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National Nurses Union Calls on Obama to Protect Health Care Workers

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

National Nurses Union Calls on Obama to Protect Health Care Workers 15 Oct 2014 The largest professional association of registered nurses in the United States is "deeply concerned" by the spread of Ebola, and is calling on President Obama to invoke his authority to protect health care workers. "Without action at a very high level, how can we expect the nurses to do this on their own?" National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro told reporters on Wednesday, hours after a second nurse who treated the first Ebola patient in the U.S. tested positive for the virus..."We've been essentially ignored by the White House and the CDC," she said.

Obama authorizes call-up of National Guard, reserves if needed to address Ebola

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Obama authorizes call-up of National Guard, reserves if needed to address Ebola 16 Oct 21014 Obama authorizes call-up of National Guard, reserves if needed to address Ebola.

Obama authorizes National Guard call-up for Ebola - reports

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Obama authorizes National Guard call-up for Ebola - reports 16 Oct 2014 President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the call-up of National Guard reserves to address the Ebola crisis if needed, The Associated Press and Reuters reported...Federal health officials also faced Congress over how the U.S. has handled the crisis, and another person in Connecticut is exhibiting symptoms of the virus and has received an Ebola test.

Ohio hospitals conduct Ebola drills; eight people under voluntary quarantine

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Ohio hospitals conduct Ebola drills; eight people under voluntary quarantine 16 Oct 2014 State health officials recommended Thursday that Ohio hospitals conduct drills this week to practice how they would interact with a potential Ebola patient and use protective equipment such as gloves, masks and suits. They also asked that hospitals evaluate whether they have adequate supplies of such gear and reach out to the Ohio Department of Health if they need help to ensure they do. The recommendations were announced after news that eight people in northeast Ohio are under voluntary quarantine and being monitored because they had contact with a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola shortly after visiting the area last weekend.

Preliminary tests are negative for Ebola on hospitalized Yale student

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Preliminary tests are negative for Ebola on hospitalized Yale student 16 Oct 2014

U.S. Marines conduct 'Vigilant Response' full-scale pandemic outbreak drill

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. Marines conduct 'Vigilant Response' full-scale pandemic outbreak drill 8 Oct 2014 Marine Corps Air Station New River on Wednesday held a full-scale pandemic outbreak drill where health officials and Marines responded to a smallpox outbreak that "occurred" aboard the installation. According to Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Kotora, the public health emergency officer for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, the Exercise Vigilant Response drill was the first of its kind at a military installation in North Carolina. "A drill this size has never been conducted, so this is the largest pandemic exercise to my knowledge," said Kotora. Officials decided to incorporate administering inoculations during the exercise so that it would more accurately portray an outbreak situation where medical personnel would be required to screen and administer vaccinations.

Connecticut: Preliminary Ebola Test Results Expected by 4 P.M., Patient Stable

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Connecticut: Preliminary Ebola Test Results Expected by 4 P.M., Patient Stable 16 Oct 2014 State officials expect to hear preliminary test results by 4 p.m. Thursday on a patient who recently traveled to Liberia and was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital Wednesday night with a fever. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) said a "regional" test is being conducted now in Boston. If the results are negative, then that ends the testing. If the results are positive, a second test is performed. The patient, reported in stable condition Thursday afternoon, is one of two Yale University students who returned home last week after spending a month in Liberia researching the Ebola outbreak, according to the New Haven mayor's office.

Ark. hospital locked down due to potential Ebola case

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Ark. hospital locked down due to potential Ebola case 16 Oct 2014 Ozark Regional Health System in Clinton has implemented a lockdown while they check a patient for possible Ebola symptoms. The Arkansas Department of Health says the patient is being checked for Ebola due to the patient's recent travel history.

Patient With 'Ebola-Like' Symptoms Taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Patient With 'Ebola-Like' Symptoms Taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital --Connecticut establishes 'Unified Command Center' to handle situation --Students under quarantine 16 Oct 2014 Connecticut already under 'Emergency Ebola Quarantine' decree by Governor Dannel Malloy (D). --Yale grad student who traveled to Liberia hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms 16 Oct 2014 A graduate student at Yale University School of Public Health is being treated in isolation Thursday at Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation of possible Ebola-like symptoms after returning from Liberia. The student returned from Liberia on Saturday and was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital Wednesday night. He is one of two Yale graduate students who recently returned from Liberia, where they had been kept in isolation after working in the nation that is most heavily impacted by the deadly disease. "Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a patient late Wednesday night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms," the hospital said in a statement. Holy coincidence, Batman! Coincidence #1: Connecticut Declares Ebola a Public Health Emergency, Allows Quarantines 7 Oct 2014. Coincidence #2: Protein Sciences in Connecticut Expects to Begin Testing Ebola Vaccine 8 Oct 2014.

House Homeland Security chairs urge suspension of visas from Ebola-affected countries

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

House Homeland Security chairs urge suspension of visas from Ebola-affected countries 15 Oct 2014 House Homeland Security chairs are calling on the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to suspend visas from Ebola-affected nations. Wednesday, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson urging that the U.S. suspend visas of individuals from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone until "the Ebola virus is under control."

Panetta reveals US nuclear strike plans on N. Korea, spurs controversy

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Panetta reveals US nuclear strike plans on N. Korea, spurs controversy 16 Oct 2014 US war plans against North Korea recently included the option of a nuclear strike, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed in his memoirs, triggering major controversy. Panetta described a 2010 briefing in Seoul by General Walter L. 'Skip' Sharp, the commander of US forces in South Korea, where it was made clear that the nuclear option was on the table if North Korean forces crossed into the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the North and the South. "If North Korea moved across the border, our war plans called for the senior American general on the peninsula to take command of all US and South Korea forces and defend South Korea-- including by the use of nuclear weapons, if necessary," Panetta wrote in 'Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace'.

US Operation Against Islamic State Gets a Name

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

US Operation Against Islamic State Gets a Name 15 Oct 2014 The Pentagon has unveiled a name for its two-month-old air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Inherent Resolve. [LOL! But, it's better than a previously-chosen moniker that was hastily withdrawn, for obvious reasons: Operation Iraqi Liberation.] The decision was made by the staff of General Martin Dempsey, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking US military officer. His spokesman, Colonel Ed Thomas, offered no explanation as to why the Pentagon chose the moniker.

Ebola air scare in the US: CDC trying to track down all 132 passengers aboard Frontier flight from Cleveland

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

Ebola air scare in the US: CDC trying to track down all 132 passengers aboard Frontier flight from Cleveland just HOURS before she was hospitalized 15 Oct 2014 Amber Jay Vinson, the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola, had a lo-grade fever and boarded a flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas, anyway - just hours before she was hospitalized with the deadly disease. Now, CDC officials are trying to track down all 132 passengers who were aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday with Ms Vinson over fears they could all have been exposed to the virus. Ms Vinson traveled home to Ohio to plan her wedding and visit her mother last Friday, despite being one of the 76 medical workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital under observation by the Centers for Disease Control.

New Ebola patient told CDC about fever, health agency allowed her to fly

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

New Ebola patient told CDC about fever, health agency allowed her to fly 15 Oct 2014 A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola told a U.S. health official she had a slight fever and was allowed to board a plane from Ohio to Texas, a federal source said on Wednesday, intensifying concerns about the U.S. response to the deadly virus. The nurse, Amber Vinson, 29, flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, the day before she was diagnosed with Ebola, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Vinson told the CDC her temperature was 99.5 Fahrenheit (37.5 Celsius). Since that was below the CDC's temperature threshold of 100.4F (38C), "she was not told not to fly," the source said.

Doubles of CLG Newsletter a listserv technical problem; we are not sending two copies

October 16, 2014 by legitgov

And, today's obstacle is: Doubles of CLG Newsletter a listserv technical problem; we are not sending two copies By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 15 Oct 2014 Well. Because I can't get through *one day* without some useless, time-wasting issue that absorbs hours of my time, today's hindrance involves the Mailman listserv that CLG is obliged to use. Apparently, many folks are receiving two copies of each CLG Newsletter -- so that the few people who actually *receive* CLG News, sans NSA interference -- think that we are sending doubles of each newsletter. No, that is not the case. This problem involves the mail server that disseminates the CLG Newsletter. Hopefully, the problem can and will be rectified in short order. Switching gears, I realize it's too much to get anyone to help us with the Google/Yahoo blockade...but I can dream, can't I? Meanwhile, your patience and ongoing support is appreciated.

Second Ebola-infected nurse flown from Dallas to Atlanta for specialized treatment

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Second Ebola-infected nurse flown from Dallas to Atlanta for specialized treatment 15 Oct 2014 The second nurse infected with Ebola at a Texas hospital was flown by private jet Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for further specialized treatment. The patient was identified earlier in the day as 29-year-old Amber Vinson as authorities expressed concern that she took a domestic flight -- reportedly to prepare for her wedding in Cleveland -- just one day before coming down with symptoms of the deadly disease. "The second health care worker should not have been allowed to travel by virtue of being in an exposed group," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a telebriefing Wednesday.

President Obama Convenes Emergency Ebola Meeting at White House

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

President Obama Convenes Emergency Ebola Meeting at White House 15 Oct 2014 The United States must monitor Ebola in a "much more aggressive way," President Obama said today, also noting that he has directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to send a rapid response team -- which he described as a medical "SWAT team" -- within 24 hours when someone is diagnosed. The meeting was an effort to coordinate the federal government's response, featuring representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement released earlier today.

Car Bomb Kills 8 CIA-Trained Afghan Soldiers

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Car Bomb Kills 8 CIA-Trained Afghan Soldiers 15 Oct 2014 Eight Afghan paramilitary soldiers were killed during an assault on a Taliban hide-out in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Wednesday. The deaths, caused by a car bomb, occurred during a raid by the Khost Protection Force, a C.I.A.-trained paramilitary unit that has carried out operations along the border with Pakistan for more than a decade.

Frontier jet that carried Ebola patient made five more flights

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Frontier jet that carried Ebola patient made five more flights 15 Oct 2014 The Frontier Airlines jet that carried a Dallas healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola made five additional flights after her trip before it was taken out of service, according to a flight-monitoring website. Denver-based Frontier said in a statement that it grounded the plane immediately after the carrier was notified late Tuesday night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the Ebola patient... The healthcare worker also had flown to Cleveland from Dallas three days earlier on Frontier Flight 1142, the airline reported.

Obama: Feds Should Deploy 'Ebola SWAT Team' Within 24 Hours of Incident

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Obama: Feds Should Deploy 'Ebola SWAT Team' Within 24 Hours of Incident --Obama: CDC 'SWAT' Teams Will Combat Ebola 15 Oct 2014 President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration will respond to new Ebola cases "in a much more aggressive way," taking charge of the issue after a second Texas health care worker was diagnosed with the disease. The meeting came amid questions about how two health care workers could have contracted Ebola in a country said to have strict protocols in place...Afterward, the President sought to tamp down fears of of an outbreak of the disease within the United States -- saying that he shook hands with, hugged and kissed nurses who'd treated an American doctor who contracted Ebola in Africa, and felt safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have "SWAT teams" ready to send to hospitals where future cases are discovered, he said.

Chinese Media Allege U.S. Backing of Protests

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Chinese Media Allege U.S. Backing of Protests 15 Oct 2014 Chinese state-run [as opposed to U.S. corporate-run] news media say the pro-democracy [sic] protests in Hong Kong are backed by the United States. A series of newspaper reports in mainland China say the United States is partly to blame for the demonstrations filling the streets of Hong Kong. The stories say officials from the U.S. government-funded organization the National Endowment for Democracy have been meeting with protest organizers... A commentary in the People's Daily said that Louisa Greve, the National Endowment for Democracy's (NED) Vice President for Asia, Middle East, North Africa, and Global Programs, met with "key people" in Occupy Central "several months ago" to "talk about the movement." Other reports in the People's Daily newspaper accused protesters of trying to stage a "color revolution," referencing the peaceful protests that took place in the former Soviet Union.

Dallas Ebola patient traveled on Frontier flight from Cleveland; Airline contacting passengers on flight

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Dallas Ebola patient traveled on Frontier flight from Cleveland; Airline contacting passengers on flight 15 Oct 2014 The second Texas nurse confirmed with Ebola in Dallas traveled by air from Cleveland to that city on a Frontier Airlines flight two days ago and may have been contagious at the time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the airline. The CDC is now working to notify the 132 passengers on the flight-- Flight 1143. The healthcare worker was visiting family in Akron from October 8th to October 13th, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

Ebola Strikes Second Texas Hospital Worker and More Cases a 'Possibility'

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Ebola Strikes Second Texas Hospital Worker and More Cases a 'Possibility' 15 Oct 2014 A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who tended to Thomas Eric Duncan as he died of Ebola has tested positive for the lethal virus and a hospital official said this morning that additional cases among the hospital's health care workers is a "very real possibility." The unidentified health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was isolated at the hospital, authorities said. The preliminary Ebola test was run late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight, authorities said.

Ebola-infected Dallas nurse upbeat as her condition improves

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Ebola-infected Dallas nurse upbeat as her condition improves --Pham is first person to contract Ebola virus in U.S. 15 Oct 2014 News about Dallas nurse Nina Pham took an optimistic tone Tuesday with improvement in her condition and her first statement after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Pham, 26, a critical care nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was listed in good condition Tuesday, up from stable condition Monday. Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Pham has been speaking with investigators.

CDC Creating Ebola Response Team

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

CDC Creating Ebola Response Team 14 Oct 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are creating an Ebola response team that will respond within hours to any U.S. hospital where there is a confirmed case of Ebola. The team will include experts in personal protective equipment, laboratory science, infection control, experimental therapies, public education and environmental controls, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said as he made the announcement at a Tuesday news conference.

Supreme Court blocks parts of Texas abortion law

October 15, 2014 by legitgov

Supreme Court blocks parts of Texas abortion law 14 Oct 2014 The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state. In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an Oct. 2 ruling by a panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas could immediately apply a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades.

Texas Voter ID Law Deemed 'Poll Tax' Reinstated by Appeals Court

October 14, 2014 by legitgov

Texas Voter ID Law Deemed 'Poll Tax' Reinstated by Appeals Court 14 Oct 2014 A federal appeals court on Tuesday put on hold a ruling striking down a controversial Texas voter ID law, based "primarily" on the approaching election. The Texas voter ID suppression law, which requires voters to produce government-issued identification before casting ballots, was struck down last week by U.S. District Judge Nelva Conzales Ramos, who called the measure an "unconstitutional poll tax." But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit stayed Ramos's ruling, saying the "value of preserving the [unconstitutional] status quo" was important so soon before early voting begins in the state. [Start reading.]

WHO: Ebola cases could hit 10,000 a week

October 14, 2014 by legitgov

WHO: Ebola cases could hit 10,000 a week 14 Oct 2014 The death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent and there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, WHO had estimated the death rate in the current outbreak at around 50 percent.

1,200 undercover police officers operating across England and Wales

October 14, 2014 by legitgov

1,200 undercover police officers operating across England and Wales --The watchdog has refused to say how many undercover officers are being used to infiltrate political groups. 13 Oct 2014 There are more than 1,200 undercover police officers operating in 39 units across England and Wales the police watchdog has revealed for the first time, as it issued a damning criticism of senior officers responsible for the tactic. The inspectors said that the "generally poor knowledge and lack of expertise of senior officers" was unacceptable and called for a root-and-branch reform of the secretive national group that oversees the deployment of undercover officers. The watchdog broke new ground by disclosing the breadth of modern undercover work, revealing that there were 3,466 undercover operations in England and Wales between October 2009 and September 2013 and that at the most recent count, 1,229 officers in 39 units are trained as undercover officers.

Six people arrested on suspicion of terrorism

October 14, 2014 by legitgov

Six people arrested on suspicion of terrorism 14 Oct 2014 Counter-terrorism police have arrested three men and three women from Portsmouth, Farnborough and London on suspicion of plotting, or helping to plot, terrorism in Syria. According to the Press Association, one of the homes raided is understood to be the family home of Ifthekar Jaman, who was killed in Syria in December last year. Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit led the operation, which also involved Hampshire constabulary and the Metropolitan police.

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