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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Suspended with Pay After Pornographic Email Scandal

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Suspended with Pay After Pornographic Email Scandal

Vladek/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended one of its members on Monday after he was accused exchanging sexually explicit emails.The court chose to relieve Seamus McCaffery of his judicial and administrative responsibilities in light of the email scandal. The court also noted allegations that McCaffery may have attempted to use his position to alter a judicial assignment outside of the scope of his duties, authorized his wife to accept referral fees from plaintiffs' firms while she served as his administrative assistant, and improperly contacted a traffic-court official in connection with a citation issued to his wife.Chief Justice Ronald Castille filed a concurring statement in which he said, "in my two decades of experience on this Court, no other Justice...has done as much to bring the Supreme Court into disrepute. No other Justice has failed to live up to the high ethical demands required of a Justice of this Court, or has been the constant focus of ethical lapses to the degree of Justice McCaffery.

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The Heartbreaking Poem a Nurse Who Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan Wrote in Tribute

The Heartbreaking Poem a Nurse Who Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan Wrote in Tribute

Will Montgomery(DALLAS) --  The last nurse to leave the hospital room where Thomas Eric Duncan died has written a poem about the Ebola patient, penned during the sleepless days after Duncan's death, a source told ABC News.The source provided the poem to ABC News, noting that the nurse who wrote it asked to remain anonymous. Duncan, the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola, died at the Dallas hospital on Oct. 8. Two of the nurses who cared for Duncan -- Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29 -- have been diagnosed with Ebola.(Editor's note: THR refers to Texas Health Resources, the company that owns Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.)

This is the poem:A message to you

Inspired by the THR Family

You came to us sick, frightened, confusedWhat happened next became international news.We saw you so ill, with everything to loseOur goal was to help you because that’s what we do.Alone in a dark ICU roomWe fought for your life, our team and you.We cared for you kindlyNo matter our fearYou thanked us each time that we came near.As each day pressed on, you fought so hardTo beat the virus that dealt every card.No matter how sick or contagious you wereWe held your hand, wiped your tears, and continued our care.Your family was close, but only in spiritThey couldn't come in; we just couldn't risk it.Then the day came we saw you in thereWe wiped tears from your eyes, knowing the end was drawing near.Then it was time, but we never gave upUntil the good lord told us he had taken you up.Our dear Mr. Duncan, the man that we knewThough you lost the fight, we never gave up on you.All of us here; at Presby and beyondLift our hats off to you, now that you’re gone.You touched us in ways that no one will knowWe thank you kind sir for this chance to grow.May you find peace in heaven aboveAnd know that we cared with nothing but love.

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Pentagon Calls Possible Turkish Aid in Kobani ‘Welcome News’

Pentagon Calls Possible Turkish Aid in Kobani ‘Welcome News’

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- After the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday that his country would aid Iraqi Kurdish fighters in crossing into Syria to support Kurdish fighters in the town of Kobani, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren called the statement "welcome news.""The more fighters that are available to combat [ISIS] fighters, the better," Warren said. Turkey had kept Kurdish fighters out previously due to a 30-year Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said Monday that President Obama spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend to discuss the situation in Kobani, a town that has been threatened by ISIS advances for weeks. Turkey has also taken in over one million refugees, including about 180,000 from Kobani.

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Whole Foods to Launch National Ad Campaign Focused on ‘Values’

Whole Foods to Launch National Ad Campaign Focused on ‘Values’

Whole Foods Market®(NEW YORK) -- Whole Foods Market will launch its first national ad campaign on Monday, highlighting, "groundbreaking quality standards, healthy offerings and key milestones as a pioneer in the natural and organic food industry."The company's ads will air during primetime television, including shows like Modern Family, Scandal, and The Voice, during late night shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live and Saturday Night Live, and during the World Series and National Football League games. Whole Foods says it will spend over $15 million to launch the campaign, which will also include print ads.With rival businesses beginning to offer organic product lines, Whole Foods, whose core customer base has long been concerned with healthy eating, hopes to maintain that base by sharing its, "deeper purpose and its history of celebrating food and the people who produce it.""Whole Foods Market has been subtly telling our story for decades," the company's Global Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Jeannine D’Addario, said. "We are excited to share our stories and to have deeper conversations with our customers so they can make meaningful choices about what they decide to buy and support."The campaign, titled "Values Matter," will air its first ad Monday night during Dancing With the Stars.

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Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Prison

Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Prison

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services(BALTIMORE) -- A Maryland murder suspect was mistakenly released from prison on Friday, and state corrections officials say they didn’t even know the man was missing until Sunday night.Rodriquez Purnell was awaiting trial on murder charges when he was released Friday evening from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. Purnell was charged in the St. Patrick’s Day 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Terrence Rheubottom of Baltimore. Purnell also was convicted of assaulting a Department of Corrections employee after the inmate's arrest on the murder charge. Police have launched a manhunt for Purnell, who was still at large on Monday.Maryland Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli says the mistaken release was not discovered by officials until Sunday night. When they realized Purnell was gone, Vernarelli said officials informed law enforcement immediately, and put the information out to the public Monday morning.Investigators are now trying to figure out how Purnell was released, and why no one in the system even knew he was missing for two days.“We just don’t know yet what happened,” Vernarelli told ABC News. “We handle thousands of suspects awaiting trial, and this is very, very rare.”In 2010, another Maryland inmate briefly found his freedom when he was mistakenly released by Maryland Corrections officials. Raymond T. Taylor was serving three life terms for the attempted murders of his girlfriend and her two daughters when he was released by mistake. Taylor pulled off his escape by successfully posing as another inmate. Corrections officials discovered Taylor had stolen the Correction’s Department inmate identification card of a cellmate, and passed himself off as the man, who had finished his sentence and was due to be released.Taylor was captured a day later in West Virginia, and several Corrections Department employees were disciplined in the case.

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Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won’t Make Another Album Ever Again

Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won’t Make Another Album Ever Again

Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month -- as part of his ongoing residency there -- fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album.  But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that's not likely to happen.  "I've had my say," he explains.

"Some people think it's because I'm lazy or I'm just being contrary," the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn't put out an album of original pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.  "But no, I think it's just -- I've had my say.  If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that's no reason to do it.  I'd want it to be good."

He adds, "I've seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it's, like, 'Maybe you should stop.'"  In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle.

"I'm not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there's other people involved -- arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers," he tells The New Yorker.  "I don't want to deal with it...You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that.  Joel adds, "And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy?  He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don't feel like that anymore."

And then there's the personal aspect of it.  Billy says he doesn't want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life.

"I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce," he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath. "I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing -- everything I wrote was fraught with meanings -- and I said, 'Wait a minute, I don't want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.'  It was no longer comfortable.  'Enough! I gave you enough!'"

Still, Joel tells The New Yorker that he's been working on a series of "tone poems" called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island.  However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon. In fact, he hasn't actually recorded a lot of it, and says he's even on the verge of forgetting some of it.

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NOAA: Global Temperature in September Hottest on Record

NOAA: Global Temperature in September Hottest on Record

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data on Monday that shows the average global temperature in September reached a new high, and marked the 38th consecutive September where the global average temperature finished above the 20th century average.September's temperature, the highest ever for the month since record keeping began in 1880, marked the fourth time this year the world temperature has set a new all-time high in a given month. May, June, and August also saw record high temperatures.The NOAA notes that, "with the exception of February, every month to date in 2014 has been among its four warmest on record."The global average temperature over land and ocean combined was 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the NOAA found, 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. The period between January and September also tied with the same timeframe in 1998 for the warmest January-to-September period on record, with an average temperature of 57.5 degrees Fahrenheit globally.

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10 Lucky Customers Can Win ‘Starbucks for Life’

10 Lucky Customers Can Win ‘Starbucks for Life’

Starbucks(NEW YORK) --  Listen up, Starbucks addicts: the global coffee chain announced they’ll be randomly giving out 10 passes to what they call “Starbucks for Life.”“This holiday season Starbucks is launching a unique opportunity for a select number of customers to win ‘Starbucks for Life’ by simply swiping their Starbucks card or paying with their mobile device,” the company said in a statement on their innovations for the coming year.A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that Starbucks will be giving out a total of 10 passes within the United States. And, despite the program being called “for life,” the winners will actually only receive a drink a day for 30 years.“What could be bigger this holiday than winning ‘Starbucks for Life?’ This is the first time we have ever offered customers something of this magnitude and what better way than to anchor it with our renowned Starbucks Card program,” Starbucks executive vice president and global chief marketing officer Sharon Rothstein said in the statement. “This giveaway is poised to bring great excitement and fun to our customers during this special time of the year.”The giveaway will launch Dec. 2 and runs through the first week of January.In addition to the opportunity to win “Starbucks for Life,” there will be other items that customers can win. Starbucks was tight-lipped on what those items will be.

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Monica Lewinsky Tears Up During Speech About Life After Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky Tears Up During Speech About Life After Bill Clinton

Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Marie Curie(WASHINGTON) -- Monica Lewinsky nearly broke down in tears Monday as she recounted her experience as “patient zero, the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.”In what she called her “first public talk,” Lewinsky vowed to “give purpose to my past” by speaking publicly about life after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.“My name is Monica Lewinsky – though I’ve often been advised to change it,” the president’s former mistress began.“Sixteen years ago, fresh out of college, a twenty-two-year-old intern in the White House — and more than averagely romantic — I fell in love with my boss, in a twenty-two-year-old sort of a way. It happens,” she said. “But my boss was the president of the United States. That probably happens less often.”In the wake of the blue dress, the beret, and the salacious Starr report, Lewinsky says, she “came close to disintegrating.”“I was threatened in various ways. First, with an FBI sting in a shopping mall....Immediately following, in a nearby hotel room, I was threatened with up to 27 years in jail for denying the affair in an affidavit,” she recalled. “Twenty-seven years. When you’re only 24 yourself that’s a long time.”Choking back tears, she continued that she was “chillingly told that my mother, too — sorry — that my mother, too, might face prosecution if I didn’t cooperate and wear a wire.”As her life unraveled in public, Lewinsky says, she heard “a relentless mantra in my head: I want to die.”“There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then. But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites complete with comment sections and emails could be forwarded,” she said. “Of course it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial-up.”Paying tribute to Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University student “humiliated to death” after classmates posted video of him kissing another man online, Lewinsky vowed to share her story despite the backlash.“Today, I think of myself as someone who – who the hell knows how – survived....Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too.”

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Fighter Jets Collide over Kansas, No Serious Injuries Reported

Fighter Jets Collide over Kansas, No Serious Injuries Reported

AndersHP84/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOWARD, Kan.) -- A pair of F-16 fighter jets were involved in a mid-air collision on Monday in which one of the planes crashed and the pilot of the other was able to return to its base in Tulsa, Okla. and land safely.According to the Oklahoma National Guard, the planes collided over Howard, about 110 miles away from Tulsa. The two jets were taking part in a training exercise when at the time of the crash. The pilot whose plane crashed was able to eject and was recovered safely.Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma National Guard said Monday that, "neither pilot was seriously injured in the accident," but that the pilot who ejected will be medically evaluated at a Wichita hospital.No further information regarding the crash was immediately available.

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Cuba Willing to Work with US to Stop Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Cuba Willing to Work with US to Stop Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Daniel Loncarevic//iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HAVANA) -- Cuban President Raul Castro says that Cuba and the United States can work "side-by-side" in the effort to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

At the ALBA-TCP Summit on Ebola, Castro called the situation "a dreadful epidemic," and noted that the outbreak, "poses a huge challenge to humanity, one that should be met with utmost urgency."

"At the moment," Castro highlighted, "more than 4,000 Cuban healthcare collaborators are working in 32 African countries and...they are all joining in the preventive effort against Ebola."

Over the weekend, Fidel Castro wrote in the state-run newspaper Granma, that ,"the hour of duty has arrived," for Cuba, and that Cuba, "did not hesitate one minute in responding to the request made by international bodies for support to the struggle against the brutal epidemic which has erupted in West Africa."

"We will happily cooperate with U.S. personnel in this task," the former Cuban president wrote, "not in search of peace between these two states which have been adversaries for so many years, but rather, in any event, for World Peace, and objective which can and should be attempted."

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Children of Ebola Specialists Shunned, Hospital Says

Children of Ebola Specialists Shunned, Hospital Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Children whose parents work with Ebola patients are being disinvited from birthday parties, according to one hospital.Dr. Mark Rupp, an infectious disease specialist at the Nebraska Medical Center, spoke at the hospital in an attempt to calm fears surrounding the Ebola virus. During his remarks he mentioned that a child belonging to a staff member in the biocontainment unit, where a freelance cameraman is being treated for Ebola, was invited to a birthday party. Later the child was disinvited once the host found out where the child’s parent worked.

Rupp said employees don’t plan on speaking to the media, but earlier on Monday the hospital tweeted about their experiences."Children of parents who are working in our Biocontainment Unit are being shunned. This isn't helpful or appropriate,” read one tweet."Having children shunned at birthday parties or soccer games because their parent works in the Bio Unit is irrational,” read another tweet.Nebraska is one of four hospitals in the country that is fully equipped and has a staff trained in dealing with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola. The CDC has said that among the many misconceptions the public has about Ebola is that the virus can easily spread from casual contact.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

What President Obama And 2 Million Early Voters Can Tell Us About Election Day

What President Obama And 2 Million Early Voters Can Tell Us About Election Day

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama joined almost 2 million voters who have voted before Election Day as he cast his ballot Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago.“I’m so glad I can early vote. It’s so exciting. I love voting,” Obama said, making a not-so-subtle pitch to voters around the country.Both parties are hoping voters in the 35 states who have early voting heed Obama’s words and either mail in a ballot or go to a polling station before November 4. Nineteen million voters did so in 2010, the last strictly midterm election, and University of Florida associate professor and elections guru Michael McDonald expects 2014’s early vote total to surpass that. He spoke with ABC News about some of the trends he’s seen so far, and what they could mean for Election Day.1. Bigger turnout within both parties:

Republicans have been stepping up their early-vote mobilization game, meaning they’ve been catching up to Democrats who have been leading that charge the past few cycles, McDonald said. That’s helped Republicans close wide deficits they had at this time in 2010 in Iowa and North Carolina, and they have a 14-point lead in Florida. But it’s not clear whether these are only temporary gains for Republicans; McDonald said he suspects that Republicans are only reaching registered Republicans, which means they might have propelled more GOPers to the polls early, but those voters may be ones that would have gone to the polls on Election Day anyway, meaning fewer total new Republican votes.2. More first-time voters:

There is a big chunk of voters who have cast early ballots but who did not vote in 2010, McDonald noted, which right now is a trend that seems to favor Democrats. In North Carolina and Georgia, Republicans are pulling strong early-vote numbers among those who also voted in 2010, but Democrats are doing better with voters who don’t have a history of voting in 2010. (Georgia doesn’t track party affiliation, but in that state’s case, race provides a useful proxy.) That’s a point in favor of Democrats reaching out to new voters, not just likely ones – and if that’s true, those numbers could get even higher once early voting starts in a number of states, a method that traditionally favors Democrats.3. Unaffiliated push:

McDonald points to Iowa as a potentially illustrative example of how many unaffiliated voters are casting early ballots, and with which party they might be more closely affiliated. “The Democrats and the people who have no party registration tend to be tracking together,” McDonald noted. “The Republicans, on the other hand, are completely uncorrelated from the people with no party registration.”Regardless of the early-voting-tea-leaf reading, McDonald said the bottom line is that both parties believe their marquee races around the country are going to be close – and no one is taking any race for granted. Even McDonald issued a caveat when he said election turnout would continue in an upward trajectory in future cycles: “Trends can always be broken. You never know.”

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NHTSA Urges Immediate Action for Owners of 4.7 Million Vehicles with Air Bag Issue

NHTSA Urges Immediate Action for Owners of 4.7 Million Vehicles with Air Bag Issue

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging the owners of over four million recalled vehicles to take immediate action to ensure driver safety.According to the NHTSA, the recall affects 4,744,309 Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors vehicles. Owners of those vehicles, especially those in hot and humid climates, including Florida, Puerto Rico and Hawaii, should have their air bags replaced. A mechanism that inflates the air bags in a crash could potentially burst, the NHTSA says, causing metal shrapnel to hit the driver. The agency says the issue may be linked to hot and moist climates.A full list of recalled vehicles can be found at the NHTSA’s website.

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Dallas Nurses Call Colleagues Who Contracted Ebola ‘Heroes’

Dallas Nurses Call Colleagues Who Contracted Ebola ‘Heroes’Pham family/ Debra Barry(DALLAS) -- On Monday, nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital hailed as "heroes" their two colleagues who contracted Ebola caring for Thomas Eric Duncan -- the Liberian national who became the first person to be diagnosed ...

Wall Street Posts Gains, Despite Survey Indicating Slowed Wage Increases

Wall Street Posts Gains, Despite Survey Indicating Slowed Wage Increases

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street built on Friday's gain by posting another positive day on Monday, with all three major indices finishing the day higher than they began.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 19.26 to 16,399.67.The Nasdaq gained 57.63, closing the day at 4,316.07, and the S&P 500 jumped 17.25, finishing at 1,904.01 -- the first close above 1,900 in over a week.A survey released by the National Association for Business Economics found that just 24 percent of responding firms increased wages and salaries in the third quarter of the fiscal year. That figure, lower than the preceding months, "signals a slowdown in the trend toward wage and salary increases that began with the January 14 survey."Still, the NABE notes, 32 percent of firms saw larger employment figures, with just seven percent reporting declining employment.

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Valuable Ebola Lessons the US Can Learn From Nigeria

Valuable Ebola Lessons the US Can Learn From Nigeria

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Ebola virus continues to rage through West Africa, but a few countries in the region have managed to contain the outbreak. Case in point: After six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free on Monday.Ebola entered Nigeria, a country of 178 million people, in July when a sick passenger flew from Liberia into Lagos, Nigeria’s largest and busiest city. Once Nigerian health officials confirmed the traveler -- Liberian-American financial consultant Patrick Sawyer -- had Ebola, they acted quickly to contain it, said Erin Hohlfelder, the global health policy director for U2 frontman Bono’s ONE Campaign.

"From the minute they were aware of the first case, they established an emergency operations center with a coordinated effort by a central body with clear lines of accountability rather than a dispersed response," Hohlfelder said.John Vertefeuille, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response team in Nigeria, said contact tracing also played a key role in stopping the spread of the virus."Tracing was central to the success of the response," he said.Health officials set up a case management system to track and monitor patient contacts, Vertefeuille said. They followed nearly 900 people who were potentially exposed to Ebola, making 18,500 visits to check for symptoms, he pointed out.And unlike many other West African countries where the virus has spread rapidly, Nigeria has a robust health care system in place, Vertefeuille said."Lagos has a lot of health assets including a large hospital system and a fleet of ambulances. It has a large health care workforce," he said.To strengthen its response even further, the government enlisted the help of international nonprofits such as ONE, Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders, groups that already had a presence in Nigeria with a staff experienced in responding to disease outbreaks. It also relied on the expertise of groups such as the CDC and WHO.However, there were some missteps. One person infected with Ebola was too scared to come forward, evading a manhunt for several days before public health authorities were able to track him down. He eventually recovered from the virus but not before being treated by a doctor who later died.Another setback: an elaborate social media prank urging Nigerians to drink excessive amounts of salt water to avoid catching the Ebola virus. The hoax spread like wildfire for several days in August. Two people died and at least 20 people were hospitalized as a result, according to the Nigerian newspaper Vanguard News.To clamp down on the hysteria, the government asked politicians, teachers, religious leaders and celebrities to help communicate accurate information, said Edwin Ikhuoria, the Nigerian representative for the ONE campaign."Information on the dangers and method of spread of the virus was on radio, TV, billboards and SMS [text messaging] platforms," he said, adding that the government also began promoting a message of anti-stigma to prevent any potentially infected people from going underground, which would have allowed the disease to spread off the public health radar.In total, Nigeria had 20 confirmed cases before the outbreak was contained. Eight died of Ebola.Vertefeuille said if there are lessons for the United States and the rest of the world for how they deal with Ebola, it’s that it can be controlled with standard public health efforts."What we saw was two outbreaks in Nigeria –- we saw an Ebola outbreak and an outbreak of fear," he said. "Countries can communicate the basics before there is an outbreak so that the public and health care workers know how to respond ahead of time."

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Guardrail Company Defrauded Government, to Pay $175M

Guardrail Company Defrauded Government, to Pay $175M

iStock/Thinkstock(MARSHALL, Texas) -- A jury found Monday that a leading guardrail company made false statements to the government relating to a nearly decade-old modification that critics say made the guardrails more dangerous for motorists across the country, and ordered the company to pay $175 million in damages.The jury in Marshall, Texas, found in favor of Josh Harman, a competitor of guardrail company Trinity Industries who sued the company over what he called fraudulent behavior.At the center of the trial, which began Monday, 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 not to disclose 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 malfunctioned 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.In an internal email obtained by ABC News, a company official said that one particular design change – the shrinking of a metal piece in the end guardrail terminal from five inches to four -- would save the company $2 per guardrail, or $50,000 a year. The company also admitted that it had “inadvertently omitted” documentation that was required to be turned over to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) about the change.Harman alleged the guardrail maker sold states a product that was different from the one they believed they were getting.Attorneys for Harman used the $2 email as evidence against Trinity as well as crash test videos produced by Trinity of a different configuration for the guardrail system – which weren’t disclosed to the government – that Harman’s team said showed the end piece failing. Trinity maintained those crash test videos were for an experimental system that was never produced for the real world and didn’t need to be turned over for review.In their own fiery closing arguments Monday, attorneys for Trinity said the company had been the target of a “grand conspiracy” constructed out of “baseless allegations.” An attorney for the company, Ethan Shaw, noted that even after the FHWA learned of the modification in 2012, it was repeatedly approved for use on the nation’s highways.Trinity told ABC News for its original report that the aftermath pictures of the fatal and serious accidents don’t prove anything – that each accident has its own unique circumstances and that their product has a proven record of safety. Trinity has a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity” of the ET-Plus system, the company said.After the verdict, the company said it "respects the jury's decision.""However, Trinity believes the decision cannot and will not withstand legal scrutiny. The Company strongly believes the courts will affirm its position," Trinity said.In recent months, four states have suspended use of the modified guardrail system as they investigate further. Florida, for instance, has given Trinity until the end of the week to prove to them through new crash tests and crash test data that the system is safe.

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Ebola Quarantine Ends for Louise Troh with ‘Praise to God’

Ebola Quarantine Ends for Louise Troh with ‘Praise to God’

ABC News(DALLAS) -- When Louise Troh, the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan, emerged from a three week quarantine Monday she reached both hands up to heaven and said, "Praise to God."Troh has been in quarantine since Duncan was diagnosed with the disease. She was among 43 who were released from quarantine Monday.Troh was delighted to no longer be confined."Praise to God. I am free. I am so happy…All thanks to God," she said, according to a spokesperson for Troh who spoke to ABC News.

Troh was delighted to no longer be confined, but her pastor said she currently has nowhere to go. Her lease was up on Sept. 30, and she and her family were temporarily staying in a donated apartment for part of the quarantine.

"She doesn't have a permanent residence at this point," said Pastor George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church. "She's lost everything that she owns in the apartment. She lost the man she loves."

Duncan, the Liberian national who arrived in Dallas in late September to visit family, went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas with Ebola symptoms on Sept. 26, but was sent home with antibiotics. He returned in an ambulance two days later when his symptoms worsened and was diagnosed with Ebola and placed in isolation.But he spent more than a week around friends and family, who have been under close observation for the last three weeks amid fears that they, too, contracted the deadly virus. But none of them have shown any Ebola symptoms, officials said. Forty-three people are no longer under active monitoring, but about 120 people are still being monitored for possible Ebola symptoms, according to the health department.The eight children who were released from Ebola quarantine Monday were expected to return to school on Tuesday, but four of the children surprised school officials by arriving on Monday, according to a statement from the Dallas Independent School District."While we had planned on them coming back to school Tuesday. They were obviously eager to return back to the school environment and decided on their own to attend," said Superintendent Mike Miles. "Because they have been cleared by medical authorities and pose no health risk to any students or staff, we have no intent on sending them home. Their interest in getting back into school is encouraging."Duncan died on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Two nurses contracted the virus from him, Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29. They are being treated for Ebola at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and the NIH hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, respectively.Troh, Duncan's fiance, released a statement last week, announcing that she'd received an apology from the hospital for failing to save him. Although members of her family said he was treated unfairly, she said, "It is my position that God is the judge of others and their actions, and vengeance is not mine to demand. God is the judge, and God will take care of me."The last people being monitored should Ebola should be out of the 21-day incubation period on Nov. 7, according to the health department.

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Hannah Graham Abduction Suspect Indicted in 2005 Sex Assault

Hannah Graham Abduction Suspect Indicted in 2005 Sex Assault

Galveston County Sheriff's Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being indicted in a 2005 sexual assault.

Jesse Matthew has been charged with attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object, according to the indictment from the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The victim, who was 26 at the time, was identified only as "R.G." in court papers.

The indictment claims Matthew "did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill R.G. in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile."

Matthew, 32, is being held without bail in Charlottesville for the alleged abduction of Graham with intent to defile. The student has not been found, but a search was called off this weekend after police found human remains. Those remains have not yet been identified.

Virginia State Police earlier said they found a forensic link between Graham's disappearance and the 2009 abduction and murder of Morgan Harrington in 2009. When Harrington's body was found in early 2010, police made a connection to the 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. The woman survived.Before Monday, police had not made a direct connection between the 2005 assault and Graham's abduction.Matthew has not been charged in connection to the 2009 Harrington abduction and murder, even though the suspect in that case was previously linked to the 2005 case, and the Virginia State Police have already said that there is a forensic link between Harrington's murder and Matthew."Morgan Harrington's case is still ongoing," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Gellar told ABC News.More details about the 2005 assault are expected at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Matthew's attorney Jim Camblos had no comment on the new indictment.

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