Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts. After more than five years and a $25 billion investment of federal money to move U.S. medical records out of paper files and […]

Report: Secret Service stretched ‘beyond its limits’

The Secret Service is stretched “beyond its limits” and needs more training, more staff and a director from outside its ranks — and the White House needs a better fence — an independent review has found. An eight-page executive summary of the report, produced by a panel of four outside experts appointed by the Department […]

Obama acts boldly on Cuba, with eye on legacy

While campaigning in 2008, Barack Obama said it was time to come up with a new US policy towards Cuba. Now, with two years left in his second term in the White House, he has finally acted. The president has broken with a half century of seeking to isolate Cuba by announcing plans to restore […]

Kobe talks about the fire needed to catch Jordan

All these years, Kobe Bryant has been chasing Michael Jordan. The bar doesn’t get any higher than that. And after Bryant passed Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, he offered a glimpse into the relentless mentality it takes […]

Prosecutor releases more Ferguson documents

A prosecutor released hundreds of pages of additional documents Saturday from the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown, including an interview transcript of a friend who initially asserted that he had seen Brown get shot in the back. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the newly released records were inadvertently excluded from […]

The median wealth for whites in the US is nearly $142,000. For blacks, it’s $11,000.

Everyone knows inequality is growing in the US, but a new Pew report shows how stark that divide is by race and ethnicity: the median household headed by a white person has a net worth 13 times greater than the median black-headed household. And for whites and Hispanics, the gap is tenfold. In both cases, […]

Black swimmer makes history at world championships

The look of total surprise on her face said it all. Alia Atkinson went into the final of the 100m breaststroke at the world short course swimming championships very much as the second favorite to Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania. But in a big upset the 25-year-old from Jamaica snatched victory on the final […]

Ohio deaths renew calls for lookalike guns action

Twice in less than four months, police in Ohio have opened fire with real bullets on young people carrying lookalike guns, raising anguished questions about what could have prevented the deadly encounters. The questions have been raised before: after the death last year of a 13-year-old California boy carrying what a sheriff’s deputy thought was […]

Texas governor-elect seeks federal funds to cover immigration costs

Texas has asked the White House for hundreds of millions of dollars illegal immigration has cost the state, Governor-elect Greg Abbott said on Monday, blaming President Barack Obama for not doing enough to secure the border. Abbott, a Republican who takes office next month, met Obama last week shortly after he filed a lawsuit on […]

Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board

Bill Cosby’s long relationship with his beloved Temple University has come to an end, another effect of the scandal engulfing the once adored television star and comedian. Cosby’s Monday resignation from Temple’s board of trustees, a position he held for 32 years, was first reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Cosby also attended Temple. At least […]


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