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Austria – Vienna Honors Deserters From Hitler’s Army

October 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Vienna - Austria's president apologized Friday for his country's postwar treatment of deserters from Hitler's army as traitors, at the unveiling of a memorial honoring those who fled military duty rather than serve under the Nazi regime. The ceremony in Vienna was also attended by municipal dignitaries as well as some of those who deserted from the Wehrmacht — and suffered indignities for...

Seattle – Two Dead, Including Gunman, In Shooting At Washington High School

October 24, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Seattle - A student opened fire at his Washington state high school on Friday, killing one person, wounding at least four others and spreading panic among students who scrambled across fields and parking lots to safety, police and hospital officials said. The shooter at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 30 miles north of Seattle, acted alone and was now dead, Marysville Police Commander...

New York – Slain Hatchet Suspect In NYC Police Attack Was Islam Convert

October 24, 2014 at 04:21 PM
New York - The hatchet-wielding man who wounded two New York City police officers, critically injuring one, was a self-radicalized convert to Islam who is believed to have acted alone in what police on Friday called a terrorist attack. The suspect, Zale Thompson, who was shot dead by two other officers on Thursday afternoon on a Queens street, had made anti-Western postings on social media and...

Ottawa – Slain Canadian Soldier Heads Home On ‘Highway Of Heroes’

October 24, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Ottawa - The body of a Canadian soldier shot dead while guarding the country's war memorial in Ottawa began the journey to his hometown on Friday, in a last ride along the nation's "Highway of Heroes." Police said a home-grown radical, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, on Wednesday before fleeing into the Parliament building where he was shot dead near where Prime...

Oklahoma City – Assailant Knocks Over Ten Commandments Monument At Oklahoma Capitol

October 24, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Oklahoma City - An unknown assailant drove up on the grounds of the Oklahoma statehouse, knocked over a Ten Commandments monument and then fled, leaving the vehicle behind, police said on Friday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said they believe a single person was responsible for the act on Thursday night that left the 6-foot (180 cm) tall monument broken in several large pieces not far from...

New York – New York City To Check Daily With People Returning From West Africa

October 24, 2014 at 02:52 PM
New York - - New York City's health department will actively monitor anyone who arrives in the city from one of the three West African countries affected by Ebola, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Friday. He said health officials would make daily checks on those people, typically by telephone, for 21 days after their return to make sure they are not displaying Ebola symptoms...

New York – NY Transit: Subway System Is Safe To Ride

October 24, 2014 at 02:39 PM
New York - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says there's no indication the Ebola patient was contagious when he rode the subway. The MTA also said Friday there were "no reports of bodily fluids on any of the subway lines he rode." The agency says it has updated its protocols on the advice of health experts. Workers get protective equipment and training to remove...

Dakar, Senegal – Cholera Sickens Nearly 1,000 People In Niger

October 24, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Dakar, Senegal - Doctors Without Borders says a cholera outbreak in the West African country of Niger killed 20 people and has sickened nearly 1,000 people. The medical aid group said Friday that several districts in the country's south have been affected. Cholera is caused by the ingestion of infected food or water and often occurs in places with poor sanitation. It causes severe diarrhea and...

Chicago – UPS May Hike Charges For Major Customers For Holiday Package Surges

October 24, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Chicago - United Parcel Service Inc may charge major customers more for a surge in late, unplanned packages or turn down the business if it threatens disruptions during the peak holiday season, a top executive said on Friday, trying to avoid a repeat of last year's delivery meltdown. UPS and main rival FedEx Corp both considered U.S. economic bellwethers, are approaching their busiest time...

Ramallah – Palestinian Boy Shot Dead By Israeli Forces At West Bank Protest

October 24, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Ramallah - A Palestinian boy was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the West Bank on Friday, medics and residents said. Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat of government in Ramallah. An army spokesman told Reuters Israeli forces "managed to prevent an attack when they encountered a...

Washington – US Officials: Israel Defense Chief Denied Meetings

October 24, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Washington - Still miffed over negative comments that Israel's defense minister made about Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Obama administration this week refused his requests to meet several top national security aides, U.S. officials said Friday. While Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon did see Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S...

New York – New York Ebola Patient Is In Stable Condition, City Official Says

October 24, 2014 at 01:00 PM
New York - Authorities retraced the steps of an American doctor with Ebola, who was listed Friday in stable condition at a New York hospital's isolation unit, while seeking to reassure a jittery public that the threat from the virus was limited. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who was infected after working with Ebola patients in West Africa, on Thursday became the fourth person diagnosed with the...

Ottawa – Canada Says Will Move Soon On Tough Anti-terrorism Legislation

October 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Ottawa - Canada will introduce tough anti-terrorism legislation soon that could include measures designed to preempt attacks and limit speech that might incite violence, the country's justice minister said on Friday. Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the moves, which come after the killing of two soldiers this week, will go beyond measures in a bill the government was already working on. That...

New York – With U.S. Ebola Fear Running High, African Immigrants Face Ostracism

October 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM
New York - When Zuru Pewu picked up her 4-year-old son, Micah, from kindergarten at a Staten Island, New York, public school recently, a woman pointed at her in front of about 30 parents and their children, and started shouting. "She kept screaming, 'These Africans brought Ebola into our country and are making everybody sick!'" said Pewu, 29, who emigrated from Liberia in 2005. "Then she told...

Washington – Federal Officials: Dallas Nurse Free Of Ebola

October 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Washington - The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The National Institutes of Health says in a statement that Nina Pham is being released Friday from its hospital near Washington. NIH spokesman John Burklow says Pham will make a brief statement during a news conference late this morning. The 26-year-old Pham arrived...