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Oct 22, 2014

Fowle back at Ohio home ‘in good health’ after detention in North Korea

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – American Jeffrey Fowle returned to his home in southern Ohio on Wednesday, with his lawyer saying he was in good health after a nearly half-year detention in reclusive North Korea.

Fowle, 56, had been one of three Americans held by Pyongyang, which typically has tried to use the release of foreign captives as a way to build domestic political support for its leaders.

Oct 14, 2014

Dallas Ebola nurse says ‘doing well’ after transfusion

DALLAS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The nurse who contracted Ebola
while caring for a dying Liberian in a Dallas hospital said on
Tuesday she is doing well, while U.S. officials redouble efforts
to stop the deadly virus spreading.

Nina Pham, a 26-year-old Vietnamese-American, became the
first person infected by Ebola in the United States while caring
for the Liberian for much of his 11 days in Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital. He died on Wednesday.

Oct 10, 2014

Fed should reconsider ‘considerable time’ vow on rates -Fisher

10 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should
rethink its forward guidance, potentially ditching its promise
to keep interest rates near zero for a “considerable time” after
it ends its bond-buying stimulus, a top Federal Reserve official
said on Friday

“I feel it is time to reconsider ‘considerable time,’”
Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told reporters after a
speech here. “I am not sure if it provides real guidance.”

Oct 9, 2014

Texas hospital defends itself over treatment of Ebola patient

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The Dallas hospital that
treated the Ebola patient who died this week tried to fend off
accusations on Thursday that it initially turned him away
because he was a poor African immigrant without insurance.

“Our care team provided Mr. Duncan with the same high level
of attention and care that would be given any patient,
regardless of nationality or ability to pay for care,” Texas
Health Presbyterian Hospital said in a statement.

Oct 7, 2014

Abortion rights groups ask Supreme Court to halt Texas restrictions

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Abortion rights groups filed an application with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asking it to put on hold a federal appeals court decision allowing new abortion restrictions to go into effect in Texas.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled last week that Texas could begin enforcing requirements that clinics have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries, a regulation that abortion rights groups said was unnecessary and served as a veiled attempt to shut clinics.

Oct 6, 2014

U.S. and airlines consider new screenings for Ebola, no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS (Reuters) – Federal officials and airlines are discussing whether U.S. airports should screen passengers to identify people who might have Ebola, but the White House on Monday said a ban on travel from West African countries would slow the fight against the virus.

“What we’re looking to do is review these screening measures,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily briefing. But officials did not want to impede transport systems used to send supplies and personnel to West Africa to fight Ebola, he said.

Oct 6, 2014

American Ebola patient arrives in U.S., Liberian in Dallas critical

DALLAS (Reuters) – The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil was in critical condition at a Dallas hospital, officials said.

A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in Omaha and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. The plane was met by an ambulance staffed by workers in yellow protective suits, NBC video showed. Mukpo, 33, will be treated in a biocontainment center there.

Oct 5, 2014

In Dallas, African immigrants worry about backlash from Ebola case

DALLAS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Some African immigrants in Dallas
are worried that the case of a Liberian man who is sick with
the Ebola virus in a city hospital is generating ill-feeling,
including some taunts and finger-pointing, toward the wider
community.

“Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and
that’s just not right,” said a Liberian who asked to be called
Sekou.

Oct 5, 2014

African immigrants worry about backlash from U.S. Ebola case

DALLAS (Reuters) – In Dallas and other cities home to large populations of African immigrants, worries are abounding among many that their standing in the United States has been tainted by one Liberian man infected with Ebola being treated in Texas.

“Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and that’s just not right,” said a Liberian who asked to be called Sekou, fearful that he and other West African immigrants are going to face bias in their U.S. home because of the sick man.

Oct 5, 2014

Ebola patient in Dallas turns critical, no new U.S. cases

DALLAS (Reuters) – The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition in a Dallas hospital, as health officials reported tracking scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms.

The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived from Liberia two weeks ago, has heightened concerns that the worst epidemic of Ebola on record could spread from West Africa where it began in March and has taken more than 3,400 lives.