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Ebola nurse 'made to feel like criminal' on return to US

Ebola nurse angryA nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has criticized her treatment under a mandatory 21-day quarantine policy implemented by three US states, in an article written in a New Jersey hospital where she remained in isolation despite testing negative for the virus on Saturday.

Kaci Hickox was placed in quarantine under a policy announced on Friday by New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo, which requires anyone flying into the states after having contact with Ebola sufferers in west Africa to be subject to mandatory isolation for 21 days, thought to be the disease’s maximum incubation period.

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Science chief warns on acid oceans

Science warning of acid ocieansThe UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

The oceans absorb about a third of the CO2 that’s being produced by industrial society, and this is changing the chemistry of seawater.  Sir Mark Walport warns that the acidity of the oceans has increased by about 25% since the industrial revolution, mainly thanks to manmade emissions.

CO2 reacts with the sea water to form carbonic acid.

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U.S. To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage In 6 New States

Same sex marriages recognized by USThe federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.

Gay marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The government's announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. It brings the total number of states with federal recognition of gay marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia.

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Hundreds Give Up U.S. Passports After New Tax Rules Start

New tax lawsThe number of Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship increased 39 percent in the three months through September after rules that make it harder to hide assets from tax authorities came into force.

People giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies increased to 776 in the third quarter, from 560 in the year-earlier period, according to Federal Register data published today.

Tougher asset-disclosure rules that started July 1 under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca, prompted more of the estimated 6 million Americans living overseas to give up their passports. The appeal of U.S. citizenship for expatriates faded further as more than 100 Swiss banks began to turn over data on American clients to avoid prosecution for helping tax evaders.

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Report: Army used alcohol, women to recruit football players

Army footballThe U.S. Military Academy self reported a recruiting violation to the NCAA that was revealed publicly Saturday in a report by The Gazette (Colorado Springs) that detailed the Army football team using alcohol, dinner dates with cheerleaders and female athletes and cash from boosters to lure high school football recruits to the program.

The Gazette reported the Academy in West Point, N.Y., disciplined 20 cadets for promoting underage drinking and other improper benefits, while the coaches involved were also punished. Two police officers, who provided a police escort on a party bus full of cheerleaders, were also reprimanded following an internal investigation by Lt. Col. Shannon Miller in March, one month following the incident.

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US launches 22 air strikes on Isis strongholds in Iraq

US airstrikes on ISISA day after the Department of Defense announced the first US death in the campaign against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq, Central Command said 22 air strikes had been carried out in the country on Friday and Saturday.

Marine lance corporal Sean P Neal, one of 1,600 troops supporting Iraqi forces against Isis, died in Baghdad of a “non-combat” injury, the US said late on Friday. The Marines said Neal’s death was under investigation.

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Massive sunspot sending violent flares toward Earth

sunspotSunspot region AR2192 on the solar surface is currently both massive and active, scientists with NASA say. So big, in fact, that the sunspot is visible -- with a properly protected eye -- from the Earth's surface.

Though the sunspot is active, regularly shooting out significantly sized solar flares, it has yet produce a coronal mass ejection, the high-energy burst of plasma that can interfere with communication satellites, disrupt electrical grids, and spawn the awe-inspiring polar light shows known as auroras.

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Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

Iranian woman hangedA 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said. The sentence was carried out despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn in Tehran's Evin prison after failing to secure a reprieve from the murder victim's relatives within the 10-day deadline set by Sharia law, which has been in force since the country’s 1979 revolution.

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Florida Gov. Scott refuses to testify in records lawsuit

Rick ScottFlorida Gov. Rick Scott is holding firm against testifying in a bitter public records lawsuit.

A Tallahassee attorney asked Scott to appear Friday for a deposition. Steven Andrews wants information about private Google email accounts set up by the governor and two former aides. He maintains they were used by the Scott administration to sidestep the state's open records law.

Scott did not show up and was campaigning instead in South Florida.

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