US cautiously optimistic after no new Ebola in 5 days

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With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities are cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.

Boston bomb judge wants 1 000 summoned

2014-10-20 22:13

At least 1 000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Obama votes early in Chicago

2014-10-20 22:00

President Barack Obama has cast his ballot during a visit in his hometown of Chicago two weeks ahead of 4 November midterm elections.

Mom accused of killing 6 babies

2014-10-20 21:04

A US woman accused of killing 6 newborns and storing their bodies in a garage is to face a December hearing.

US not complying with meat labelling ruling

2014-10-20 19:45

The US has not done enough to change its meat labelling rules after losing a World Trade Organization challenge brought by Mexico and Canada, says the WTO.

Ebola fear ends for dozens on US watch lists

2014-10-20 17:26

Weeks of worry about Ebola infection has ended for dozens of people who came off watch lists in the US, but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus.

This woman made her own Ebola prevention suit

2014-10-20 16:10

A female passenger was pictured in Washington DC wearing a homemade hazmat suit in what seems like a preventative measure against Ebola.

Ebola hysteria grips US, children removed from school

2014-10-20 14:33

Hundreds of parents reportedly removed their children from a Mississippi middle school fearing that they could get infected with Ebola after the school’s principal travelled to Africa.

Science meets voodoo at festival of water

2014-10-20 13:05

Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

2014-10-20 08:16

Ebola fears are starting to ease for some in Dallas as a monitoring period passes for those who had contact with a victim of the disease.

Iconic Easy Rider chopper sells for $1.35m

2014-10-19 22:15

The iconic Harley-Davidson chopper-style motorbike ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 classic Easy Rider film has sold for $1.35m at auction, organisers say.

Mayhem erupts near pumpkin fest in US

2014-10-19 21:10

Violent disturbances during an annual pumpkin festival involved dozens of arrests and injuries, as well as police in riot gear using tear gas to disperse crowds.

Ebola monitoring inconsistent

2014-10-19 08:59

Public health officials' response in monitoring and limiting movement of workers who care for Texas patients with Ebola has been inconsistent.

Remains may be those of missing US student - cops

2014-10-19 07:17

Police say they have found human remains that could be those of a British-born University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since 13 September.

Obama: Do not succumb to Ebola hysteria

2014-10-18 22:30

US President Barack Obama has urged against "hysteria or fear" in the face of a growing Ebola crisis, as the UN spoke of an "encouraging" response to its funding appeal.

SA murder accused prays, confesses in US

2014-10-18 11:21

A South African man accused of murdering four people in the United States prayed with his interrogators before he told them that he was sexually abused as a child and allegedly confessed to the murders.

We’re losing fight against Ebola - World Bank

2014-10-18 09:11

The World Bank has warned the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

Obama names Klain as Ebola czar

2014-10-18 07:00

President Barack Obama has asked former White House official Ron Klain to co-ordinate the government's response to the Ebola outbreak.

Australia reluctant to tackle climate change

2014-10-17 15:00

Business and political leaders worldwide want action to avert the financial repercussions of climate change, but G20 host Australia remains a vocal sceptic.

Thousands of erection cases seen in ERs

2014-10-17 10:55

Priapism is an erection that lasts too long that can harm the penis permanently. Many men are showing up in emergency rooms in the US with this condition.

UN has a mere $100 000 in Ebola trust fund

2014-10-17 10:48

The UN trust fund for Ebola has barely $100 000, a pittance compared to what the world body says it needs to fight the worst outbreak on record, the New York Times says.

Data shows US economy's pulse is still strong

2014-10-17 10:30

The amount of Americans filing claims for jobless benefits have fallen to a 14-year low, a positive signal that helps ease fears over the economic outlook.

Ebola-stricken nurse arrives at hospital outside Washington

2014-10-17 09:11

A nurse infected in Texas with Ebola has arrived for treatment at the national institutes of health outside Washington, one of the nation's premier medical facilities.

CDC cleared Ebola nurse to fly, mulls travel ban

2014-10-16 17:25

US authorities allowed a health care worker who had been exposed to an Ebola patient to fly by plane after she reported a low-grade fever.

Lockheed Martin claims nuclear breakthrough

2014-10-16 16:30

Lockheed Martin says it has made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion.


US says talks to free Nigerian girls ongoing

2014-10-20 22:48

A US official has confirmed that a ceasefire deal appeared to have been reached between Nigeria and Boko Haram militants, but said talks to release some 200 kidnapped girls were ongoing.

US drone crashes at Niger airport

2014-10-20 22:05

A US drone has crash-landed at Niger's main airport, the army says, forcing the closure of the runway for several hours.

Michelle Knight forgives kidnapper Castro

2014-10-20 21:04

One of the three women held captive in a US home for about a decade told a crowd she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life.

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?

2014-10-20 20:17

The maker of America's top sugar brand is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay.

Hottest September since 1880

2014-10-20 19:28

Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880.

Bodies of 7 US women found after man's confession

2014-10-20 16:39

The bodies of seven women have now been found in Indiana State after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and leading investigators to least three other bodies, authorities say.

US airdrops ammunition to Kurds battling ISIS

2014-10-20 14:33

The American military have airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurds fighting ISIS in the flashpoint Syrian city of Kobane, in a move likely to anger ally Turkey.

Expelled Nazis paid millions in social benefits

2014-10-20 13:06

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards are collecting millions of dollars in US social security benefits after being forced out of the United States.

Obama hits campaign trail, attacks Republicans

2014-10-20 11:44

President Barack Obama has marched on the campaign trail for the first time this year, accusing Republicans of peddling fear and cynicism.

Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

2014-10-20 05:00

President Barack Obama has delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season.

Ebola risks lost generation: Liberian leader

2014-10-19 21:48

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a lost generation of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has warned.

Australia to join anti-ISIS fight

2014-10-19 19:32

Australia has reached an agreement with Iraq for its special forces to support Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State.

Tasmanian devil death investigated at US zoo

2014-10-19 08:59

Authorities are looking into the death of a Tasmanian devil found in a pool of blood at a New Mexico zoo with its skull fractured. Investigators suspect it has been killed.

US, other nations condemn violence in Libya

2014-10-19 07:10

The US and four other nations are strongly condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

US slams ISIS with 25 new air strikes

2014-10-18 18:34

US war planes have struck more than two dozen times in Syria and Iraq, hitting Islamic State jihadists and oil infrastructure they control, the American military says.

Obama’s credit card declined

2014-10-18 10:11

Apparently, even the president of the United States can have trouble with his credit card.

US cop who killed Michael Brown: I feared for my life

2014-10-18 08:20

The police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in the US town of Ferguson says he was pinned in his vehicle and struggling over his gun with the black teenager, a news report says.

US health worker isolated on cruise ship

2014-10-17 21:04

A Texas health worker who may have had contact with specimens from the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the US has been isolated on a cruise ship.

Obama authorises reservists for Ebola fight in W Africa

2014-10-17 11:48

President Barack Obama has authorised the Pentagon to send reservists to take part in a US mission to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Leonardo DiCaprio gives $2m for ocean conservation

2014-10-17 10:52

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio's conservation foundation says it has awarded a $2m grant to establish marine reserves and to stop overfishing.

US stocks finish little changed

2014-10-17 10:37

Wall St has finished little changed after another rocky trading session, as the market weighed better US economic data against its fears over sluggish global growth.

Humans may have evolutionary bond with dogs - study

2014-10-17 10:00

Brain scans showing that human responses to our dogs are not unlike those evoked by our children and suggest a deep evolutionary bond, a study shows.

Joan Rivers died of complication during operation

2014-10-16 20:00

Comedian Joan Rivers died of a complication during a medical procedure that caused oxygen deprivation to the brain, the New York chief medical examiner's office says.

US jobless claims at 14-year low

2014-10-16 16:45

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits has fallen to a 14-year low, a positive signal on whether the economy is shifting into a higher gear.

Goldman Sachs profits jump on robust mergers

2014-10-16 16:15

US investment bank Goldman Sachs has announced a big increase in quarterly earnings thanks to robust merger advising activity and higher trading revenues.

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