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Police: Educator Sent Nude Images to Student

Police: Educator Sent Nude Images to StudentPOST FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A 40-year-old northern Idaho educator police say sent nude photos of herself to a 16-year-old male high school student has been issued a misdemeanor citation. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (http://bit.ly/1z4eIsI) in a story on Friday that the citation received by Bobbi Deitz is for sending harmful material to a […]

Odds of Catching Ebola on the Subway and Other Handy Facts

Odds of Catching Ebola on the Subway and Other Handy Facts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ebola continues to dominate the news with the latest diagnosis of a patient in New York City, leaving many Americans on edge, especially New Yorkers, who awoke this morning to learn that the patient had take three subway lines before he was diagnosed.So, what are the odds of catching Ebola on the subway? Here are a few Ebola facts to calm your nerves:"There are fundamental things we do know about Ebola and it's those things that can make most people in America rest very well at night that they don't have a risk of contracting this disease,” said ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser during a recent ABC News Ebola town hall event.What If I Stand Next to Someone with Ebola on a Subway?You probably won't catch it in that situation, Dr. Jay Varma, New York City’s deputy commissioner for disease control, said during the town hall event."Casual contact like you would have somebody pass you on the bus or on the subway, I’m not worried about it for myself and I’m not worried about it for my wife and kids," Varma said.When Does Ebola Become Contagious?Ebola is contagious when someone is symptomatic, Besser said. A fever is the first symptom of Ebola, which means the virus is beginning to multiply in the patient’s blood when a fever sets in.As an Ebola patient gets sicker and sicker, the amount of virus in his or her blood multiplies, making them even more contagious.How Is Ebola Spread?Ebola is spread through close contact with an infected person, and it’s not airborne, Besser said.“We also know from the studies in Africa that it’s a hard disease to get,” Besser said. “If this disease was spread through the air or was spread easily -- that you could get it from someone you’re standing next to in the market or sitting next to on a plane -- this outbreak would be far larger than it is today.”People who contract Ebola usually do so because they've cared for someone who was infected in a hospital setting or at home, Besser noted, or they've touched the body of a person who died of Ebola.Can It Become Airborne?“The majority of scientists say that while it’s possible, it’s highly unlikely,” Besser said, explaining that the virus would have to mutate significantly.What If Someone with Ebola Sneezes on Me?Sneezing is not a symptom of Ebola, Besser said. Neither is coughing until the very late stages of the disease, when the person is clearly sick and near death. On top of that, the disease is not airborne.How Long Can the Virus Survive on Surfaces Like Tabletops and Doorknobs?“This is one of these areas where we don’t really know enough,” Varma said. “We do know that these viruses can survive on surfaces for a few hours.”He said how long it can survive depends on the surface and the environment.Should You Take Precautions Before Taking Public Transportation?“We think this is not a disease that you can get from simply being next to somebody,” Varma said. “Absolutely if somebody vomits on you or you get their body fluids on you, of course you can be at risk, but we think that airplane travel, traveling on subways -- all of that -- is the type of contact where this is not a disease that's transmitted.”He said he’s more worried about getting the flu on public transportation than Ebola.Can I Get Ebola From Someone’s Sweat?There’s very little data on how much of the virus is in a sick person’s sweat, Besser said.He added that carrying a person who is sick with Ebola can be a “risky situation.” He said one man who had Ebola on a plane didn't spread it to fellow passengers but inadvertently gave it to the people who helped carry him once he got off the plane.“Touching the skin -- whether he had other body fluids or sweat on his skin at that point -- was a risk,” Besser said.Can Ebola Be Spread Through the Water Supply?Ebola is not a water-borne disease, according to researchers at the Water Research Foundation. Therefore, it cannot spread through the water supply.“Once in water, the host cell will take in water in an attempt to equalize the osmotic pressure, causing the cell to swell and burst, thus killing the virus,” the foundation noted in a statement.Bodily fluids flushed by an infected person would not contaminate the water supply, the statement went on to say, because the virus is so fragile. Once separated from its host it is neutralized within minutes.Can Ebola Be Used as a Terrorist Weapon?Ebola could theoretically be used by terrorists but it is unlikely, Varma said.Studies suggest that Ebola could in theory be delivered in mist form by spraying it out of an aerosol can. However, since the virus is not known to take an airborne route, this would likely be ineffective.It is also possible that a terrorist willing to be infected with the virus could walk among the general population. However, since the virus has a long incubation period and is not highly contagious until the later stages of the disease, most experts say this would be impractical.Can Ebola Be Spread by Mosquitoes?Neither mosquitoes nor rats can spread Ebola, Besser said. "Not all viruses are adapted to survival and transmission through every vector," he noted.Only mammals such as humans, bats, monkeys and apes have shown the ability to spread and become infected with the Ebola virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other studies have shown that dogs and pigs can be infected with the virus but they don't show symptoms and there are no known cases of these animals passing the virus along to humans.Is There a Vaccine Coming?There are two vaccines being tested in clinical trials now, Besser said.“There’s a lot of efforts underway to try and move a vaccine forward but vaccine development takes a long time,” he said, adding that one of the companies working on one has said it won’t know whether it works until 2015.Even if it does work, it will take more time to manufacture.What About Other Drugs?Ebola patients in the United States are receiving experimental drugs, but it’s not yet clear whether they've helped, hurt or made no difference in those patients’ outcomes, Besser said.Why Don't We Just Close Our Borders to West Africa?Keeping people from leaving the Ebola-affected countries would be a "major mistake," Besser said, noting that he saw aid workers, journalists and family members aboard his plane on his two trips to Liberia in the last few months, and that letting them in and out is important."You want to make sure that people who leave that area are being monitored and doing it safely," he said. "You want to encourage people to go there who have expertise and can help these governments, these health workers, control this disease. That will save lives there and will also improve the health and protection of Americans right here."Varma said the biggest concern in America should be containing the outbreak in Africa. Until that happens, he said "we will always be at risk.""You can't just wrap a wall around these countries and not expect people to get out," he said.

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Poll: Sen. Mark Udall Still Leads Colorado Senate Race

Poll: Sen. Mark Udall Still Leads Colorado Senate Race

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Cory Gardner is still ahead of Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in the Colorado U.S. Senate race, with the Republican leading Udall 46 to 41 percent among likely voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll out Friday. The results are similar to the five-point lead Gardner had in Quinnipiac's poll last week.The poll also shows 6 percent are for Independent candidate Steve Shogan, while another 6 percent are undecided.Among women, 45 to 41 percent are backing Udall, while 51 to 38 percent of men are for Gardner.Gardner is leading with independent voters, getting 41 percent to Udall’s 40 percent. And with just 11 days to go, much of Colorado’s likely voters have made up their mind with 92 percent decided.

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Intruder Shot by Golfer’s Wife May Have Been Her Ex-Lover: Police

Intruder Shot by Golfer’s Wife May Have Been Her Ex-Lover: Police

Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The wife of a semi-pro golfer shot an intruder in an August home invasion -- but a police report released this week revealed that the wife and intruder were allegedly having an affair, with authorities declining to bring criminal charges in the case.Mishay Simpson, 28, the wife of golfer Rhett Simpson, was home alone with the couple’s daughter on Aug. 19 when their home alarm system went off, police said.Simpson told investigators that someone came upstairs and opened the door, according to the police report.She saw someone standing in the doorway. "He began to back up, facing her, and she pulled the trigger," the report states.The man was identified as Andrew Noll, 23, an acquaintance of Simpson's. He took a photo seconds after being shot."When she opened the door, we looked right at each other for a few seconds," Noll told investigators. "I turned around, and she shot me."One week before the shooting, she filed a request for a restraining order, telling police that Noll had been stalking her.But Noll's story is much different.“I had the codes and the keys to her house,” he said. “I didn't open the bedroom door. She did, and she shot me from behind.”The nature of their relationship remains in question. He claims -- in a sworn statement -- that they were having an affair, but had recently broken it off.On the night of the shooting, Simpson reportedly texted him. But Simpson told police that the two have never been involved sexually.

Simpson and her attorney declined to comment when reached by ABC News.

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Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown Square Off in NH Senate Debate

Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown Square Off in NH Senate Debate

US Senate(CONCORD, N.H.) -- New Hampshire Senate candidates Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown faced off again Thursday night in their second live televised debate. The match up was dominated by questions on Ebola, and Shaheen accused Brown of “fear mongering” on the issue, as she did on the dangers of ISIS. Brown tried to wiggle out of earlier comments he made that the country would not be worrying about Ebola if Mitt Romney was president, but the moderator read the entire quote pressing him. Later in the debate, the issue of President Obama’s campaign schedule came up when Shaheen was asked why she doesn’t want him to stump with her in the Granite State. She answered she never said she doesn’t want the president to campaign with her, but “the fact is he’s busy.” When asked directly if she does want Obama to campaign with her, she said no: “We have a lot going on, I don’t think it makes sense for the president to come to New Hampshire right now.”

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Ebola-Free Nurse Nina Pham Visits President Obama

Ebola-Free Nurse Nina Pham Visits President Obama

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Before returning to her "normal life" in Texas, newly Ebola-free Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Obama in the Oval Office.Hours earlier, Pham had walked out of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where she has been in isolation since Oct. 16, to a round of applause. She thanked everyone who cared for her since her Oct. 11 Ebola diagnosis, and said she would finally go home to her dog, Bentley. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she told reporters, adding that she hopes to return to her "normal life."Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus three days later.It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil."I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on others who have not been so fortunate," Pham said, reading from her prepared statement at the press conference.

Pham's colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, also tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital's request.At the news conference announcing Pham's discharge, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said she tested negative for Ebola five times, and that it wasn't clear which treatment saved her because they were all experimental."I want to first tell you what a great pleasure and in many respects, a privilege ...to have the opportunity to treat and care for and get to know such an extremely courageous and lovely person," Fauci said, adding that she represents the health care workers who "put themselves on the line"He said he wore Pham's nursing school colors for the press conference in her honor."I'm going to miss Nina a lot," Fauci quipped at the end of the conference, adding that he gave her his cellphone number.Pham also thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, the American missionary who had been treating Ebola patients in Liberia when he contracted the deadly virus in late July. Brantly was declared virus-free in September and has donated plasma to Pham and other American Ebola patients in the hopes of boosting their ability to fight the virus with his antibodies.Pham's dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn't over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.Vinson's family announced on Oct. 22 that she, too, tested negative for the virus at Emory.

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Turns Out Sunday’s the Best Day to Buy Airfare

Turns Out Sunday’s the Best Day to Buy AirfareiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your employer can rest easy knowing that if you're spending work hours shopping for airfare, at least you won't likely get a deal while doing it. At least not compared to if you had taken some time out of your weekend to ...

How to Find People on Facebook’s Pseudo-Anonymous App ‘Rooms’

How to Find People on Facebook’s Pseudo-Anonymous App ‘Rooms’

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Catering to the obscure, Facebook's new pseudo-anonymous app, "Rooms," lets users geek out on niche topics without ever having to reveal their real identities.Less than 24 hours after the app launched, a slew of new rooms have been created, covering a spectrum of topics that span from "Mormon Living" to "Men's Speedo Lovers."The chat room and message board hybrid allows like-minded people to create rooms to discuss any topic of interest. A QR code is generated, which the room's creator can distribute to others as an invitation to join the conversation.While Rooms doesn't have a discovery feature, Josh Miller, product manager for the app, advised users to search Instagram using the hashtag #Rooms to find public invitations for topics that may interest them.To use the invitation, users must take a screen shot of the QR code by simultaneously pressing the home and power buttons on their iPhones.Then, they must open the rooms app, choose "use invite," and find the shot on their camera roll to gain access to the room they wish to join.Once inside, users are treated to a feed of videos, photos and text on the given topic of interest.While Facebook has a real name policy, Rooms lets users choose any username they want, and their handles can differ for each room they're a member of.Miller said Rooms allows people to revel in the sides of themselves that they may not get to show their friends."One of the things our team loves most about the internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be," he said in a blog post on Thursday. "This can be liberating, but only if we have places that let us break away from the constraints of our everyday selves. We want the rooms you create to be freeing in this way."Rooms is available in the Apple app store for users in the United States and United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries, Facebook said.

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WOW Air Offers Flights from US to Europe for $99

WOW Air Offers Flights from US to Europe for $99

WOW Air(NEW YORK) -- Could your overseas flight soon cost less than your baggage fees? Icelandic airline WOW Air announced this week its plan to offer flights from the U.S. to Europe for only $99. The carrier is taking advantage of the growing sector of budget travelers, catered to by low cost airlines, which generally skimp on traditional amenities in order to pass savings on to customers. The one-way flights are limited to a few cities at the onset: Boston and Washington, D.C., with transatlantic flights to Iceland, London and Copenhagen, Denmark. WOW said the deep budget flights could become available as soon as March 2015. Still, many fliers have already secured reservations to fly next year.

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Amazon on the Defensive After Hefty Quarterly Loss

Amazon on the Defensive After Hefty Quarterly Loss

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon will be on the defensive Friday, as the web giant takes a hit from investors after posting its largest quarterly loss in 14 years.

In pre-market trading, Amazon stock was already down more than 10 percent.

On Thursday, the online retail giant released its third quarter earnings report, which showed a far greater than expected net loss and revenue that did not meet expectations, as well as weak guidance for next quarter’s earnings.

The company has been criticized for many of its expansionist policies, including new products like the Amazon Fire phone, which has generally been seen as an unsuccessful product.

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ACLU Not Challenging N. Idaho Chapel Over Gay Marriage

ACLU Not Challenging N. Idaho Chapel Over Gay MarriageUNDATED (AP) – The ACLU of Idaho says it will not challenge a Coeur d’Alene wedding chapel’s refusal to conduct gay marriages because the chapel falls under a religious exemption. A Christian religious rights legal group filed a federal lawsuit against the city contending the chapel could be compelled to perform gay marriages under the […]

TLC Cancels “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

TLC Cancels “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

TLC

(NEW YORK) -- Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been canceled.The decision comes on the heels of a TMZ report that show matriarch Mama June, or June Shannon, is dating a convicted child molester."TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately," a spokesperson for the network told ABC News in a statement. "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being.”However, the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star, a mother of four including 9-year-old Alana, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, has denied having a relationship with the sex offender."I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors remember you can't believe everything you read!" she wrote on Facebook. "It isnt true i promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn't go back."Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is currently between seasons. Yesterday, a spokesperson for the network told ABC News that it was "reassessing the future of the series.""TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," the network told ABC News in a statement Thursday. "We are very concerned about this new information."

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Stolen Plastic Horse Found

Stolen Plastic Horse Found(TWIN FALLS, ID) – A life-size plastic horse stolen from a Twin Falls store earlier this week has been recovered. The horse vanished from the roof of Vicker’s Western Store, where it had been since 1962. Owner Jim Vickers says he got a call Thursday morning that the horse was found in Devil’s Corral in […]

Behavioral Crisis Center to Add Jobs

Behavioral Crisis Center to Add Jobs(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Rehabilitation and Health Services in Idaho Falls will be handling social work and clinical services at the Behavioral Health Center. Officials with RHS tell Local News 8 that they’re accepting applications for new positions at the crisis center, and Bonneville County commissioners have already hired a coordinator to oversee the new […]

Cannon Shell Found at Pacific Recycling

Cannon Shell Found at Pacific Recycling(POCATELLO, ID) – An unexploded cannon shell was found at Pacific Recycling in Pocatello Thursday. The Idaho State Journal reports that the live 20mm shell is normally fired out of the Gatling guns of F-15 fighter jets. A bomb squad from Mountain Home Air Force Base was called in to secure the scene. Officials are […]

Call Center Coming to Idaho Falls

Call Center Coming to Idaho Falls(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – A new call center is opening up in Idaho Falls. Utah-based Progrexion hopes to add about 150 jobs by the end of the year. KIDK reports that the company already has about 200 people working at a call center in Rexburg. Progrexion helps consumers understand and repair their credit. Site director […]

Pocatello Superintendent to Resign

Pocatello Superintendent to Resign(POCATELLO, ID) – Pocatello School District 25 Superintendent Mary Vagner is stepping down. Her resignation will take effect in June. Administrators say Vagner has been at the helm for nine years, and was Idaho’s Superintendent of the Year in 2012. Officials maintain that Vagner’s resignation has nothing to do with controversies involving basketball coach Laraine […]

Blackfoot Standoff Ends Peacefully

Blackfoot Standoff Ends Peacefully(BLACKFOOT, ID) – A 14-hour standoff in Blackfoot ended peacefully Thursday night. Officials say a man barricaded himself in the Blackbird Seven Fruit and Vegetable building across from Rupe’s Burgers. The standoff began at around 3 a.m. A SWAT team eventually rammed the door of the building and the suspect surrendered at around 5 p.m. […]

Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- She's a woman of the times!Queen Elizabeth II took to Twitter for the first time ever Friday morning, sending the message before an audience of 600 guests from the science and technology fields at the opening of a new exhibit at London's Science Museum."It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum, and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," she wrote.

 

It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

 

 

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

 

The Queen, 88, is the latest in her family to tweet from the @BritishMonarchy account. Earlier this year, Prince Harry sent his first tweet to promote the @InvictusGames, after which he posted his first selfie. (He even got his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, in on that one!)However, that wasn't Prince William's first brush with social media. He and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, used his family's @clarencehouse account to announce the birth of Prince George in 2013 and last month, when they announced that they're expecting again.

 

Something one doesn't see everyday... The Queen sends her first tweet to open #smInfoAge #TheQueenTweets pic.twitter.com/yOeK6Jlnxx

— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) October 24, 2014

 

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Saban: Rivarly with Vols Is ‘Special’

Saban: Rivarly with Vols Is ‘Special’

Istockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Fourth ranked Alabama (6-1) is expecting everything they can handle against Tennessee (3-4) on Saturday.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban called the game this week "one of the great rivalry games in college football. [It] certainly has a lot of tradition and something that's been very special and means a lot to a lot of our fans."

The Vols are still searching for their first win in the SEC after losing three straight in their conference matchups.

Tennessee's defense has allowed 21.3 points per game this season and Alabama's offense is averaging 36.9.

"They're big, they're physical up front, a very typical Alabama offensive line," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "I think they're playing to the strengths of their players. They did a lot of quick screens, a lot of dual packages where you have the run and the pass option off of it. I think they're doing a great job."

The game also will be the return of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who left Tennessee after a 7-6 season in 2009, which caused rioting on campus.

"The game is not about that," Saban said. "The game is about the players and regardless of what fans think or what fans do, I think our coaches and our players need to focus on what we're going to do in the game and how we're going to help our players play our best."

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