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In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, Dr. Semyon Galperin speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Hospital 11 in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant. Galperin’s job is being eliminated as part of a sweeping reform in which at least 28 Moscow hospitals are to be closed and up to 10,000 medical staff fired, an overhaul that officials say is needed to modernize a decrepit Soviet-era health system. At the hospital, Galperin is vowing to stay on even if that means working as an attendant: “I can’t leave work because we decided to fight till the end,” he said. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for PutinDoctors, patients rebel against Moscow health care reform, creating headache for Putin
The Associated Press12 minutes ago
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles after speaking to the Northern Virginia Technology Council in Reston, Va. A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery. Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old jurist was sent home Thursday and is expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next weekJustice Ginsburg back at home after heart procedure, expected to hear oral arguments next week
The Associated Press14 minutes ago
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Democratic Georgia U.S. Senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn concedes the election to Republican David Perdue during her election night in Atlanta. Many Democrats say the way to recover lost ground in the conservative South is to reclaim the party’s lost identity as a champion of the middle class. Georgia Democrats thought legacy candidates were the answer, but Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn, former Sen. Sam Nunn’s daughter, and gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, each lost by about 8 percentage points even after well-funded campaigns and ambitious voter-registration drives. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)
Southern Democrats urge a return to party basicsSore from losing to GOP, Southern Democrats urge a return to familiar economic policies
The Associated Press15 minutes ago
FILE - In this March 28, 2013, file image, taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, fighters from the Syrian Free Army prepare to fire on the regime's army in Dael, less than 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Jordanian border in Daraa province, Syria. Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video, File)
Rebels push forward in southern SyriaUS-backed Syrian rebels aided by al-Qaida militants push forward on southern front
The Associated Press17 minutes ago
A woman visits the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, as a soldier stands guard in Ankara on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Pope Francis travels to Turkey this weekend amid new Muslim-Christian tensions and a violent war next door, with Islamic State militants seizing chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and sending 1.6 million refugees across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visitPope wades into Islamic State turmoil with Turkish visit, and a flap over Erdogan's new home
The Associated Press29 minutes ago
Lignite is pictured at the Vattenfall lignite open-cast mine in Jaenschwalde, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Lignite, as this form of compressed peat is known, is becoming an increasingly important part of Germany’s effort to phase out nuclear energy. It’s also the reason why Atterwasch, a village that survived the Thirty Years’ War, a Soviet onslaught during the final months of World War II and four hard decades of communist rule will soon be razed. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Energy revolution spells doom for German villageGerman energy revolution spells doom for village sitting on vast coal deposits
The Associated Press42 minutes ago
A man puts gas in his car at a Shell filling station with the electric indicator showing a liter of regular gas price, top, at 148 yen, or $1.25, per liter (554 yen, or $4.69 per gallon) in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses. Partly because of the shale oil boom in the U.S., the world is awash in oil but demand from major economies is weak so prices are falling. The latest slide was triggered by OPEC’s decision Thursday to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the cartel are worried they’ll lose market share if they lower production. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant AsiaOil price plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia but negatives loom for some countries
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart storesFerguson-related protests interrupt holiday shoppers inside area Target, Wal-Mart stores
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu. The volcano is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday, Nov. 28 that Mount Aso had spewed out lava debris and smoke, shooting plumes of ash a kilometer (3,280 feet) into the sky. The observatory does not expect the eruption to increase in scale. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flightsVolcano in southern Japan blasting magma in first eruption in 22 years, disrupting flights
The Associated Press1 hour ago
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  • With snow still piled high, Buffalo faces flooding

    Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs. After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out Friday, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain, temperatures up to 60 degrees and blocked catch basins. KRQE Albuquerque, Sat, Nov 22 2014 @ 05:01 PM
  • New York workers fear flooding as November storm snow melts

    Buffalo: Emergency workers have filled thousands of sandbags as the area around Buffalo, New York, braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to 2 metres of snow. More than 775 members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. Sydney Morning Herald, Sun, Nov 23 2014 @ 10:49 PM
  • Buffalo residents ready melt, possible evacuations

    People in storm-socked areas around Buffalo began returning to work on Monday as fast-melting mounds of snow fed into creeks that were starting to swell. It was not clear how widespread flooding would be almost a week after western New York was pummeled by epic snowfall. Lewistown Sentinel, Mon, Nov 24 2014 @ 04:05 PM
  • Governor Cuomo says evacuation, shelter plans being made in case of flooding

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says evacuation plans are being prepared and the Red Cross is setting up shelters as rising temperatures melt 7 feet of snow in the Buffalo area, causing a risk of flooding. Cuomo says the only driving bans remaining in the area are in nearby Lackawanna and South Buffalo as snow removal crews continue to dig out streets. KAVU, Mon, Nov 24 2014 @ 12:47 PM
  • Volunteer snow shovelers hit Buffalo streets as flooding fears ...

    As temperatures near Buffalo, New York, rose above freezing on Saturday, volunteers fanned out to help their neighbors clear the walls of snow that have paralyzed parts of the region this week, but the warming trend also raised the threat of flooding. More than 200 volunteers, called the Shovel Brigade Mob, armed themselves with shovels and headed into neighborhoods south of downtown Buffalo. AlertNet, Sat, Nov 22 2014 @ 07:09 PM
  • Western New York braces for flooding as heavy snow melts

    A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York, Nov 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow. The Straits Times, Sun, Nov 23 2014 @ 01:20 PM
  • Buffalo area dodges major problems with snowmelt

    A resident of Bell Tower Condominium Apartments drives through water from a swollen Cayuga Creek as flooding from melting snow following last week's snowstorms are occurring on a minor scale, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Photo: Gary Wiepert, AP Nancy Barletta, center, stands along the Cazenovia Creek with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ... (more) The Beaumont Enterprise, Tue, Nov 25 2014 @ 06:13 PM
  • Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms

    The mayor of Buffalo says the city is making significant progress clearing snow-clogged streets even as a flooding threat looms. ABC 33/40, Sun, Nov 23 2014 @ 03:32 PM
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