Maine nurse Kaci Hickox said she's "humbled" by a judge's decision to reject state health officials' bid to restrict her movements after she defied the state quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients.
Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled on Friday that Hickox should continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue. But because she has shown no not symptoms of Ebola and has tested negative, the judge says she's not infectious.
Eric Frein, the survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania State Trooper, wounding another and then leading authorities on a seven-week manhunt through the woods surrounding the Pocono Mountains, was formally charged with murder Friday. Frein, 31, was escorted into the Pike County courthouse in an orange jumpsuit, avoiding eye contact with the public. The judge asked Frein if he understood the charges and the possibility of the death penalty. "Yes, I do," was all Frein said during the hearing.
The MTA says a giant drill bit being used in a construction project pierced the ceiling of a subway tunnel in Queens, coming into contact with an occupied train a short distance away from a station platform. The 10-inch-wide drill bit did not enter the train and no one was hurt. Authorities say the bit was being used in the MTA's East Side Access project. It somehow drilled into the tunnel and continued downward, coming into contact with the outside of the train.
The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team. The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom of Information Act, reveals at least one agency used those cards to buy $30,000 in Starbucks Coffee drinks and products in one year without having to disclose or detail the purchases to the public. Visit NBCWashington.com for the full investigation.
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Two human skulls, a jawbone and several books on Satan and witchcraft were found at the Stamford Refuge Transfer Station on Thursday and police are investigating.
An attorney for the man accused of kidnapping University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is asking that his client undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Jesse Matthew, 32, appeared in Fairfax County court Friday morning for an arraignment in a separate case. He was indicted earlier this month on three felony charges in connection with a Sept. 24, 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the grocery store in Fairfax.
A 15-year-old Detroit-area girl accused of plotting to kill her family so she could run off with her boyfriend, will undergo a forensic exam to see if she is competent to stand trial, NBC News reported. Roksana Sikorski, has been charged as an adult for the Oct. 17 knife attack. Her adoptive parents say that she has a mental illness and was manipulated into violence by Michael Rivera, 23. On Friday a judge ordered competency exams for both. The Sikorskis, who adopted Roksana and her two siblings from an abusive family in Poland, had filed a statutory rape complaint against Rivera, and Roksana's attorney, Leslie Posner, has said Rivera convinced her to murder her family because of the rape charge.
As some states enact strict new quarantine protocols, and other groups including schools respond with great caution if not fear about Ebola, aid organizations are concerned that these measures will be a deterrent to other prospective West Africa volunteers.
An armored truck lost an unknown amount of money on a Maryland interstate Friday morning — and numerous drivers quickly scooped up the money, police said. Maryland State Police are now "reminding" the drivers to that they are "welcome to turn in the money at the local barrack." According to a preliminary investigation, a door lock on the armored truck malfunctioned, causing a side door to open and a bag of cash to fall out. Drivers behind the truck quickly moved in to claim the cash.
On Sunday everyone gets an extra hour thanks to daylight saving time. Here are a few things you may not have known about the time switch.
The latest case of a positive Ebola test in the United States
sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn't, spread. Ebola can only be transmitted by infected people who show symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC. Click to read more information about the spread of Ebola.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane experienced what the company called an "in-flight anomaly" Friday during a test flight over the Mojave Desert in Southern California. The "anomaly" occurred as the plane fired its rocket engine in flight, according to NBCNews.com. A tweeted posted by Virgin Galactic's account Friday morning said, "#SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming." Details regarding the problem were not immediately available.
Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo failed a doping test in September, the Kenyan runner's agent said Friday. Federico Rosa told The Associated Press that Jeptoo tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test in Kenya weeks before she won a second straight Chicago Marathon title on Oct. 12. Rosa said Jeptoo's "A'' sample had tested positive and they were waiting for her backup "B'' sample to be tested. Rosa declined to name the substance. Rosa said he had learned of the positive test "a few days ago."
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An arctic blast is set to give trick-or-treaters a real reason to shiver on Halloween, NBC News reported. Millions face a chill extending from the Midwest to the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had already seen more than 300 flight cancellations and delays by early Friday afternoon over winds and snow. Freezing temperatures could occur as far south as northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia Saturday morning and central Mississippi, northern Georgia and western parts of the Carolinas Sunday morning, the Weather Channel said.
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