A shooting at a high school north of Seattle has sent at least two students to hospital.
According to KOMO News in Seattle, witnesses say a shooter opened fire at Marysville Pilchuck high school Friday morning.
The students are being airlifted to Harbourview Medical Centre in Seattle.
Witnesses say at least 20 police cars have swarmed the area.
The shooting apparently took place in the school cafeteria.
The shooter is said to still be at large.
The school is being evacuated.
More details to come.
A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor's diagnosis Thursday, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling since returning to New York from Guinea a week ago. De Blasio said all city officials followed "clear and strong" protocols in their handling and treatment of him.
"We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed," de Blasio said. "New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk."
The doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, reported Thursday morning coming down with a 100.3-degree fever and diarrhea. He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola centre.
In appearance on CNN on Friday morning, the governor said Spencer "presented himself" to the hospital when he had "a 100-point-3 fever ... not 103 ... as has been reported."
New York City's health department on Friday confirmed that the doctor's temperature was 100.3. At a news conference Thursday night, officials said Spencer had a temperature of 103 degrees.
Cuomo said Friday that the doctor "obviously felt he wasn't symptomatic" when he went out "in a limited way."
"When you're a doctor you know you're not contagious until you're symptomatic," Cuomo said on NBC's Today show. "As soon as he had a fever he presented himself to a hospital."
The governor, in an appearance on CNN's New Day, said there was no reason to fear riding the subway, and he would do so Friday.
One commuter said he first learned of New York's first Ebola case on the subway on his way to work Friday morning.
It's "a scary thing" because there are "a lot of germs in New York," said Chris Thompson who was riding the L train, one of the lines Spencer rode after returning home from West Africa.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will do a further test to confirm the initial results, has dispatched an Ebola response team to New York. President Barack Obama spoke to Cuomo and de Blasio on Thursday night and offered the federal government's support. He asked them to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, his "Ebola czar," and public health officials in Washington.
Health officials have been tracing Spencer's contacts to identify anyone who may be at risk. The city's health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer's fiancee and two friends had been quarantined but showed no symptoms.
Health officials say the chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, are slim. Someone can't be infected just by being near someone who is sick with Ebola. Someone isn't contagious unless he is sick.
Bassett said the probability was "close to nil" that Spencer's subway rides would pose a risk. Still, the bowling alley was closed as a precaution, and Spencer's Harlem apartment was cordoned off. The Department of Health was on site across the street from the apartment building Thursday night, giving out information to area residents.
Still, the news rankled some New Yorkers. "Oh my gosh!" said Charles Kerr, 60, as his friends gathered on a Harlem sidewalk murmured. "This changes the situation. The guy must be coughing, sitting against people. Now you've got to think."
Kerr said he wasn't afraid, but he wants a stricter approach to anyone coming from the Ebola-affected countries.
"Stay in their apartment," he said. "Especially now, when it's so rampant. Especially if they know they've been in contact."
The epidemic in West Africa has killed about 4,800 people. In the United States, the first person diagnosed with the disease was a Liberian man, who fell ill days after arriving in Dallas and later died, becoming the only fatality. None of his relatives who had contact with him got sick. Two nurses who treated him were infected and are hospitalized. The family of one nurse said doctors no longer could detect Ebola in her as of Tuesday evening.
The Queen has sent her first tweet — and she's signed it "Elizabeth R."
The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery in central London's Science Museum on Friday.
The Queen removed a glove to type on a touchscreen tablet, writing "I hope people will enjoy visiting" the exhibition. She sent it through the official British monarchy account on the social media website, as some 600 guests looked on.
"Elizabeth R" is how the Queen signs official documents. The "R'' stands for "regina", the Latin for queen.
Most members of the Royal Family do not tweet personally — they are represented by official accounts managed by spokespeople.
The gallery, called Information Age, explores the technological breakthroughs that have changed communication.
The Queen was the first monarch to send an email, in 1976 when the technology was in its infancy.
An 18-year-old killed earlier this month by an off-duty St. Louis police officer was shot eight times, including six times from behind, said a forensic pathologist who performed an independent autopsy Thursday.
Dr. Cyril Wecht, who has investigated the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, conducted the autopsy at the request of Vonderrit Myers Jr.'s family and outlined the findings during a news conference at the funeral home that will handle Myers' burial. The family's attorneys said the autopsy suggests Myers was running away from the officer. Myers' parents attended the autopsy announcement but did not comment.
"The evidence shows that the story we've been given by the Police Department does not match up," one of the attorneys, Jerryl Christmas, said. "There's no evidence that there was a gun battle going on."
Wecht said it's likely that Myers was initially shot six times in the back of both legs. He said another shot hit the side of the left leg, shattering his femur.
The fatal wound was to the side of Myers' face, Wecht said.
Police have said Myers shot first at the officer. They released details of lab tests by the Missouri State Highway Patrol that showed gunshot residue on Myers' hand, waistband and shirt. Police union leaders said the finding dispelled claims by Myers' family that he didn't fire at the officer, whose name hasn't been released.
The officer's attorney, Brian Millikan, said the results from the independent autopsy support the police account as well.
"It's absolutely consistent with what the officer told the investigators from early on," said Millikan, a former St. Louis police officer. "There were no shots fired when (Myers) was running away. That's simply not true."
Police Chief Sam Dotson has said Myers fired three shots before his gun jammed.
Millikan said Myers was shot in the back of the legs while lying on his side with a gun in his hand.
"He was propped up on his left elbow, and his legs were facing out at the policeman as he went down, but he was still holding the gun and pointing it at the policeman," the lawyer said.
The incident spurred a round of protests similar to ones in nearby Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Both Brown and Myers were black. The officers who shot them are white. A grand jury is expected to decide by mid-November whether criminal charges will be filed against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who killed the unarmed Brown.
The officer in the Myers shooting is on administrative leave.
He was on patrol as a private security guard, but wearing his police uniform and carrying his department-issued gun when the shooting occurred on Oct. 8.
Dotson has said the officer became suspicious when Myers and the men with him started to run. A chase ensued and the officer and Myers got into a physical confrontation. After Myers pulled away, Dotson said, he went up a hill and started shooting at the officer.
Police investigators attended Wecht's news conference and served him with a subpoena to turn over his autopsy report to a grand jury reviewing the case. A police spokeswoman in response to the autopsy said any information and evidence that comes up will be included in the investigation, which local and federal prosecutors will review.
A preliminary autopsy by St. Louis Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham found that Myers was shot six to seven times in the lower extremities, with the fatal shot entering the right cheek. The final autopsy report hasn't been released.
A rare tornado ripped roofs off buildings, uprooted trees and shattered windows Thursday afternoon in the southwest Washington city of Longview, but there were no reports of injuries.
A National Weather Service storm survey team from nearby Portland, Oregon, estimated the EF1 tornado carved a path of 1.3 miles and packed winds of 86 to 110 mph, meteorologist Miles Higa said.
Longview Fire Chief Phil Jurmu admitted his first reaction was disbelief.
"I kind of furrowed my brow, probably, and said 'What?'" he told KATU-TV of Portland.
Still, police and fire crews responded quickly to the hardest-hit area and cordoned it off with help from the National Guard, which has an armoury nearby, Jurmu said.
Police Chief Jim Duscha told the Daily News of Longview the full extent of damage wouldn't be known until Friday. Crews quickly started cleaning up under sunny skies that followed the windstorm.
Roofs were torn off an assisted living building and a towing company structure, the newspaper reported.
Tornadoes are rare in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest, where the nearby Pacific Ocean generally prevents severe temperature changes.
The Rev. Eric Atcheson said he saw the funnel cloud form and touch down near his church. He barely made it inside before the wind tore through an alley between two church buildings.
"There is a pre-school in the building, so I was able to make sure all our kids and teachers are safe," he said.
The church didn't sustain any damage but several trees were knocked down, he said.
At Manchester Brothers appliance and sporting goods store, a large piece of roof from another building crashed through a store window and pushed a row of refrigerators about a foot from where they had been sitting.
After the roof section blew through, "it was just absolutely howling. It was deafening," Ian McNew told KATU-TV. "That's when we took cover.
"It ripped the back door, it's a security door, it ripped it right off its hinges."
No one in the store was hurt.
Andy Bernard took a break from carving pumpkins at his home to see what was making so much noise. That's when the tornado lifted his outdoor trampoline.
"It decided to take flight right at me and I ducked and the trampoline went into the house and it sucked it back out and up and over the roof and the garage, and down three quarters of the block," he told KGW-TV.
Denny Malloy recalls driving through Longview as the wind started swirling around his truck.
"I saw what looked like an enormous dust devil and then these large panels off a roof started falling everywhere," he told KGW.
While tornados in the area are rare, the Weather Service's Higa said one packing winds of 136 to 165 mph struck Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, in April 1972.
Longview is located about 50 miles north of Portland.
An airplane and a helicopter collided in midair near a Maryland airport before crashing into trees Thursday, killing three men in the helicopter but sparing two in the plane who deployed a parachute to slow the aircraft's descent before it hit the trees.
The Cirrus SR22 plane was heading to the Frederick Municipal Airport and a Robinson R44 helicopter was engaged in a training exercise when the collision occurred, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The statement did not say what kind of training exercise the helicopter was conducting or identify its owner. It said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the collision.
State police identified the men who died as: Christopher D. Parsons, 29, of Westminster, Maryland; William Jenkins, 47, of Morrison, Colorado; and Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland, Maryland. Investigators do not know who was piloting the helicopter, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said in a statement.
The helicopter was leased to Advanced Helicopter Concepts, a flight school at the airport, said Neal Lanning, the company's owner. He said company officials would hold a news conference Friday morning.
A helicopter of the same make and model belonging to the same company crashed on Interstate 70 about 15 miles west of Frederick in 2009, killing all four people aboard. The NTSB ruled that crash an accident due to poor nighttime visibility on a fog-shrouded mountain.
The 55-year-old pilot of the plane, Scott V. Graeves, of Brookeville, and his passenger, 75-year-old Gilbert L. Porter, of Sandy Spring, were treated at a hospital in Hagerstown and released Thursday evening, Shipley said.
The plane went down in a line of trees east of downtown Frederick, while the helicopter crashed a tenth of a mile south of the plane between two storage units, Shipley said.
A large red-and-white parachute deployed from the plane following the 3:40 p.m. collision and was still attached to it when emergency responders arrived on the scene, said Capt. Kevin Fox of Frederick County Fire and Rescue.
The plane appeared to be largely intact, but the helicopter was demolished.
The parachute attached to the airplane's frame is designed to lower an airplane safely when the pilot is unable, said Brian Rayner, a senior air safety investigator for the NTSB.
Shipley said the plane survivors were being questioned by police and NTSB investigators. Rayner said the NTSB would interview the air traffic controllers at the Frederick tower, who were probably in control of both aircraft. He said the helicopter appeared to be departing the city-owned, civilian airport.
A transcript of the control tower conversation provided by LiveATC.net indicates the tower was working with two airplanes and three helicopters shortly before the crash.
"I have three helicopters below you in the traffic pattern," the controller tells an inbound airplane.
"I have two of 'em in sight," the pilot responds.
The controller then gives the airplane clearance to land. In the next second, the audio is overtaken by someone screaming, "Oh, God! Oh, God!"
Then someone tells the controller, "Frederick Tower 14 ... airplane down and helicopter down."
"Yes, yes. I just saw it," the controller says frantically. "911 is on the way."
Jesse Ault Jr. of Brunswick and his wife, Pamela, saw the airplane "spiraling out of control" before the crash, and that the pilot was hurt and shaken up.
"The pilot had blood up above his nose and on his face," Ault said. "You could tell he was visibly shaken."
The weather was cloudy and breezy, but that didn't seem to be a factor in the collision, Rayner said.
According to the FlightAware aviation tracking website, the plane took off from Cleveland Regional Jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.
A tail number visible in aerial footage from WJZ-TV in Baltimore is registered to Graeves Auto & Appliance in Olney, Maryland. A woman who answered the phone at the store declined to comment. According to the store's website, Scott Graeves owns the business. No one immediately responded to a telephone message left at his home.
The collision prompted road closures at rush hour around the airport near Interstate 70.
New York officials say that a doctor who recently returned from West Africa has Ebola.
He is the first case in city.
More to come.
A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box.
Wilber Medina was chosen mayor of Pillpinto near the tourist centre of Cusco Wednesday after he and his rival each garnered 236 votes in municipal elections this month.
Peru's electoral law allows for tied races to be decided by a coin toss.
The 40-year-old teacher said he'll work to earn voters' trust. His rival Jose Cornejo accepted the results.
After a tragic day in Ottawa, the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins and all their fans proved that they are about more than just hockey.
The Penguins played the Canadian national anthem prior to their game against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night.
The lyrics to "O Canada" were placed on the scoreboard and fans were encouraged to sing along to both anthems, which many respectfully did.
A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama brought together top aides and his new Ebola "czar" to co-ordinate a national response to the deadly disease.
Two nurses remain hospitalized after catching the virus from a Liberian man who came down with Ebola symptoms after arriving in the U.S. and died at a Dallas hospital. Because of their cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more stringent safety guidelines this week and is working with states to spread them to health care workers across the country.
"Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling," American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo said in a statement Tuesday from the Nebraska Medical Center. "Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I've been. I'm very happy to be alive."
The virus has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, nearly all in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Mukpo, got it while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He has been at the Nebraska hospital since Oct. 6, the second Ebola patient treated there.
The hospital said that tests show Mukpo is now free of the virus and he would be allowed to leave its biocontainment unit Wednesday.
Debra Berry, the mother of Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, said Tuesday her daughter is "doing OK, just trying to get stronger" while being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Fellow Dallas nurse Nina Pham's condition has been upgraded from fair to good at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington.
At the White House, Obama was meeting with his new Ebola co-ordinator Ron Klain and top aides Wednesday.
Under heavy criticism for the government's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed within the U.S., Obama reached for help last week from Ron Klain, a veteran political operator. Klain will co-ordinate the array of federal agencies dealing with Ebola in the U.S. and helping to tackle the crisis in West Africa.
The Obama administration has resisted pressure to ban travel from the Ebola-stricken countries but was tightening rules in an effort to ensure that all arrivals from the three nations are screened for the disease.
Under restrictions taking effect Wednesday, air travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must enter the United States through one of five airports doing special screenings and fever checks. A handful of people had been arriving at other airports and missing the checks.
A total of 562 air travellers have been checked in the screenings that started Oct. 11 at New York's Kennedy airport and expanded to four others last week, Homeland Security officials said. Four were taken from Washington's Dulles airport to a local hospital. None had Ebola.
The other airports are Newark's Liberty, Chicago's O'Hare and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson.
University of Hawaii scientists plan to embark on a final expedition to deep waters off Oahu to study how chemical weapons dumped in the ocean decades ago are affecting seawater, marine life and sediment.
The research vessel Kilo Moana will leave port Wednesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://bit.ly/1pyoSJF). It will deploy a remotely operated vehicle at a dump site 5 to 10 miles south of Pearl Harbor.
The vehicle, called Jason II, will be at sea for about a week. It is equipped with high-resolution video gear and a device that tests for chemicals.
The military used the ocean as a dumping ground for weapons between 1919 and 1970.
In 2007, the Army awarded the university $7.5 million to study munitions disposed of off Hawaii. The latest expedition is the last under this contract.
According to one military count, 181 tons of lewisite, 2,184 tons of mustard, 204 tons of cyanogen chloride and 2 tons of cyanide were dumped in at least four deep-water sites off Oahu.
Earlier studies of sediment samples collected less than 6 feet from suspected chemical munitions in deep water off Oahu revealed very low levels of mustard.
Nearby shrimp and sea stars living directly on top of suspected chemical munitions exhibited no adverse impact from munitions constituents, the university said.
So far the researchers have examined the effects of six bombs. There has been no sign of animals absorbing poison from these weapons, said Margo Edwards, UH principal investigator for the project.
"But six is a pretty small number compared to what it is that we're trying to look for," Edwards said. "So our hope is that with Jason, we can go and increase the number of samples that we've collected."
Same-sex marriage has arrived in Wyoming, the conservative western mountain state where the 1998 beating death of a gay student helped spark the movement that has culminated in a broad expansion of gay rights around America.
Gay couples began to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday, shortly after the state began to recognize same-sex unions, albeit far more quietly than in other places where bans were recently struck down.
More than 30 states, including Arizona and Alaska, now recognize same-sex unions in changes triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision Oct. 6 that refused to hear appeals from states that wanted to defend gay marriage bans.
Hundreds of same-sex couples in Idaho and Nevada flooded clerk's offices and courthouses in recent weeks and married immediately afterward to cheering crowds.
The change remained particularly notable in America's least populous state, where Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was robbed, tied to a fence and viciously beaten 16 years ago. He died days after the attack on Oct. 12, 1998. The slaying galvanized a nationwide push for gay rights and tough penalties for hate crimes.
In the state's largest city, Cheyenne, two couples were licensed right away, and Jennifer Mumaugh and A.J. McDaniel became the first gay couple to legally marry in the state's most populous county.
After the state formally dropped its defence of a law defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Mumaugh said attitudes in Wyoming have shifted in recent years to be more open to gay couples. She said she expected gay marriage to eventually become legal, but didn't expect it to happen so quickly.
"I'm surprised with the progress of the state and that of the people throughout the state over time," she said.
Wyoming has joined several other politically conservative states in allowing gay marriage after a series of recent court rulings have struck down bans as unconstitutional.
Gay rights supporters have said bans on same-sex unions are violations of the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection under the law and due process. Opponents have said the issue should be decided by states and voters, not courts.
For gay rights' advocates, Tuesday marked a long-sought victory.
"It's so incredible to see all of this coming to culmination across the state," Jeran Artery, executive director of Wyoming Equality, said. "We've worked so hard for this for so long and to see these loving committed couples finally have justice, and equality and freedom, it's really tremendous."
Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.
The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.
Toys R Us, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves.
"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical," Toys R Us said in a statement. The retailer had maintained that the figures were sold in limited quantities in the adult-action-figure area of its stores.
The Fort Myers, Florida, mom, identified by news media as Susan Schrivjer, launched a petition on change.org last week, demanding that Toys R Us immediately stop selling the dolls. The mom, who wrote the petition under the name Susan Myers, said that the dolls are a "dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."
"While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters," she wrote.
As of Tuesday, the petition had 8,000 signatures.
On Monday, Bryan Cranston, the actor who played White, responded to the controversy, tweeting, "I'm so mad. I am burning my Florida mom action figure in protest."
The debate has also spurred die-hard adult figure collectors to rally behind Toys R US. Daniel Pickett, of Manhattan Beach, California, launched a petition on change.org in favour of the toy seller keeping the dolls. So far, it has collected nearly 3,000 signatures.
"I'm a parent of a school aged child myself, but I'm an informed, responsible parent and I closely monitor the toys, TV, music, movies and games that my daughter sees," Pickett wrote. "That's my job, and I take it seriously. But I also like toys/action figures and I want 3-D representations of characters from my favourite properties and I love being able to walk into a store and find them."
A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls' education has been honoured with the Liberty Medal.
Malala Yousafzai accepted the medal, which is given annually at the National Constitution Center to someone who strives to secure freedom for people around the world, on Tuesday. She implored world leaders to spend money on education, not wars, and to solve their differences with words.
"Education is the best weapon against poverty, ignorance and terrorism," she said.
Yousafzai, who's 17, recently became the world's youngest Nobel laureate. Organizers of the Liberty Medal ceremony didn't know that would be the case when they decided months ago to honour her. But the coincidence might have been expected: She has become the seventh Liberty Medal recipient to subsequently receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
"Malala's courageous fight for equality and liberty from tyranny is evidence that a passionate, committed leader, regardless of age, has the power to ignite a movement for reform," said Jeb Bush, chairman of the National Constitution Center, which sponsors the medal.
Tuesday's ceremony included speeches from women with powerful stories about education, including Minnijean Brown Trickey, who helped integrate an Arkansas high school in 1957, and University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann, a first-generation college student, who praised Yousafzai for her "compelling vision and immense courage."
Yousafzai began her activism six years ago by using an alias to write for the BBC about living under Taliban rule. In 2012, a Taliban gunman shot her in the head while she was returning from school because of her vocal support for gender equality and education for girls.
She ended up being treated for her injury in Britain, where she recovered and continues to live with her family. She has continued her activism on those issues through speaking engagements, a bestselling book and a non-profit organization called the Malala Fund.
She said Tuesday that when the Taliban approached her she had two options: not speak and wait to be killed or speak and then be killed.
"Why should I not speak?" she said. "It is our duty."
She said the Taliban tried to silence her, but, "I think they committed a big mistake."
The day she was shot, she recalled, "Weakness, fear and hopelessness died, and strength, power and courage were born."
Her appearance in Philadelphia on Tuesday came less than two weeks after she became the youngest Nobel laureate, sharing the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children's rights activist from India.
The Liberty Medal comes with a $100,000 award, which Yousafzai said she'll spend in Pakistan on children who need education and other support. Organizers cited Yousafzai's courage, resilience and advocacy for those denied basic human rights and liberties.
Previous recipients of the Liberty Medal who went on to win the Peace Prize include former South African President Nelson Mandela, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
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