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  • NIH official firm in opposition to travel ban

    10/19/2014 7:56:45 AM PDT · by maggief · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top official at the National Institutes of Health on Sunday said a travel ban on flights to and from West Africa would only make things worse in the fight against Ebola, pushing back against calls from lawmakers to institute one. “The fact is it would be very, very difficult if we lost control of easily tracking people,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s “State of the Union." Fauci said roughly 36,000 people tried to get on flights out of one of the three West African countries hit hardest...
  • AP: Obama moves into 2014 campaign mode ("for the first time this year")

    10/19/2014 6:54:02 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    AP ^ | October 19, 2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is shifting into campaign mode for the first time this year. Obama plans to attend a Sunday afternoon rally for Anthony Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Brown is Maryland's lieutenant governor and the Democratic candidate for governor.
  • Cruz dismisses Klain as a 'political operative'

    10/19/2014 6:44:28 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | October 19, 2014 | LEIGH MUNSIL
    Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday dismissed new Obama administration Ebola czar Ron Klain a "political operative" without health-care experience. "Mr. Klain is not a doctor, he's not a health care professional, he doesn't have background in these issues," the Texas Republican said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We don't need a White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been. What we need is presidential leadership. The person who needs to be on top of this is the president of the United States." Klain is a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, and served...
  • Human remains found Saturday likely body of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham

    10/18/2014 3:04:57 PM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    FOX8 ^ | October 18, 2014
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Human remains discovered Saturday are believed to be the body of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, police said. A press conference is underway. The remains were found off Old Lynchburg Road today during a search for Graham, who was last seen Sept. 13 in an area of Charlottesville known as the Downtown Mall. Police have been asking owners of large parcels of property in surrounding counties to search their land and report back. Jesse Matthew, 32, is now behind bars, arrested in Texas as a suspect in Graham’s disappearance. He was transferred to Virginia and...
  • Ebola Victim's Family Prepares to Leave Quarantine (47 exposed to Duncan to be cleared Mon. 12am)

    10/18/2014 11:20:22 AM PDT · by maggief · 84 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | October 18, 2014 | Randy McIlwain
    The first group of people exposed to Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die from Ebola in the United States, will no longer be considered at risk for the Ebola virus at 12 a.m. Monday. After three weeks of isolation or self-monitoring, 47 people -- including Duncan's fiancee Louise Troh, her 13-year-old son and two nephews --- will be cleared and allowed to go on with their lives.
  • Wanted: Ebola screeners at JFK for $19 an hour

    10/18/2014 7:56:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    NYPost ^ | October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Bain, Philip Messing and Danika Fears
    They’re looking for the few, the proud — and the really desperate. For a measly $19 an hour, a government contractor is offering applicants the opportunity to get up close and personal with potential Ebola patients at JFK Airport — including taking their temperatures. Angel Staffing Inc. is hiring brave souls with basic EMT or paramedic training to assist Customs and Border Protection officers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in identifying possible victims at Terminal 4, where amped-up Ebola screening started on Saturday.
  • Before Ending Chairmanship, Issa Sets Ebola Hearing for Oversight Next Week (Oct. 24)

    10/17/2014 2:45:18 PM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 17, 2014 | Emma Dumain
    California Republican Darrell Issa has a well-deserved reputation for finding ways to bring the issue of the moment into his committee’s jurisdiction. President Barack Obama’s handling of the Ebola crisis is no exception. On Friday afternoon, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman announced he would convene a full panel hearing in seven days, on Oct. 24, titled, “The Ebola Crisis: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response.” As with the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing earlier this week, Issa’s hearing will explore whether federal agencies properly handled the first known cases of the Ebola virus in the United...
  • Obama sends White House aide to Dallas to coordinate Ebola response (Adrian Saenz)

    10/17/2014 12:11:01 PM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Dallas News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman
    WASHINGTON –The president is dispatching a top aide to Dallas to coordinate Ebola response. Adrian Saenz, a seasoned political operative from Texas who has worked in Congress and, for the last 13 months, at the White House will serve as the administration’s Dallas-based liaison. “Saenz will be on the ground in Dallas and in close coordination with senior White House officials involved in the Ebola response, including Ron Klain, the Ebola Response Coordinator,” a White House aide said. The deployment helps to “fulfill the president’s pledge that state and local authorities are able to call upon any and all necessary...
  • Photo of CNN hosts making light of Ebola on set sparks fury on Twitter (Cuomo, etc.)

    10/17/2014 10:29:12 AM PDT · by maggief · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | ANNABEL GROSSMAN
    Photo of CNN hosts making light of Ebola on set sparks fury on Twitter Anchors feigned fear in a posed shot with men in Hazmat suits Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira and Alisyn Camerota host New Day program Photograph posted on social media by CNN senior producer John Griffin Twitter users accused station of poor taste and making light of serious issue Ebola has killed nearly 4,500 people and triggered a global health crisis CNN staff have been accused of making light of the deadly Ebola outbreak by posing for a photo while larking around with two men dressed in Hazmat...
  • Brussels Airport to screen baggage from Ebola-infected areas (union demands)

    10/17/2014 10:19:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 17, 2014
    (Reuters) - Brussels Airport, a hub for flights coming from Africa, said on Friday it had hired a specialized firm to check baggage coming from Ebola-hit regions, after a union told its members to no longer handle such items. The company will screen luggage from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and destroy any it suspects may be contaminated. Belgium's socialist union on Wednesday had called on its members at Brussels Airport to no longer handle baggage from infected areas. (snip) Belgium's health ministry on Friday appointed a national coordinator for Ebola and said it was considering measures such as checking...
  • New Patient ‘Screened Positive’ For Ebola At Baylor Hospital, Testing Not Confirmed

    10/17/2014 9:48:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | October 17, 2014
    DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – On Friday morning Baylor Hospital in Dallas confirmed a patient with ‘ebola similar symptoms’ also triggered a positive verbal screening questionnaire. Although a positive test has not been confirmed, sources says it’s not unusual to have a patient screen positive considering the wider net for ebola now over Dallas.
  • Dallas hospital that treated three Ebola patients had machine that can detect disease in just min.

    10/17/2014 8:49:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | MICHAEL ZENNIE
    The Film Array can screen for Ebola with 90percent accuracy It is being using by US military doctors in West Africa Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had one of the $39,000 devices but could not use it to diagnose diseases The military has given the Utah-based developer of the machine a $240million grant to perfect deadly virus detection The Dallas hospital that sent home Thomas Eric Duncan the first time he showed up at the emergency room has a machine that could have detected Ebola in less than an hour - but doctors were barred from using it because of federal...
  • Church Worship Is About to Change in a Big Way in This Texas City With Newly Issued Guidelines...

    10/17/2014 5:34:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 17, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth in Texas is taking precautionary action in the wake of recent Ebola cases in Dallas, issuing a “liturgical adaptation” aimed at setting amended standards for worship that could help stem the spread of infectious diseases. “Due to the upcoming influenza (flu) season and questions regarding communicable diseases, such as Ebola, we will be re-instituting the liturgical adaptations we have used in the past,” reads a document published Wednesday on the diocese’s website. “Please begin utilizing these adaptations immediately.” The document goes on to outline actions that Catholic priests and congregants should take in an...
  • Two male strippers in quarantine after flying with Ebola-stricken nurse faced 81 MINUTE WAIT on CDC

    10/17/2014 4:47:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | October 17, 2014 | JASON MOLINET , MEG WAGNER
    Ebola fears have forced two male strippers to adopt a hands-off policy for the next 21 days after sitting just three feet from Amber Vinson as she flew Frontier Airlines from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday night. Texans Axl Goode and Taylor Cole called the CDC hotline after they learned that they may have been overexposed — this time to a deadly disease. But Goode was on hold for 81 minutes before officials picked up, he wrote on Facebook. The two male dancers were placed in voluntary quarantine after authorities finally got in touch with them.
  • Ebola, Wall Street stock slide deepen '14 gloom for Dems

    10/17/2014 4:23:12 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2014 | Mike Lillis and Kevin Cirilli
    The Democrats' midterm prospects took a beating this week as concerns over the Ebola virus and a jittery economy churned up countless grim headlines and darkened an already-dissatisfied national mood. Republicans on Capitol Hill, who have long-charged the administration with mismanaging crises, have been quick to pounce on the ebola issue, saying President Obama's team has not been aggressive enough in the face of the threat. Meanwhile, a plummeting stock market has hit the half of the adult population that owns shares directly, or through retirement accounts and other investment vehicles. The stock slide also undercuts the White House’s preferred...
  • Obama says considering appointing an Ebola 'czar' to lead U.S. effort

    10/16/2014 4:57:34 PM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 16, 2014
    WASHINGTON Oct 16 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is considering appointing an Ebola "czar" as the lead U.S. coordinator in the effort to contain the virus and that he remains opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa.
  • CDC says Amber Vinson may have had symptoms on flight from Dallas to CLE (earlier than 1st believed)

    10/16/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT · by maggief · 32 replies
    Newsnet5 ^ | October 16, 2014 | Tim Rearden
    CLEVELAND - Officials with the Centers for Disease Control say the nurse who contracted the Ebola virus may have shown symptoms earlier than first believed. During a press conference in Summit County on Thursday, the CDC says Amber Vinson may have experienced symptoms on Friday, the day she flew from Dallas, Texas to Cleveland. Dr. Chris Braden with the CDC says they can “not rule out” that Vinson had symptoms on Oct. 10 and that now the passengers on the flight from Dallas to Cleveland will be “included in the investigation."
  • Presbyterian followed CDC guidelines when treating nation’s first Ebola patient, officials said Thur

    10/16/2014 7:22:49 AM PDT · by maggief · 2 replies
    Dallas News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Tasha Tsiaperas
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who became the nation’s first person diagnosed with the deadly virus, officials said in a press release early Thursday. Nurses at the North Dallas hospital criticized the hospital’s preparation for and treatment of Duncan, who died last Wednesday. They said they were not given proper protective equipment and were exposed to the virus. Since Duncan’s death, two nurses who cared for Duncan have been diagnosed with the virus. Other nurses at the hospital spoke out anonymously this week...
  • Carney: ‘No Question’ Ebola Outbreak Puts Obama ‘In A Bad Light’

    10/16/2014 6:11:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 16, 2014
    Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there is “no question” that the environment caused by the Islamic State, Ukraine, and Ebola crises has put President Obama in a “bad light.” “You don’t get to choose the crisis you deal with as a president,” Carney said. “I think in the end this is not a political issue. It’s an issue that has to be handled…There is no question in this environment it all washes back on the White House and that puts him in a bad light.” Carney addressed the crisis of confidence leadership after CNN’s Chris Cuomo pointed...
  • Un-deck the halls? Regs target Christmas lights

    10/16/2014 5:40:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Christmas lights and other seasonal decorations are the target of new federal regulations as the holidays approach. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed new requirements on Tuesday to prevent decorative lights from causing electrical fires and other dangers in homes around the country. The new rules would apply to everything from Christmas tree lights to the light sculptures and animated figures of Santa Claus and his reindeer that illuminate front yards across the country. Decorative lighting that does not meet new standards will be considered hazardous, the agency said. "Consumers can be seriously injured or killed by electrical shocks...
  • Nurses’ Union Slams Gov’t Response to Ebola: ‘We’ve Been Lied To’

    10/15/2014 4:29:12 PM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 15, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    The nurses’ union National Nurses United spoke out today with some serious criticisms of the way the government has been handling the Ebola outbreak. This comes on the day it was revealed a second health care worker who was treating Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital patient Thomas Duncan has contracted Ebola. This nurse is being sent to Emory for treatment. Union president RoseAnne DeMoro called these past few weeks “a nightmare” for nurses across the country and said, “We’ve been told a lot of things that have been wrong. We’ve been lied to, in terms of the preparation and the hospitals,...
  • FLASHBACK: President Obama to meet with Emory Healthcare team during Ebola visit

    10/15/2014 4:22:41 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    Emory Report ^ | Sep. 15, 2014 | Laura Douglas-Brown
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Ebola experts from Emory as part of his Sept. 16 visit to Atlanta. The president will visit the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for an update on the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and the U.S. response to it. During Tuesday’s visit, Obama will meet with Emory University Hospital physicians as well as other healthcare workers involved with the treatment of Ebola patients here. “Just when we thought our time in the spotlight had reached a crescendo, we are now being acknowledged with a special visit by President Barack...
  • Boehner: Travel Ban Should Be Considered by President as Ebola Crisis Worsens

    10/15/2014 3:46:17 PM PDT · by maggief · 53 replies ^ | October 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON, DC -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the growing Ebola crisis: “Our hearts go out to the health care workers who have contracted the Ebola virus here in the United States, as well as those who have been impacted by it around the globe. We pray for their speedy recovery, and we pray for those who are helping to treat and care for these individuals, including our medical experts and military personnel who are in West Africa to help stem this deadly disease. Concerns about the possibility of an outbreak of this sort...
  • Democrats push back on travel ban

    10/15/2014 2:24:34 PM PDT · by maggief · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats are pushing back hard against proposals to institute a travel ban in the fight against the Ebola virus. A growing number of lawmakers — mostly Republicans — are urging the Obama administration to bar travel to the United States for the roughly 13,000 foreign visa holders living in the West African countries where the disease is most rampant. But Democrats are rejecting that strategy, arguing that it would both be ineffective and could worsen the epidemic in those African hot spots. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Wednesday that U.S. officials should instead focus their efforts on enhanced...
  • White House considering Ebola czar

    10/15/2014 1:10:48 PM PDT · by maggief · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 15, 2014
    CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports the White House has acknowledged shortcomings in the response to Ebola and is considering an Ebola czar.
  • 'I rebelled by turning vegetarian - then dad went vegan!' Chelsea Clinton talks to Stella McCartney

    10/14/2014 1:22:36 PM PDT · by maggief · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 14, 2014 | OLIVIA FLEMING
    Chelsea Clinton and Stella McCartney have admitted they wanted to grow up completely 'different' from their famous parents. In a discussion published in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, the duo open up about trying to rebel against everything that interested their parents. 'I worked in the private sector for years and tried very hard to care about things that were different from what my parents cared about,' admitted 35-year-old Chelsea. 'It's kind of sad to say that that my major act of rebellion... was to declare that I was a vegetarian,' she added, before Stella, 43, pointed out that...
  • 'Origami' condoms, Michelle Obama gardening games and poop-throwing chimps: NIH spent millions...

    10/14/2014 9:17:14 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 14, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    The NIH budget included $2.4 million for a new condom design whose inventor is now being investigated for fraud Another $939,000 taught scientists that male fruit flies prefer younger females $257,000 went to create a companion website for first lady Michelle Obama's White House garden It cost $592,000 to determine that chimpanzees with the best poop-flinging skills are also the best communicators, and another $117,000 to learn that most chimps are right-handed NIH director Dr. Francis Collins complained Sunday that a lack of funding is behind his agency's failure to produce an Ebola vaccine in time to combat this year's...
  • FLASHBACK: Republicans pounce on CDC director over stimulus funds for healthcare programs

    10/14/2014 8:02:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn
    "Well there's only so much you can say in 140 characters and I think a little was lost in translation, " said McCarthy's Digital Director Justin LoFranco. "The point Congressman McCarthy was trying to make is that taxpayer-funded stimulus dollars shouldn't be going to pay for advertisements demonizing American food and beverage establishments. $230 million of stimulus grant money being spent on attack ads against soft drink companies is the sort of egregious Washington waste that taxpayers are fed up with. After all, didn't the president and his economic team promise that the stimulus would keep unemployment under 8 percent?...
  • Obama Planned To Cut CDC Budget For Public Health Preparedness And Response

    10/14/2014 6:36:49 AM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 14, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    President Obama proposed to cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) funding in his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is currently blasting out ads accusing Republicans of voting to cut CDC’s Ebola-fighting capabilities in February 2011 by voting for a bill to cut $60 billion from the federal budget, including from the CDC, in anticipation of the fiscal year 2012 budget battle. The House passed the bill on Feb. 19, 2011, but the bill never passed the Senate. But the Obama administration proposed to cut CDC funding, including for public health preparedness and...
  • Reince Priebus slams Ebola blame game

    10/14/2014 5:19:49 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    POLITICO ^ | October 14, 2014 | KENDALL BREITMAN
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is pushing back against charges that Republicans are responsible for budget cut that have made it harder to contain the Ebola outbreak. “Obviously, this is just desperation on the part of this idiotic group,” Priebus said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends on Tuesday, referring to the Agenda Project which released an ad that blames the GOP for slashing funding the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. (snip) Priebus fired back, saying, “They’re walking this dangerous path on trying to point out blame on Ebola when, in fact, if you...
  • United Nations worker infected with Ebola in Africa dies in German hospital despite 'intensive'...

    10/14/2014 5:05:09 AM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 14, 2014 | ANNABEL GROSSMAN
    The 56-year-old man arrived in the country five days ago from Liberia He was being treated in isolation unit at St Georg hospital in Leipzig The aid worker was one of three people being treated for Ebola in Germany Local health officials said last week the patient was a Sudanese doctor A United Nations worker infected with Ebola has died in hospital in Germany despite intensive medical treatment. The 56-year-old man was being treated at the St Georg hospital in the eastern German town of Leipzig after being admitted five days ago, according to local officials. Local health officials said...
  • MMC: Patient being held at request of CDC, but no confirmed case of Ebola (Portland, Maine)

    10/13/2014 1:49:31 PM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    WGME ^ | October 13, 2014
    PORTLAND (WGME) -- Maine Medical Center says a patient is currently being held at the request of the CDC for observation as a precautionary step, but says the hospital does not have a confirmed case of Ebola.
  • Obama to meet officials on Ebola response

    10/13/2014 11:16:06 AM PDT · by maggief · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is meeting Monday afternoon with senior members of his administration for a briefing on U.S. efforts to combat Ebola after tests revealed a second case in Dallas. The president will be briefed on the nurse who contracted the deadly virus treating a Liberian man who had traveled to the U.S. and then began displaying symptoms of the disease. Obama will also receive an update at the 3 p.m. meeting on “broader efforts to ensure the preparedness of our national health infrastructure,” according to the White House. The White House did not release the names of the meeting’s participants,...
  • CDC: 'Relatively large' number of health workers at risk for Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 121 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said it "would not be surprised" if other healthcare workers at a Dallas hospital are diagnosed with Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden said he did not know how many workers might have been exposed to the virus, but estimated it was a "relatively large number." "We’re concerned, and unfortunately would not be surprised if we did see additional cases in healthcare workers who also provided care to the index patient," Frieden said. A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was found to have Ebola over the weekend. Her case is the first-ever...
  • FIRST PICTURE: Devoted Texas nurse fighting for her life after catching Ebola ...

    10/13/2014 9:38:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 91 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 13, 2014 | NICK FAGGE
    Nina Pham, 26, caught the Ebola virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital before his death Miss Pham was raised in Vietnamese family in Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Christian University in 2010 with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Friends described her as compassionate and devoted to her vocation HazChem teams spent the weekend fumigating her Dallas apartment Dallas Mayor said her beloved King Charles Spaniel will not be destroyed Authorities have blamed a 'breach of protocol' - but nursing leaders have criticized the CDC for making her a scapegoat Holding her beloved dog, this is...
  • Citing 'devastating consequences,' Minnesota lobbies for Ebola screening at MSP

    10/13/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | October 13, 2014 | PAUL WALSH
    In order to prevent “devastating consequences,” Minnesota’s leading elected officials on Monday asked U.S. officials to reconsider their decision not to conduct Ebola virus screenings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In order to prevent “devastating consequences,” Minnesota’s leading elected officials on Monday requested that the Twin Cities’ airport be added to the short federal list of airports in the United States that are required to conduct screenings for the deadly Ebola virus. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sent a letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that asks...
  • State (AG) wants to stop ashes of Ebola victim's belongings from being brought to Louisiana

    10/12/2014 7:53:38 PM PDT · by maggief · 64 replies ^ | October 12, 2014 | Diana Samuels
    Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said late Sunday that he will seek a temporary restraining order to stop the incinerated belongings of Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan from being brought to a Louisiana landfill. However, there is no evidence that this would spread the dreaded disease. The items include linens, carpets and bedding from Duncan's apartment. Six truckloads of the "potential Ebola-contaminated material" were burned at a facility in Port Arthur, Texas, on Friday, Caldwell said in a statement. The ashes are planned to be brought to a hazardous-waste landfill in Louisiana, but Caldwell is trying to stop that...
  • Second Dallas Ebola patient is a TCU alum (graduated accelerated BSN Texas Christian Univ. in 2010)

    10/12/2014 6:21:15 PM PDT · by maggief · 73 replies
    TCU360 ^ | October 12, 2014 | Joey McReynolds
    The Dallas nurse that contracted Ebola graduated from Texas Christian University in 2010, according to an email sent to students and faculty Sunday night. The unidentified woman graduated from the University’s accelerated BSN nursing program. The email states that TCU does not believe the alum has been on campus recently. TCU has established a committee overseeing the health center and other relevant areas in order “monitor the virus in the Dallas area and the health of the campus environment.”
  • CDC chief on second Ebola case: There was a breach in protocol

    10/12/2014 7:06:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 208 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 11, 2014 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there was "clearly" a breach in protocol that led to a Texas health care worker contracting Ebola after treating a Liberian man who later died from the virus, although authorities do not yet know what that breach was. "We're deeply concerned about this new development," Dr. Thomas Frieden said in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "I think the fact that we don't know of a breach in protocol is concerning because clearly there was a breach in protocol. We have the ability to prevent the...
  • Police officer fatally shoots teenager in south St. Louis

    10/09/2014 1:34:45 AM PDT · by maggief · 56 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 9, 2014 | Fred Barbash
    Update, from 1 a.m. media briefing: St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer was patrolling the neighborhood for a private firm at the time of the shooting. He confirmed that the victim was 18 years old. Dotson said the officer was in a car when he saw three males and one of them started to run away but stopped. The officer did a U-turn and then all three ran. He drove through streets following them and then chased them on foot. He then got into a physical confrontation with one that escalated into gunfire. The teenager had a...
  • Dallas: Police, county sheriff’s deputies looking for man who rode in ambulance after Ebola patient

    10/05/2014 11:38:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    Dallas News ^ | October 5, 2014 | Tristan Hallman
    Dallas County law enforcement officers are looking for a man who reportedly rode in the Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance that had carried a man stricken with Ebola to Texas Health Presbyterian hospital. County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas police and county sheriff’s deputies are trying to find the man, who reports have suggested is homeless. Authorities have not released the man’s name. “We are working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period,” Jenkins said in an emailed statement. “I want...
  • US NURSES: We're Not Prepared To Handle Ebola Patients

    10/04/2014 7:02:31 AM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2014 | JULIE STEENHUYSEN, REUTERS
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Nurses, the frontline care providers in U.S. hospitals, say they are untrained and unprepared to handle patients arriving in their hospital emergency departments infected with Ebola. (snip) A survey by National Nurses United of some 400 nurses in more than 200 hospitals in 25 states found that more than half (60 percent) said their hospital is not prepared to handle patients with Ebola, and more than 80 percent said their hospital has not communicated to them any policy regarding potential admission of patients infected by Ebola. Another 30 percent said their hospital has insufficient supplies of eye...
  • Outrage Forces Obama Admin to Stop Withholding Medals from Soldiers Fighting ISIS

    10/03/2014 2:46:15 PM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 3, 2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    The Department of Defense is reversing a decision not to award certain medals to soldiers fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) on the ground in the Middle East following pressure from Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Huelskamp said Friday. “I was shocked that the Obama Administration intended to show such disrespect to our brave soldiers,” Huelskamp said in a statement. “However, after our letter and likely pressure from numerous other sources, I am pleased that Obama has apparently and abruptly reversed course and is recognizing the military action in the Iraq and Syrian region for what it is – a combat mission....
  • Joe Biden explains how Ebola is like ISIS

    10/03/2014 11:27:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2014 | Ashley Killough CNN
    (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden argued that the Ebola virus is on par with ISIS in Iraq and Syria when it comes to global security threats. Speaking in Boston Thursday at the Harvard Institute of Politics, Biden warned that "threats as diverse as terrorism and pandemic disease" are crossing borders "at blinding speeds," and they demand a global response involving more players "than ever before." "This has all led to a number of immediate crises that demand our attention from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine -- just to name a few that are on our front door -- as...
  • CDC: Dallas Ebola outbreak could widen

    10/03/2014 9:28:30 AM PDT · by maggief · 127 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 3, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden vowed to "stop Ebola in its tracks" in the United States while acknowledging that the Dallas outbreak could become larger than one case. "I'm not going to promise that we can stop this at just one case, but I can tell you we have the advantage because the right steps are being taken," Frieden wrote late Thursday in an op-ed for CNN. "The fact is that CDC has been preparing for this day, working around the clock with local and state health departments … I am therefore confident we will...
  • Texas Ebola patient’s partner and 3 family members quarantined

    10/02/2014 10:49:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 150 replies
    CNN ^ | October 2, 2014
    (CNN) — The partner of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan is quarantined in her Dallas apartment where Duncan became sick with the virus after his trip to Liberia, the woman told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Louise, is quarantined with one of her children under 13 and two nephews in their 20s because they were in apartment when Duncan became ill, Cooper said. Duncan, a 42-year-old Liberian citizen, is now hospitalized in Dallas. But Louise remains in her apartment, and she’s worried, not knowing what to do and waiting on federal...
  • George W. Bush: Jeb 'wants' presidency

    10/02/2014 7:23:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that thinks his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), wants to be president. "I think he wants to be president, I think he'd be a great president. He understands what it's like to be president," Bush said in a Fox News interview. "He's seen his dad, he's seen his brother. He's a very thoughtful man and he’s weighing his options." The Bush brothers met in Dallas on Wednesday, and the former president said he was "pushing" his brother to run. "He, of course, was saying 'I haven’t made up my mind,' and...
  • Vikings star Adrian Peterson indicted in child injury case

    09/12/2014 3:07:06 PM PDT · by maggief · 168 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 12, 2014 | Frank Schwab
    The NFL, already swamped with negative news in what has been a horrible week for the league, now has to deal with Adrian Peterson, one of its biggest stars, being indicted for injuring a child. Multiple reports, including TMZ, Fox Sports and the Fox affiliate in Houston, said Peterson was indicted on Thursday in Montgomery County for reckless or negligent injury to a child. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the indictment stems from Peterson disciplining his son with a switch, which is a flexible rod.
  • GOP makes play for the center

    09/09/2014 6:34:46 AM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 9, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    With primary season over, the GOP is beginning to inch back to the center. Republican Senate and House candidates have begun to loudly embrace more moderate policies such as an increase in the minimum wage and over-the-counter birth control in an effort to win over swing voters and soften their image. GOP strategists say the battle between now and Election Day to decide control of the Senate and the size of Republicans’ House majority will focus on that sliver of voters in the middle. “We’re starting to hear more about [these issues] than before because the voters who are at...
  • GOP’s Sept. goal: Do no harm

    09/08/2014 11:18:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2014 | Scott Wong
    Congressional Republicans have a simple mantra as they take a brief break from the campaign trail and return to Washington: Do no harm. Republicans believe they are on the cusp of capturing full control of Congress for the first time since 2006. They don’t want to squander the opportunity. GOP insiders hope the next two weeks in Washington will be remembered for being, well, fairly unmemorable. The House leadership’s game plan is to play prevent defense: Keep the government open, temporarily renew some federal programs, pass bills that can buttress their message for the midterms, and sprint back to the...