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U.S. missionary still physically recovering after Ebola, son says
Nancy Writebol, 59, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was discharged earlier this week from Emory University Hospital after doctors said her symptoms had eased and blood and urine tests showed no evidence of the virus. Dr. Kent Brantly, who also was stricken with Ebola in Liberia, was released on Thursday. "She's tired and trying to rest," her son Jeremy told NBC. She seems pretty happy." Speaking alongside his brother Brian, he said the family has experienced "the lowest of lows and at the same time the highest of highs" since Writebol contracted the Ebola virus in July while working for a Christian mission organization in Liberia, grappling first with her potential death and later her recovery.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:13:25 -0400
March, memorial service planned in embattled Missouri town
By Nick Carey, Carey Gillam and Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Another march and a memorial service are planned for Friday in the violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, where the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a police officer has prompted two weeks of protests. Following two straight nights of relative calm in the St. Louis suburb, a drawdown of National Guard troops was expected to begin on Friday. Some protesters said they thought this was a good sign, but doubted it would have much impact. "It antagonized the people more having them here, but we never cared about them much anyway," said Mauricelm-Lei Millere, an advisor with the New Black Panther Party, which is planning a march at 7 p.m. CDT starting in the neighborhood where Michael Brown, 18, had lived before being shot on Aug. 9.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:04:40 -0400
New York couple lured Amish girls with dog to enslave them: sheriff
A New York couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls lured them to their car with an offer to pet a dog before shackling the sisters with the intent of enslaving them, according to the sheriff's office. Nicole Vaisey, one of the suspects, told investigators that she and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells II, ended up releasing the girls a day later after becoming frightened at news reports of the abduction, Sheriff Kevin Wells of St. Lawrence County said. The girls, aged 12 and 7, were kidnapped last week from a family farm stand some 10 miles (16 km) from New York's border with Canada in an area settled by Amish families, who typically avoid using electricity and modern technologies.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:21:31 -0400
2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff
CHICAGO (AP) Two parolees have been charged with holding two adults and six children hostage in a 20-hour standoff in a Chicago suburb. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:31:41 -0400
Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike