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Fiancee of Ebola Doctor Expected to Be Released Saturday

Saturday October 25, 2014

VILevi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- City officials are expected to release the fiancée of Dr. Craig Spencer, who is quarantined in New York with the Ebola virus, from Bellevue hospital Saturday.

Morgan Dixon is expected to be quarantined at the Manhattan apartment she shared with Spencer, until the end of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola. Two friends of Spencer who spent time with him after his return from West Africa are also quarantined at their homes.

Spencer became the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he was hospitalized Thursday. He developed a fever that morning and alerted authorities, who transported the doctor from his Harlem apartment in a specially designated ambulance.

"We have confidence in the medical care Craig is receiving and we are hoping for a complete recovery," the Dixon family said in a statement Saturday.

Health officials said he felt tired on Tuesday and then spent a day out in the city on Wednesday. Spencer returned to the U.S. on October 17 after treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders.

"We are very proud of and support the work Craig has been involved with throughout this career," the Dixon family said.

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Health Worker Quarantined in New Jersey Describes Harrowing Ordeal

Saturday October 25, 2014

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Airport officials are poorly handling health care workers returning from Africa, says a nurse who was placed in quarantine at a New Jersey airport and tested negative for Ebola on Saturday.

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who landed at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport on Friday, described the scene at the airport as "a frenzy of disorganization, fear," in an essay she wrote for Dallas Morning News.

"I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa," Hickox wrote.

After she told an immigration official that she was returning from Sierra Leone, she was escorted to a quarantine office where she was interrogated by a number of officials, including one from the CDC, she wrote.

Hickox said her interrogators treated her like a criminal.

"One man who must have been an immigration officer because he was wearing a weapon belt that I could see protruding from his white coveralls barked questions at me as if I was a criminal," she wrote.

Although Hickox showed no signs of Ebola symptoms, she was detained for several hours.

"Four hours after I landed at the airport, an official approached me with a forehead scanner," she wrote. "My cheeks were flushed, I was upset at being held with no explanation. The scanner recorded my temperature as 101."

Hickox, who has degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and Johns Hopkins University, tried to explain that an oral thermometer would have been more accurate and that the scanner was recording a fever because she was upset and her face was flushed.

When it was decided that Hickox had to go to a hospital, she was transported by eight police cars.

"Sirens blared, lights flashed," Hickox wrote. "Again, I wondered what I had done wrong."

It wasn't until she had her temperature and other vitals properly taken with an oral thermometer that officials realized she didn't have Ebola.

"My blood was taken and tested for Ebola. It came back negative," Hickox wrote.

Health officials confirmed that a nurse had been quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport despite not having any symptoms, developing a fever only hours into the quarantine. A preliminary test for Ebola came back negative for the nurse, the state's Health Department said in a statement Saturday.

Hickox will remain in mandatory quarantine for 21 days.

On Friday, governors in New York and New Jersey announced that they would enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people and were arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Illinois Department of Public Health also announced a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who cared for Ebola patients in the same countries.

The announcements came a day after Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, tested positive for the virus. He is isolated at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also tightened guidelines on Thursday to require 21-day self-monitoring -- but not quarantines -- for travelers to Ebola-affected regions.


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Guardrail Manufacturer to Halt Device Sales Amid Safety Concerns

Saturday October 25, 2014

zebra3/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Trinity Industries is halting sales of its controversial ET-Plus guardrail system, a device meant to protect motorists across the country that instead has been blamed by accident victims for dozens of injuries and deaths.

The move came late Friday in response to a request by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct crash tests on the device or face suspension of its eligibility for sale. Earlier this week Trinity lost a civil trial in Texas in which the jury found the company had defrauded the government by misrepresenting changes made to the guardrail nearly a decade ago.

“In light of FHWA’s request, the right thing to do is to stop shipping the product until the additional testing has been completed,” Gregg Mitchell, President of Trinity Highway Products, wrote in a press release. "We have confidence in the ET-Plus System as designed and crash tested by Texas A&M Transportation Institute. It has met all tests previously requested by FHWA. We take the safety of the products we manufacture very seriously."

The company says it will work with the FHWA on further crash testing and will not ship any more ET-Plus units until testing is completed.

The announcement came at the end of a week that saw more states suspend the installation of the popular end terminal pending further investigation, a demand by the FHWA to further crash test the ET-Plus, and a mammoth jury verdict in the federal whistleblower case in Marshall, Texas. In that case, Trinity was found to have defrauded the federal government and has been ordered to pay $175 million.

At the center of the case were modifications made by Trinity Industries in 2005 to the design of guardrail end terminals used alongside many roads from coast to coast, and the company’s failure at the time to disclose all the changes to the federal government or any state transportation departments.

The modified guardrail, called the ET-Plus, was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation in September that looked into allegations from crash victims that the modified guardrail can malfunction when struck from the front by their vehicles’. Rather than ribboning out and absorbing the impact as designed, the guardrails “locked up” and speared straight through the cars, severing the motorists’ limbs in some cases.

The whistleblower in the case against Trinity, a competitor of the company's who uncovered damning documents indicating the company made the changes to its guardrail end terminal to save money, told ABC News Saturday that he believes the company's decision to stop selling the ET-Plus is just one more step to a total recall of the product from all U.S. highways.

"We are getting closer to that product recall," said Josh Harman. "A product recall is something that just has to happen, because too many lives have already been lost."

In addition to their promise to work with the government, Trinity has indicated it will appeal the Texas court's decision in the whistleblower case, saying the ruling "will not withstand legal scrutiny."

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Department of Transportation to Review NHTSA Following Handling of Automobile Recall

Saturday October 25, 2014

csakisti/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Transportation will conduct a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on the heels of a number of automobile recalls this year, a senior administration official confirmed to ABC News.

The New York Times reports that the administration is concerned about the NHTSA's handling of recent recalls. Earlier this week, the agency urged drivers to "act immediately" to have repairs done regarding faulty airbags, however, several automakers were unprepared to make those repairs.

Additionally, a tool on the NHTSA website that helps drivers identify whether their car is affected by outstanding recalls was non-responsive for more than a day.

The most recent recall, of Takata Company airbags, involved nearly eight million vehicles.

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Federal Judge Issues Restraining Order Blocking Sports Betting in NJ

Saturday October 25, 2014

AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing New Jersey racetracks and casinos from allowing sports gambling.

Gov. Chris Christie had signed a law earlier this month repealing the state's bad on sports wagering, and one racetrack was expecting to start taking bets on National Football League games on Sunday. The judge issued the restraining order on Friday, however, after a request from the four major professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Administration.

The judge said that the leagues showed they would be irreparably harmed if sports gambling was allowed. New Jersey would have been just the second state in the nation -- after Nevada -- to allow sports betting.

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Pa. Company Recalling Nearly 32,000 Pounds of Chicken Products

Saturday October 25, 2014

neirfy/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Pennsylvania company is recalling nearly 32,000 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with bacteria.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture said in a press release Saturday that Murry's Inc. is recalled 31,689 pounds of chicken products that may contain Staphylococcal entertoxin. All of the products have a "best by" date of Aug. 9, 2015.

The recall affects 12-ounce boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets" and 10.5-ounce boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast." All products subject to recall have the establishment number "P-516" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were shipped nationwide.

The USDA says that the toxins that may have contaminated the products are "fast acting, sometimes causing illness in as little as 30 minutes." Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea." Most patients do recover after one to three days.


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SpaceX Cargo Ship Expected to Splashdown Saturday Afternoon

Saturday October 25, 2014

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was released from the International Space Station on Saturday morning and is expected to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at about 3:39 p.m.

The spacecraft was designed to deliver cargo and people to "orbiting destinations," according to the SpaceX website. "Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return cargo to earth, a feat previously achieved only by governments."

NASA says that the capsule is expected to land about 265 miles west of the Baja peninsula.

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Suspects in Sacramento Area Shooting Identified

Saturday October 25, 2014

aijohn784/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department confirmed that both suspects in the shooting that left two officers dead and an officer and a bystander injured.

The SCSD identified the two suspects as Marcelo Marquez, 34, and Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38. Both suspects have addresses of record in Utah.

The pair were each booked for felony carjacking and attempted murder, while Marcelo Marquez was also booked for felony murder.

Neither suspect had a criminal history prior to this arrest, the SCSD said.

Authorities said Deputy Danny Oliver of the SCSD was shot in the head on Friday when he approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot. The suspects allegedly carjacked a vehicle, shooting a bystander and drove north to the location where two Placer County deputies were shot. One of those two later died.


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Judge Denies Request from Defense Team for James Holmes

Saturday October 25, 2014

Photo by Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images(AURORA, Colo.) -- A district court judge on Friday denied a request by the defense lawyers for James Holmes, the movie theater shooter, requesting an extension to the Oct. 29 deadline to file motions related to his second Court-ordered sanity examination.

The defense argued that it had not received the report from Dr. William Reid until Oct. 15, just two weeks before the deadline. "There are simply not enough hours in the day...to not only watch, but mentally process and digest 22 hours of forensic interviews of their client...flesh out all of the legal issues involved, and draft all of the motions that will need to be drafted concerning Dr. Reid's report by October 29," the defense argued in a complaint.

Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr. disagreed, saying in his denial of the request that "there are 336 hours in a two-week period. Considering the manpower and the extensive resources available to defense counsel, and considering further how much notice the defense and its experts have enjoyed regarding the deadline at issue, two weeks are sufficient to file any appropriate motions."

The judge did give one exception for motions "strictly related to the discoverable documentation from Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo underlying the second sanity examination." For such motions, the new deadline will be Nov. 20.


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Fiancee's Family Confident in Medical Care Ebola Doctor Receiving

Saturday October 25, 2014

Craig Spencer/LinkedIn(NEW YORK) -- The family of Morgan Dixon, the fiancée of the New York doctor who tested positive for Ebola, said in a statement Saturday that they are confident in the medical care he's receiving.

Dr. Craig Spencer has been in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday. His fiancée, Morgan Dixon, is also quarantined there, although she hasn't shown any symptoms of the virus.

"The Dixon family is asking for your thoughts and prayers for Craig Spencer and his fiancee, our daughter, Morgan Dixon," read the statement.

The Dixon family said they have not had physical contact with their daughter or Spencer, 33, since his return to New York from Guinea.

Two friends of Spencer are also under quarantine at home. Neither has shown symptoms of the virus.

Spencer became the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he was hospitalized Thursday. He developed a fever that morning and alerted authorities, who transported the doctor from his Harlem apartment in a specially designated ambulance.

"We have confidence in the medical care Craig is receiving and we are hoping for a complete recovery," the Dixon family said.

Health officials said he felt tired on Tuesday and then spent a day out in the city on Wednesday. Spencer returned to the U.S. on October 17 after treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders.

"We are very proud of and support the work Craig has been involved with throughout this career," the Dixon family said.


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Holder Announces Federal Government to Recognize Same-Sex Married Couples in Six More States

Saturday October 25, 2014

Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government will recognize same-sex married couples in six more states, Attorney General Eric Holder said Saturday.

The move is yet another development after the Supreme Court decided earlier in October not to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage. The federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Holder made a similar announcement last week with respect to seven other states. Saturday's action brings the total number of states where the federal government recognizes same-sex married couples to 32, plus the District of Columbia.

"With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized," Holder said in a statement, "our nation moves closer to achieving...full equality for all Americans." The government will work with those states "to ensure that same-sex married couples...receive the fullest array of benefits allowable under the law."

Holder also announced Saturday that the Department of Justice determined that it can legally recognize marriages performed in Indiana and Wisconsin in June. A number of marriages were performed after federal district courts ruled those states' bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but later legal developments created confusion about the status of those marriages.'


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WHO Could Field Test Ebola Vaccine by December

Saturday October 25, 2014

Photo by Fatih Erel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization says an experimental Ebola vaccine could be ready for field testing by December, the BBC reports.

As the number of cases of the disease has surpassed 10,000 in West Africa, with over 4,000 dead, the WHO has been working on a drug that could help combat the disease. In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the WHO said that "all is put in place by all partners to start efficacy trials in affected countries in December, as early as in December 2014."

Earlier this month, Kiely wrote in a commentary piece on the WHO website that she and other WHO staff were volunteering to test the vaccines "to help get effective vaccines tested and available as quickly as possible, and to be part of the solution any way we can."

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Iran Executes Woman Accused of Killing Man She Claimed Tried to Rape Her

Saturday October 25, 2014

GOLARA SAJADIAN/AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- A woman convicted of killing a man she claimed was trying to sexually abuse her was hanged on Saturday in a Tehran prison.

"The shocking news that Reyhaneh Jabbari has been executed is deeply disappointing in the extreme," Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme, said. "This is another bloody stain on Iran's human rights record."

Jabbari, 26, was arrested in 2007 for the murder of a former employee of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and was sentenced to death by a criminal court in Tehran in 2009.

She admitted to stabbing the man in the back, claiming that he tried to sexually assault her. She also claimed that a second man was also in the house at the time of the incident. Amnesty International says that those claims were never properly investigated.

Jabbari's execution was deferred multiple times.

On Friday, Sahraoui noted that such occurrences are not uncommon. "Once again Iran has insisted on applying the death penalty despite serious concerns over the fairness of the trial."


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Study Says Listening to Gossip Impacts Self Evaluation

Saturday October 25, 2014

Ridofranz/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers from the Netherlands say that listening to gossip impacts the way we judge ourselves.

The study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, looked at two separate groups, consisting of a total of 305 undergraduate students. The students listened to either positive or negative gossip, and found that either form could have a positive impact on their feelings about themselves.

Listening to positive gossip, researchers said, allowed the listeners to use the information they heard for self-improvement. Meanwhile, listening to negative gossip gave listeners an ego boost, as they felt superior to the person being gossiped about.

Those students who listened to negative gossip were, however, more guarded, out of concern that they too may be the subject of gossip behind their backs.

The study also found that men and women react to hearing gossip slightly differently. Women who listened to negative gossip were more likely to be concerned about their own risk of being gossiped about than men, while men who heard positive gossip experienced more fear.


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Jack Bruce, Bassist of Rock Band Cream Dead at 71

Saturday October 25, 2014

Photo by Barbara Zanon/Redferns via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jack Bruce, bass player for legendary supergroup Cream, has died.  He was 71.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," the landing page of Bruce's website read. "The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."

Bruce formed Cream in the mid-sixties with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker; their name came from the notion all three of them were the "the cream of the crop" on their respective instruments. In addition to playing bass, Bruce also sang many of the band's best known tunes, and co-wrote classics like "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free."  Bruce's bass playing influenced a generation of musicians, including Sting, and Geddy Lee of Rush.

"The sudden passing of Jack Bruce is terribly sad news," Lee told ABC News on Saturday. "One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians. He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans."

After Cream split in 1968, Bruce continued to play live, and release albums, both solo and as part of various groups, such as the blues trio West, Bruce & Laing. In 1993, for the first time in 25 years, Cream reformed to perform together: the occasion was their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cream reunited in 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a series of four shows, and for a single show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The shows were recorded and released as a live CD and DVD.

In 2012, Bruce told ABC News that there had been talk of another reunion in 2013, but that it looked like it wasn't going to happen because Ginger Baker was once again on the outs with Eric Clapton. While Bruce said he knows that there's a lot of love for Cream, and he wouldn't be "churlish" enough to refuse to do a couple of reunion concerts at some point, he noted, "I've got so many other things happening and I don't wanna be a tribute band to myself."

Bruce continued to tour and record; his most recent album, Silver Rails, came out this past March. Asked in 2012 what kept him going, Bruce told ABC News, "I think the music helps to keep you going and if you think about some of the great classical instrumentalists as well as uh, as well as conductors and so on, the music....you can tell after you finished a concert, you feel and look ten years younger, you know?  Everyone should be a musician!"

Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis told ABC News that while Bruce isn't always remembered for his singing, his unique vocal style helped define Cream's sound. "'Sunshine of Your Love,' 'White Room,' both of those songs have Jack Bruce in the lead vocal," notes DeCurtis. "Not only was he a great bass player, but he was a powerful, very emotional singer and he gave that group both a muscular sound and also a muscular delivery in the vocals."

DeCurtis says that Bruce, along with Baker and Clapton, laid the groundwork for the music of the seventies. "Led Zeppelin, for example, is a band that was influenced by Cream," he says. "They defined a style of rock-and-roll that made you take rock-and-roll seriously because these guys were amazing players. They weren't just teenagers bashing around." 


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"The sudden passing of Jack Bruce is terribly sad news. One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians. He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans."


Cafeteria Worker Tried Stopping Washington School Shooter

Saturday October 25, 2014

ABC News(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) -- A cafeteria worker tried stopping a freshman homecoming prince who opened fire inside his Washington state high school, killing one person and injuring four others - including two of his relatives - before shooting himself.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Saturday that it had finished its on-scene investigation of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 40 miles north of Seattle. Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at the school.

The Sheriff's Office didn't detail what the cafeteria worker did while attempting to stop Fryberg, 14.

A .40 caliber handgun was recovered from the school, said the Sheriff's Office, which believes it was the weapon used in the Friday shooting that left one female victim dead.

Marysville police have said the gun used in the shooting was legally acquired, though have not said by whom.

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WHO Looking into First Ebola Case in Mali

Saturday October 25, 2014

Pawel Gaul/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KAYES, Mali) -- The World Health Organization is looking into the first case of Ebola found in the African country of Mali, which involves a two-year-old child who traveled from Guinea with her grandmother.

According to the WHO, the child and her grandmother left Guinea on Oct. 19. Prior to leaving, the child is believed to have been bleeding from the nose, which the WHO notes is a sign that the girl "was symptomatic during their travels through Mali."

The pair traveled by public bus from Keweni, Guinea, through numerous towns, stopped for two hours in Bamako, the capital of Mali, and continued on to Kayes, a city of 128,000 people more than 300 miles from Bamako.

"Multiple opportunities for exposure occurred when the child was visibly symptomatic," the WHO said.

The child was examined by a health care worker in Kayes on Oct 20, and was admitted to the pediatric ward the next day with multiple symptoms including a fever and bleeding. She initially tested negative for malaria, but positive for typhoid fever. Further testing confirmed Ebola on Oct. 23.

The WHO is looking into the possibility that the grandmother traveled from her home in Mali to a funeral in Kissidougou in southern Guinea before making the trip back with the child.

"WHO is treating the situation in Mali as an emergency," a release said. "The child's symptomatic state during the bus journey is especially concerning, as it presented multiple opportunities for exposures -- including high-risk exposures -- involving many people."

The WHO data released Saturday indicated that the total number of Ebola cases worldwide have hit 10,141. Of those infected with the disease, 4,922 have reported died. Those figures include six affected countries -- Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States -- as well as Nigeria and Senegal, where the disease outbreaks have been declared over.


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Marine Dead in 'Non-Combat Related Incident' in Baghdad

Saturday October 25, 2014

Marcio Silva/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Friday night that a Marine was killed in a "non-combat related incident."

The Pentagon identified the Marine as Lance Cpl. Sean Neal, 19, saying he died on Thursday. He was from Riverside, Calif. The incident that caused his death is under further investigation.

Neal was one of about 1,400 U.S. military forces sent to Iraq since June. His death is the first since the official naming of Operation Inherent Resolve, the ongoing mission involving airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, earlier this month.

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US Military Launches 23 Airstrikes Targeting ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Saturday October 25, 2014

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) -- U.S military forces conducted 23 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Friday and Saturday, many of them in the area of the Mosul Dam.

Only one of the 23 airstrikes was against a target in Kobani, Syria, which has been at risk of falling into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for weeks. That strike destroyed an ISIS artillery piece, according to U.S. Central Command.

The heaviest of the strikes launched in Iraq were around the Mosul Dam, including one southeast of the dam and 10 west of the dam. Additional strikes targeted locations near Bayji, Fallujah, Qurayat al Hajjaj, Hayy Al Arabi and Aynzalah. The Iraqi strikes struck three large ISIS units and eight small units, destroyed five ISIS-held buildings, nine fighting positions, four staging locations and a vehicle and damaged one additional building.

The strikes in Iraq are being conducted by forces from the U.S., France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain are involved in the strikes in Syria.


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Obama Talks About Ebola in America in Weekly Address

Saturday October 25, 2014

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's address, President Obama talks about Ebola in America, from the death of Thomas Eric Duncan to the most recent case in New York City.

Obama addresses what he says are some "basic facts." "First, you cannot get Ebola easily," he says. "You can’t get it through casual contact with someone.  Remember, down in Dallas, even Mr. Duncan’s family—who lived with him and helped care for him—even they did not get Ebola.  The only way you can get this disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone with symptoms.  That’s the science.  Those are the facts."

Obama also highlights the newest CDC guidelines and travel measures going forward.

Read the full transcript of the president's address:

"Hi everybody, this week, we remained focused on our fight against Ebola.  In Dallas, dozens of family, friends and others who had been in close contact with the first patient, Mr. Duncan, were declared free of Ebola—a reminder that this disease is actually very hard to catch.  Across Dallas, others being monitored—including health care workers who were most at risk—were also declared Ebola-free.


Two Americans—patients in Georgia and Nebraska who contracted the disease in West Africa—recovered and were released from the hospital.  The first of the two Dallas nurses who were diagnosed—Nina Pham—was declared Ebola free, and yesterday I was proud to welcome her to the Oval Office and give her a big hug.  The other nurse—Amber Vinson—continues to improve as well.  And in Africa, the countries of Senegal and Nigeria were declared free of Ebola—a reminder that this disease can be contained and defeated.

In New York City, medical personnel moved quickly to isolate and care for the patient there—a doctor who recently returned from West Africa.  The city and state of New York have strong public health systems, and they’ve been preparing for this possibility.  Because of the steps we’ve taken in recent weeks, our CDC experts were already at the hospital, helping staff prepare for this kind of situation.  Before the patient was even diagnosed, we deployed one of our new CDC rapid response teams. And I’ve assured Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio that they’ll have all the federal support they need as they go forward. 

More broadly, this week we continued to step up our efforts across the country.  New CDC guidelines and outreach is helping hospitals improve training and protect their health care workers.  The Defense Department’s new team of doctors, nurses and trainers will respond quickly if called upon to help. 

New travel measures are now directing all travelers from the three affected countries in West Africa into five U.S. airports where we’re conducting additional screening.  Starting this week, these travelers will be required to report their temperatures and any symptoms on a daily basis—for 21 days until we’re confident they don’t have Ebola.  Here at the White House, my new Ebola response coordinator is working to ensure a seamless response across the federal government.  And we have been examining the protocols for protecting our brave health care workers, and, guided by the science, we’ll continue to work with state and local officials to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and health of the American people.

In closing, I want to leave you with some basic facts.  First, you cannot get Ebola easily.  You can’t get it through casual contact with someone.  Remember, down in Dallas, even Mr. Duncan’s family—who lived with him and helped care for him—even they did not get Ebola.  The only way you can get this disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone with symptoms.  That’s the science.  Those are the facts.

Sadly, Mr. Duncan did not survive, and we continue to keep his family in our prayers.  At the same time, it’s important to remember that of the seven Americans treated so far for Ebola—the five who contracted it in West Africa, plus the two nurses from Dallas—all seven have survived.  Let me say that again—seven Americans treated; all seven survived.  I’ve had two of them in the Oval Office.  And now we’re focused on making sure the patient in New York receives the best care as well. 

Here’s the bottom line.  Patients can beat this disease.  And we can beat this disease.  But we have to stay vigilant.  We have to work together at every level—federal, state and local.  And we have to keep leading the global response, because the best way to stop this disease, the best way to keep Americans safe, is to stop it at its source—in West Africa.

And we have to be guided by the science—we have to be guided by the facts, not fear.  Yesterday, New Yorkers showed us the way. They did what they do every day—jumping on buses, riding the subway, crowding into elevators, heading into work, gathering in parks.  That spirit—that determination to carry on—is part of what makes New York one of the great cities in the world.  And that’s the spirit all of us can draw upon, as Americans, as we meet this challenge together."


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