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  • Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

    Cleaning crews with "Bio Recovery Corporation" prepare to work at the building where Dr. Craig Spencer lives in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama's administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. ...


  • At least four dead in escape bid at Dominican Republic jail

    By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - At least four prisoners were killed and nine others wounded, including two guards, after an attempted mass escape at a prison in the southern Dominican Republic, officials said on Friday. Guards opened fire on inmates at the Najayo jail in San Cristobal, about 22 miles (35 km) south of Santo Domingo, after the prison was attacked by armed men in a black SUV, according to law enforcement and prison officials in the Caribbean nation. No prisoners managed to escape, prison officials said. ...

  • Rollins, Konerko named Clemente Award winners

    MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White SoxSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. "Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball's great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities," said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society. ...


  • NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, others

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, speaks as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie listens at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 in New York. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female healthcare worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)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.


  • Baseball-Rollins, Konerko named Clemente Award winners

    Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. "Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball's great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities," said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society." Both have been heavily involved in helping children. Konerko, who retired this season, founded the Bring Me Home Campaign in 2007 with former teammate Jim Thome and their respective wives, and have raised nearly $500,000 for school supplies and back-to-school clothing.

  • Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules

    A newspaper vendor holds up a copy of the NY Post in front of the entrance to Bellevue Hospital on October 24, 2014 in New YorkNew York and New Jersey on Friday ordered a mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of the disease in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city. The new measures were ordered by state governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie the day after an American doctor tested positive for Ebola one week after returning from working in hard-hit Guinea. Craig Spencer, 33, was in stable condition in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center on Friday as he underwent treatment for the illness, which has killed nearly 4,900 people -- most of them in West Africa.


  • Therapists missed Newtown gunman's rage as a teenager: report

    Adam Lanza is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - The extent of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza's growing rage, isolation and delusions when he was a teenager were apparently overlooked by his mother, psychiatrists and counselors, according to a report expected to be issued next month. The report found that Lanza, who gunned down 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago, did not have to become a violent adult, Scott Jackson, chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, said on Friday. ...


  • Mali's first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl, dies: officials

    By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - A two-year-old girl who was Mali's first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill. The girl 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. ...

  • NY doctor with Ebola a serious student with funny side, friends say

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The young doctor diagnosed with Ebola in New York City is a big-hearted man with a serious interest in international emergency medicine and a flair for languages, yet his friends call him "a goofball." Craig Spencer, originally from the Detroit area, has specialized in International Emergency Medicine at the highly respected Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital since 2011, according to his online LinkedIn resume. ...

  • CDC guidelines 'insufficient' for New York population density: Cuomo

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal guidelines for screening and monitoring travelers from Ebola-affected countries are "insufficient" for the New York City region with its extreme population density, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. As part of stepped up measures to prevent the disease from spreading in the New York area, all medical workers traveling from the three most affected West African countries and arriving at airports in the New York area will face automatic quarantine for 21 days, Cuomo said at a joint press conference with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. ...