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California Heart Surgeon’s Patient Is Doctor Who Delivered Him

California Heart Surgeon’s Patient Is Doctor Who Delivered Him

Dmitrii Kotin/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It was a near-full-circle moment for Dr. Jim Affleck, a retired obstetrician, when he went in for heart surgery last month at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, California.One of the doctors in the operating room with Affleck was Dr. Robert Kincade, a heart surgeon whom Affleck delivered 45 years ago.Luckily for Affleck, he said, the uncanny coincidence was not a completely full-circle moment.“We didn’t have to come full circle on this delivery-death thing,” Affleck, 84, told ABC News Friday, adding that he “feels like a new person” after having his aortic valve replaced.Affleck spent 33 years as an obstetrician in the Sacramento area delivering thousands of babies -- so many that he says he lost count. So no one can blame him for not immediately recognizing that his patient was now his doctor.“I was surprised because, as an obstetrician, your patient is the mother,” he said. “You just hand the baby off to the pediatrician and never see it again.”Dr. Kincade is the medical director of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Therapies Programs, located at Sutter Memorial Hospital, the same hospital where he was born and where Affleck practiced.When Kincade realized the coincidence, he called the best source possible to confirm who delivered him: his mom, according to Affleck and the hospital. The doctor, who could not be reached Friday by ABC News because he was in surgery, then confirmed again via his birth certificate that Affleck was his doctor.“I was surprised he would look at his birth certificate and remember that and his mother remembered it too,” Affleck said.Affleck, who lives just outside Sacramento with his wife, Dona, and has three kids of his own, called his recovery from the heart surgery “marvelous.”He had a chance to reunite with Kincade on Monday when he went back to the hospital for his final check-up.“We’ve stayed in touch,” Affleck said. “The day after the surgery I got up and I could just tell that everything was different.”

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Many High School Seniors in Favor of Marijuana Reform

Many High School Seniors in Favor of Marijuana Reform

CapturedNuance/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A survey of high school seniors found that most 18-year-olds want marijuana reform.According to the study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, nearly one-third of students surveyed felt marijuana should be entirely legal, and nearly that amount -- 28.5 percent -- felt that marijuana should be treated as a minor violation. The survey included 12,000 students between 2007 and 2011. Researchers did find that certain groups were more or less likely to support marijuana legalization. Among those more likely to be in favor of legalization were black, liberal and urban students, while women, conservatives, religious students and those with friends who disapprove of marijuana use were less likely to support legalization.Interestingly, the survey found, nearly 17 percent of those students who had never used marijuana before were in favor of legalization.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/31/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA: Memphis Grizzlies 97 (2-0) - Indiana Pacers 89 (1-1)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (4-4-1 9pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (4-5-0 8pts)

 

 

 

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Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, Teen Wounded in Washington School Shooting, Dies

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, Teen Wounded in Washington School Shooting, Dies

Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) -- Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, a victim in the shooting at a Washington state high school, died on Friday, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said. She was the fourth person to die in the shooting.Two other students — Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14, remain at Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Hatch suffered a gunshot wound to his jaw."Our hearts are broken at the passing of our beautiful daughter. Shay means everything to us. In Shay’s short life she has been a radiant light bringing us incredible joy and happiness. She has been a loving daughter, a caring sister, a devoted friend and a wonderful part of our community. We can’t imagine life without her," the Chuckulnaskit family said in a statement released through the hospital.Zoe Galasso, 14, died from the shooting a week ago. Gia Soriano, also 14, died Sunday at Providence Hospital.Chuckulnaskit was critically injured in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.Authorities have identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg, 14 -- who shot five people before killing himself inside the school -- was a member of a prominent family in the Tulalip Tribes and, according to a tribe member, state Sen. John McCoy, he was highly regarded there."A lot of folks were considering him that he would move up the culture ranks and become a leader," McCoy said. "He had that kind of charisma and raw talent."All the victims in the shooting were either relatives or friends of Fryberg's, McCoy said. Two of the victims, Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, are relatives of the shooter, according to Hatch's grandfather and a source within the Tulalip Tribes.

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See Waves Slam Cars on a Busy Chicago Road

See Waves Slam Cars on a Busy Chicago Road

Mr_Twister/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Ah, the sea, the crashing surf...the highway?Drivers in the middle of Chicago Friday saw waves crashing where they're definitely not supposed to be, as high winds blew Lake Michigan's waters across the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive.The crashing waves and flooding stretched from North Avenue to Division Street, according to ABC News station WLS, and prompted city officials to reduce available lanes on the road and advise drivers to go another way, according to local reports.The whole thing was captured on video. Take a look below as the waves crash.

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Mexican Judge Orders US Marine Reservist Released

Mexican Judge Orders US Marine Reservist Released

AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- U.S. Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed in Mexico on gun charges since March, was ordered released by a judge in Mexico on Friday, according to documents released by the court.The California native, 26, was arrested on March 31, after he says he got lost and crossed the Mexican border with three firearms in his pickup truck. Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.The possession of any weapon restricted for the use of the Army is a federal crime in Mexico regardless of whether visitors declare it or not upon entering the country.Tahmooressi’s mother Jill in July said she was able to spent 20 minutes with her son after a court hearing, when he was ordered to be held in jail.“He’s very strong. He’s very strong and positive. And he’s confident,” she said then.The State Department has been actively engaged in the case. Consular officers have visited Tahmooressi numerous times, and at least 71 members of Congress have signed a bi-partisan letter asking the judge for leniency.Unlike American law, in Mexico one is guilty until proven innocent and the decision rests solely in the judge’s hands.

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Florida Man, Serving Life in Prison for Armed Robbery, Escapes

Florida Man, Serving Life in Prison for Armed Robbery, Escapes

fotokon/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A Florida inmate who was serving life in prison for armed robbery escaped from prison on Friday.Ronald McCoy, 39, was sentenced in 2004 to life in prison after he was convicted of multiple counts of armed robbery, as well as charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.McCoy had previously served time for a separate armed robbery in 1992.It was not immediately clear how McCoy escaped from the prison. The Florida Department of Corrections is working with local law enforcement and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to apprehend him.The Florida DOC describes McCoy as a 6-foot-3 inch tall, 200 pound black man with black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his left bicep and the right side of his chest.

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NATO Intercepts More Russian Aircraft

NATO Intercepts More Russian Aircraft

Darko Dozet/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A number of Russian aircraft were intercepted by NATO on Friday, the second time this week that Russian aircraft prompted the scrambling of NATO fighter jets.A U.S. defense official told ABC News that NATO tracked "multiple sets" of Russian aircraft, including fighter jets, bombers and refueling tankers. At least two TU-95 bombers were among the Russian planes tracked, after being spotted west of the United Kingdom. The planes had traveled as far south as Portugal before turning back.The official said that the Russian planes did not violate airspace, but were tracked because they filed no flight plans.Such incidents "pose the potential risk of escalation," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday, adding that the U.S. and NATO are watching the Russian flights "very, very closely."NATO says that there have been approximately 100 intercepts involving Russian aircraft in 2014 -- about three times the amount in all of 2013.

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Under the Wire: Guardrail Company Avoids Nationwide Ban With Crash Test Plan

Under the Wire: Guardrail Company Avoids Nationwide Ban With Crash Test Plan

zebra3/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The federal government has received, but is refusing to disclose, an urgent plan to re-test the safety of guardrails found on American highways across the country amid accusations they are dangerous to motorists.Just under the deadline, Trinity Industries, maker of the controversial ET-Plus system, submitted plans to the government for the new tests, as 30 states have announced they’ve already banned new installations of the guardrail until it is proven safe.“The Federal Highway Administration received Trinity’s ET-Plus test plan. The FHWA will expeditiously, but carefully, review the plan,” a statement provided Friday from the FHWA to ABC News reads.The government agency says it will review what Trinity Industries sent “with a sense of urgency” but does not have a timetable in which it will respond to the company. Starting 10 days ago, Trinity had been given until Friday to submit plans or the government would rule the commonly-used guardrail ineligible for American roads.The FHWA would not disclose further information about the crash test plans and directed requests for details of the “draft plan” to Trinity. A spokesperson for Trinity told ABC News it is not sharing details publicly at this time.“The public should be able to review these materials,” said Sean Kane, founder of The Safety Institute. “We can’t tell the difference between the regulators and the regulated here. This coziness has been part of the problem since the beginning.”Thirty states have now announced they are suspending further installation of the ET-Plus and one state, Virginia, said it is making plans to remove the guardrails from its highways entirely. Late last week, Trinity Industries said it would halt sales of the ET-Plus.The demand from the FHWA for crash tests came a day after a Texas jury ruled that Trinity had defrauded the government by altering an approved guardrail end terminal design nearly a decade ago and then failing to tell federal or state transportation departments about the changes until questions were raised in 2012. Trinity was ordered to pay $175 million in damages -- a figure expected to triple by statutory mandate.The ET-Plus System was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation in September that looked into allegations from crash victims that the modified guardrail can malfunction when struck from the front by their vehicles’. Rather than ribboning out and absorbing the impact as designed, the guardrails “locked up” and speared straight through the cars, severing the motorists’ limbs in some cases.Lawyers for the plaintiff in the Texas case, Josh Harman, expressed concern about any planned crash tests to the FHWA and have asked to be involved in discussions prior to the testing of the ET-Plus.“While we believe crash testing is important, we have several concerns about the protocol outlined by your office for testing and... we believe that testing alone would be insufficient to determine whether the ET-Plus should be eligible for federal reimbursement,” wrote attorney George Carpinello.Dean Sicking, a renowned guardrail engineer who authored manuals for crash testing –- and who also testified against Trinity Industries in the federal trial -- wrote to the agency, questioning the type of tests it may conduct, concerned that there has been an “ongoing deception of the FHWA” by Trinity Industries.Trinity has maintained the guardrails are safe, noting that the FHWA approved the modified guardrail for use after questions about the modifications were raised in 2012. The company plans to appeal the Texas verdict and has previously told ABC News it has a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity” of the ET-Plus system.

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President and First Lady Welcome Trick-or-Treaters to White House

President and First Lady Welcome Trick-or-Treaters to White House

White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted trick-or-treaters from 39 schools in Washington, Virginia and Maryland on Friday night, handing out candy, healthy snacks and other goodies.The president, who was not in costume, saluted one boy dressed as a Navy sailor, while Halloween-themed music played in the background, including Michael Jackson's "Thriller," "The Monster Mash" and the theme song from The Addams Family, among others. The trick-or-treaters walked across the South Drive to the South Portico of the White House.Volunteers carved 200 pumpkins for the event.The first family handed out an assortment of treats, including a box of White House Hershey kisses, a bag of black licorice and orange tangerine jelly beans, a White House sweet dough butter cookie, an apple, kettle corn, baseball cards featuring first dogs Bo and Sunny, and an assortment of other candies.

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The Seven Most Controversial Ads of Election 2014

The Seven Most Controversial Ads of Election 2014

Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- Attack ads are among the oldest tools in the political playbook -- and 2014 has seen its share.Here are seven of the most controversial ads of 2014:1. “Justice”Candidate: Wendy Davis, DemocratRace: Texas gubernatorial raceIn “Justice,” Democrat Wendy Davis uses a photo of an empty wheelchair to make a political point. Her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Despite a backlash, Davis defended the ad, which is the most-viewed YouTube video on this list. Abbott brushed off the ad, saying, "if [Davis] wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that's her prerogative. As for me, I'm running a different type of campaign."

2. “Nikko”Sponsoring Organization: National Republican Congressional CommitteeRace: Nebraska 2nd Congressional District race“Nikko” attempts to tie Democratic candidate Brad Ashford to a prison inmate’s quadruple murder while out on early release under Nebraska’s “good time” law. The Ashford campaign called the ad a desperate move from Republicans and the accusations in the ad "baseless." Critics have slammed the ad for supposedly playing up racial stereotypes, and have compared it to the “Willie Horton” ad used against 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis. The NRCC fired back by saying the ad sheds light on Ashford's record, and expressed confidence in GOP candidate Lee Terry's campaign.

3. “Largest Ever”Candidate: Alison Lundergan Grimes, DemocratRace: Kentucky Senate raceIn “Largest Ever,” Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes attempts to set the record straight on her stance on immigration and attacks Sen. Mitch McConnell for voting for “amnesty” for immigrants. The ad is getting flak from liberal groups like Latino Victory Project and MoveOn.org because Grimes uses the term “illegal aliens” to refer to undocumented immigrants. Grimes has not directly responded to their criticism.

4. “Crime Scene”Candidate: Mark Begich, DemocratRace: Alaska Senate raceCritics pounced when Sen. Mark Begich used one of the most horrific crimes in Anchorage's history to attack his Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan. The ad cites a case in which an elderly couple was murdered and their 2-year-old granddaughter was sexually assaulted, and blames Sullivan for letting sex offenders get off with what it suggests are short sentences. Begich’s campaign also faced backlash for not taking down the commercial immediately after the family asked it to stop showing it. A spokesman for the Begich campaign said that they had notified the family before running the ad and the family did not seem opposed. After receiving a letter from the family's lawyer, the ad was pulled from air, Begich’s campaign site and Begich’s YouTube page.

5. “Stalker Gap”Sponsoring Organization: Americans for Responsible SolutionsRace: Arizona 2nd Congressional District raceSponsored by Gabby Gifford’s PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, this ad tells the story of Vicki, a mother whose husband and daughter were shot by the daughter’s ex-boyfriend, then ends by saying GOP congressional candidate Martha McSally “opposes making it harder for stalkers to buy a gun.” The Arizona Republic called the ad “vile” and a “murder indictment” of McSally. The ad drew further criticism when McSally revealed that she was a victim of stalking. ARS stood by their ad but then then pulled the ad after McSally said she always supported changing the "stalker gap."

6. “Restore Leadership”Candidate: Allen Weh, RepublicanRace: New Mexico Senate raceWeh’s ad seeks to tie his Democratic opponent, Sen. Tom Udall, to Obama’s policies to combat ISIS. Critics deemed the spot offensive because it features a still image, albeit brief, of American journalist James Foley’s executioner. Weh defended the ad, telling ABC News, “That video is rough, but that's the unvarnished truth.”

7. “When the Moment is Right”Candidate: J.D. Winteregg, Tea Party RepublicanRace: Ohio’s 8th Congressional DistrictIn this Cialis spoof, John Boehner’s primary challenger, J.D. Winteregg, attacks the speaker’s many years in Congress, mocks his last name and alleges “electile dysfunction.” The ad got Winteregg noticed but also cost him his job as an adjunct professor at Cedarville University, a Christian college. Although he lost a job and the primary election, Winteregg said he has no regrets about airing the ad.

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Help Line Staffer Suspended For Robotic Voice

Help Line Staffer Suspended For Robotic Voice

Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ronald Dillon's employer didn't think it was funny that the IT specialist kept answering the customer service phone in a robotic voice.Dillon's boss, the New York City Health Department, has suspended him for 20 days.The case document, claimed that Dillon “states in a slow, monotone, and overenunciated manner, ‘You have reached the Help Desk. This is Mr. Dillon. How may I help you?’”Dillon denied the accusation that he greeted callers to the Help Desk in a robotic voice, saying that he merely read a script he had been given in a “neutral tone.” According to the document:“He contended that he articulates each word because he speaks fast and has a Brooklyn accent which is sometimes difficult to understand. He further asserted that he uses this tone to eliminate accusations that he treats callers differently…Additionally, he asserted that he is not a ‘people person’ and does not have the special talents and skills that customer service requires.”Administrative Law Judge Kara Miller, however, described Dillon as a “disgruntled employee” in her Oct. 7 ruling.“It may be true that [Dillon] is not a ‘people person’ and relatively new to customer service,” Miller wrote in the case document. “But the audio recordings show that respondent is capable of speaking to callers in a normal tone.”This was not a one-time offense. The Health Department provided five audio recordings of Dillon putting on his best automation impression between February and April 2013, with other complaints stretching back to October 2012.Dillon, who has worked for the Health Department since 1976, faces a 20-day suspension without pay.

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DHS Report Finds Medicare Paid for HIV Drugs for Dead Patients

DHS Report Finds Medicare Paid for HIV Drugs for Dead Patients

Andregric/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Department of Health and Human Services released a report on Friday that showed Medicare paid for HIV medication for more than 100 patients who were already dead.The study was undertaken, the Office of the Inspector General said, because of "ongoing concerns about Medicare paying for drugs and services after a beneficiary has died." Using their enrollment database, the Social Security Administration's Death Master File and alternate death records, the OIG determined that at least 150 dead patients received HIV medication.The study only looked at HIV drugs, which accounted for one quarter of one percent of all Medicare Part D drugs in 2012. The department says that the findings have implications for all such drugs, however."We recommend that [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] change its practice of paying for drugs that have a date of service within 32 days after the beneficiary's death," the report read. That change aims to "prevent inappropriate payments for drugs for deceased beneficiaries and lead to cost savings for the program and for taxpayers."

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Why Upheaval in Burkina Faso Matters to US National Security

Why Upheaval in Burkina Faso Matters to US National Security

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso) -- In a surprise announcement, the leader of the African nation of Burkina Faso said Friday he will end his nearly three decade rule -– marking a victory for thousands of angry protesters, but prompting some uneasiness inside the U.S. national security community, which sees the tiny West African nation as a "key ally" in anti-terror operations in the region.“The location of Burkina Faso is strategic, if you look at the other sides of it,” a U.S. official told ABC News. “It’s an important, strategic place for CT [counter-terrorism] efforts and it’s one of those places that needs to be calm.”One of the world’s poorest countries, Burkina Faso sits in West Africa between the two operational zones of two major terrorist organizations – al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali to the north, and Boko Haram in Nigeria to the east.As such, the government of Burkina Faso -- like its neighbor Niger -- previously agreed to allow American spy planes and drones to operate from its airfields, according to a 2012 report by The Washington Post. The Post called Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou a “key hub of the U.S. spying network” in the region, from which the U.S. conducted a surveillance mission code named Creek Sand out of a small air base built on to the international airport there.In its 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism, the State Department said Burkina Faso was a “strong U.S. security and defense partner in the region” and said that that year, the government “aggressively undertook measures to combat the regional danger posed by terrorist organizations.”“The Government of Burkina Faso has recognized the importance of regional stability as an element in the fight against terrorism,” the State Department said.With Friday’s announcement from Burkina Faso’s longtime leader Blaise Compaore, the U.S. may have lost a somewhat reliable, personal partner in power.“He [Compaore] is a guy that we’ve sort of been able to work with to help with some of the issues in the region, in terms of being able to use Burkina strategically to counter the unsavories in the neighborhood,” the U.S. official said. “This change is a change that [the U.S. government] is going to have to contend with.”In 2013, Gilles Yabi, the International Crisis Group's West Africa Project Director, said that Compaore and "his men [had] succeeded in positioning themselves as indispensable mediators in the resolution of regional crisis."Yabi said that "turmoil in Burkina Faso" could mean the loss of a "key ally and strategic base” for the U.S. and France, according to the International Crisis Group's website. France has also undertaken expansive counter-terror operations in north Africa, including a major operation in Mali in 2013.However, the U.S. official didn't see the political change in Burkina Faso as necessarily having much of an impact on American counter-terrorism operations there. After all, in return for allowing U.S. to conduct its missions from Burkina Faso, the U.S. supports the country’s own anti-terror and border security operations.For instance, in 2013 “U.S. assistance facilitated the establishment of a 1,000-person border security task force and the training and equipping of a military counter-terrorism unit,” according to the State Department report.It’s the kind of help -- along with millions of dollars yearly in foreign aid -- that the U.S. is counting on Burkina Faso needing, whoever is in charge.“The military leaders, the transitional leaders don’t want what is going on in the neighborhood to spill over to Burkina Faso,” the U.S. official said. “It doesn’t appear at this moment that the new transitional government would seek to turn a shoulder to the U.S. or any Western partner.”Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman, a spokesperson for the U.S. military’s Africa Command which runs operations on the continent, declined to discuss American counter-terrorism operations in Burkina Faso, but she said the military is “keeping a close eye” on developments there.While she said she doesn’t “want to guess at what’s going to happen,” Hillman said the military is “hopeful” that the change of power won’t affect Burkina Faso's posture towards American forces in the region."[Burkina Faso is] a key ally," Hillman said. "In a region that’s so unstable at times, it’s good to have an ally."

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Italy to Cease Missions to Save Migrants Crossing Mediterranean

Italy to Cease Missions to Save Migrants Crossing Mediterranean

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Italy announced on Friday it will stop conducting search and rescue missions to save migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.Since January, naval patrols between Italy and North Africa have saved more than 150,000 people in rickety boats escaping war and violence. But Italy says it can no longer afford the $11 million a month operation and will stop it at the end of the year.The European Union is set to start its own patrols on Saturday, but human rights groups say it's not big enough to replace the Italian rescue mission and that thousands more lives could be lost.The E.U. has also had trouble getting member countries to contribute to the new mission. Britain says it won't be part of it because the patrols will only encourage more migrants to risk the dangerous crossing. 

So far this year, more than 3,300 people have drowned trying to make it to Italy.

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Canada Won’t Issue Visas to Individuals from Ebola-Impacted Countries

Canada Won’t Issue Visas to Individuals from Ebola-Impacted Countries

PhenomArtlover/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Canada has instituted a visa ban on individuals from West Africa seeking temporary or permanent residence, in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola.Noting the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the potential for "introduction or spread of the disease," the Canadian government opted to enact the visa ban as of Friday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will neither process new visa applications nor continue to process pending applications for temporary residence for workers, students or visitors who have been in an Ebola affected country within three months of their application date.

The decision applies to those nations designated by the World Health Organization as having widespread and persistent/intense transmission of Ebola.

The rules apply to those seeking permanent residence as well.The decision, reported by the Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the government of Canada, aim to "assist in the prevention of the transmission and spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in Canada."

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Strong Finish to Week on Wall Street, Labor Department Report Shows Wages Increasing

Strong Finish to Week on Wall Street, Labor Department Report Shows Wages Increasingtarabird/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets closed the week on a positive note, with the closing bell coming as two major indices finished back above milestones they had fallen below during the rough beginning of October.The Dow Jones Indu...

Chicago Cubs Fire Manager Rick Renteria

Chicago Cubs Fire Manager Rick Renteria

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill) -- After one season of work, the Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria.

Friday, Team President Theo Epstein released a statement praising  Renteria's efforts in 2014.

Epstein's statement added that the opportunity to add Joe Maddon as manager of the team was too good to pass up.

"Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon - who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us - had become a free agent,'' Epstein explained. " We confirmed the news with Major League Baseball, and it became public knowledge the next day.

"We saw it as a unique opportunity and faced a clear dilemma: be loyal to Rick or be loyal to the organization. In this business of trying to win a world championship for the first time in 107 years, the organization has priority over any one individual. We decided to pursue Joe."

Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays last week.  The contract with Maddon has not yet been finalized.  The Cubs offered Renteria a chance to stay with the organization but he declined.

 

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Building Stability Affecting Search for Victims of Kansas Plane Crash

Building Stability Affecting Search for Victims of Kansas Plane Crash

Jaison Podkanowicz(WICHITA, Kan.) -- Rescuers had difficulty searching on Friday for the victims of a crash at a Wichita, Kansas, airport, with investigators fearing the badly damaged building might collapse at any moment.“We don’t like leaving folks who have died in a structure overnight, but we don’t want to get anybody else hurt,” said Brad Crisp, Wichita’s fire marshal.Four people were killed, including pilot Mark Goldstein, when a Beechcraft King Air 200, full of fuel, lost power in the left engine shortly after takeoff Thursday at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.The plane slammed into the FlightSafety Building, igniting an inferno. On Friday, small fires were still being put out as pieces of the building continued to break off.Authorities said Friday that the three people who were killed on the ground were in flight simulators at the moment of impact. Flight simulator pods typically house a pilot, copilot and flight instructor.Authorities did not release the names of the three victims. Heavy equipment was expected to be brought in on Friday to help stabilize the building and enable rescuers to recover the bodies.Five people were hospitalized after the crash Thursday, including one person in serious condition. Goldstein was flying solo.Goldstein’s colleagues on Friday said he knew he was in trouble right away.“Mark was an air traffic controller and the other other controllers knew his voice,” said friend Ron Ryan. “They knew when he declared an emergency and lost the left engine. They knew who it was.”A National Transportation Safety Board team was at the scene of the crash waiting to begin its investigation.

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Pee-Wee Herman Is Returning to the Big Screen

Pee-Wee Herman Is Returning to the Big Screen

Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) -- It’s been nearly 30 years since Pee-wee’s Big Adventure hit movie screened and solidified the quirky character's cult following. Now, a new movie is in the works, according to Pee-wee himself, Paul Reubens.“It think it first got leaked four years ago or so that the movie was going to be made, and ever since then it’s just been stalling and stalling,” Reubens told Rolling Stone magazine. “So I'm really ready for this to happen.”The actor, 62, also played the lovable Pee-wee Herman on Pee-wee’s Playhouse from 1986 to 1990.After speculation of the big return, Reubens announced that the new Pee-wee project will begin production in early 2015.“It’s going to get made shortly after the new year,” he said. “I wish I could tell you about it right now, because...I mean, it’s amazing. It’s going to be amazing.”

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