Friday, October 31, 2014

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Life goes on: bike ride, chores for nurse in standoff with Maine over Ebola precautions

FORT KENT, Maine — In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation’s most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.

Michigan couple with 12 sons expecting baby No. 13, wondering if all-boy streak will last

ROCKFORD, Mich. — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they’re sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they’re having a boy or girl, they said they’d be shocked if their streak is broken.

Forgotten hero who saved London from drowning in WWII finally gets his due

LONDON — Every day, boats full of tourists and commuters float by a pale patch on the wall that lines the River Thames near Britain’s Houses of Parliament.
Few notice the concrete mark, or recognize it as evidence of how close London came to drowning during World War II. It is a piece of hidden history that has been uncovered by a team of professional and amateur archaeologists.

Lawyers argue over whether Conrad Black is a risk to Ontario’s capital markets

TORONTO — Conrad Black would be willing to report to provincial securities regulators before taking a position as officer or director of a public company in Ontario, the former media baron’s lawyer suggested.

Billionaire Paul Allen boosts his contribution in Ebola fight to at least $100 million

SEATTLE — Billionaire Paul Allen says he’ll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola.
The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he’s supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected.

US video journalist leaves Nebraska hospital after Ebola recovery, heads home to Rhode Island

OMAHA, Neb. — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at an Omaha hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said.

Missouri funeral director sending dad’s ashes out with a bang as part of fireworks display

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway.
Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of his family’s goodbye.

Nebraska trucker takes lost bull mastiff on a long haul back to her family in Arizona

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A dog-loving Nebraska trucker has taken a lost 95-pound bull mastiff on a 1,380-mile trip back to her owners in Arizona.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai honoured with Liberty Medal for her work to educate girls

PHILADELPHIA — A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education brought her passion for learning to Philadelphia, where she received the Liberty Medal on Tuesday.
In accepting the honour, Malala Yousafzai implored world leaders to spend money on supporting learning, not wars, and to solve their differences with words.

Oscar Pistorius taken away to jail to serve 5 years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

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