Washington D.C.

Ebola patient at NIH worsens

Doctors treating a U.S. health care worker who was taken to the National Institutes of Health last week after being infected with Ebola have downgraded the patient's condition from serious to critical. The worker tested positive for the deadly virus while volunteering at a treatment facility in Sierra Leone. The patient was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center on Friday after being flown from West Africa on a chartered plane equipped with an isolation unit. The aid group Partners in Health says the patient is a clinician working for the organization in West Africa.

U.S. is biggest arms exporter

The United States maintained its lead as the top weapon exporter over the past five years even as Russian and Chinese exports increased more quickly, a Swedish research group said. While German and French arms exports dropped, the volume of U.S. shipments abroad was 23 percent higher from 2010 to 2014 than in the previous five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in a study.


Copter crew killed in crash ID'd

Members of a seasoned Louisiana-based National Guard crew who died last week in a helicopter crash off the Florida coast had done tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and participated in humanitarian missions after Gulf Coast hurricanes and in the response to the catastrophic 2010 BP oil spill. The Louisiana National Guard identified the pilots and crew of a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed March 10 along Florida's Panhandle in a nighttime training exercise in dense fog. All 11 in the Black Hawk died, including, Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp of Port Washington, Wis.


Ferguson suspect in court

The 20-year-old man accused of shooting two police officers last week outside Ferguson police headquarters made his first court appearance Monday. A St. Louis County judge set Jeffrey L. Williams' his next court date for March 31. Williams had told investigators he had been at a demonstration the night of the shooting, had gotten into a dispute with some people who were there and shot at them, but he said he missed and struck the police officers instead, the authorities said.

United Kingdom

Oxford delays divestment talk

Oxford University has refused to divest its $3 billion endowment from fossil fuel companies, though it left open the possibility of future action. By deciding to forgo action for now, Oxford joined Harvard and Yale universities, which control the biggest endowments in the United States, in sidestepping requests to remove oil and coal companies from their investment funds. The university's governing board meets again in May and could discuss the matter further then.


Cuba, U.S. in new round of talks

U.S. and Cuban diplomats talked behind closed doors in a last-minute round of negotiations aimed at restoring full diplomatic relations before a key regional summit in less than a month. A small team of negotiators led by Roberta S. Jacobson, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, met with Josefina Vidal, Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, in open-ended talks announced less than 48 hours before Jacobson flew to Havana on Sunday. The U.S. and Cuba held their first round of talks in Havana in January.

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