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Does Your Doctor Owe Thousands in Unpaid Student Loans?

Does Your Doctor Owe Thousands in Unpaid Student Loans?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are 846 doctors and dentists in 43 states who have been named by the U.S. Department of Education on a public list in a desperate effort to get them to repay their defaulted student loans.And because the loans were federally guaranteed, it's taxpayers who are left with the bill."Physicians have a higher calling in the community. They have a higher responsibility," Tom Schatz of Citizens Against Government Waste told ABC News’ 20/20. “The Hippocratic Oath says, ‘Do no harm.’ Why should they be doing harm to taxpayers?”Many of the doctors appear to be living lives of luxury and operate practices in high rent places, including Malibu, California, or Key Biscayne, Florida. But the doctors on the list have collectively defaulted on over $100 million in student loans.Congress created the federally guaranteed loan program for aspiring doctors in the 1970s, but because of the high default rate, it pulled the plug on the program in the 1990s.That’s when the government decided to publicize the list to shame doctors into paying up. The government has also seized doctors’ tax refunds, prevented the doctors from participating in Medicare, filed lawsuits and even garnished bank accounts."They were more likely to pay the money back because it’s embarrassing to them professionally," Schatz said.ABC's New York station WABC launched its own investigation and tracked down several doctors on the list, including Brooklyn dentist Sammy Saadia, who owes $156,000, and Montclair, New Jersey, podiatrist Demi Turner, who owes almost $700,000, according to the Department of Education."They continue to practice medicine. They make money, and there’s absolutely no legitimate reason not to pay that money back," Schatz said.Dentist Mladen Kralj is one of the doctors on the list. He runs a dental practice in the penthouse of an office building in Chicago’s Gold Coast section. Kralj owes the government over $394,107, yet he had the money to buy two condos in a renovated loft building in downtown Chicago.“I’m actually in repayment form with them. I’ve had some issues here,” Kralj said when confronted by 20/20.Kralj’s loans date back over 23 years. He was sued by the Justice Department and was ordered to pay back the money.But as of today, Kralj's outstanding debt is bigger than ever because of principle and interest. Kralj told 20/20 that he went through tough times after losing an investor in his business. He said he hasn’t been paid in nine months.“There’s circumstances in my life that are very sensitive that happened during this part, that I've never been able to catch up on,” Kralj said. “I’m trying to take responsibility for all of this simply because it’s caught up. And the thing is, trying to maintain a practice and trying to pay off loans and trying to get ahead, it’s difficult.”Over the years, being on the public list has largely worked. Many doctors and dentists on the list have paid back thousands of dollars, leaving only the stalwart holdouts, like leading podiatrist and sports medicine specialist Dr. Scott Kantro.Kantro, who also made a name for himself as a medical inventor, lives in an upscale home on five acres of property in New York. But according to the list, he currently owes $287,819 for loans he took out in 1979.While he refused to speak to 20/20 on camera, Kantro claimed he had actually paid his debt off 30 years ago and that it was all a mistake. But when 20/20 asked for his permission to check out his story with the government, he refused.“There’s some level of sympathy, perhaps, at this point, but not over this long period of time.” Schatz said. “It means that resources have been spent by the government to even get to this point. Thirty percent of these people have been on since 1995. That’s a really long time to keep fighting and not paying.”Click here to find out if your doctor or dentist is on the list. Then tune in for the full story on ABC News' 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

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Why New York Doctor with Ebola Didn’t Quarantine Himself

Why New York Doctor with Ebola Didn’t Quarantine Himself

Craig Spencer/LinkedIn(NEW YORK) -- There's a reason Dr. Craig Allen Spencer, who has tested positive for Ebola, didn't quarantine himself when he returned to New York after treating Ebola patients in Guinea.He didn't have to.According to Doctors Without Borders guidelines, doctors who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa are required to self-monitor for the 21-day incubation period, but they are not required to self-quarantine."Self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms," the organization said Thursday in a statement. "However, returned staff members are discouraged from returning to work during the 21-day period."Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said on Friday. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover Brussels, Belgium.Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they develop any symptoms.In the days before Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola, he traveled to Manhattan's Highline Park and a popular restaurant called The Meatball Shop on Tuesday. The next day, he took a 3-mile run along Riverside Park and traveled on the subway to Brooklyn, where he went bowling. He was fatigued, but had no fever, officials said.On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.“Extremely strict procedures are in place for staff dispatched to Ebola affected countries before, during, and after their assignments,” said Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders. “Despite the strict protocols, risk cannot be completely eliminated. However, close post-assignment monitoring allows for early detection of cases and for swift isolation and medical management.”Spencer's fiancee was placed in quarantine, but she has shown no symptoms so far, officials said."Until today, out of more than 700 expatriate staff deployed so far to West Africa, no MSF [Doctors Without Borders] staff person has developed confirmed Ebola symptoms after returning to their home country," Doctors Without Borders said in a statement.

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Report: Teresa and Joe Giudice’s Marriage Is on the Rocks

Report: Teresa and Joe Giudice’s Marriage Is on the Rocks

Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have both been sentenced to months in federal prison for tax fraud. So it may come as no surprise that Us Weekly reports their marriage is on the rocks.

"Teresa and Joe’s emotional connection is fading," a family friend told the magazine. "Resentment is creeping in. There is an icy distance."

Teresa is set to report to a facility in Danbury, Connecticut -- a prison that inspired Orange is the New Black -- on January 5 to serve 15 months. Afterward, her husband will begin his three and a half years in jail. The judge staggered their sentences because the couple have four daughters.

The Us Weekly source says Teresa "expects him to step up and learn the girls’ schedules. But he hasn’t shown interest."

"Joe says Teresa is nagging," the source continued.

Still, the source said a divorce is not likely. "Splitting up would cause the kids turmoil. She wouldn’t bring them more harm," the source explained.

Along with their legal problems, it doesn't help that Joe recently revealed that he struggles with drinking. In an interview on Watch What Happens Live, Joe admitted he had a problem with drinking wine. "I could easily do two, three bottles, four bottles easily" a night, he told host Andy Cohen. "It does help me sleep. It's either that or I have to take a pill and I don't want to take a pill."

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Andrew Garfield Reveals Why He Won’t Talk About Girlfriend Emma Stone

Andrew Garfield Reveals Why He Won’t Talk About Girlfriend Emma Stone

Ida Astute/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Andrew Garfield has been tight-lipped about dating his Amazing Spider-Man co-star Emma Stone, and while he understands people's interest in the personal lives of celebrities, he says the details of their relationship will stay private.

"I understand why people are interested in the personal lives of people who are in public more than those that aren't," the 31-year-old actor told E! Online. "Just for me, it's not something that I...I don't want it in my life, so I do everything I can to deflect it and say no to it..."

The actor adds, "Sometimes...you just have to disappoint people and say, ‘Well, no. No thank you. Thank you for asking and thank you for your interest and no.'"

Garfield will next be seen starring opposite Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's historical drama Silence, slated for a November 2015 release.

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Homecoming Prince Identified as High School Shooting Suspect

Homecoming Prince Identified as High School Shooting Suspect

ABC News(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) --  A high school student in Washington state opened fire in a cafeteria at lunchtime, leaving one person dead and at least four injured before killing himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Marysville police administrative commander Robb Lamoureaux earlier declined to identify the suspect, but said he was a male student at the school.A video on YouTube showed Fryberg as his school's homecoming prince.Lamoureaux said the deceased victim was a female, but he did not say whether she was a student or staff member.

Two young men and two young women were transported to Providence Regional Medical Center, three with critical head wounds that required surgery, a hospital official said. The fourth, a young man with less severe injuries, was transported to a different hospital.One of the young women remained in surgery hours after the shooting, while the other two critical cases -- one young woman and one 15-year-old male -- were both out of surgery but still "very critically ill," said Dr. Joanne Roberts, the hospital's chief medical officer.Because of the extent of the injuries, it has been difficult for Providence Regional officials to identify the two young women in surgery. Officials have been meeting with relatives and asking about birth marks and descriptions of their children's clothing to help make a match."I will tell you we will all go home tonight and cry," Roberts said. 

Lamoureaux confirmed that the shooting originated in the cafeteria, but did not specify where the deceased were located.

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Eyewitness Alyx Peitzsch told local ABC station KOMO that she was in the cafeteria when the shooting started and she heard four gunshots.She estimated that there were perhaps 50 people in the cafeteria but she ran out of the room as soon as she heard the shots.

Peitzsch and many other students ran to a church near the school where her mother picked her up.Police first heard reports of a shooting when someone on campus called 911 at around 10:40 a.m., Lamoureaux said.The Marysville Police Department said the FBI also was involved in the investigation at the school, which is about 40 miles north of Seattle.Police cleared the school's multiple buildings to ensure that the situation was stable and to look for injured students, Lamoureaux said, before transitioning from a dynamic scene to an investigative scene. Several hours after the shooting, several students still were being questioned, he added.

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Elisa Jaffe, whose 14-year-old son, Austin, was being held in a classroom while police finished a second sweep of the school campus, said that he used a friend's phone to call her to say he was alright."I won’t feel he’s safe until I actually get to touch him," Jaffe told KOMO."This is just one of those things -- it doesn't happen, it isn't real," she said. "It happens other places. I never imagined it would happen in this community. We will never feel the same."President Obama has been briefed on the shooting incident.

Nathan Heckerdorf, a student at the school, told ABC News that he spoke to the suspected shooter before the first class of the day to see how the shooter was doing because the individual allegedly got into a fight over racial slurs.The suspect claimed to be alright, and Heckerdorf thought the individual seemed normal.Heckerdorf spoke to ABC News by phone while he was waiting to be evacuated from a classroom that he ran into when he heard gunshots."We were told to get away from the windows," Heckerdorf told ABC News of what he and about 25 other students were doing inside the classroom.

He said the school splits lunch into two periods and the people in the cafeteria at the time of the first shooting would have been there because they had the earlier lunch.He was headed to the cafeteria but ran away when he heard the gunshots. He said that someone pulled the fire alarm immediately afterwards, causing everyone to scatter."Everybody's still shaken up," Heckerdorf said. "Some people are crying. But, as of now, it's a pretty calm atmosphere."

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National Park Service Investigating Vandalism Reports in at Least 10 Parks

National Park Service Investigating Vandalism Reports in at Least 10 Parks

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Park Service has launched an investigation following reports of vandalism in at least 10 parks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah, officials said Friday.“On Tuesday we received a phone call from a reporter who directed us to a web blog called www.modernhiker.com claiming that a person has self-identified as serially vandalizing National Parks in the west,” Jeffrey Oslon, a National Park Services spokesman told ABC News.“We have verified the images of the vandalized sites and we are trying to locate them, confirm that they exist so we can repair them,” he added.A statement issued by the National Park Service lists the areas affected as Yosemite National Park, California; Death Valley National Park, California; Crater Lake National Park, Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in Utah.“We are awaiting confirmation in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and Joshua Tree National Park, both in California; Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; Bryce National Park, Utah,” the statement said.Vandalism, as described in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR 2.31(a)(3): Destroying, injuring, defacing, or damaging property or real property.“Vandalism is a class A misdemeanor and since this act happened on federal land it makes the Federal Class A misdemeanor. It is a penalty of $5,000 and one year in prison,” said Olson.“National parks exist to preserve and protect our nation’s natural, cultural and historic heritage for both current and future generations. Vandalism is a violation of the law and it also damages and sometimes destroys often irreplaceable treasures that belong to all Americans,” the National Park Service said in a statement.ABC News tried to access the Instagram and Tumblr accounts where the pictures and comments allegedly have been posted but it appears they were taken down. However, many of the pictures appeared on Modern Hiker’s blog in a story they published called “Art in the Parks.”“There are forums for artistic expression in national parks because national parks inspire artistic creativity. These images are outside that forum and outside the law,” said Olson.

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Canada’s Top Cop Wants More Terror Arrests, But Needs Evidence

Canada’s Top Cop Wants More Terror Arrests, But Needs Evidence

Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- Canadian intelligence and law enforcement officers are “reevaluating” some 90 people they suspect are linked to terrorist groups in the wake of the deadly shooting near Canada’s Parliament, but the nation’s top cop said that unfortunately for him, no arrests are on the immediate horizon.

“We’re reevaluating all of our individuals to make sure that those that present the greatest sort of risk are assessed and [officers] have resources attributed to them either to do surveillance, focus on the investigation, to get evidence, to make arrests,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Bob Paulson told reporters Thursday. “We have not made arrests today. We do not have any intention of making imminent arrests. Generally, I would like to say that I have intentions of making lots of arrests, but in terms of the evidence and as the evidence is collected and the cases are built, we will be making arrests.”Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot and killed by security forces Wednesday after he opened fire with a small caliber rifle in Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa. Minutes earlier, police say Zehaf-Bibeau had gunned down a uniformed soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, at a nearby national war monument.Though Zehaf-Bibeau, was not one of the nearly 100 suspects that the northern nation had been watching -- and police say the only known link between him and other jihadis is an email found on another accused terrorist’s hard drive -- the case prompted Paulson and other top Canadian officials to question the nation’s current domestic anti-terrorism posture.

“…[W]e live in a dangerous world. Terrorism has been here with us for a while, and dangerously close on a number of occasions…We will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent, but we will not panic,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament Thursday, a day after he and other lawmakers had been within feet of the rifle-wielding gunman. “As members know, in recent weeks I have been saying that our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, detention, and arrest. They need to be much strengthened.”Paulson wondered aloud about legally lowering the bar for taking law enforcement action against suspects.“I understand that sort of we need to look at all options in terms of trying to deal with this sort of difficult and hard to understand threat and balance that against what we’ve seen in previous engagements with this threat, that we are able to act, you know, decisively, quickly, preventatively, and perhaps on a threshold that is somewhat lower,” he said during his press conference. “You know, without throwing somebody in jail forever, but being able to act decisively at a point where the suspicion is realized.”Speaking next to Paulson, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said he has seen a “gap evolve over law enforcement’s ability to maintain control over these individuals that are being radicalized.”

Canada is hardly the only Western nation struggling with what to do about a number of citizens in country linked to terror groups abroad -- including a growing number of Westerners who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join in the fight for or against the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ABC News reported back in January that the FBI was already watching dozens of people who had fought in Syria and returned to the U.S.

British intelligence suspects that hundreds of its citizens have traveled to Syria to fight and last week law enforcement there announced terrorism charges against four men that had been arrested in London in the two weeks previous. The men, police alleged, had conducted “hostile reconnaissance” on an English police station and military base, had purchased a firearm and silencer and had reams of “jihadi material” on their computers.The same day as that announcement, Metropolitan Police’s National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley wrote separately on the MET website that the MET has made over 200 arrests this year alone and is running “exceptionally high numbers of counter-terrorism investigations, the likes of which we have not seen for several years.”Rowley too spoke about the delicate balance between disrupting potentially deadly plots and gathering enough evidence against the suspects.“Public safety is our number one priority and we will always focus our disruption activity against those posing the greatest and most imminent threat. Sometimes this means intervening very early -- essential to prevent attacks, but presenting enormous challenges in securing sufficient evidence to charge,” he wrote.

In the U.S., reports of the rise in domestic terrorism investigations came on the heels of startling revelations about the National Security Agency’s pervasive foreign and domestic surveillance programs, adding fuel to an already raging debate about the balance between civil liberties and national security -- a debate not restricted by America’s northern border, as Canada was already considering conservative legislation to strengthen its security forces.Thomas Mulcair, leader of Canada’s opposition New Democratic party, spoke immediately after the Prime Minister Thursday.“[The attack] has only strengthened our commitment to each other and to a peaceful world. Let us not become more suspicious of our neighbors. Let us not be driven by fear because in Canada, love always triumphs over hate,” he said.Then Justin Trudeau, head of the Liberty Party, added, “We are a proud democracy, a welcoming and peaceful nation. We are a country of open arms, open minds, and open hearts. We are a nation of fairness, justice and the rule of law.”“We will not be intimidated into changing that, by anybody. These are instead the very values and ideals upon which we must rely in the days ahead…[Those who perpetrate attacks] are criminals, and criminals will not dictate how we act as a nation, how we govern ourselves, or how we treat each other. They will not dictate our values,” he said.

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Ebola-Free Nurse Nina Pham Visits President Obama

Ebola-Free Nurse Nina Pham Visits President Obama

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Before returning to her "normal life" in Texas, newly Ebola-free Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Obama in the Oval Office.Hours earlier, Pham had walked out of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where she has been in isolation since Oct. 16, to a round of applause. She thanked everyone who cared for her since her Oct. 11 Ebola diagnosis, and said she would finally go home to her dog, Bentley. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she told reporters, adding that she hopes to return to her "normal life."Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus three days later.It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil."I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on others who have not been so fortunate," Pham said, reading from her prepared statement at the press conference.

Pham's colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, also tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital's request.At the news conference announcing Pham's discharge, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said she tested negative for Ebola five times, and that it wasn't clear which treatment saved her because they were all experimental."I want to first tell you what a great pleasure and in many respects, a privilege ...to have the opportunity to treat and care for and get to know such an extremely courageous and lovely person," Fauci said, adding that she represents the health care workers who "put themselves on the line"He said he wore Pham's nursing school colors for the press conference in her honor."I'm going to miss Nina a lot," Fauci quipped at the end of the conference, adding that he gave her his cellphone number.Pham also thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, the American missionary who had been treating Ebola patients in Liberia when he contracted the deadly virus in late July. Brantly was declared virus-free in September and has donated plasma to Pham and other American Ebola patients in the hopes of boosting their ability to fight the virus with his antibodies.Pham's dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn't over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.Vinson's family announced on Oct. 22 that she, too, tested negative for the virus at Emory.

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New Home Sales Up 0.2% in September

New Home Sales Up 0.2% in September

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The housing market continues to bounce back.

The Commerce Department reported on Friday that sales of new homes rose 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 467,000.David Crowe, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders, said the numbers are actually better than they appear at first glance."August was really high when it was reported in August and that's since been adjusted down, so now we have for the September number, we have the highest number since July 2008," he told ABC News Radio.Crowe said the market is getting healthier -- albeit at a slow pace."We're still at a very good number. It still indicates that we're moving forward in new home sales, although admittedly in a relatively slow pace," he noted.He said several factors are keeping some potential buyers away."It's a whole variety of things. Certainly, mortgage qualification is a big part of it. It's particularly true for younger, first time home buyers who maybe have a ding on their credit, don't have as much down payment," Crowe explained.

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Ebola ‘Poses No Threat to Others,’ Mayor Assures New York

Ebola ‘Poses No Threat to Others,’ Mayor Assures New York

Office of the Mayor NYC(NEW YORK) -- The mayor of New York City on Friday assured a city alarmed over the presence of an Ebola patient that the patient "poses no threat to others.""We are fully prepared to handle Ebola," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Friday, a day after it was announced that Dr. Craig Spencer was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with a diagnosis of the lethal virus.De Blasio said the city's emergency system has "planned for the crisis...That's why we've been ahead of the game."

Spencer, 33, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Thursday, seven days after returning from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients. Spencer is in stable condition, according to the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Mary Bassett.The doctor's fiancee Morgan Dixon and two friends have been quarantined so they can be monitored. An Uber taxi driver was also in contact with Spencer, but was not believed to be at risk.De Blasio said that there were three public establishments that Spencer visited in the day before he was symptomatic. Two of the establishments -- Blue Bottle Coffee, a stand on the High Line park, and a Brooklyn bowling alley called The Gutter -- have been cleared to reopen. A Greenwich Village restaurant called The Meatball Shop was in the middle of their inspection during the press conference. If the restaurant is cleared, it plans to reopen for dinner Friday night.Officials stressed that the tests are being done out of an abundance of caution because Spencer did not display symptoms when he visited those locations and the first time he recorded his elevated 100.3 degree fever was between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday.A clean-up crew hired by the city's Health Department was inside Spencer's Manhattan apartment on Friday to ensure it was disinfected."Our contractor will clean and disinfect out of an abundance of caution. They will throw away the bed linens, towels, toiletries, food in the fridge, throw away garbage," a Health Department spokesman said. "They will wipe down hard frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant. And once complete, we will inspect and certify the apartment is Okay to re-enter."The health official said the department did not believe there were any bodily fluids, which transmit the virus, in the apartment."We do not believe there are any body fluids in the apartment because the patient did not report any vomiting it diarrhea," the spokesman said.Spencer's decision to travel to West Africa to work for Doctors Without Borders was described as a selfless act by the mayor."These individuals who are going there to serve are going to be the ones to end this crisis," de Blasio said. "We can't have the illusion that is 'we turn away from it, then someday it will end.'"De Blasio paid tribute to Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who had contracted Ebola while treating a patient who died of the virus. Pham was released Friday and spoke outside the National Institutes of Health in Maryland just minutes before the New York City press conference started. De Blasio said that her recovery shows that "the capacity of our medical community to address this issue is extraordinary."Pham met with President Obama in the White House on her way back home to Dallas Friday.

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Ebola ‘Poses No Threat to Others,’ Mayor Assures New York

Ebola ‘Poses No Threat to Others,’ Mayor Assures New York

Office of the Mayor NYC(NEW YORK) -- The mayor of New York City on Friday assured a city alarmed over the presence of an Ebola patient that the patient "poses no threat to others.""We are fully prepared to handle Ebola," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Friday, a day after it was announced that Dr. Craig Spencer was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with a diagnosis of the lethal virus.De Blasio said the city's emergency system has "planned for the crisis...That's why we've been ahead of the game."

Spencer, 33, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Thursday, seven days after returning from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients. Spencer is in stable condition, according to the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Mary Bassett.The doctor's fiancee Morgan Dixon and two friends have been quarantined so they can be monitored. An Uber taxi driver was also in contact with Spencer, but was not believed to be at risk.De Blasio said that there were three public establishments that Spencer visited in the day before he was symptomatic. Two of the establishments -- Blue Bottle Coffee, a stand on the High Line park, and a Brooklyn bowling alley called The Gutter -- have been cleared to reopen. A Greenwich Village restaurant called The Meatball Shop was in the middle of their inspection during the press conference. If the restaurant is cleared, it plans to reopen for dinner Friday night.Officials stressed that the tests are being done out of an abundance of caution because Spencer did not display symptoms when he visited those locations and the first time he recorded his elevated 100.3 degree fever was between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday.A clean-up crew hired by the city's Health Department was inside Spencer's Manhattan apartment on Friday to ensure it was disinfected."Our contractor will clean and disinfect out of an abundance of caution. They will throw away the bed linens, towels, toiletries, food in the fridge, throw away garbage," a Health Department spokesman said. "They will wipe down hard frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant. And once complete, we will inspect and certify the apartment is Okay to re-enter."The health official said the department did not believe there were any bodily fluids, which transmit the virus, in the apartment."We do not believe there are any body fluids in the apartment because the patient did not report any vomiting it diarrhea," the spokesman said.Spencer's decision to travel to West Africa to work for Doctors Without Borders was described as a selfless act by the mayor."These individuals who are going there to serve are going to be the ones to end this crisis," de Blasio said. "We can't have the illusion that is 'we turn away from it, then someday it will end.'"De Blasio paid tribute to Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who had contracted Ebola while treating a patient who died of the virus. Pham was released Friday and spoke outside the National Institutes of Health in Maryland just minutes before the New York City press conference started. De Blasio said that her recovery shows that "the capacity of our medical community to address this issue is extraordinary."Pham met with President Obama in the White House on her way back home to Dallas Friday.

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Elton John Announces AIDS Partnership with US Government

Elton John Announces AIDS Partnership with US Government

US State Dept (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry hosted superstar Elton John in Washington, D.C. Friday, where the two announced a $7 million partnership between John's AIDS foundation and the United States HIV/AIDS eradication effort, PEPFAR.But perhaps caught up in the excitement of the announcement, Sir Elton gave Kerry a demotion, calling him "Senator."

It's not the first time Kerry had an unscripted moment with a famous philanthropist. There was also a bromantic moment caught on camera between him and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.And that time Ben Affleck shook his hand/squeezed his bicep:

In the end, all those awkward photo ops are for a good cause. In addition to Sir Elton raising money for AIDS initiatives, DiCaprio was part of a campaign to help the world's oceans, and Affleck was in Washington to bring attention to the humanitarian situation in the Congo.

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Kelly Osbourne Honors Joan Rivers with a Tattoo

Kelly Osbourne Honors Joan Rivers with a Tattoo

Kelly Osbourne with Joan Rivers and the cast of The Fashion Police. Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- When Joan Rivers died last month, her Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne was devastated.Now, she's done something to memorialize her late friend: She got a tattoo."In honor of you @joanrivers...'If you looked at aerodynamics, at science, the bumble bee should not be able to fly. Physically, it was just not anatomically equipped to soar. Yet it did, defying gravity, defying logic. The bee was a creature that defied and beat the odds, a miracle,'" Osbourne wrote on Instagram. "Thank you for being my Miracle @joanrivers."

 

In honor of you @joanrivers..."If you looked at aerodynamics, at science, the bumble bee should not be able to fly. Physically, it was just not anatomically equipped to soar. Yet it did, defying gravity, defying logic. The bee was a creature that defied and beat the odds, a miracle." Thank you for being my Miracle @joanrivers. 💜💋

A photo posted by Kelly Osbourne (@kellyosbourne) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT

 

Rivers was 81 when she died on Sept. 4 of low blood oxygen after going into cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure to treat voice changes and acid reflux.Her death touched the lives of her millions of fans, including Osbourne, 29."I'm completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew," she wrote on Facebook at the time. "She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I'm sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. Laughter is what she gave us and laughter is what she would want us to do in remembrance of her."

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US Military Launches 18 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

US Military Launches 18 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military continued its attack against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria and Iraq, launching 18 airstrikes on Thursday and Friday.According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), six of the strikes were in Syria, near Kobani. They hit three ISIS units and destroyed a vehicle. The remaining 12 airstrikes in Iraq destroyed two vehicles and a mortar position near Mosul Dam; hit two small units and destroyed a vehicle south of the Bayji Oil Refinery; struck a training camp near Bayji; hit two small units and destroyed three vehicles near Fallujah; and destroyed five ISIS buildings near Zumar.CENTCOM said all the aircraft used in the attacks managed to exit the areas safely.

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Fire Sale: Why Amazon’s Much-Hyped Phone Flopped

Fire Sale: Why Amazon’s Much-Hyped Phone Flopped

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon's much-hyped Fire phone didn't even create a spark in the smartphone market. Four months after its debut, the device, which featured what Amazon called "breakthrough" technology, is now selling on Amazon for 99 cents with a contract -- placing it at about the same price point as a fast food hamburger.Where Amazon went wrong was creating a device geared toward drawing in new Amazon shoppers, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal technology analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. He said the smart phone and Amazon were a classic case of a "brand mismatch.""I think that Amazon was more interested in monetizing its buyers than actually delivering a compelling experience," Moorhead told ABC News.The Fire phone is equipped with a feature that allows users to identify almost any product -- from a book to a game or a container of kosher salt. It then directs users to Amazon to make purchases.The 3-D display, ideal for game play, was touted by Amazon as another breakthrough feature of the phone. From Moorhead's perspective, it's one place the company had a chance to shine but executed the technology entirely the wrong way."I could imagine on a 10-inch tablet playing some really cool 3-D games, but their display was too small," he said. "It was the wrong platform."Reviews of the Fire phone, which averages about 2-stars on Amazon, range from "extremely sad and dissatisfied" and "I wanted to love you" to "five stars."

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Ebola Outbreak Taking Its Toll on Doctors Without Borders

Ebola Outbreak Taking Its Toll on Doctors Without Borders

P.K. Lee/MSF(GENEVA) -- Doctors Without Borders is paying a heavy price in treating Ebola. The Geneva-based group tells ABC News that since the outbreak began in March, it has sent over 700 staff to the affected countries, working alongside roughly 3,000 nationals. Of all of those, two dozen have been infected and 13 have died. In every staff infection case, Doctors Without Borders conducts a thorough investigation. It has found that most of those who contracted Ebola did so while away from work.

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Kerry: Relationship Between US, North Korea Unchanged

Kerry: Relationship Between US, North Korea Unchanged

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- In case you were wondering, Secretary of State John Kerry isn’t planning on traveling to North Korea anytime soon.Responding to a reporter Thursday who asked whether he would pay North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a visit, Kerry joked, “Do you know something about an invitation I don’t?”North Korea has reportedly closed its borders to foreign travelers due to Ebola concerns. Kerry didn’t seem to know whether that was true or not when asked whether that news could affect the two Americans still trapped in North Korea.“I can't tell you how their decision will or won't affect anything with respect to the other Americans who are being held,” he said during an availability with the South Korean foreign minister.On American Jeffrey Fowle, Kerry said the U.S. is “delighted” that North Korea released him but stressed that the U.S. is still “deeply concerned” about the other two.Kerry also mentioned the agreement between the U.S. and South Korea -- reached Thursday -- that would delay the transfer of wartime control of the Korean military back to Seoul until the South is better equipped to handle threats from the North. Currently, if South Korea became involved in a war, the United States would have to command combined U.S.-Korean forces. That’s an arrangement that goes back to the Korean War.The transfer of “operational control” was supposed to happen first in 2012, then in 2015. Now, there’s no set date -- just whenever South Korea achieves “critical defensive capabilities against an intensifying North Korean threat,” per statements from the U.S. and South Korea.

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Jump Right onto Trampoline Fitness Craze

Jump Right onto Trampoline Fitness Craze

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Workout enthusiasts have likely seen it offered in some form at their local gym -- the trampoline workout. But the demand for this type of fitness is so high, one fitness instructor has opened an entire studio dedicated to the workout craze.Going to a class at JumpLife in New York City, it’s a bit like the Jane Fonda workout on steroids goes clubbing on a trampoline. The low-impact, high-intensity, 45-minute workout is done on individual trampolines primarily in the dark under disco lights and is set to club music.Owner Montserrat Markou said the classes are so popular there are plans to open more studios next year. Why?“The fun,” Markou said. "They [the participants] said they’re actually working out, but having such a great time. I mean, people actually leave with smiles on their face because they feel like not only did they workout, sweating coming out all sweaty, but they also feel like a kid again.”The studio also offers classes tailored for kids as young as 5 years old. But adults -- even those who have suffered injuries -- are the ones getting the most out of class.“It’s low impact so a lot of people who have existing injuries like knee problems, like back problems come,” Markou said. "It’s a very comfortable way of working out and getting their fitness back.”There are three types of adults classes offered: JumpDance (the class mentioned earlier with the low lighting and club music); JumpFitness, which uses weights and focuses on strength and toning; and JumpFusion, which is 60 minutes and fuses yoga, Pilates and rebounding at a slower pace than the other JumpLife classes.Markou said jumpers can burn up to 600 calories in just one session.Markou got the idea for the class after her own neck injury inspired her to become a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. Her clients at her Long Island practice began asking her how to get back in shape without aggravating their injuries.

Walking by a store one day, she saw a trampoline in the window and instantly knew the answer.

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Austin Davis Says He’s Humbled by Brett Favre’s Comments

Austin Davis Says He’s Humbled by Brett Favre’s Comments

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis received some high praise from future Hall of Famer Brett Favre this week.

Favre spoke with ESPN's Ed Werder and compared the Southern Miss alumni to another future Hall of Famer.

"Austin can definitely play at this level," Favre told Werder this week. "Not to sound off my rocker, but [Davis], in my mind, can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. [Brian] Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity."

Davis was humbled by the comments and said that Favre has sent him text messages of encouragement. Still, he told reporters that he just wants to be himself.

"I don't really want to be the next anybody," Davis said. "I just want to be the first Austin Davis and just keep doing what we're doing."

Davis and the Rams are coming off a 28-26 win over the Seahawks last Sunday.

"It felt good to get one this past week. I think it was much needed for our football team," Davis said of the win.

The Rams (2-4) will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs (3-3) on Sunday.

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Donations Pour in to Buy Eric Frein Lookalike a Car

Donations Pour in to Buy Eric Frein Lookalike a Car

The Tully Family(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- Thousands of dollars have been raised for a Pennsylvania man who said he's continually accosted by cops as he walks to work through the woods where police are searching for suspected cop killer Eric Frein.Supporters who heard about James Tully's plight raised nearly $14,000 online to buy him a car. Tully said he walks five miles from his home in Canadensis to his job at a metal manufacturing factory, and his path crosses right through the manhunt area in the Pocono Mountains.

He told ABC News affiliate WNEP that he's been stopped by police at least 20 times, and was once even ambushed at gunpoint by authorities who thought he was the suspect.Since neighbor Dawn DeBiase launched the GoFundMe campaign this week, hundreds of sympathetic people have donated."If everyone was willing to walk 10 miles to make a dollar, the world would be a different place," one supporter wrote."I am retired now but I can remember times when I had no car to get to work and I found people willing to help me," said another donor. "Just like all these great people helping you. Good luck to you."DeBiase posted a message from Tully's mother on the fundraising page Thursday night."I don't know if James is aware of the present total as he is at work right now," she wrote, according to DeBiase's update. "But I am blown away. I don't have the words to thank each of you for your kindness to my son. To say thank you seems so inadequate, but I don't know what else I could say. Many thanks to everyone who donated and posted encouraging messages. Thank you especially, Dawn for organizing this."

Police have been searching for Frein for six weeks, since he allegedly opened fire at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, killing one state trooper and injuring another, before escaping into the woods.Frein, a self-trained survivalist, has been spotted several times, but evaded police capture.Tully has started wearing his employer ID on a lanyard around his neck, and wearing a reflective vest on his walks so police immediately know he is not the suspect.Pennsylvania State Police declined to make an official comment, but said that if Tully feels he was mistreated, he should file a complaint.

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