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Carolina Panthers owner donates $100,000 to families of Charleston shooting victims

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has donated $100,000 to the families of the victims in Wednesday's church shooting massacre in Charleston, S.C.<p>Richardson, who founded the NFL team in 1994, donated $10,000 to each of the nine victims' families to help with funeral expenses and also donated …

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British nurse infected with Ebola virus in critical condition, hospital says

A British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa is in critical condition, according to the London hospital where she is undergoing treatment.<p>The Royal Free Hospital said Saturday that 39-year-old Pauline Cafferkey's condition had deteriorated over the past two days. Earlier this week, …

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Ebola in Britain: Cameron prays for nurse in critical condition

Pauline Cafferkey's condition has worsened and she is now critically ill with Ebola, say doctors treating her<p>David Cameron on Saturday night said he was praying for the Scottish nurse suffering from the deadly Ebola virus after doctors said her condition had worsened and she was critically …

Timeline: nurse Pauline Cafferkey’s return to UK and Ebola diagnosis

Questions raised over airport screening after nurse complained of high temperature at Heathrow after return from Sierra Leone<p><b>28 December</b><p>Pauline Cafferkey arrives at Heathrow airport after travelling from Sierra Leone via Casablanca in Morocco.<p>As a returning health worker she is screened and has her …

Sierra Leone Declares Five-Day Ebola Lockdown

"Muslims and Christians are not allowed to hold services in mosques and churches throughout the lockdown except for Christians on Christmas Day (Thursday)," Alie Kamara, resident minister for the Northern Region, told AFP.<p>The lockdown announced Wednesday is designed "to intensify the containment of …

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The Year in Photos: 2014

From ISIS and Gaza to World Cup, the Rosetta comet landing and newborn panda triplets, a look at the most compelling images of the past 12 …

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Behold, atheists' new Ten Commandments

What if, instead of climbing Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God, Moses had turned to the Israelites and asked: Hey, what do you guys think we should do?<p>Considering the Hebrews' bad behavior in the Bible, what with the coveting of neighbors' wives and murdering their own brothers, …

Philip Seymour Hoffman remembered by David Bar Katz

23 July 1967–2 February 2014 David Bar Katz has written this prose poem for his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman, with whom he used to have coffee every morning after dropping off their children<p>See the Observer’s obituaries of 2014 in full<p>Maya Angelou remembered by Jon Snow<p>There was just so damn much …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

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Killing of NYPD officers condemned as a despicable act

Tribute paid to murdered officers as White House says President is being fully briefed<p>Led by President Barack Obama, senior political figures paid tribute to “two of New York’s finest” as the shock at the murder of the officers reverberated around the city.<p>Rafael Ramos, 40, the father of a 13 year …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Be Just 10 Years Away

Hyperloop, the ultra-fast tube transport dreamed up by SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, could be ready for passengers in as few as 10 years.<p>In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building …

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Why No One Can Remember Being A Baby

Infants' memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests.<p>The findings offer an explanation for why people can't recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery.<p>The study's authors "make a very interesting and compelling case," says …

The Brain

7 things Americans think are more plausible than man-made global warming

Seventy-seven percent of the country believe in angels. Only 40 percent concede climate change is a reality<p>In a video that went viral this week, Bill O’Reilly has spoken, not only for himself but (generously) for the rest of America: "It’s easier to believe in a benevolent God and the baby Jesus …

The Year in Fear: From Ebola to street violence to Comrade Kim

Superpower — ha! America spent 2014 scared of ISIS, Ebola, unarmed black men and North Korea’s Supreme Critic<p>There a lot of things about the Sony Pictures hack attack and the resulting cancellation of the Seth Rogen-James Franco movie “The Interview” that don’t make sense. It isn’t just that the …

North Korea Pleads Innocent to Hack

Pyongyang officials propose a joint investigation into the Sony hack, but warn America of 'grave consequences' if it refuses.<p>North Korea said on Saturday that U.S. accusations indicating it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and warned of "serious consequences" …

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Antarctic Tourism Could Expose Penguins to New Diseases, Study Warns

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New York doctor recovers from Ebola

Dr Craig Spence now stable as Dallas nurse is finally reunited with quarantined dog<p>A New York doctor with Ebola, whose case triggered a national debate over mandatory quarantines for health workers returning from West Africa, was upgraded to stable condition on Saturday after nine days of treatment.<p>…

Maine nurse hopes other Ebola health workers will not face same reaction

Kaci Hickox, who successfully challenged state’s restrictions on her movements, says ‘I don’t feel like I was given an option’<p>A nurse who successfully fought Maine’s quarantine for healthcare workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals …

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Texan healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola

Unnamed worker provided care for Thomas Duncan ‘Close contact’ of worker also in preliminary isolation Worker was wearing full protective gear when treating Duncan Authorities say pet believed to be in quarantined apartment<p>Ebola: as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old US airports start screening …