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Man charged in missing Va. student case

Missing UVa Student Police have charged 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. with abduction with intent to defile.


Walgreen explores sale of $1.5 billion infusion business: sources

People walk by a Walgreens store in Pasadena By Soyoung Kim and Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co is exploring the sale of a majority stake in its infusion services business, in a deal that could value that division at around $1.5 billion, according to four people familiar with the matter. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company has hired Bank of America Corp to run a sale process for Walgreens Infusion Services, which has already attracted interest from private equity firms, the people said this week. ...


U.S.: Terror group was nearing attack

President Barack Obama speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, on the South Lawn the White House, in Washington, before heading to the United Nations. The president said the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) U.S. bombed cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria of whom few have heard.


Ebola's murderous path from a toddler to global mayhem

A resident sick from Ebola waits outside a new treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia, on September 23, 2014 Geneva (AFP) - When a toddler in a remote Guinean village suddenly died from a mysterious fever last December, no one could have imagined it signalled the start of the worst-ever Ebola epidemic.


Obama's Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

U.S. President Obama meets in New York with representatives of Arab nations that contributed in air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad. The reason for Obama's good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five. ...


UPS gunman had been fired before attack

A UPS warehouse has police cars and tape surrounding it on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. A UPS employee opened fire Tuesday morning inside one of the company's warehouses in Alabama, killing two people before taking his own life, police said.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Police: Man who killed 2, himself at an Ala. UPS facility had been fired a day earlier.


U.S. security officials issue bulletin on Syria-based threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies issued an intelligence bulletin on Tuesday about threats from Syria-based al Qaeda operatives, a Homeland Security spokeswoman said. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI alerted state, local and federal law enforcement to the latest threats, said to DHS spokeswoman Marsha Catron. "Recent intelligence indicated that senior Syria-based AQ operatives were nearing the execution phase for an attack in Europe or the homeland," she said. U.S. ...

New U.S. tax rules chill 'inversion' deal-making; shares dive

The Burger King logo is seen through a Tim Horton's doughnut hole in a photo illustration outside a restaurant in Toronto By Kevin Drawbaugh and Soyoung Kim WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tough new U.S. government rules on corporate "inversion" deals, aimed at making the tax-avoidance transactions less desirable, undermined share prices in nearly a dozen companies on both sides of the Atlantic on Tuesday. Analysts and tax lawyers were studying the damage to deals currently in the works and the outlook for future such deals, in which U.S. companies escape high taxes at home by shifting their domiciles abroad. ...


Boost in quest for TB breath test

An Indian tuberculosis patient rests at the Rajan Babu Tuberculosis Hospital in New Delhi on March 24, 2014 Paris (AFP) - A simple breath test may one day show whether someone has a strain of tuberculosis that will respond to a frontline antibiotic, or a drug-resistant type, scientists said Tuesday.


Three more dead from Legionnaire's disease in Spain

A petri dish and test tubes with colonies of legionella bacteria, which can cause the lung infection Legionnaire's disease Barcelona (AFP) - Three more people have died from Legionnaire's disease in Catalonia in northeastern Spain, officials said Tuesday, bringing to seven the death toll from the lung infection in the region in just over a week.


Three more dead from Legionnaire's disease in Spain

A petri dish and test tubes with colonies of legionella bacteria, which can cause the lung infection Legionnaire's disease Barcelona (AFP) - Three more people have died from Legionnaire's disease in Catalonia in northeastern Spain, officials said Tuesday, bringing to seven the death toll from the lung infection in the region in just over a week.


Wall St. ends lower, S&P 500 falls for third straight day

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, with consumer staples leading the S&P 500 down to its third straight daily loss, as investors grew concerned about the pace of global economic growth. The day's losses were broad, with all ten primary S&P sectors down. Consumer staples were the weakest on the day, off 0.9 percent, while industrials lost 0.8 percent. Wall Street's losses tracked Europe's 1.3 percent slump after data showed a contraction in French business activity and slower growth in German manufacturing this month. ...


Factbox: Pending 'inversions' that new U.S. Treasury rules may hit

(Reuters) - The Obama administration has imposed new rules, effective immediately, meant to curb "inversion" deals. A handful of companies in the midst of completing such tax-avoiding transactions are potentially affected. Here is a list of pending inversions that may be complicated by the new rules: * Mylan Inc , a generic drugmaker based in Pennsylvania, plans to pay $5.3 billion to acquire a chunk of Abbott Laboratories' non-U.S. business. The tax home of the new company would be the Netherlands. ...

Ariz. fugitive captured after months on run

Arizona Jail Escape FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former personal trainer who broke free from an Arizona jail by hoisting himself atop a basketball hoop and pulling apart a security fence is back in custody after months on the run, authorities said Tuesday.


Celgene's psoriasis drug gets approval for new indication

(Reuters) - Celgene Corp said the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration has approved the expanded use of its drug Otezla for treating patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.The drug, known chemically as apremilast, is already approved for treating psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis associated with the skin disease. The drug is also being studied as a potential treatment for a type of spondylitis. Celgene forecast in March annual Otezla sales of $1.5 billion to $2 billion by 2017. ...

Secret Service interviewed accused W.H. intruder twice

This Sept. 21, 2009 photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who was married to Murphy's mother, Samantha, until they divorced in 2012. Authorities have identified Gonzalez as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jerry Murphy) In both cases, the Secret Service concluded there was no evidence that Omar Gonzalez was a security threat: U.S. official.


Mont. prosecutor seeks 10 years for teacher rapist

FILE- A Sept. 12, 2013 file photo released by the Montana State Prison shows Stacey Rambold, a 54-year-old teacher who is serving a 30-day sentence in prison for raping a former student who later killed herself. The Montana Supreme Court has denied Rambold's request to reconsider a ruling that’s likely to send him back to prison to serve more time for the rape. (AP Photo/Montana State Prison) BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana prosecutor is seeking 10 years in prison for a teacher who raped a 14-year-old student, after the Supreme Court rejected a one-month sentence from an earlier judge whose comments pinned some responsibility on the victim.


US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million

A local Liberian artist paints a mural forming part of the country's fight against the deadly Ebola virus by education in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday presented worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, calculating that as many as 1.4 million people could be sickened in two countries alone by mid-January _ or the outbreak could be winding down by then, if control efforts substantially increase. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh) NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.


Oregon issues toxic algae warning for popular fishing lake

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon health officials worried about the presence of dangerously toxic blue-green algae in waters used by the public issued a new warning on Tuesday, this time for a lake popular for fishing and camping. Tests on Cullaby Lake, near the northwest Oregon coast, confirmed high levels of microsystin, making waters unsafe for people and their pets, Oregon Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie said. ...

Emergency contraception may not be available to all young men

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young men often run into difficulties when they attempt to buy the morning-after pill for their partners, a new study suggests. Researchers report in the journal Contraception that in about one in every five attempts, young men in New York City were not able to buy the drug that can prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. “We give a significant amount of lip service for men to be responsible in the couple and there are a number of ways for them to do that,” Dr. David Bell told Reuters Health. ...

After 13 years, Belgian 9/11 victim identified

White roses at the World Trade Center North Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, on September 11, 2014 More than 13 years after the September 11 attacks in New York City, one Belgian victim has finally been identified.


3 Afghan soldiers in U.S. immigration custody

A United States Boarder Patrol car sits next to the entrance to the United States from Canada on the Rainbow Bridge that connects Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/The Niagara Gazette, Dan Cappellazzo) BUFFALO NEWS OUT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT BOSTON (AP) — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who vanished during training in Massachusetts were placed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after being detained on the Canadian border, authorities said.


Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise - they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it. "I was just in disbelief," said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check from the non-denominational LaSalle Street Church on the city's near north side. "The enormity of the responsibility of it has begun to sink in. ...

Holder: Al-Qaida cell was nearing attack

Eric Holder with Katie Couric AG to Yahoo's Katie Couric: Khorasan is "capable" of being a greater concern than IS.


Diabetes rates may be leveling off overall: U.S. health officials

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The drastic increases in the number of people living with diabetes and the number of new cases diagnosed each year may have leveled off, according to U.S. health officials. Researchers found little change in the prevalence and incidence of diabetes between 2008 and 2012, following drastic increases in both numbers between 1990 and 2008. “We are now for the first time showing that (those rates are) slowing down,” Ann Albright told Reuters Health. ...

Diabetes rates may be leveling off overall: U.S. health officials

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The drastic increases in the number of people living with diabetes and the number of new cases diagnosed each year may have leveled off, according to U.S. health officials. Researchers found little change in the prevalence and incidence of diabetes between 2008 and 2012, following drastic increases in both numbers between 1990 and 2008. “We are now for the first time showing that (those rates are) slowing down,” Ann Albright told Reuters Health. ...

In Pennsylvania, heroin easier to get than wine, cheaper than beer: report

By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday. Overdose deaths have climbed steadily since 1990, when drug deaths in rural areas of the state were at one per 100,000 population. As of 2011, that figure stood at 13 deaths per 100,000, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania said in the report. ...

Fire at memorial to slain teen adds to tensions in Ferguson

A fire burns Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at a memorial in Ferguson, Mo., on the site where a Missouri police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says the cause is under investigation. He says the first officer to arrive tried to extinguish the blaze but couldn't. The Fire Department eventually put it out. (AP Photo/Jacob Crawford) City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, faced heightened tensions on Tuesday after an early morning fire destroyed a makeshift memorial honoring the black teenager killed last month by a white police officer. The memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown that caught fire was erected in a grassy area alongside the road where Brown died. A larger memorial, which runs down the center lane of the road, was untouched by the fire. Still, neighborhood residents who have been protecting and building on the memorials since Brown was killed Aug. ...


Idris Elba Joins Fight Against Ebola

Actor Idris Elba says 'he's going viral to fight the virus.'

Mom’s iron intake may be important for autism risk: study

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Iron intake during pregnancy might be associated with autism risk in the infant, a new study suggests. Researchers found that moms of kids with autism were less likely to remember taking iron supplements before and during pregnancy than other moms. That alone is not enough to prove a link, however. “Even though we found an association, it’s just an association and needs to be replicated,” said lead author Dr. Rebecca J. Schmidt. ...
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