• Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country. Assistant inspector police general Karrow Kamara said Wednesday a curfew had been imposed in the eastern diamond-rich Kono district after protests Tuesday. Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds who had gathered with sticks and machetes in support of a local leader for the governing party who wanted to stop health officials from taking blood samples from his mother. Kamara said he was traveling to the area to get more information.

  • Restraining order extended against ash disposal

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A temporary restraining order blocking disposal of ash from the incineration of a Texas Ebola victim's belongings in Louisiana will continue. State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator. A new hearing date was set for Nov. 5. Caldwell sought to keep the soot from linen, bedding and carpet from the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan got sick from being brought to a Calcasieu Parish facility run by Chemical Waste Management. Caldwell's office says it is exploring ways to let the state verify that disposal

  • Kentucky hospitals have Ebola protective gear

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Several Kentucky hospitals are readying for the potential threat of Ebola with protective gear and protocols to stop the spread of infection. Officials at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville hospitals say they have stocked protective equipment suits that cover the entire body, face and eyes. Both hospitals responded in an informal survey from The Associated Press that they have procedures in place for quarantine, isolation and disposal of Ebola-related hazardous waste. St. Elizabeth Healthcare officials say the five northern Kentucky locations with an emergency department have also stocked gear that covers the entire body. The Kentucky hospitals responded that they have done

  • Small business view: Ebola, energy and elections

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have their fair share of issues they need to stay on top of. These days they can add three more to the list. Gas prices are plunging. Fears about the Ebola virus are increasing. And the upcoming elections are raising questions about what the new Congress is likely to do. All of these issues affect small businesses and can have positive or negative ramifications depending on the situation. Here's a look at each: EBOLA Craig Beal has had three cancellations for safaris to places like Botswana and South Africa that are nine hours by plane from the countries with widespread Ebola outbreaks. Inquiries to his company, Travel Beyond, about African trips are down about 30 perc

  • Witt, Westerman seek southern Arkansas House seat

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The race for a southern Arkansas congressional seat is pitting a longtime Democratic figure and friend of former President Bill Clinton against a legislator who has been a key leader in Republicans' recent rise in the state. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt and state Rep. Bruce Westerman are vying for the 4th District seat, which also includes portions of western Arkansas. The two major party candidates and Libertarian Ken Hamilton are running for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who is hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

  • 3 teens killed in Shawano County crash identified

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    TOWN OF BELLE PLAINE, Wis. (AP) — A teenage driver lost control of a car on a northeastern Wisconsin highway and was struck by another vehicle, killing three passengers, sheriff's officials said. All four were in a car that crossed the center line on Highway 22 in the Town of Belle Plaine Tuesday evening and was struck by an oncoming SUV, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Department. The teens who died in the crash are Paige Brunette, 15, of Bonduel; Cody Borsche, 17, of Shawano and Tyler Welch, 18, of Shawano, sheriff's Capt. Thomas Tuma said. The driver of the car, 17-year-old Ryan Swadner, of Clintonville, survived the crash and was hospitalized in the Fox Valley. His condition was not released.

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Barack Obama's national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wrests majority control from the Democrats in next month's midterm elections. The senator who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election has never suffered fools — or equivocating witnesses — gladly, and he would be certain to use his new perch for tough questioning about Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and military spending.

  • WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains "persistent and widespread" in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In a new update, WHO also said there have been 9,936 probable, suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It said transmission remains "intense" in the capital cities and that cases continue to be underreported. WHO said two districts in Guinea reported an Ebola case for the first time in the last week. One region is on the border with Ivory Coast and the other is on a major trade route with Mali.

  • WSU grad named Washington state veterinarian

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington State University graduate who has spent much of his career in New Mexico has been named Washington state veterinarian. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said Monday that Joe Baker will start Nov. 3, managing the department's Animal Health Program. The Capital Press reports (http://bit.ly/1tfkJiL ) Baker has almost 40 years of experience in veterinary medicine and held positions with the New Mexico Livestock Board since 2006.

  • Ebola outbreak forces Liberians into exile

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families because of poverty, fear and logistics. Some are waiting for flights to resume after most airlines cancelled flights to Liberia. Others are having trouble navigating or affording the circuitous route back by bus. Many others feel it's too risky to return home, even if their spouses or children are desperately urging them to.

  • Flu arrives early at Washington State University

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The flu has arrived at Washington State University and Whitman County earlier than expected, health officials said. The first case at WSU was diagnosed Sept. 28 at the campus Health and Wellness clinic, and doctors have seen 30 more since then, said Dennis Garcia, senior associate medical director. This is the earliest Garcia has seen the flu in 18 years. "Usually we don't start seeing cases until December of January," Garcia said in a WSU news release. Scratchy throats, coughs and fevers of 101-102 degrees are forcing students to miss classes, he said. WSU Health and Wellness is holding vaccine clinics the next two Fridays and encouraging students and staff to get their shots.

  • Bomb outside Cairo University wounds 10

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — A bomb exploded outside Egypt's largest and most prominent university in the country's capital on Wednesday, wounding 10 people, including six policemen, the Interior Ministry said. The bomb, described as a rudimentary device, went off following clashes between police and Islamist students who were protesting outside the sprawling campus, security officials said. It was the second bombing outside Cairo University in the past six months. Egypt has faced regular militant attacks, mostly targeting security forces, since the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year. Militant groups say they are avenging a security crackdown on Islamists, while authorities blamed Morsi supporters for the vi

  • CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Significantly expanding their vigilance, federal health officials said Wednesday that they would begin monitoring all travelers — even Americans — who come to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations for 21 days. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the expanded screening would begin Monday in six states — New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York and Georgia. He said the new system would further protect Americans. "The bottom line is that we have to keep our guard against Ebola," he said. Travelers from those countries will be given information cards and a thermometer and be required to make daily check-ins with state or local he

  • Earnhardt helps UPMC raise concussion awareness

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew immediately something was wrong during a 2012 crash at Talladega, where his car was hit hard from behind. He was asked on his radio if he was OK, and it was clear Earnhardt was not. "I don't know. I mean, I don't know how many of them hits like that I can take," NASCAR's most popular driver told his crew. He recounts the crash in his personal story of his own battle with a concussion in a video made for the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. UPMC on Wednesday launched the website ReThinkConcussions.com to detail treatments. Featured on the site are Earnhardt and baseball catcher David Ross, who were both treated at UPMC by Dr.

  • Omaha hospital says video journalist free of Ebola virus, has been released from special unit

    Yesterday

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha hospital says video journalist free of Ebola virus, has been released from special unit.

  • Health officials say Ebola low-risk in Miss.

    Yesterday

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State health officials say they are keeping Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities up-to-date on Ebola identification and treatment. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, speaking at a briefing in Jackson on Wednesday, says Ebola is low-risk in Mississippi. However, she says the Health Department is working with hospitals to get staff trained and prepared to handle any cases that might show up. Currier says identification of the disease is the important first step. She says the symptoms of high fever and diarrhea could be a lot of things. She says travel history is one of the first questions that should be asked of patients.

  • Biogen slides as MS drug is linked to inflammation

    Yesterday

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Shares of Biogen Idec slumped 8 percent Wednesday despite a strong quarter after the pharmaceutical said a patient who took its newest multiple sclerosis drug suffered a brain inflammation and later died. The company confirmed there was a case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, in one patient who took the drug Tecfidera. It said the patient recently died of complications of pneumonia. Biogen said the patient took Tecfidera for four and a half years, and for most of that time experienced a condition that is a known risk factor for PML. The company reported the situation to regulators, and said it believes the overall risks and benefits of Tecfidera haven't changed.

  • Ex-jail inmate to face charge in fake Ebola claim

    Yesterday

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas say a 29-year-old Nevada man who tested negative for Ebola will face a misdemeanor false statement charge for telling jailers he had been to Africa and had symptoms of the virus. David Lee was isolated Sunday and taken to a Las Vegas hospital, and Clark County Detention Center guards donned protective gear and decontaminated areas where he had been held overnight following his Saturday arrest on outstanding warrants. Jail records showed that Lee was no longer at the jail in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Attempts to reach him by telephone weren't successful. Police say Lee had been arrested on warrants issued in Lincoln County on burglary, property destruction and theft charges.

  • Albuquerque cops: Punched man on life support

    Yesterday

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a man is hospitalized on life support after being punched. Police say the man hit his head on a curb late Tuesday after being punched and falling to the ground. According to police, the man initially was responsive and spoke with a responding officer but then took a turn for the worse after being transported to a hospital. The victim's identity was not released and no arrest has been made.

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock to take state Ebola patients

    Yesterday

    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — If a patient is diagnosed with Ebola in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be the sole hospital in the state designated to provide long-term care, the center announced Wednesday. State health officials said that while all hospitals in the state are capable of identifying and isolating patients with symptoms of Ebola infection, not all of them can provide long-term care and deal with the complications of the virus. There are currently no suspected Ebola patients in New Hampshire, health officials say. The only patients confirmed to have been diagnosed with the virus while in the U.S. are in Dallas, where a man traveling from Liberia developed Ebola and transmitted it to two health car