- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cuomo outlines Ebola policy for New York that revises restrictions for mandatory quarantine

NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night revised guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered two days earlier, bringing the state closer in line with federal protocols.

He outlined the state’s policy at a nighttime news conference with New York City’s mayor after the Obama administration said it expressed concerns to Cuomo and Christie about their states’ mandatory Ebola quarantines. The revision also comes amid criticism of the treatment of a nurse returning from Sierrra Leone who was forcibly quarantined is a New Jersey hospital isolation unit even though she said had no symptoms and tested negative for Ebola.

Under the revised New York guidelines, medical professors who have had contact with Ebola patients will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring if they have no symptoms. The state will also pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization.

Cuomo had criticized Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, for not obeying a 21-day voluntary quarantine. But on Sunday, he called the health care workers “heroes” and said his administration would encourage more medical workers to volunteer to fight Ebola.

Meanwhile, Kaci Hickox, the first nurse forcibly quarantined in New Jersey under the state’s new policy, said in a telephone interview with CNN that her isolation at a hospital was “inhumane,” adding: “We have to be very careful about letting politicians make health decisions.”


Pharma industry counts on global demand for drugs, shots during history’s worst Ebola outbreak

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It’s unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill.

There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, in large part because the disease is so rare that up until now it’s been hard to attract research funding. And the West African nations hardest hit by the outbreak are unlikely to be able to afford new Ebola vaccines and drugs.

But governments and corporations now are shifting millions of dollars to fight Ebola in the wake of the outbreak that has infected nearly 10,000 people and killed over 4,800. Experts say drugmakers are wagering that international groups and wealthier governments like the U.S. will buy Ebola vaccines and drugs in mass quantities to stockpile them for future use once they’re deemed safe.

“The political bet is that the U.S. and World Health Organization have been so embarrassed and burned by this event that they will be willing to change the way they do business,” said Professor Lawrence Gostin of the Georgetown University Law School, who studies global health issues.

Drugmakers have benefited from stockpiling before. During the bird flu pandemic of 2009, Western governments spent billions to stock up on drugs and vaccines that mostly went unused. Shelf-life varies by product, but can be as little as a year.


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Ukrainians overwhelmingly support several pro-Western parties as the former Soviet republic continues to drift away from Russia.


Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine parliamentary vote in major political earthquake

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia.

Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s party will secure a narrow win in the parliamentary election, falling substantially short of an outright majority. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s Popular Front followed close behind.

Although they lead rival parties, Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk share pro-Western sentiments and have campaigned on reform agendas aimed at pulling Ukraine back from the brink of economic ruin. The parties are expected to join forces with other reform-oriented groups to form a broad pro-European coalition.

Talking to supporters at his party headquarters, a visibly ebullient Poroshenko said coalition talks will start Monday and will last no longer than 10 days.

Almost three million people were unable to vote in eastern regions still gripped with unrest as government troops continue to wage almost daily battle against pro-Russian separatists.


Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras dies in car accident in native Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors’ top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency.

“He wasn’t carrying document at the time of the accident, but his body was identified by family members,” Pesqueira said.

National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete said he was told by the mayor of Sosua that Taveras lost control of his vehicle and went off the road. Edilia Arvelo, 18, who was in the car with Taveras, also died in the accident, said Pesqueira.

Taveras made his major league debut this year. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the NL Central champions.


All in the family: Relatives give a boost to candidates or force them to do some explaining

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ah, the family. They can be a candidate’s sounding board, worthy surrogates and an attractive image for a television ad.

Or they can be a massive headache to rival any uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner.

In Arkansas, former Sen. David Pryor and his wife, Barbara, campaign for son Mark, the incumbent Democratic senator, while onetime elected officials - Georgia’s Sam Nunn, Florida’s Bob Graham and Louisiana’s Moon Landrieu - are lending a hand to their daughters.

Gwen Graham is seeking a House seat in northern Florida, Michelle Nunn is running for the Senate and Mary Landrieu is pursuing a fourth Senate term. The presence of their fathers, whether in campaign ads or on the trail, is a reminder to older voters, crucial in low-turnout midterm elections, of the Southern Democrats of the past.

Family also can be about the future.


South African police say gunmen killed national soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The captain of South Africa’s national soccer team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said.

Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed around 8 p.m. Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account. The three assailants then fled on foot, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly $14,000 for information leading to arrests in the case.

Police said there were seven people in the house during the attack, and that the shooting followed an “altercation.”

Authorities said they would do everything possible to find the killers.

South Africa has a high rate of violent crime, but it was not immediately clear whether the house where Meyiwa was staying was targeted by thieves or gunmen with another motive. Solomon Makgale, a South African police spokesman, declined to comment, referring The Associated Press to updates on the police Twitter account.


Tattoos and scars: Sour US-Cuba relations make identifying bodies found at sea difficult

MIAMI (AP) - The bodies surfaced 20 miles out from a popular South Florida beach: Four men, still youthful. Their remains were badly deteriorated, bitten by sharks, their faces unrecognizable.

One had a horseshoe-shaped scar on his head. Two bore tattoos: One of a spider, the other of a tiger with a flower. The fourth wore a pair of orange briefs and a gold-colored watch.

The Coast Guard delivered them to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, where they remained for days, four more among the thousands who have died trying to cross the turbulent Florida Straits.

The remains of rafters that surface near the U.S. are often in such poor condition they cannot be visually identified. Politics makes the process even more difficult with Cuban migrants: Because of the five-decade diplomatic stalemate between the U.S. and Cuba, pathologists can’t get matching dental records and DNA from relatives on the island.

“The standard means of identification aren’t going to work,” said Larry Cameron, operations director for the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.


Hawaii volcano lava prompts evacuation concerns, moves nearer to town’s main road

Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii were placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano continued to advance.

Authorities on Sunday said lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning and was moving at the rate of about 10 to 15 yards an hour, consistent with its advancement in recent days.

The flow front passed through a predominantly Buddhist cemetery, covering grave sites in the mostly rural region of Puna, and was roughly a half-mile from Pahoa Village Road, the main street of Pahoa.

Darryl Oliveira, director of civil defense for Hawaii County, told reporters during a late Sunday morning teleconference that the nearest home was at least 300 yards from the flow front. He planned to get better coordinates during a flight later in the day.

Residents in the nearest home said they could see the flow front from their balcony and were prepared to evacuate when the time came, Oliveira said.


Bumgarner, Giants lead Royals 2-0 after 6 innings, trying to take 3-2 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner struck out seven to dominate Kansas City once again, Brandon Crawford drove in a pair of runs and the San Francisco Giants led the Royals 2-0 after six innings Sunday night to close in on a 3-2 World Series lead.

Bumgarner allowed three hits and walked none, energizing the sellout crowd at AT&T; Park on a cloudless early evening. He led the Giants to a 7-1 win in the opener and began the night 3-0 in World Series play. In the midst of another astonishing performance, he has allowed one run in 28 career Series innings, a 0.32 ERA.

After Salvador Perez’s leadoff single in the second, Bumgarner struck out Mike Moustakas in an eight-pitch at-bat, then fanned Omar Infante and Jarrod Dyson on three pitches each. Infante doubled with one out in the fifth, Kansas City’s first runner to advance past first, and was stranded when Dyson and pitcher James Shields struck out.

In the 41 previous instances the World Series was 2-2 in the best-of-seven format, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times. After a day off, the Series resumes Tuesday night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. In a rematch of Game 2 starters, Jordano Ventura pitches for the Royals and Jake Peavy for the Giants.

Kansas City manager Ned Yost moved up Perez to the No. 5 spot in the batting order and dropped Moustakas to the No. 6 hole. That broke up lefties Eric Hosmer and Moustakas, who hit back-to-back in Games 3 and 4.

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