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U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

Jay Radcliffe displays a Medtronic Corp insulin pump at his home in Meridian, IdahoBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...


NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 file photo, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. International pressure on North Korea began to mount early this year, when a groundbreaking U.N. report by a commission of inquiry laid out widespread abuses, including a harsh system of political prison camps of up to 120,000 people. The commission head, Michael Kirby, said the country's human rights situation "exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror." Now the European Union and Japan have teamed up on a demand for the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body, to follow the commission of inquiry's advice and refer North Korea's situation to the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and suggests a "coffee meeting to exchange views."


Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

A suspected victim of human trafficking prays at a government shelter in Takua PaBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Andrew R.C. Marshall PHANG NGA Thailand (Reuters) - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening. Prayoon Rattanasenee, the acting governor of Phang Nga province, said that interviews conducted by police, rights groups and his own people revealed that the victims were “brought by force.


Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government

Pro-democracy protesters watch formal talks between student protest leaders and city officials on a video screen near the government headquarters in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Demonstrators have occupied main streets in the Chinese-controlled city for nearly a month to oppose a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote for their own leader in 2017 but tightly restrict the candidates to Beijing loyalists. ...


Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Prescreening is done on a passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...


Marine suspect transferred to Philippine detention

U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman, arrives inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The Philippine military chief says Pemberton has been flown to the main Philippine military camp in the capital, easing a looming irritant with Washington over his custody, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino to the Philippine military's main camp in the capital Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said.


Website asks high court to throw out lawsuit

People opposed to child sex trafficking rally outside of the Washington state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. The court was hearing a case filed by three victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should be thrown out because they didn't write the ads, so they're not liable.


Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

 A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case.


Bumgarner, Pence helps Giants lead Royals 5-0

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence watches his two-run home run during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first that silenced the crowd at Kansas City's first World Series game in 29 years, Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball and the San Francisco Giants led the Royals 5-0 after six innings in Tuesday night's opener.


Pakistani Nobel laureate honored in Philadelphia

Malala Yousafzai holds up her Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls' education brought her passion for learning to Philadelphia, where she received the Liberty Medal on Tuesday.


Washington Post 'Watergate' editor dead at 93

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, shown here in 2001, has died aged 93Washington (AFP) - Legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon, died Tuesday. He was 93.


Coach of football team charged in hazing suspended

PARLIN, N.J. (AP) — The coaching staff of a high school football team rocked by criminal charges of sexual assault and hazing was suspended Tuesday night at a tension-filled school board meeting that featured angry accusations by some supporters.

Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people. (Graphics: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/ index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic's spread is "unprecedented. ...

Father of British Islamic State hostage dies: media

(Reuters) - Paul Cantlie, the father of British Islamic State hostage John Cantlie, has died of "complications following pneumonia", his family said, according to several media sources. Earlier this month, speaking from a hospital bed through a voice box, 81-year-old Paul Cantlie called on IS to allow his son to return home safely. The group has already beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker. John Cantlie, a photo journalist, was captured in northern Syria in November 2012. His father said the family had tried to contact his abductors but had received no response. ...

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer parries activist investor attacks

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's CEO is trying to steer investor focus away from the tech company's stagnant revenue and toward achievements and growth prospects that have been flying below the radar. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer spent much of Tuesday's earnings call highlighting improvements in Yahoo's mobile business, the benefits from acquisitions and billions of dollars in buybacks. "This team has now been in place for two years and we’ve achieved much more than many people realize," Mayer said. ...

Mexican rights agency says army executed 15 of 22

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, bullet holes and blood stains cover a wall above papers marking where bodies were found in an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. At least 12 and probably 15 of the 22 people killed by soldiers at the rural warehouse last summer were executed, the president of the governmental Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, contradicting both the army’s and prosecutors’ versions of the mass killing in southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers executed at least 12 and probably 15 people at a warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, the government Human Rights Commission said Tuesday in a sweeping indictment of attempts by the military and civilian prosecutors to cover up the crimes.


Ray Rice hearing set for November 5

Ray Rice, pictured during a pre-season NFL game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on August 16, 2014Washington (AFP) - Former Ravens running back Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL will be heard on November 5 and 6, US media reported Tuesday.


Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Ben Bradlee, a former Washington Post executive editor discusses about the Watergate Hotel burglary and stories for the Post at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba LindaBy Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post newsroom with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, died on Tuesday at age 93. Bradlee's death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that its former editor had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past several years. ...


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