Chris O'Dowd's baby to be born in US
Chris O'Dowd's baby will be born in the US. The 35-year-old actor, who comes from Ireland, and his wife Dawn O'Porter are currently residing in Los Angeles for work commitments and are planning to welcome their first child into the world in California too.
China, US training Afghan diplomats
A group of young Afghan diplomats began a two-week training session here Monday as part of a joint programme co-organised by the US and China. This is the third year the US and China have partnered to train early-career Kabul diplomats, who visit the two countries in order to develop their diplomatic, communications and management skills, Xinhua reported.
Miss. ban on same-sex marriage challenged in...
A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi, a Bible Belt state where the Republican governor and GOP leaders who control the state Legislature have long said they believe marriage should be only between a man and a woman. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca "Becky" Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders , who were denied a Mississippi marriage license earlier this year; and Jocelyn "Joce" Pritchett and Carla Webb , who live in Mississippi and married in Maine in 2013.
In Chicago, a warm homecoming for unpopular Obama
Across the country, far more Americans say they disapprove of the president than approve. He's so politically toxic that Democratic candidates in tough races are practically begging Obama to stay away.
Ebola or not? Rapid test for the virus not here yet
That assessment, by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Resources, during testimony before a Congressional panel on Thursday, sums up the critical concern at the heart of the current Ebola scare. It was the challenge faced by staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as they struggled in late September to identify and manage the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient ever diagnosed with Ebola on American soil.
Ebola monitoring period over for 43 Texans
Forty-three people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now officially cleared after not demonstrating any symptoms during a 21-day monitoring period, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Monday. One more will be cleared later Monday, and four others will complete their 21-day monitoring period soon, he said.
New YouTube series aims to teach Brazilian travellers about NYC - including bagels and subways
New Yorker Seth Kugel is getting a lot of attention in Brazil as the star of a new YouTube series educating Brazilian tourists about New York City. The "Amigo Gringo" videos offer a humorous mirror back on New York culture, showcasing everything from how to ride the subway to how to order a bagel.
In 5 AM order, SCOTUS allows Texas voter ID law to take effect; holdup apparently due to dissent
The U.S. Supreme Court apparently pulled an all-nighter before issuing an order at 5.a.m. Saturday allowing Texas' voter ID law to take effect for early voting beginning on Monday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's six-page dissent was the apparent cause of the holdup, Slate reports in a column by University of California at Irvine law professor Richard Hasen.
Best theme parks of the future
Disney World in Orlando will bring Avatar's blue-peopled planet, Pandora, to life with fantastical rides and the movie's strange jungle atmosphere. If the Na'vi tribe could help build the new Avatar Land, it'd be finished faster.