WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:10:15 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-indiana-suspect-hints-at-more-killings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-indiana-suspect-hints-at-more-killings/ National News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:37:50 AM Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

HAMMOND, Ind. - Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said during a news conference Monday that the suspect, identified as Darren Vann, is being cooperative with investigators. Vann was convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009 and now lives in Gary.

Authorities say seven bodies were found in several locations in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after Vann's confession in one killing led police to the grisly discovery of other deaths.

Doughty says the victims found over the weekend were killed recently. He did not say whether there might be other victims.

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GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away http://www.wbrz.com/news/gop-governors-don-t-see-obamacare-going-away/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gop-governors-don-t-see-obamacare-going-away/ National News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:28:52 AM Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

WASHINGTON - Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away.

Nine Republican governors have accepted the law's Medicaid coverage expansion for low-income people, despite their own misgivings about big government and strong opposition from state legislators of their own party. Three more governors are negotiating expansions of the program with the Democratic administration in Washington.

The governors' approach is in sharp contrast to the anti-Obamacare fervor of their party in Congress.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn't think the Affordable Care Act will be repealed even if Republicans win a Senate majority in next month's elections. He tells The Associated Press, "That's not gonna happen."

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Tougher Ebola procedures for health workers in US http://www.wbrz.com/news/tougher-ebola-procedures-for-health-workers-in-us/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tougher-ebola-procedures-for-health-workers-in-us/ National News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 5:57:01 AM Tougher Ebola procedures for health workers in US

DALLAS - 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.

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Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student http://www.wbrz.com/news/cops-remains-may-be-those-of-missing-uva-student/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cops-remains-may-be-those-of-missing-uva-student/ National News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 3:15:42 PM STEVE HELBER Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Authorities investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student are searching a rural area where human remains were discovered.

Investigators also interviewed residents in the area Sunday, and forensic teams combed the sides of a road for several miles past the site.

It was not immediately known what they were looking for.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told a news conference on Saturday that human remains were found on an abandoned property in southern Albemarle County, south of Charlottesville.

He said authorities have not yet confirmed they are those of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, but have notified Grahams' parents of the discovery.

The area is heavily wooded and sparsely populated.

Graham disappeared on Sept. 13.

Jesse Leroy Matthew has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham.

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Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest http://www.wbrz.com/news/students-clean-up-after-mayhem-near-pumpkin-fest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/students-clean-up-after-mayhem-near-pumpkin-fest/ National News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:37:20 AM Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest

KEENE, N.H. - Keene State College students are cleaning up from a chaotic weekend after parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival turned violent.

Dozens of people were injured and arrested as crowds overturned cars, set fires and hurled bottles at police, who responded with riot gear and tear gas.

Police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department's police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday and made at least 49 arrests.

Keene State students who cleaned up the mess Sunday say visitors from out of town were largely to blame.

The parties and chaos around the school coincided with but did not spill over into the Keene Pumpkin Festival, which aims to set a world record for lit jack-o-lanterns.

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3-year-old girl beaten to death, police say http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-year-old-girl-beaten-to-death-police-say/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-year-old-girl-beaten-to-death-police-say/ National News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:29:13 AM 3-year-old girl beaten to death, police say

NEW YORK - Police say a 3-year-old girl has been beaten to death and her 5-year-old brother assaulted at an apartment in New York City.

They say Jeida Torres was discovered unconscious and unresponsive Saturday afternoon in an apartment in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood.

A Fire Department of New York spokesman says Jeida was rushed to a hospital in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead there.

Her brother is in stable condition at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

Neighbor Keith Best tells the New York Daily News and New York Post that the boy had big bruises on his face and arms. He says the children's mother and grandfather sobbed when they arrived home and found out what had happened.

Police say they have made an arrest, but no charges have yet been filed.

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US cruise ship carrying health care worker returns http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-cruise-ship-carrying-health-care-worker-returns/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-cruise-ship-carrying-health-care-worker-returns/ National News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:18:23 AM US cruise ship carrying health care worker returns

GALVESTON, Texas - Carnival Cruise Lines says a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for signs of Ebola has disembarked the Carnival Magic with her husband after the ship returned to port in Galveston, Texas, early this morning and headed home.

The cruise line and federal officials have said the woman poses no risk because she has shown no symptoms. The unidentified woman voluntarily quarantined herself onboard the ship.

The Coast Guard says it sent a helicopter to meet the Carnival Magic yesterday and retrieved a blood sample from the woman, which was taken to a lab for processing.

Obama administration officials have said the passenger handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier this month.

Hospital staffers who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan have been told to stay away from the public for 21 days and check their temperature twice a day, once in person with a public health worker.

Those who cared for Duncan at the start of his second hospital stay will not be considered safe from infection until tomorrow. Those with him at the time of his death will not emerge from monitoring until Oct. 30.

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Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-ferguson-officer-says-he-feared-for-life/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-ferguson-officer-says-he-feared-for-life/ National News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:47:33 AM Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life

WASHINGTON - An attorney for the family of an unarmed black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, says the officer's account of what happened is "self-serving."

Benjamin Crump told The Associated Press on Saturday that Darren Wilson will say "whatever he has to say to try to justify" the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown.

His comments came one day after The New York Times reported that Wilson told investigators he was pinned in his vehicle and afraid for his life as they struggled over his gun. The Times interviewed government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation.

The killing sparked racial unrest and weeks of protests.

Wilson's attorney, James P. Towey, didn't immediately respond to an email.

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Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-fear-ebola-s-on-aids-path-some-disagree/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-fear-ebola-s-on-aids-path-some-disagree/ National News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 8:37:25 AM MIKE STOBBE Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree

NEW YORK - Is Ebola the world's worst infectious disease threat since AIDS?

Comparisons between the two deadly diseases have surfaced in the last few months as the Ebola outbreak has escalated.

Both emerged from Africa and erupted into an international health crisis. And both have been a shocking reminder that mankind's battle against infectious diseases can take a sudden, terrible turn for the worse.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, says the only thing like Ebola he's seen in his three decades in public health has been the AIDs epidemic.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci says Ebola is not expected to be in the same league as AIDS in terms of infections and deaths. Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-china-vow-to-manage-rifts-ahead-of-obama-visit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-china-vow-to-manage-rifts-ahead-of-obama-visit/ National News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 8:28:05 AM MATTHEW LEE US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

BOSTON - The U.S. and China are pledging to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combating terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus ahead of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to the Chinese capital.

Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi said the relationship between the two countries is mature enough to discuss disagreements while building on areas of shared interest. Washington and Beijing have recently clashed over matters including territorial disputes between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Kerry is hosting Yang in his hometown for two days of discussions as Obama prepares to travel to Beijing for a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in November.

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Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-woman-at-pentagon-doesn-t-have-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-woman-at-pentagon-doesn-t-have-ebola/ National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 2:47:03 PM Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola

WASHINGTON - Virginia public health authorities say the woman who became ill in the Pentagon parking lot, setting off an Ebola scare, does not have the virus.

Officials at Arlington and Fairfax counties' public health departments say they are confident she does not have Ebola, based on her travel history and questioning by medical officials. They say she was put in isolation at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and that medical personnel took all needed precautions.

Pentagon police shut down a building entrance and a portion of the south parking lot Friday when the woman boarded a shuttle bus, then got off and vomited. Officials say she told them she had recently been in West Africa. Officials temporarily sequestered people on the bus and personnel who went to her aid.

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White House remains opposed to travel ban http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-remains-opposed-to-travel-ban/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-remains-opposed-to-travel-ban/ National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 1:29:57 PM White House remains opposed to travel ban

WASHINGTON - The White House is reaffirming its opposition to a travel ban that would stop people from coming to the United States from West Africa.

Among those now calling for such a ban is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He also says he has asked President Barack Obama to have Ebola cases sent quickly to facilities that are better able to deal with the disease.

A man from West Africa died of Ebola at a Dallas hospital, and two nurses involved in his care became infected.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, "At this point, if our core priority is protecting the American public, then we're not going to put in place a travel ban."

Obama said yesterday that he is "not philosophically opposed" to a travel ban from the Ebola-afflicted region of West Africa "if that is the thing that is going to keep the American people safe." But he said such a measure could be counterproductive.

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Cruise ship turned away from Mexico over Ebola fear http://www.wbrz.com/news/cruise-ship-turned-away-from-mexico-over-ebola-fear/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cruise-ship-turned-away-from-mexico-over-ebola-fear/ National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:53:45 AM Cruise ship turned away from Mexico over Ebola fear

WASHINGTON - A Caribbean cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker is heading back to Texas -- after being refused permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico.

The passenger had handled a lab specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas. And she's being monitored for signs of the disease. But officials say she poses no risk, because she has shown no signs of illness for 19 days. She's voluntarily self-quarantined on the cruise ship, the Carnival Magic.

Yesterday, officials in Belize refused to let the passenger leave the ship. And the government of Belize said it had refused a U.S. government request to fly the woman home through the Belize City airport.

Carnival says the ship left Cozumel waters at midday with the goal of returning to its home port of Galveston Sunday morning as originally scheduled.

Passengers will get a $200 credit in their ship accounts, and a 50 percent discount for future cruises, because they weren't able to go ashore in Cozumel.

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Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY cafe http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-s-under-used-credit-card-declined-in-ny-cafe/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-s-under-used-credit-card-declined-in-ny-cafe/ National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:26:33 AM Deb Riechmann Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY cafe

WASHINGTON - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?

When his credit card was declined last month while dining in New York, President Barack Obama wondered if he had become a victim of identity theft. Obama said Friday at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that fraud was suspected because he just doesn't use his card enough.

Fortunately, first lady Michelle Obama was able to whip out a credit card they could use.

Identity theft is a growing problem and an estimated 100 million people have been affected by security breaches in the past year at retailers like Target and Home Depot. Obama on Friday announced a government plan to tighten security for debit cards transferring federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

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Utah National Guard investigated over risque video http://www.wbrz.com/news/utah-national-guard-investigated-over-risque-video/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/utah-national-guard-investigated-over-risque-video/ National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:01:34 AM Utah National Guard investigated over risque video

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah National Guard says several of its members took part in a risque video shot featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons after a senior official gave them permission even though he shouldn't have.

Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn said Friday afternoon their initial investigation has found part of the video was shot at Camp Williams with some Guard equipment as backdrops.

He said no National Guard weapons or ammo were used in the film.

The agency is considering discipline for the people involved, who Fairbourn said used poor judgment. He apologized on behalf of the National Guard for any embarrassment it has caused.

The video is a promotional behind the scenes look at how they shot this year's "Hot Shots Calendar."

The Utah Department of Public Safety is also investigating the participation of its officers.

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Obama announcing plan to tighten card security http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-announcing-plan-to-tighten-card-security/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-announcing-plan-to-tighten-card-security/ National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 8:58:50 AM Obama announcing plan to tighten card security

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips to reduce the potential for fraud, under the program being unveiled Friday. Concern is growing over the security of Americans' financial data, with an estimated 100 million people having been affected by breaches in the past year, including at big retailers like Target and Home Depot.

The White House says the idea of the government program is to lead by example, to nudge the broader financial industry toward more secure standards.

Obama will announce the plan at the offices of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Yogi the Bear would object http://www.wbrz.com/news/yogi-the-bear-would-object/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/yogi-the-bear-would-object/ National News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 5:54:22 PM Michael Marsh Yogi the Bear would object

LONG BEACH, WASHINGTON- A woman who went to trial for feeding bears illegally has agreed to stop and pay a fine to settle her case. Doris Berryhill Parks is the first person charged under a 2012 Washington law that makes it a misdemeanor to feed wild animals.

She promised to pay the $500 fine and stop leaving food outside her house. The settlement means no bird feeders and keeping her garbage cans secure. If she fails to comply, she could face 90-days in jail.

Wildlife agents say they've had to trap seven bears in her neighborhood that became a dangerous nuisance.

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Russia detains U.S. journalists for investigative workshop http://www.wbrz.com/news/russia-detains-u-s-journalists-for-investigative-workshop/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/russia-detains-u-s-journalists-for-investigative-workshop/ National News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 5:47:04 PM Michael Marsh Russia detains U.S. journalists for investigative workshop

MOSCOW- Two American journalists were detained and sent to court for teaching an investigative journalism workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Joe Bergantion and University of South Carolina professor Randy Covington were taken into custody for a few hours as they began teaching the course.

The Migration Service in Russia says they were found guilty of "violating the visa regime." Both are in Russia on a tourist visa and were told they can leave as scheduled on Saturday.

Bergantino is the founder of The New England Center for Investigative Reporting. 

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Texas health workers receiving orders to stay home http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-health-workers-receiving-orders-to-stay-home/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-health-workers-receiving-orders-to-stay-home/ National News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 4:38:37 PM APNewsNow Texas health workers receiving orders to stay home

DALLAS - Texas officials are asking dozens of health care workers who had contact with the man who died of Ebola in Dallas to sign legal documents agreeing to stay home.

The top administrator for Dallas County says the documents ask the 75 health care workers to agree not to go to public places or use mass transit. Judge Clay Jenkins says the agreements are binding legal documents that can be enforced with a variety of remedies, though he declined to elaborate.

The move comes the same day federal health officials said they're expanding their Ebola investigation to include passengers on a Friday flight from Dallas to Cleveland that carried a nurse later diagnosed with the disease. Officials already had begun contacting passengers on a flight that 29-year-old Amber Vinson took Monday.

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5 critically hurt after trains collide in Arkansas http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-critically-hurt-after-trains-collide-in-arkansas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-critically-hurt-after-trains-collide-in-arkansas/ National News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 2:25:25 PM 5 critically hurt after trains collide in Arkansas

WINSLOW, Ark. - Authorities say a freight train has collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas, critically injuring about five people.

The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour in the Ozark Mountains when the accident occurred Thursday near Winslow, about 175 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Washington County Emergency Management Director John Luther says 50 people were aboard the two trains, and 37 were able to walk away from the accident.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad spokesman Ron Sparks says about five people were critically hurt, including a conductor who was airlifted to a hospital with possible back injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board says its investigators are heading to the scene. Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Rick Fahr (fayr) says it's unclear whether the trains crashed head-on.

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