U.S. News

  • First Ebola Case in US, But CDC Vows ‘We Will Stop It Here’ October 1, 2014 The first Ebola case has been diagnosed in the United States, but a top health official said today there is “no doubt… we will stop it here.” Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the patient left Liberia on Sept 19 and arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20. The patient sought medical help on Sept. 27 and was put in isolation on Sept. 28, Frieden said. Tests confirming the Ebola diagnosis came back today. The White House said President Obama was briefed about the patient by Frieden. Frieden stressed that the patient was not sick on departure from ... Read more
  • Suspect in Hannah Graham Disappearance Tied to 2009 Murder, Police Say September 30, 2014 A forensic connection has been made between the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and the 2009 murder of a student in Charlottesville. Virginia State police announced today that the suspect who has been arrested in connection to Graham’s disappearance has some physical connection to the death of Morgan Harrington. Harrington was a student at Virginia Tech who disappeared after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville near the University of Virginia in 2009. Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham’s Case Similar to 2009 Murder, Mom Says DNA Links Second Abduction to Morgan Harrington “For the past five years, the Virginia State Police has been aggressively pursuing the investigation ... Read more
  • Tiny Oxygen Masks Credited With Big Hamster Rescue September 30, 2014 Firefighters Rescue Tiny Hamsters with Oxygen; Brighten Your Day Firefighters are often typecast as the heroic rescuers of cats in trees, but one unit in Washington state put its “Pet Emergency Pocket Guide” to much smaller use. Lacey, Washington, first responders arrived on scene Friday to discover five hamsters threatened by a mobile home fire. They quickly extinguished the flames but spotted the pets inside, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. Using their pocket guide and specially designed animal first aid equipment, crews treated the family of hamsters with oxygen masks. The Lacey Fire Department put photos of the rescue on their Twitter page shortly after the incident. The two adult hamsters ... Read more
  • At White House, Prescription Drug Protesters Call for New FDA Chief September 29, 2014 WH protest of FDA WASHINGTON — Hundreds gathered outside the White House today to demand tighter regulation of prescription painkillers and the removal of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. “Hey hey, ho ho, Peggy Hamburg’s got to go!” protesters chanted outside the White House. Hamburg, who goes by Peggy, has led the FDA since 2009. The chant accompanied cries that President Obama has not done enough to counter opiate-painkiller abuse and addiction, even though his Office of National Drug Control Policy has recognized prescription drug abuse as a growing problem. Anti-Addiction Groups Call for New FDA Chief Nutrition Labels Get a Facelift to Reflect Reality FDA ... Read more
  • WW2 Vet Thanks Those Who Saved Him 70 Years Ago September 29, 2014 Leroy Williamson MOSCOW — There was a moment, shortly after he was liberated from a Nazi prisoner of war camp by Soviet soldiers, that remains etched in Leroy Williamson’s mind. The Texan came across a group of Russians singing and dancing for joy. They soon brought over a pair of cows for them to eat, his first taste of fresh meat in over a year. They also brought in a donut machine, Williamson recalled with a smile. This week, nearly 70 years later, Williamson traveled here to salute the Russian soldiers who fought to save him. “I’m here is to just say thank you to ... Read more
  • Reflecting on Ferguson Unrest, Obama Expands Minority Youth Outreach Program September 29, 2014 Protesters join hands during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014. WASHINGTON — President Obama says the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer last August exposed a racial divide between law enforcement and black America, and he vowed to expand a White House program aimed at empowering black youth. “We have to close the justice gap: How justice is applied but also how it is perceived, how it is experienced,” the president said in an address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala Saturday night. “That’s what we saw in Ferguson this summer when Michael Brown was killed and a community ... Read more
  • Suspect in UVA Case Seen on Video Buying Bug Spray Before Capture September 25, 2014 Detectives investigating the case of a missing University of Virginia student were headed to Texas today after a man suspected in her disappearance was arrested after being caught on surveillance video there buying mosquito repellent a day before his capture. Police in Galveston, Texas, arrested Jesse Matthew on Wednesday afternoon in connection with the kidnapping of Hannah Graham. The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that investigators from Charlottesville, Virginia, were leaving Thursday for Galveston. Police haven’t said what led them to Matthew, 32, who appeared in court this morning. Jail records show he was charged with “failure to identify fugitive intent to give ... Read more
  • Jeep Owner Gets Last Laugh on Corvette Driver’s Greedy Parking Job September 25, 2014 (Courtesy of Kyle DeMattia) Nice parking job, pal. A New Jersey man got the last laugh on a Corvette driver who greedily took up two parking spots outside a Red Robin restaurant.  Instead of parking in the back of the crowded parking lot, Kyle DeMattia, 20, pulled his mud-covered Jeep partially onto the sidewalk, with the other part of his vehicle sharing a space with the sports car.  “The parking lot was packed except for a few spaces at the back and I could see people parking and walking by it in just plain annoyance,” DeMattia told NJ Advance Media. DeMattia scored a spot by the window and ... Read more
  • Why the State Department Tweeted ‘Photos’ of Dead ISIS Fighters September 24, 2014 Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey, Jan. 2, 2014. Picture taken January 2, 2014. Think Again Turn Away — the U.S. State Department’s anti-jihad Twitter messaging arm — tweeted warnings and images today meant to dissuade anyone from being radicalized and becoming a terrorist. The account, @ThinkAgain_DOS, tweeted photos that appear to show U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and dead bodies being zipped into body bags, apparently ISIS fighters killed in the bombing campaign. The U.S., along with several Arab nations, began a bombing campaign on Monday to eliminate ISIS targets in Syria. The bombs began falling late at night on Sept. 22, in Eastern time, which would be Sept. 23 in Syria–the date referenced ... Read more
  • White House Security Fence Before and After September 24, 2014 The White House is seen before and after a perimeter fence was erected in front of the White House fence on the North Lawn along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Sept. 22, 2014 and Oct. 3, 2013. In the wake of Friday’s fence-jumping incident, the White House is stepping up security with one of the most basic defenses in its toolkit: a second, shorter fence in front of the existing one. The new portable fence is about waist high and appears to be linked together with plastic ties. The permanent fence, the only physical barrier in place until today, stands about eight-feet tall. The new double barricade comes just four days after an Army veteran scaled the fence and managed to enter the executive mansion with a 3 ½ inch knife. Following the security breach — which has President Obama “obviously ... Read more