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10.16.14: Millions plan to participate in earthquake drill 

 

LA MIRADA, Calif. (AP) — Millions of people plan to drop, cover and hold on in a drill to prepare communities in California and elsewhere for the next big earthquake.

 

Organizers say more than 10 million Californians registered to participate in the drill at 10:16 local time this morning.

 

Schools and universities account for more than half of the participants in this year’s Great ShakeOut. A full-scale exercise for emergency responders to prepare for a potential magnitude-6.7 earthquake is planned for Biola University in La Mirada.

 

The suburb southeast of Los Angeles was rattled by a magnitude-5.1 earthquake in March.

 

The annual drill began in 2008 in California. It has since spread to dozens of states and countries, including Italy and Canada.


10.16.14:   Stepped up Ebola screening starts at 4 US airports

 

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey, are scheduled to start taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries as part of a stepped up Ebola screening program.

 

Federal health officials say the entry screenings that start today add another layer of protection to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands. Screeners will use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers.

 

The screenings started at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on Saturday.

 

Customs officials say about 150 people travel daily from or through Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to the United States. Nearly 95 percent of them land first at one of those five airports.


10.15.14:  Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

 

DALLAS (AP) — A national nurses’ union says nurses at the Dallas hospital where an Ebola patient died worked for days without proper protective gear and with only loose guidelines on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

National Nurses United convened a conference call with reporters Tuesday evening to relay what its leaders said were concerns of nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the nation died last week and a nurse is now infected.

 

Executive director RoseAnn DeMoro would not identify the nurses nor say how many had spoken out of concern for their jobs.

 

She said the nurses allege specimens from the victim were sent through pneumatic tubes, potentially contaminating the entire lab specimen delivery system.


10.15.14:  Texas health dept: 2nd person tests positive for Ebola

 

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Department of State Health Services says that a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease.

 

The department says in the statement emailed early Wednesday and posted on its website that the worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediate isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. It says a preliminary Ebola test was conducted late Tuesday at a state public health lab in Austin, Texas, and confirmatory testing will be conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

 

The statement says the health care worker, who wasn’t identified, was interviewed to identify any contacts or potential exposures.

 

Department spokeswoman Carrie Williams confirmed the release with The Associated Press.


10.14.14:  Dangerous storm in South

 

ATLANTA (AP) — A large part of the South is watching a dangerous storm system move through the region this morning. The same system killed at least two people earlier in the week as high winds and isolated tornadoes damaged homes, downed trees and left scattered power outages. Forecasters are warning Georgia residents to brace for a wet and messy morning commute. Schools in several states canceled evening activities and delayed classes today.


10.14.14:  Indiana police: Tour bus crashes, several injured

 

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a double-decker tour bus flipped onto its side on a highway near Indianapolis, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others.

 

State police Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe says the bus carrying between 50 and 60 people crashed about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 65 when its driver apparently swerved to avoid a minor crash that had occurred 10 minutes earlier.

 

Greenwood fire Battalion Chief Chris Harrell told reporters at the scene that one person was taken to a hospital in critical condition, while four people had moderate injuries and 14 had minor injuries.

 

Indianapolis television stations reported the bus was operated by the Megabus line and was traveling from Atlanta to Chicago.

 


10.13.14:  Texas monitoring dozens for possible Ebola

 

DALLAS (AP) — Health officials in Texas are monitoring some 50 people who may have had close contact with a health care worker who contracted the Ebola virus from a Liberian man who died last week in a Dallas hospital.

 

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that a breach of protocol led to the worker becoming infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan.

 

Officials have not been able to pinpoint what went wrong.


10.13.14:  Chicago-area air traffic center fully operational

 

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials say they’ve restored full air traffic operations at a suburban Chicago control center that was damaged in a deliberately set fire more than two weeks ago.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration says service was restored early this morning after the Sept. 26 fire at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora. Authorities say air traffic controllers resumed control of the center’s airspace from adjoining centers between midnight and 1 a.m.

 

Authorities have said a contract employee cut cables and set fire to a basement telecommunications room. The disruption forced an hours-long shutdown of O’Hare and Midway international airports and meant the cancellation of thousands of flights that disrupted travel nationwide.

 

The agency is conducting a 30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities as a result.

 


10.9-14:  Extra screening at U.S. airports

 

Most travelers to the U.S. from the West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus will soon face additional screening at airports.   They’ll have their temperatures checked after arriving.  Those airports that receive most of the travelers from West Africa will be impacted.

 

The passengers will have their temperatures checked with no-touch thermometers.

 

Officials concede there could be some false alarms because of fevers attributable to malaria.


10.9.14:  Police: Officer fatally shoots man in St. Louis

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty police officer has fatally shot a man who fired on him in south St. Louis.

 

St. Louis Police Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins says the 32-year-old police officer was working a secondary security job late Wednesday when he stopped to talk to four people. The four fled and the officer chased one of them.

 

Adkins says that man fired a gun at the officer who returned fire, killing the man. Adkins says the officer wasn’t hurt.

 

Family members later told The St. Louis Post Dispatch that the man who died was not armed. Police say a gun was retrieved from the scene, near Missouri Botanical Gardens.

 

Adkins did not describe the conversation between the officer and the four pedestrians, and didn’t explain why he gave chase.