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Patient possibly exposed to Ebola due at Nebraska hospital for observation

A view of the emergency entrance at the Nebraska Medical Center Biocontainment Unit in Omaha(Reuters) - A U.S. health care worker who was possibly exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was expected to arrive for observation on Sunday at a Nebraska facility that has treated three Ebola cases, hospital officials said. The patient, who was not identified, was expected to arrive at the Biocontainment Unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha via private air ambulance around 2 p.m. CST for observation and possible treatment, the center said in a statement. The patient "has been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious," said Dr. ...

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Cuomo attends cop’s wake 2 days after his dad died

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, and girlfriend Sandra Lee leave the wake of New York Police Department Officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Liu and his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20, as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of police officers from across the country streamed into the wake of a slain New York City officer on Saturday, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his late father would have wanted him there after "really pointless" killings.

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Obama to push 2015 policy agenda in three-day tour

RNPS: YEAREND REVIEW 2014: POLITICSBy Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama this week will unveil policy initiatives on housing, college affordability and job creation during a three-day road trip to highlight his 2015 agenda, the White House said on Saturday.  Obama, who is returning to Washington on Sunday from a two-week family vacation in Hawaii, will begin a tour on Wednesday of Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee. He will highlight themes he will talk about in his annual State of the Union address to Congress, which is set for Jan. 20. ...

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Edward Brooke, 1st black elected US senator, dies

File-This Oct. 28, 2009, file photo shows former Massachusetts Sen. Edward William Brooke speaking in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a ceremony where he received the Congressional Gold Medal. Brooke, the first black to win popular election to the Senate, has died. He was 95. Ralph Neas, a former aide, said Brooke died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Fla, home. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.

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Idaho earthquake damages property, causes power outages

(Reuters) - A moderate earthquake rattled a broad swath of Idaho early Saturday, damaging property and causing power outages near its epicenter in the city of Challis, which has endured a string of temblors over the past weeks, authorities said. The qu...

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U.S. appeals court denies request to delay Boston Marathon bombing trial

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Saturday denied a last-ditch request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay his trial on charges of killing three people and injuring more than 260 in the attack. Attorneys for Tsarn...

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NYC mayor, commissioner saluted when entering slain officer’s wake

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton leaves the wake for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police officers saluted as Mayor Bill de Blasio and his police commissioner entered a Brooklyn funeral home on Saturday for the wake of a policeman killed in an ambush last month that deepened a rift between the mayor and the NYPD. Ahead of the wake for Wenjian Liu, Commissioner Bill Bratton told officers to refrain from the "act of disrespect" seen at the funeral of Liu's partner, Rafael Ramos, when thousands of officers turned their backs on de Blasio. ...

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