8:37am

Thu October 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:24 am

A man walks past the former site of a clinic that offered abortions in El Paso, Texas.
Juan Carlos Llorca AP

Texans on both sides of the abortion issue are taking stock after the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in a lawsuit over a state law that would require clinics that provide abortion services to conform to standards for ambulatory surgery centers.

The court issued an order late Tuesday saying 13 Texas clinics that had to close can reopen their doors for now.

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7:30am

Thu October 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Death Toll In Himalayan Avalanches Reaches 29

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 11:56 pm

Soldiers prepare to airlift an avalanche victim Wednesday in the area of Thorong La pass in Nepal. Authorities now say the death toll from a freak blizzard and avalanches in the Himalayas has reached 27.
Nepalese Armed Forces AP

Updated: 1:55 a.m. ET Friday:

Helicopters on Friday renewed their search for missing trekkers after there were improvements in the weather. Officials in Nepal say at least 29 people are dead — dozens more are missing or are stranded. The government also announced that officials would evaluate rescue efforts after the government was criticized for not doing more to help.

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6:57am

Thu October 16, 2014
Parallels

Thailand Official: Martial Law Is Good For Tourists

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 3:58 pm

Tourists take pictures inside Wat Pho temple in Bangkok in August. Tourism, a key part of Thailand's economy, is down 20 percent this year following political violence and a military coup.
Borja Sanchez-Trillo Getty Images

Thailand's lure for tourists is powerful. The "land of smiles." The beaches. The temples. The mountains. Amazingly friendly people.

But Thailand also has had a military government since a coup in May that ousted a democratically elected government, and now Thai tourism is in the dumps. Tourism arrivals are down about 20 percent compared with last year.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is now fighting back with a new message, though perhaps it failed to run it by a focus group: "Martial law tourism."

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6:33am

Thu October 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Hong Kong's Renewed Offer Of Talks With Protesters Meets Skepticism

Hong Kong's leader has revived the prospect of talks with student pro-democracy activists, after his government reneged last week on an offer of dialogue with protest leaders.

"As long as students or other sectors in Hong Kong are prepared to focus on this issue, yes we are ready, we are prepared to start the dialogue," the territory's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters, according to The Associated Press.

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5:14am

Thu October 16, 2014
Around the Nation

Builder Constructs Home On Wrong Lot

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:32 am

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5:10am

Thu October 16, 2014
Around the Nation

Restaurant Dedicated To Mac And Cheese Opens In Los Angeles

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:32 am

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3:45am

Thu October 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Nurse Nina Pham To Be Transferred To NIH For Ebola Treatment

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 5:23 am

During a news conference on Sunday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Daniel Varga answers questions about a health care worker who now has Ebola after providing care for Thomas Eric Duncan. Varga is expected to testify before a House panel looking into Ebola response.
Brandon Wade AP

Updated at 7:53 p.m. ET

Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who became infected with Ebola after treating a patient with the disease at a Dallas hospital, will be transferred to a high-level containment facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in testimony before a House committee that Pham will be admitted to the NIH tonight.

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3:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
NPR Story

Kansas City Moves On To World Series After Sweeping Baltimore

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:32 am

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And now this - the Kansas City Royals still have not lost a playoff baseball game since 1985. Of course, for 28 consecutive seasons since that World Series victory in '85, they did not have any post-season games at all.

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3:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
Race

Black Students Gather At Harvard To Watch 'Dear White People'

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:32 am

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3:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
NPR Story

Ebola Virus Takes Center Stage In Washington

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:32 am

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This almost never happens; President Obama has canceled travel plans. He famously holds to his schedule while managing urgent news, but he will stay in Washington, we're told, to oversee the response to Ebola.

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