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Pentagon Orders 21-Day Isolation for All Troops Returning from W. Africa

PENTAGON—Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered all troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa to be placed in supervised isolation for 21 days. The Pentagon calls the isolation a safety measure sought by military members' families. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren says the military has about 1,100 troops in Liberia and Senegal supporting efforts to combat the virus. "The Department has the largest population of Americans operating in Africa," he said. "Our personnel who are operating there are not medical professionals, as are a majority of the other citizens and civilians who are operating there. And so…
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US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON— airlines have said little publicly about political pressure to close the country's borders to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, but in private they have briefed government officials about the challenges to implementing a ban, industry sources told Reuters. Several dozen lawmakers have called for a ban on visitors from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed almost 5,000 people. Since late September, a Liberian man who traveled by airline to Texas and an American doctor who lives in New York and flew home after treating Ebola patients in…
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Hawaiian Lava Reaches Private Land

A menacing river of molten lava that bubbled over a road and overran a cemetery on its way towards a village on Hawaii's Big Island crossed onto a residential property on Tuesday and threatened to consume its first home, officials said. The slow-moving lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano has been advancing on the town of Pahoa for weeks, with officials warning it is hot enough to incinerate any homes, roads and businesses in its path. Pahoa, Hawaii, Geological Service lava flow map Molten lava is hotter than 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit (900 Celsius), according to the Geological Survey. Residents of about 50…
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With Failed Launch, US Private Space Industry Suffers Setback

Wednesday's successful launch of a Russian space vehicle taking supplies to the International Space Station was in sharp contrast to the explosion of a private cargo space craft shortly after it's Tuesday launch on a similar mission. But space agency NASA, which contracted the private firm to supply the space station, says the program will move forward, with more launches to come. Under a $ billion contract with NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation, based in Virginia, has sent two cargo vehicles to the International Space Station without a hitch. This time, their Cygnus spacecraft, powered by an Antares rocket was carrying…
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Kerry: No Deal in North Korea Prisoner Release

North Korea says a detained American was freed this week following "repeated requests" from President Barack Obama. The brief note by Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency said "criminal" Jeffrey Fowle was released on orders of leader Kim Jong-Un. Secretary of State John Kerry said no deal – no "quid pro quo" - had been struck with North Korea in Fowle's case. The 56-year-old from Ohio landed in the United States early Wednesday. Fowle, who arrived in North Korea on a tourist visa, was arrested six months ago after leaving a Bible in a North Korean restaurant and bar. His family…
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Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2015

Social Security checks will rise by -- which translates into $22 more each month for the average retired worker. In 2015, the average worker will receive $1,328 a month, or $15,936 a year, according to the Social Security Administration. More than 58 million recipients will see the bump in their checks starting in January. Ultimate Guide to Retirement Getting started 401(k)s & company plans Investing Annuities IRAs Self-employment plans Pensions and benefit plans Social Security Insurance Estate planning Living in retirement Getting help Next year's annual cost of living increase is up from this year, but still less than 2012's…
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Obama: Risk of Widespread US Ebola Outbreak Very, Very Low

President Barack Obama says the risk of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States is very very low, if all the proper protections are taken. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting on Ebola Wednesday, Obama called for an emergency federal medical team to be immediately deployed to any hospital where an Ebola case is diagnosed, to ensure that those preventative steps are taken. He stressed the need for a more robust global response to Ebola and more aid to the three countries that are at the epicenter of the outbreak -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Earlier, the Security Council…
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2nd Texas Nurse With Ebola Had Flown to Ohio

The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the second health care worker to contract the deadly Ebola virus took a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to a Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, airport on Monday, October 13. The health worker was identified as Amber Vinson, 29, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Officials said Vinson took the flight just one day before she reported developing symptoms of infection, and airline officials said. CDC director Tom Frieden said at a news conference Wednesday that a person being monitored for Ebola should not have traveled on a commercial flight. He added that other…
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Doctors: Dallas nurse with Ebola in “good condition”

Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was infected with the deadly virus while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan. 'I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for prayers,' she said in a statement. The Dallas nurse infected with Ebola expressed gratitude for all the kind messages she's received and is hopeful that she will recover as doctors upgraded her status to good condition Tuesday afternoon. "I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for prayers," she said in a statement, released by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Tuesday. Nina Pham, 26, was one of the 70 staff members…
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Critics of Immigrant Detention Center Meet Detainees

LUMPKIN, GEORGIA—In the concrete block-walled visiting room of the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia - one of the biggest immigrant holding facilities in the country - Salvadoran-born Nilson Flores says he’s seen many detainees sent back to countries where their lives are in danger. “They should call this place the 'jail of broken dreams',” he said. Beatriz Henao, a Spanish-speaking volunteer from a faith-based group, speaks to him through an intercom, separated by a bullet-proof glass window.  She smiles and tries to lift his spirits a little, urging him to have faith. “Dios nunca llega tarde,” she says. “God never arrives…
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