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Oct 26, 2014

U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

NEW YORK, Oct 26 (Reuters) – As the U.S. Ambassador to the
United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in
three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers
returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as
some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three
worst-hit countries.

Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama’s
cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia
and Sierra Leone. Obama has resisted Republican calls for a
travel ban on advice from health officials who say such a
measure would be counter-productive.

Oct 26, 2014

U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment ‘frenzy of disorganization’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment as a “frenzy of disorganization.”

Kaci Hickox, who arrived at Newark airport in New Jersey on Friday, described hours of questioning by officials in protective gear and what she said was a mis-diagnosis of fever, followed by a transfer to a hospital isolation tent.

Oct 25, 2014

Woman isolated in New Jersey under Ebola rules tests negative

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to the deadly disease needed to be based on “facts, not fear”.

Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine.

Oct 25, 2014

Obama commends New Yorkers for calm reaction to Ebola threat

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on
Saturday commended New Yorkers for their calm reaction to the
city’s first case of Ebola and said that medical authorities
were responding effectively to the threat from the deadly virus.

He used his weekly address for the second time in a row to
speak directly to Americans about the response to Ebola, that
has killed thousands in Africa and has become a political issue
in the United States ahead of Nov. 4 congressional elections.

Oct 24, 2014

Ebola medical workers face mandatory quarantine at NYC airports

NEW YORK (Reuters) – All medical workers traveling from Ebola-affected countries to New York City’s airports will face a mandatory 21-day quarantine under new screening rules that exceed federal guidelines, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced on Friday.

State health officials will extensively interview all travelers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Oct 24, 2014

In NYC Ebola case, crowded city complicates efforts to track exposure

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – As a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola after volunteering in West Africa, health officials face the challenge of deciding how wide a net to cast for his possible contacts in the largest, most crowded city in the United States.

Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor who was working with Doctors Without Borders in Ebola-stricken Guinea earlier this month, returned to the city last Friday.

Oct 21, 2014

Protesters decry Met Opera’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ as anti-Semitic

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, led a rally outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the company’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which some have called anti-Semitic and sympathetic to terrorism.

The 1991 opera depicts the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled Jewish American man who was killed by four Palestinian hijackers aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 1985. After killing him, they ordered his body be thrown overboard along with his wheelchair.

Oct 19, 2014

New York’s Met Opera braces for ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ protests

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday as protesters get ready to picket “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the John Adams opera about the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian guerillas.

The opera, seen by some as a humanist masterpiece and by others as anti-Semitic, depicts the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish man on a cruise with his wife aboard the Achille Lauro. After his death, the killers threw the body of the retired New Yorker overboard along with his wheelchair.

Oct 17, 2014

New York City jail violence rises despite more spending: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Violence has increased in New York City’s jail system over the past seven years even as the city has spent more money to deal with a steadily declining inmate population, the city’s comptroller said in an analysis released on Friday.

The annual cost per inmate has increased by more than 42 percent to $96,232 since 2007, the analysis said, while the average daily population has decreased to about 11,400 inmates this year, from nearly 14,000.

Oct 9, 2014

NYC lawyer accused of rape removes himself from chokehold lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A high-profile lawyer accused of raping a woman in his New York City apartment last week has said he will no longer handle a planned wrongful-death lawsuit against the city by the family of Eric Garner, who died after police put him in chokehold during his arrest.

Sanford Rubenstein’s law partner will instead handle the lawsuit in the wake of a police investigation into a 42-year-old woman’s report that Rubenstein raped her, he said in a statement on Wednesday.