Health

US Plan Takes Aim at Deadly Strain of Tuberculosis

VOA News The Obama administration has unveiled a plan to help combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the United States and globally. While about 100 cases of MDR-TB are diagnosed annually in the , the disease affects nearly half a million people around the world every year. The plan released Tuesday is the first from the White House to address the global threat of MDR-TB, the deadlier strain of tuberculosis. The National Action Plan is built on three goals: strengthening domestic capacity to combat MDR-TB; improving work with other countries to better address the disease; and accelerating basic and applied research…
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US News

New Zealand Judge Rules Kim Dotcom Can Be Extradited to US

VOA News December 23, 2015 A judge in New Zealand ruled Wednesday that Kim Dotcom, the founder of the former file-sharing service Megaupload, can be extradited to the United States to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. Dotcom's lawyers said he will appeal the decision.  New Zealand Justice Minister Amy Adams must ultimately approve the extradition request and said she will not give her decision until the appeals process is finished. Wednesday's decision also included three others linked to Megaupload who have been charged in the United States. The has been trying to prosecute Dotcom since 2012…
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US News

US, Cuba to Restore Direct Postal Service

Megan Duzor The United States and Cuba say they have agreed to re-establish direct postal service, which was cut more than five decades ago at the height of the Cold War. The two countries announced Friday that they would launch a pilot program in the coming weeks to test the direct service. They did not give a date for when service would be permanently restored. The announcement comes nearly a year after President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the two countries would renew diplomatic relations after more than a half century. Earlier this year, embassies in…
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Featured

US Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996.…
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World News

Haitian-Dominican Fight Over Deportation Hits US

The fight against the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic has moved to the United States, where 600,000 Haitian immigrants and more than one million Dominicans live. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose constituents include over 135,000 Haitians and 500,000 Dominicans, described the threat of deportation of Haitians by the Dominican government as illegal, immoral and racist. “It is clearly an illegal act. It is an immoral act. It is a racist act by the Dominican government,” the mayor said. “And it’s happening because these people are black. And it cannot be…
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This Day In History

This Day In History: February 7, 1964

On February 7, 1964, the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 hit six days before with "I Want to Hold Your Hand," made their first visit to the United States. At Kennedy, the "Fab Four" were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil. Beatlemania had begun. Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over…
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US News

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON— airlines have said little publicly about political pressure to close the country's borders to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, but in private they have briefed government officials about the challenges to implementing a ban, industry sources told Reuters. Several dozen lawmakers have called for a ban on visitors from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed almost 5,000 people. Since late September, a Liberian man who traveled by airline to Texas and an American doctor who lives in New York and flew home after treating Ebola patients in…
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Health

US Considering Additional Ebola Screening at Airports

(Picture is the ambulance that transported Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, to the Nebraska Medical Center's specialized isolation unit in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct. 6, 2014.)   WHITE HOUSE—President Barack Obama says the United States is considering additional measures to screen passengers for Ebola. The measures would be taken at airports both in West Africa and at points of entry. As authorities in the southwestern state of Texas deal with the only known Ebola case on soil, President Obama called a meeting Monday with Cabinet members and other top officials of the team he has set up to…
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US News

Health Officials: Ebola Unlikely to Spread in Dallas

DALLAS, TEXAS—Doctors in Dallas, Texas say the first person ever diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States remains in serious, but stable condition, as health officials monitor family members and others who had contact with him after he arrived from Liberia.  Officials say around 100 people may have had contact with the infected man while he was contagious. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital here in Dallas last Sunday, is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. For a few days before that, he was with…
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US News

Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014. They are hard-wired into a home's electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries. The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in…
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