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Oct 24, 2014

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman’s ties

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

Groups of Ottawa residents gathered early around the national war memorial where the soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was slain on Wednesday at the start of a brazen daylight attack by a man police identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old Canadian citizen.

Oct 8, 2014

Dallas hospitals set up Ebola wards as city watches for spread

DALLAS (Reuters) – Hospitals in Dallas have set up Ebola isolation wards and revamped procedures to deal with new patients, as the sprawling Texas city waits to see if the deadly virus spreads following the first case diagnosed on U.S. soil.

Some 48 people are being monitored by health officials in Dallas after Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian visiting family in Dallas, came down with the disease in late September. He died early on Wednesday, hospital officials said.

Oct 8, 2014

First person diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in Texas hospital

DALLAS (Reuters) – The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, died on Wednesday morning at a Dallas hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am,” hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said in an emailed statement.

Oct 8, 2014

Dallas Ebola patient on ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis

DALLAS (Reuters) – The Ebola patient fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital is on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine to help stabilize his health, the hospital said on Tuesday.

Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, has also been given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday.

Oct 7, 2014

Ebola patient in Nebraska gets same experimental drug as Dallas patient

DALLAS (Reuters) – A Nebraska hospital is using the same experimental drug to treat an Ebola patient airlifted from West Africa to its facilities this week as is being used on a patient in Dallas, who was the first patient diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil.

The Nebraska Medical Center said on Tuesday it is using Brincidofovir on Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia. The drug was developed by Chimerix Inc CMRX.O, which said it has been tested in more than 1,000 patients without raising safety concerns.

Oct 7, 2014

Jesse Jackson meets family of Ebola patient in Dallas

DALLAS (Reuters) – Prominent civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson on Tuesday met the family of the man infected with Ebola and fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital, as health officials keep close tabs on those who came in contact with the patient

The first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, has been in critical condition since Saturday and is receiving experimental medication.

Oct 7, 2014

U.S. working on new screenings for Ebola but no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that the government would develop expanded screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West African countries hit by the disease and the United States.

The first patient diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, Thomas Eric Duncan, remained in critical condition in a Dallas hospital, as Obama was briefed by agencies involved in fighting the spread of the deadly virus.

Oct 6, 2014

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

WASHINGTON/DALLAS, Oct 6 (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 deadly 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
the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, Earnest said.

Sep 23, 2014

Harvard endowment grows to $36.4 billion, nears pre-crisis level

BOSTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Harvard University said Tuesday
its $36 billion endowment posted a 15.4 percent return in fiscal
2014 as in-house bond managers and outside hedge funds teamed up
to easily beat the portfolio’s 14.6 percent benchmark return.

The endowment, overseen by Harvard Management Company Inc,
grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30 from
$32.7 billion. That marked a near-full recovery from losses
posted during the financial crisis.

Sep 19, 2014

Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards

BOSTON (Reuters) – Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements.

The annual prizes, meant to entertain and encourage global research and innovation, are awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research as a whimsical counterpart to the Nobel Prizes which will be announced next month.

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      "Richard is based in Reuters' Dakar bureau where he has helped lead coverage of two dozen countries in West and Central Africa since September 2009. He previously ran Reuters' energy coverage in the Americas as a senior editor based in New York."
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