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CDC Policy Under Scrutiny After Dallas Nurses Infected with Ebola

Updated: 10/16/2014 - As Thomas Eric Duncan's health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient's side. And despite preventative measures, the two contracted Ebola. Their cases have brought new scrutiny to national Ebola protocols, and authorities are examining whether those guidelines need to be rewritten.

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ISIS within 8 miles of Baghdad Airport

Posted: 10/10/2014 - Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) have infiltrated Abu Ghraib, which is only 8 miles from the runway perimeter of Baghdad's international airport. It's cause for serious concern now that the Iraqi Defense Ministry has confirmed ISIS has shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles.

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Congress Considering Major Secret Service Reforms

Posted: 10/09/2014 - Key members of Congress are considering major changes to the embattled Secret Service, including moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and breaking up its mission.

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Could Ebola Affect Chocolate Supplies?

Posted: 10/09/2014 - Commodity analysts are closely watching the spread of Ebola in West Africa, a region that supplies most of the world's cocoa. The uncertainty about cocoa supplies is causing some jitters among chocolate-related industries around the world.

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Federal Official: Fever Screening at 5 U.S. Airports

Updated: 10/08/2014 - The government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic.

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Coffee Prices Suffer a Stiff Jolt

Posted: 10/08/2014 - Thanks to the ongoing drought in Brazil, the world's leading coffee producer and exporter, coffee prices and futures hit multiyear highs this week.

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Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers

Posted: 10/07/2014 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

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Ebola in Spain Raises Questions About Protection

Posted: 10/07/2014 - Three more people were under quarantine Tuesday for possible Ebola at a Madrid hospital after a Spanish nursing assistant became infected there, authorities said. More than 50 others were being monitored as experts pressed to figure out why Spain's anti-infection practices failed.

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AP Report: Even an Ozarks Coroner Gets Surplus Military Guns

Updated: 10/06/2014 - A military surplus program gave weapons to a coroner and livestock theft investigator. Under the 1033 Program, thousands of law-enforcement agencies have acquired hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and other military castoffs.

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U.S. Officials Consider Tighter Ebola Screening for Travelers

Posted: 10/06/2014 - Ahead of a White House meeting on the Ebola outbreak, federal health officials said Monday the U.S. is weighing whether to institute extra screening at U.S. airports where travelers from Ebola-stricken African nations may be arriving.

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3 Win Medicine Nobel for Discovering Brain's GPS

Posted: 10/06/2014 - John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser win Nobel in medicine for finding brain's GPS - revelations could lead to advances in diagnosing Alzheimer's.

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Why Are People Leaving the Workforce?

Posted: 10/06/2014 - There's no clear reason why people are leaving the workforce, and the issue has ignited a fierce debate among economists. About half of the decline is due to baby boomers entering their retirement years.

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Surge of Hiring Cuts U.S. Jobless Rate to 5.9 pct.

Posted: 10/03/2014 - A surge in hiring last month helped drive the nation's unemployment rate down to a six-year low of 5.9 percent — within striking distance of what economists consider a healthy level.

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Report: Heroin Overdose Deaths Double in U.S.

Posted: 10/03/2014 - Deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, U.S. federal health officials reported Thursday. This big increase in heroin-related deaths is directly tied to the epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Poll: 2 of 3 Americans Back Strikes in Iraq, Syria

Posted: 10/03/2014 - Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans back U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to combat the threat from Islamic extremists, yet half also think there's a high risk of a future terrorist attack on American soil, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

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UN: Air Travel from Ebola Nations Should Continue

Posted: 10/02/2014 - The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general says the United Nations believes air travel to and from the West African countries affected by the Ebola virus should continue despite the first reported case in the U.S.

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Government Mulls Unique Use for Extra Nuclear Warheads

Posted: 10/02/2014 - According to an April report from the Government Accountability Office to the Senate, several U.S. agencies are looking at retaining nuclear warheads no longer needed for national defense as a possible weapon against incoming asteroids.

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Report: Americans More Depressed Now than Decades Ago

Posted: 10/02/2014 - Researchers examined data from 6.9 million teens and adults in the U.S., and found that contemporary Americans report more symptoms of depression that affect the body, such as trouble sleeping and concentrating, than people typically did in the 1980s.

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