October 21, 2014

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Exodus campaign to Berlin sparks outrage in Israel

Israeli Asaf Lev, center, attends a gathering encouraging others to immigrate to Berlin in Tel Aviv, Israel. A group of young Israeli expats have unleashed a storm of controversy back home by encouraging others to join them in Berlin, touching on two of the most sensitive issues in Israel: the country’s high cost of living and Jews’ tortured history with Germany. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A group of young Israeli expats have unleashed controversy back home by encouraging others to join them in Berlin, touching on two of the most sensitive issues in Israel: the country’s high cost of living and Jews’ tortured history with Germany. While Israelis have been angered after learning that food prices Read More…

Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

In this Sept. 22, 2014 photo, a female railway police officer takes care of children passengers while their mother goes to buy soft drink at a train carriage for women and children, at Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok, Thailand. A recent real-life rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train in Thailand has focused national outrage on Thai popular culture, and particularly TV soaps for sending messages that trivialize - and some say encourage - rape. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera ”The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and the producers say they will live happily ever after in the sequel. Boy Meets Girl, Boy Rapes Girl, Boy Marries Girl. The premise is so common Read More…

Florida out of the gate at start of early voting

David Pepper, left, Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General, votes next to Connie Pillich, Democratic candidate for Ohio Treasurer, on the first day of early voting in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

ATLANTA (AP) — Midterm elections are almost three weeks away, yet more than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The Associated Press from election officials in 11 states. Those numbers are climbing daily as more states begin their advance voting periods and more voters return Read More…

More than 49,000 Ohioans have voted early

David Pepper, left, Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General, votes next to Connie Pillich, Democratic candidate for Ohio Treasurer, on the first day of early voting in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

COLUMBUS (AP) — The state’s elections chief says more than 49,000 Ohioans have cast absentee ballots for the fall election after early voting began last week. Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person ahead of Election Day. Voters will pick the next governor along with other statewide officeholders on Nov. 4. Secretary of Read More…

Hong Kong leader ready to meet with students

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying answers questions during a press conference in Hong Kong Government House,Thursday. Leung said officials have been negotiating with the students through middlemen in the past few days, and announced that authorities are keen to discuss details of democratic reform with them. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader said Thursday he is ready to start talks with student pro-democracy protest leaders as soon as next week, suggesting a breakthrough in a political crisis that has seen activists taking over the city’s key business districts for almost three weeks. But Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reiterated that Beijing will not retract election restrictions Read More…

Existing protocols might not be enough for Ebola

Mathew Jacob, a maternal newborn nursing student, removes a gown during a refresher course on personal protective equipment procedure at the Brookhaven College School of Nursing in Farmers Branch, Texas, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Andy Jacobsohn)

DALLAS (AP) — As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient’s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with his body fluids. Still, the two somehow contracted Ebola from the dying man. As health Read More…

Worries about global economic slowdown fuel stock market drop

NEW YORK — Fear drove Wall Street to one of its most dramatic, dizzying days in years on Wednesday. Investors fled stocks and poured into bonds as worries about a global economic slowdown intensified. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 460 points in afternoon trading, all three U.S. stock indexes were in negative territory for Read More…

US steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The revelation that a second Dallas nurse who is ill with Ebola was cleared to fly the day before her diagnosis raised new alarms as leaders of the nation’s public health system prepared to defend their efforts to contain the deadly virus before a congressional hearing Thursday. President Barack Obama directed his Read More…

How Ebola spreads

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When is Ebola contagious? Only when someone is showing symptoms, which can start with vague symptoms including a fever, flu-like body aches and abdominal pain, and then vomiting and diarrhea. How does Ebola spread? Through close contact with a symptomatic person’s bodily fluids, such as blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen. Those fluids Read More…

Royals sweep Orioles, return to World Series for first time since 1985

The Kansas City Royals celebrate after defeating the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, in Game 4 of the American League baseball championship series Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum )

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals are once again baseball royalty. They are Read More…