct 2014 at 8:36am
Five-year-old British brain tumour patient Ashya King is feeling better after 30 sessions of proton therapy in Prague and is heading back to Spain, his doctor said Friday. Sitting in a wheelchair, clutching a silver toy Porsche 911, Ashya waved to reporters outside the Czech capital's Proton Therapy Centre on Friday before being taken by ambulance to another Prague hospital where he is staying. "His condition improved during the therapy and now he can eat on his own, he can sit up, play, respond to questions, laugh, (and) take a few steps," said Jiri Kubes, head physician at the centre, which accepted Ashya in a frail state in September.
NYC tries to ease Ebola fear after doctor infected
24 Oct 2014 at 8:31am
NEW YORK (AP) ? Officials tried to tamp down New Yorkers' fears Friday after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola in a city where millions of people squeeze into crowded subways, buses and elevators every day.
Ebola could kill 90,000 in Liberia by year-end unless efforts scaled up: study
24 Oct 2014 at 8:27am
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to control the Ebola virus in Liberia must be quickly and dramatically scaled up or tens of thousands of people will die in the coming months, said a study published on Friday. Nearly 4,900 deaths have been recorded across West Africa since the virus was first detected in Guinea in March, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia has been the hardest hit of the countries most affected by the virus, with 2,705 deaths and 4,665 recorded cases. ...
New York on alert over first Ebola case
24 Oct 2014 at 8:24am
New York went on alert Friday as authorities sought to calm fears among the city's 8.4 million residents after a doctor tested positive for Ebola. Craig Spencer, 33, was rushed to the hospital with fever and gastrointestinal symptoms on Thursday, a week after returning from treating Ebola patients in Guinea with charity Doctors Without Borders. He tested positive for the disease, which has killed nearly 4,900 people in West Africa, at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center and has been placed in isolation in intensive care. "The last word on the patient this morning is he continues to be stable," New York City health commissioner Mary Bassett told CNN.