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What it's like to work for the Valley's most secretive startup, Palantir

Palantir was cofounded by one of the Valley's most powerful, and most colorful, VCs, Peter Thiel. With Thiel's backing, Palantir has raised nearly $2 billion in investment.<p>As of late last year, investors valued the company at $20 billion, making it the third-most-valuable Bay Area tech startup …

Silicon Valley

'It's all changed': Nevada reacts to gay marriage ruling

As he stood inside Reno's First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Nicholas Martin-Kearney relived his wedding day.<p>His hands were shaking following the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to strike down Nevada's law banning gay marriage. He said his emotions matched that of his wedding day …

Morocco releases Briton detained for 'homosexual acts' on holiday

Ray Cole, 69,had been sentenced to four months in jail after Moroccan police found images of a homosexual nature on his mobile phone<p>A British man jailed for "homosexual acts" while on holiday in Morocco has been released, his family confirmed.<p>Ray Cole, 69, a retired magazine publisher from Deal, …

Nevada and Idaho want high court to put gay-marriage on hold

Officials in Idaho and Nevada have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriage in those states, at least temporarily, by barring implementation of a federal appeals court ruling issued Tuesday.<p>The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down current bans on same-sex marriage in the two …

Texas Ebola patient dies as officials monitor those who had direct contact

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola outside Africa, died on Wednesday, the Texas hospital that was treating him announced.<p>“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning,” the Texas Health …

Mysterious Viking Sword Made With Technology From the Future?

The Viking sword Ulfberht was made of metal so pure it baffled archaeologists. It was thought the technology to forge such metal was not invented for …

Fifth American Ebola victim arrives in US for treatment

The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa has arrived in the US for treatment.<p>A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in Omaha on Monday (October 6).<p>His plane was met by an ambulance manned by workers wearing yellow …

First Ebola infection in Europe confirmed in Spain

A nurse being treated for the deadly Ebola virus in Spain has been transferred from one Madrid hospital to another.<p>Spain’s health minister announced that the case was the first known transmission of the current outbreak of Ebola outside West Africa.<p>The female nurse had helped treat two Spanish …

Concern over Ebola spread in Spain

Some workers at the hospital where a nurse is being treated for Ebola are concerned about Spanish efforts to control the spread of the deadly virus.<p>Her infection shows the danger health care workers face, not only in poorly-equipped clinics in West Africa, but in more sophisticated ones in …

'Europe's first Ebola contamination': Spanish nurse is infected

In what is being described as the first case of Ebola contamination in Europe, a Spanish nurse has tested positive.<p>The woman, a nursing auxiliary, worked at the hospital in Madrid where two Ebola patients – both missionaries repatriated from Africa – died of the virus in August and September.<p>She …

UNICEF warns of Ebola risk to health services

The UN has warned that thousands of children are at risk from the disruption caused to health services by the Ebola epidemic.<p>UNICEF, the United Nations’ Children Fund, says that medics in Western Africa are struggling to cope.<p>It says 2.5 million youngsters under the age of five in Guinea, Sierra …

US Supreme Court strikes blow against opponents of gay marriage

Opponents of gay marriage in the US have been struck a blow by the Supreme Court.<p>Judges have rejected appeals against same-sex weddings in five states: Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana.<p>A total of 19 states allow gay marriage and the new ruling means that could now increase to 30.<p>The …

Paris school caught up in panic over whether Ebola could spread in Europe

As talk of the Ebola virus increases, it is inevitable that people start to worry about possible contact with those returning from countries affected.<p>Some parents at a school near Paris have taken their children out of classes after learning that three boys recently returned from Guinea.<p>The mother …

GOP Won't Defend Ban On Veterans Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

House Republicans, who defended in court the Defense of Marriage Act only to see it struck down by the Supreme Court last month, have now decided not to try to defend a similar law that denies veterans' benefits to married, same-sex couples.<p>BuzzFeed, which broke the news Thursday of the GOP's …

'Homosexual propaganda' law signals latest Russian crackdown

MOSCOW -- A new law banning "homosexual propaganda" in Russia is raising concerns about the state of human rights in a country already notorious for silencing dissent.<p>The legislation is vague but its intent is clear: It is now "illegal to spread information about non-traditional sexual behavior" to …

LGBTQI

Ásatrú rituals and calendar

An Ásatrú ritual can be many things from a group observance to a private offering. A blót is an offering of food or drink, commonly mead or ale, to …

Spirituality

Jackson meets Ebola patient's family - CNN Video

Nurse In Spain Infected With Ebola Virus

Spain's health minister confirmed that a nurse who treated two Ebola victims has tested positive for the disease. She is the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Efforts to stop the spread of Ebola have focused on the patients. But increasingly the …

Ebola prep includes undercover actors for disease that may never come

Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases.<p>A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring …

Four People Monitored in Spain on Suspicion of Ebola

MADRID — Four people, including the nurse who tested for Ebola on Monday, were hospitalized and being monitored over suspicion of potential contagion of the deadly disease, Spain's health authorities said on Tuesday. Officials for Madrid's health system told a news conference those hospitalized …

Disease

How Iceland's Genealogy Obsession Leads to Scientific Breakthroughs

Icelanders love keeping track of how they're related, which has made them "the world champions of human genetics.”<p>A commercial for an Icelandic phone company from a few years ago depicted a couple waking up after a one-night stand. They both pick up their smart phones. They both log into a …

Four People Quarantined In Spain Following Nurse's Ebola Diagnosis

The number includes the nurse herself, who is the victim of the first known transmission outside of West Africa, her husband and two other people. More than 50 others are being monitored .<p>Staff at the hospital where she worked —the Carlos III hospital — told Spanish newspaper <i>El País</i> that the …

Disease

NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola ‘looking strong’, says parents - video

The parents of an NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia say he 'looks strong' and his symptoms have not advanced further. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, is unsure how he caught the disease, according to his father, Mitchell Levy, but was filming at an Ebola clinic in Liberia at the time. …

Ebola crisis – the story in brief

The Ebola outbreak has killed about 11,312 people in west Africa, and affected the US and Spain, where people returning from the region have died and transmitted the infection to several nurses. We examine the background to the disease, its spread and its impact<p>What’s the story?<p>West Africa …

Wal-Mart to end health insurance for part-time workers

<b>US retail giant Wal-Mart has said it will end health insurance coverage for some of its part-time workers, citing rising healthcare costs.</b><p>About 30,000 Wal-Mart employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week will be affected by the change.<p>Wal-Mart employs 1.3 million people in the US, making it the …

Ebola drugs are in the works

Scientists racing to develop something that will stop the largest Ebola epidemic in history are trying a variety of experimental drugs on patients.<p>Without a cure, the disease has killed at least 3,431 people and infected 7,470 at last count.<p>The first person known to have been diagnosed with the …

The U.S. Military's War on Ebola

The American mission in Liberia will take 4,000 troops, cost $750 million, and could last more than a year.<p>The U.S. military campaign to help eradicate Ebola from West Africa sounds anything but surgical. It will take–for now–nearly 4,000 American troops, cost $750 million, and it could last a year …

Spain quarantines four in Ebola scare

Spain has quarantined a total of four people in an attempt to prevent the spread of Ebola after a nurse became the first confirmed case of infection outside West Africa.<p>The 40-year-old nurse, her husband, another health worker and a Spaniard who travelled to Nigeria are in isolation in hospital, …

Spanish nurse Ebola infection blamed on substandard gear and protocol lapse

Health professionals in Madrid have blamed substandard equipment and a failure to follow protocol for the first case of Ebola to be contracted outside west Africa.<p>Health authorities announced on Monday that a Spanish nurse at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital who treated a patient repatriated from …