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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.


10.22.14:  American detained in NKorea arrives home in Ohio

 

CINCINNATI (AP) — An American man just freed from North Korea has arrived in his home state of Ohio this morning.

 

Jeffrey Fowle was detained for nearly six months after leaving a Bible at a nightclub.

 

The 56-year-old had been awaiting trial. Fowle was flown out of North Korea yesterday on a U.S. military jet.

 

Two other Americans who have been convicted of crimes in the North are still being held.


10.21.14:  Ebola workers get new guidelines

 

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials have released new guidelines for health care workers taking care of Ebola patients.

 

Health workers had been pushing for guidance since two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were infected by a Liberian man with Ebola who eventually died.

 

The guidelines call for being covered head to toe with face shields, hoods, boot covers, and training and monitoring of putting on and taking off protective equipment.

 

The CDC cannot require hospitals to follow the guidance; it’s merely official advice.


10.20.14:  Tougher Ebola procedures for health workers in US

 

DALLAS (AP) — There’ll be more stringent procedures for health care workers taking care of Ebola patients in the U.S.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says health care workers will have to wear full-body suits and hoods, covering every part of their body, and they’ll be checked by at least one other person when entering and leaving contaminated areas.

 

The changes come after two nurses who took care of an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital contracted the virus themselves.

 


 

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.