4:50pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Africa

'Bring Back Our Girls' Hopes Release Brings An End To Campaign

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

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4:25pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Arts & Life

Out Of The Lockerbie Bombing, A Bond And A 'Letter Of Note'

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

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We're turning another page of the collection titled, "Letters of Note."

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4:19pm

Fri October 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A 'Model For Social Equity'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:39 pm

A rendering for the planned 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.
OMA and OLIN

Washington, D.C., moved a big step closer this week toward building its own "bridge to the future." Two well-known design firms — OMA and OLIN — were selected as the winners of a competition to conceptualize the 11th Street Bridge Park.

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4:18pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Global Health

Why Won't The Fear Of Airborne Ebola Go Away?

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:05 am

Ebola Virus, Transmission Electron Micrograph Of The Ebola Virus, Rna Virus, Cause Of Hemorrhagic Fever.
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How many times do top officials have to say that the Ebola virus is not airborne?

A lot, apparently.

Here is President Obama Thursday: "This is not an airborne disease. It is not easy to catch."

And the day before: "It is not like the flu. It is not airborne."

And Friday, a reporter asked the inevitable question about airborne Ebola when Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, held a press briefing about nurse Nina Pham's transfer to the National Institute of Health.

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4:07pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Iraq

In Iraq, Anbar Province Remains Fiercely Contested

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

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4:05pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

Members of the California Nurses Association rallied in Sacramento, Calif., in May, in anticipation of contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente that began in this fall.
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The powerful California Nurses Association has put Ebola on the bargaining table in its negotiations for a new contract with Kaiser Permanente.

Contract talks have been going on for months, and the nurses' most recent demands are focused on Ebola — better training, more staffing, protective gear that goes beyond what's recommended by federal officials and even a special life insurance policy.

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4:05pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Economy

Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

A notice in a store window in New York City announces a retail job opening. Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be.
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The U.S. unemployment rate has been falling steadily over the years. Down from the recession peak of 10 percent in 2009, it reached 5.9 percent in September.

That's getting close to what economists call the natural unemployment rate — the normal level of joblessness you'd expect in a healthy economy.

But a lot of economists are asking whether the old rules about full employment still apply.

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3:39pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Parallels

Egality N'est Pas La Réalité: French Women Wage Online War On Sexism

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:39 pm

Caroline De Haas, 34, launched Macholand.fr after a company responded dismissively to her complaint against its sexist advertising.
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Caroline De Haas has had enough. The French feminist, 34, became so fed up with sexism in the country that she's launched a website to fight it.

Tapping on her keyboard, De Haas brings up the new site, Macholand.fr. On the screen are several "actions" targeted at sexist politicians or advertisers who have crossed the line.

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3:03pm

Fri October 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Citing Previous Rulings, Federal Judge Throws Out Arizona Gay-Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 3:07 pm

In a process that will surely be repeated across the United States, a federal judge in Arizona ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick said that the legal opinion in his circuit is clear: The Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has refused to hear appeals for those cases.

For that reason, Sedwick ordered that the state "permanently cease enforcement of those provisions of Arizona law declared unconstitutional by this order."

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