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Ebola outbreak revives interest in ‘The Hot Zone’

NEW YORK (AP) — The current Ebola outbreak has revived interest in a 1994 book about the deadly virus: Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone.”
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Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

Shops remain closed in Monrovia's West Point slum as part of quarantine measures to contain the spread of Ebola on August 20, 2014Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as other affected west African nations scrambled to contain the spread of the killer virus. After seeing people fall to the deadly disease in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola-free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 576 deaths. The virus has spread relentlessly through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone over the past months, killing 1,350 people since March, and Nigeria has also been affected despite showing some progress in fighting the epidemic. "(Sinoe) was the last area untouched by Ebola," George Williams, head of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, told AFP.



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Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country’s ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, an international human rights group charged. .
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Facts about US racial unrest

FILE - This May 1,1992 file photo shows Rodney King, right, accompanied by his attorney Steven Lerman, making his first statement, pleading for an end to the rioting in South Central Los Angeles, in Los Angeles. The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there mirrored past, larger-scale riots in multiple US cities, most of them triggered by perceived racial injustice, or an incident involving police, in already tense communities. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there mirrored past, larger-scale riots in multiple U.S. cities, most of them triggered by perceived racial injustice, or an incident involving police, in already tense communities.



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Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington

FILE - In this March 14, 2003, file photo, Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., center, laughs with Vermont Democratic Party Chairman Scudder Parker at the annual Democratic Party dinner in Montpelier, Vt. Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Washington. He was 80. His funeral is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at the Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Rutland, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Friends, family and fellow politicians say the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords took his Vermont roots with him to Washington.



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Pentagon condemns Russian movements into Ukraine

Trucks move towards a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The first trucks of the Russian aid convoy crossed the Ukrainian inspection zone Friday morning. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday condemned the movement of a Russian convoy into eastern Ukraine, calling it a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and demanding that it be withdrawn.



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Pentagon cites ‘dangerous’ Chinese jet intercept

A U.S. Navy plane P-8 PoseidonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.



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Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came in response to Israel’s deadly airstrike against three top Hamas military commanders.
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Huckabee: ‘Stop the fight’ over Common Core

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives should “stop the fight” over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.
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Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.
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500 million-year-old fossils found

A 500 million-year-old fossil site in Canada has researchers buzzing across North America. CBC reports


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MH17 victims’ bodies returned

More than a month after the airliner they were traveling on was shot out of the skies above eastern Ukraine, the bodies of 20 Malaysian passengers arrived back in Kuala Lumpur as Malaysia observed a national day of mourning.


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Death of child in car ruled homicide

The Connecticut Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in his father’s car in July a homicide.


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Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp break up

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have ended their relationship after three years of dating, reports say.


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Baby chokes on wrapper, then …

When a baby started choking on a plastic wrapper, a letter carrier used his training to help. CNN affiliate WYFF reports.


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Lightning strike shocks woman

A woman in Idaho says she was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm.


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Switzerland’s ‘suicide tourism’ doubles

More than 600 people traveled to Switzerland for the “sole purpose of committing suicide” between 2008 and 2012.


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Menopause: What women don’t ask

Menopause: the permanent end of fertility (and periods!) that commonly happens to women in their late 40s and 50s. For many women, just saying the word can increase anxiety levels.


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Guilty plea likely for Boston bomber pal

A friend of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to plead guilty Thursday to charges in connection with removing a backpack and computer from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the Boston Marathon bombing.


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Best islands of the South Pacific

Palm tree-covered sandy atolls glistening green and white like jewels set in the azure seas may be the enduring image of the South Pacific.


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Pole dancer sparks beach outrage

A woman in Maryland has stirred up controversy after she decided to take up pole dancing on a beach boardwalk.


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Beyonce rumors crazier by the day

The rumors about Beyonce and Jay-Z are getting crazier every day. For more go to funnyordie.com.


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Girl, 10, fights to play violent sport

This 10-year-old girl is a champion Pankration fighter and wants the ban lifted on this ancient Greek sport. KCAL reports.


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Movie theater infested with THIS?

Moviegoers are complaining about getting bites and rashes after attending this theater … and it’s not the first time.


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Marine’s wife dead; charges filed

Murder charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of killing the pregnant wife of a Marine in California.


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Letterman’s tribute to Robin Williams

David Letterman paid tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams in a 10-minute segment on Monday’s “Late Show With David Letterman.”


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Top-earning model of 2014 is …

Gisele Bundchen is more than just a pretty face.


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Campers learn to survive zombies

This camping experience in Canada will teach you survival training, including how to fight zombies.


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