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10.29.14:  Lava advancing in Hawaii

 

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) —Some Hawaii residents living near the path of a slowly-moving lava flow already have left town, and others are getting ready to leave.

The lava from the Kilauea volcano is just 370 yards from the main road in the town of Pahoa, on the Big Island.

The lava already has entered private property and is burning tires and other materials.

Authorities have told downwind residents with respiratory problems to stay indoors.


10.28.14:   Searching for clues following rocket explosion

 

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) —They’re searching this morning for debris from an unmanned rocket that exploded seconds after launch on Wallops Island, Virginia last night.

The rocket from Orbital Sciences Corp. was supposed to deliver supplies and experiments for NASA to the International Space Station.

Today, NASA and officials from the company are hoping debris found will lead to answers to what caused the explosion.

The rocket was carrying 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment for NASA.

 

Some of the experiments on the rocket were created by Michigan students.

4 Detroit-area students from Wilkinson Middle School designed an experiment on the effect iodine tablets will have on E. coli bacteria in zero gravity.

Another experiment was made by 4 girls from St. Monica Catholic School in Kalamazoo.

 

The experiments were part of NASA’s student Space Flight Experiment Program.


10.29.14:  Another automaker issues a recall

 

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because the fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. Chrysler says the fuel heater problem could happen in Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from 2010 through 2014. And in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango SUV, a debris cover over a circuit board can disrupt communications and disable the stability control.


10.28.14:   Nurse who had Ebola to be released

 

ATLANTA (AP) — An Emory University Hospital spokeswoman says a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola will be released Tuesday.

 

Emory spokeswoman Holly Korschun told The Associated Press that Amber Vinson will be leaving the hospital Tuesday after a 1 p.m. news conference to make a statement after tests showed she’s virus-free.

 

Vinson worked as a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola at the hospital.

Vinson’s family announced Oct. 22 that doctors could no longer detect the virus in Vinson’s body.

 

Vinson was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Duncan. The other nurse, Nina Pham, was released Oct. 24 from a hospital attached to the National Institutes of Health.

 

Meanwhile, a nurse who was quarantined at a hospital in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has returned to Maine, where her partner is a student.

 

An attorney representing Kaci Hickox said Tuesday that she’s at an “undisclosed location.” Her partner’s home in Fort Kent was quiet with no sign of activity.

 

Maine health officials have announced that she agreed to be quarantined at home. That’s a step beyond what’s required by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that call for monitoring for health care providers who show no symptoms after treating Ebola patients.

 

Attorney Steve Hyman said he’s working with state health officials in Maine. He said Hickox deserves to be “honored, not detained” for her work in Africa.


10.27.14:  Washington state community looks for answers following high school shooting

 

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A close-knit community north of Seattle is still trying to understand why a popular high school freshman opened fire at his school in Marysville, shooting several students.

 

One student was killed at the scene Friday, and a 14-year-old girl died last night.

 

The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, shot himself to death as he struggled with a teacher.

 

Two of the students who were wounded were Fryberg’s cousins.


10.27.14:  America’s UN ambassador visits Ebola region

 

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is visiting the region of West Africa hardest hit by the Ebola virus.

 

Power met Sunday with religious leaders in Guinea, telling them, “We are in this with you for the long haul.”

 

Today she’s visiting Sierra Leone.

 

The outbreak has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in those two countries and in Liberia.

 

Meanwhile, the governors of New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as the governors back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa.

 

The governors are requiring health workers who’ve worked with Ebola patients in West Africa to stay in their homes during the Ebola incubation period.

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the quarantines may discourage health workers from going to West African to help stop the spread of Ebola.


10.24.14:  President will be in Detroit area next weekend

 

President Obama will make his way to Michigan next weekend.

He plans to be here next Saturday and will campaign in the Detroit area for U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Few other details have been released yet by the Democratic Party.


10.24.14:  NY Doctor with MI ties

 

A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient has a Michigan connection.

Dr. Craig Spencer is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan and attended Wayne State University School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Spencer is with Doctors Without Borders and recently returned from West Africa.

Thursday he came down with a 103 degree fever and was put in isolation.  His fiancée and 2 friends have been quarantined, but show no symptoms.


10.23.14:  Fence jumper arrested

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charges are pending after a Maryland man climbed over the White House fence last night.

 

Twenty-three-year-old Dominic Adesanya was quickly taken into custody after video showed him punching and kicking two Secret Service dogs that were released on him.

 

Adesanya was taken to a local hospital.

 

Last month, a man with a knife jumped the White House fence and walked through the mansion’s unlocked front door.

 


10.22.14:  Gov. Snyder signs law to ban Tesla direct sales

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law tighter restrictions to prohibit electric car maker Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in Michigan.

 

The governor’s move Tuesday is welcomed by mainline automakers and dealerships that say all manufacturers should follow the same rules. Tesla has said the “anti-competitive” bill would definitively prohibit it from selling directly to Michigan consumers because it doesn’t have franchised dealerships.

 

Snyder says Michigan law already prohibited automakers from selling straight to drivers and the change lets manufacturers without franchised dealers sell through another automaker’s dealers.

 

Tesla warns it may be unable to even open a viewing gallery in Michigan under the legislation.

 

Palo Alto, California-based Tesla says it expects to be able to build 100,000 vehicles annually by the end of 2015, up from 35,000 this year.