Health officials in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut are reporting their first cases of enterovirus, a potentially serious respiratory illness more likely found in infants and children, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed New Jersey’s first case from a specimen sent to the CDC from a […]

Manhunt for Eric Matthew Frein, Suspect in Pennsylvania Ambush

Manhunt is under way for an anti-cop “survivalist” with mass-murder fantasies who is wanted in last week’s deadly ambush of Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said. Police said the sharpshooter is armed with two rifles, and his father told investigators he “doesn’t miss.” Arrest warrants were issued for Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., […]

Space Race is Back: NASA Awards Contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

NASA awarded contracts today to Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, signaling the agency’s return to manned spaceflight after the end of the space shuttle program. “This is the fulfillment of the commitment President Obama made to return human space flight launches to U.S. soil and […]

Mother of abuse victim in Peterson case asks for privacy

The mother of Adrian Peterson’s 4-year-old son, who was bloodied and bruised when Peterson hit him with a stick in an incident that led to Peterson’s indictment, has asked for privacy for her child.

The woman, whose name is not being released, says she does not believe photos of her son’s injuries should have been published. In a statement released by her attorney, she requests that media outlets stop using the pictures.

“My client, on behalf of herself and their son, wishes to express her extreme outrage at the invasion of their privacy that has occurred through the publication of highly confidential and private data obtained regarding them by the press without their permission or consent. My client is hurt and outraged that the press would publish throughout the world pictures of their minor son and publish statements allegedly made as part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file,” the statement said.

The fact that those photos became public is now itself part of a criminal investigation. The Houston Chronicle reports that information from child abuse cases is supposed to remain confidential under Texas law, and that whoever leaked the pictures and other information to the media could face charges.

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CBS decides to exclude Rihanna from all pre-games

This is the part of the story where I’d make a pop culture reference about Rihanna using one of her song titles.

But I did that already once today, so I’m pretty much out of Rihanna material.

After the pop singer told the NFL “F— you,” on Twitter this morning, the league has returned the favor.

A CBS spokesman said any plans to re-introduce her song “Run This Town” to their Thursday Night Football open had changed, and she won’t be involved in any further broadcasts.

“Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open,” CBS senior vice president of communications Jen Sabatelle said, via USA Today. “We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

The league pulled the song of the famous domestic violence victim as part of an effort to adopt a more serious tone to the Ravens-Steelers pre-game in light of the Ray Rice news of the week.

She apparently woke up this morning and realized she didn’t like it, so we await her next reaction.

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What happens when you survive Ebola?

Two American missionaries infected with the deadly Ebola virus were given an experimental drug. Shortly after, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were flown separately from Liberia to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital — the first human patients with Ebola to ever come to the United States. Writebol was released from the hospital Tuesday. On Thursday […]

The reason Ebola isn’t being stopped

When she was an undergraduate at Princeton University, books like “The Hot Zone” and “Virus Hunters” captivated Rebecca Levine, inspiring her to become a disease detective. Fifteen years later, Lt. Rebecca Levine, a newly minted officer with the U.S. Public Health Service, stepped off a plane in West Africa to fight Ebola, ready to implement […]

Obama: U.S. ready to take the lead in Ebola fight

After an in-person briefing from the staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a “major increase” in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The United States will send troops, material to build field hospitals, additional health care workers, community care kits […]

Sen. Alexander: Ebola as big a threat as Islamic State

An out-of-control Ebola outbreak in West Africa has Tennessee officials concerned about the nation’s response to what could become a global health threat. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Monday that Ebola should be considered as serious a threat as the Islamic State. Tuesday Tennessee public health officials will meet with people from West Africa […]