News from the Associated Press - November 29, 2013

Associated Press
November 29, 2013

Nurses announce 24-hour strike at Pa. hospital

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Nurses at a northeastern Pennsylvania hospital have planned a one-day strike to protest their lack of a contract.

Members of the Wyoming Valley Nurses Association say they'll walk off the job at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Tuesday morning.

Their contract with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems expired in April. Since then, nurses have been working under the terms of the expired deal.

The health system released a statement Thursday saying it will implement a contingency plan to ensure patient safety.

Union leaders say the company has not bargained in good faith and is ignoring research on safe staffing levels.


Pa. researchers publish century of disease data

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have published more than a century's worth of data on scores of infectious diseases they compiled while putting together computer models and simulations for research.

Professors Donald Burke and William van Panhuis repeatedly dipped into written historical records. They told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that they finally decided to digitize weekly reports for more than 87 million individual cases of 56 contagious diseases reported between 1888 and 2011.

The research, dubbed Project Tycho after Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, was published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Brahe's detailed observations were later used to derive the laws of planetary motion, and Burke and van Panhuis expect their data to be used by other scientists studying infectious diseases.


Cuomo and his NY staffers help out on Thanksgiving

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joined volunteers who served thousands of Thanksgiving meals in Albany, while high-ranking members of his administration volunteered at holiday community events from Manhattan to Buffalo.

Cuomo and his three daughters were at the Empire State Plaza's Concourse Cafeteria Thursday to join the volunteers at the annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day community dinner. Started in the early 1970s, the event serves more than 10,000 Thanksgiving meals to homebound or homeless people in Albany.

Meanwhile, members of Cuomo's administration took part in volunteer efforts across the state. Agency commissioners and the heads of other state offices helped serve meals Thanksgiving morning in Binghamton, Syracuse, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Other state officials volunteered at community events Thursday afternoon in Troy, Glens Falls and Buffalo.

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