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Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

Coast Guard Corpsman checks the temperature of a traveler at Washington Dulles International AirportBy Richard Weizel WEST HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ...



Lockdown lifted for Chicago suburban high school

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago suburban high school that was on lockdown for about two hours on Thursday resumed normal activities after police found that an unattended package did not pose any threat. Hoffman Estates High School, located about 31 miles northwest of Chicago, said on its website that the package was located on the outer perimeter of the campus. ...


Prosecutors accept proposed trial delay for Colorado cinema gunman

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater massacre case do not oppose a defense request to delay the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes until early next year, court papers showed on Thursday. A ruling by the judge on whether to postpone the trial is pending. Earlier this week, public defenders asked Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour to postpone the trial, which is set to begin in December, because they needed more time to review results of a second sanity examination. ...



Central Bucks West football season canceled due to hazing allegations

Doctor recently returned from Africa being evaluated for possible Ebola-like symptoms in New YorkThe Central Bucks School District announced Thursday the cancellation of the remainder of the Varsity and Junior Varsity football seasons at Central Bucks high School West.



Prosecutors: Michigan girl meant to kill family

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) ? A 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl accused of stabbing her younger brother as part of a plot to kill her family so that she could run off with a 23-year-old man was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday.


Jurors hear doctor's dying wife on 911 recording

Dr. Robert Ferrante, center, is escorted by Allegheny County Sheriffs deputies to court during jury selection for his trial on homicide charges in the 2013 killing of his neurologist wife with cyanide on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Ferrante has denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) ? Jurors heard from prosecution and defense attorneys ? and then from the dying woman herself ? at the start of a homicide trial for a University of Pittsburgh researcher charged with poisoning his wife.



Central Bucks West football season cancelled due to hazing allegations

Doctor recently returned from Africa being evaluated for possible Ebola-like symptoms in New YorkThe Central Bucks School District announced Thursday the cancellation of the remainder of the Varsity and Junior Varsity football seasons at Central Bucks high School West.



Nigeria pledges 600 volunteers as Africa steps up Ebola fight

By Felix Onuah and Umaru Fofana ABUJA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - Nigeria pledged on Thursday to send a contingent of 600 volunteers to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. With financial pledges flowing in from around the world but trained doctors and nurses scarce in the three worst effected countries -- Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the African Union appealed last week to member states to urgently fill the gap. ...


Microsoft co-founder Allen commits $100 mln to Ebola fight

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen said on Thursday he would increase his total donations to organizations tackling Ebola to more than $100 million, making him one of the biggest personal donors in the fight against the virus. The Seattle man, who co-founded what became the world's biggest software company with Bill Gates in 1975, had already donated $9 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fight Ebola in September. ...


Allegiant flight returns safely to Vegas airport

LAS VEGAS (AP) ? An Allegiant Airlines flight returned shortly after takeoff to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a report of possible engine trouble.