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Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000 mark: WHO

Oct 25, 2014

Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000 mark: WHO

More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of ...

Over 1 million protesters march on Rome in anti-job reform demo

Oct 25, 2014

Over 1 million protesters march on Rome in anti-job reform demo

Some 1 million Italians took to the streets of Rome on Saturday for a demonstration organized by Italy’s largest trade union to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to overhaul the labor market. As hundreds of thousands of Italians snaked through the capital calling ...

Comet whizzes past red planet

Oct 25, 2014

Comet whizzes past red planet

by Jenny Vaughan

A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars on Oct. 20, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter. The comet, known as Siding Spring, made its closest encounter with the red ...

First 3-D printed rocket set for takeoff

Oct 25, 2014

First 3-D printed rocket set for takeoff

Fueled by beer and the enthusiasm of amateurs, a British team recently said it was preparing to launch the world’s first ever 3-D printed rocket. Showing off the human-sized rocket in a London office, Lester Haines, head of the Special Projects Bureau at technology ...

Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

Oct 25, 2014

Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the faith’s early polygamous days, a recognition of an unflattering part of its roots that historians have chronicled for years. ...

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Oct 25, 2014

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a “bicorne” felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what ...

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Oct 25, 2014

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a 2-year-old girl died in the first case in ...

High-altitude leap by Google exec sets records

Oct 25, 2014

High-altitude leap by Google exec sets records

Google executive Alan Eustace leaped from the edge of space Friday, breaking the sound barrier and setting several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert. Eustace’s jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which ...

Fresh claims emerge of Islamic State fighters using chlorine bombs

Oct 25, 2014

Fresh claims emerge of Islamic State fighters using chlorine bombs

New allegations have emerged that extremists from the Islamic State group have expanded their arsenal with chlorine bombs and captured fighter jets — weapons that could help the militants in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters in the key Syrian border town of Kobani have ...