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US Forces Launch Seven More Airstrikes Near Kobani

US Forces Launch Seven More Airstrikes Near Kobani

Michael Fitzsimmons/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KOBANI, Syria) -- U.S. military forces launched seven more airstrikes around Kobani on Friday, striking operations headed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Fighter aircraft struck six targets near Kobani where reports indicated they destroyed two ISIS fighting positions and two vehicles and struck three buildings. The strikes also suppressed three more ISIS fighting positions. A separate airsrike took place near Shadadi. That strike was the first to target an ISIS oil operation, which consisted of tanks of petroleum, oil and lubricants and a pump station -- "part of the terrorist group's oil producing, processing and transportation infrastructure." That operation aimed to "destroy a portion of [ISIS]'s ability to operate oil tanker trucks at oil collection points," said a release from U.S. Central Command.

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Texas Health Care Workers Who Treated Ebola Patient Told to Stay Out of Public Places

Texas Health Care Workers Who Treated Ebola Patient Told to Stay Out of Public Places

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Hospital workers who treated the Ebola patient who died at a Texas hospital are being asked to stay away from any public space for 21 days.The Texas Department of State Health Services has asked the approximately 70 health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who entered the room of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan to stay home while they are being monitored during the 21-day Ebola incubation period.Currently, health care workers are being asked to sign a written acknowledgement that they will not enter a public place. However, if they violate that agreement or refuse to sign it, the state could pursue a court order, which would force them to stay in their home in isolation during the allotted time.The three-week time frame is due to the approximate incubation period of the Ebola virus, which is 2 to 21 days.The agreement states that the health care worker will not use public transportation, including planes, buses or trains, and will also not enter any kind of public space, including grocery stores and restaurants.Two nurses from the Texas Health Presbyterian were infected after treating Duncan earlier this month. One nurse, Amber Vinson, traveled by plane to Cleveland for a trip to plan her wedding. Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that she might have started feeling ill before her first flight and authorities are now working to identify hundreds of passengers who were on the flights with her and could possibly be exposed to the virus.Duncan's family members were ordered to remain in quarantine by court order, after they temporarily left their home before it had been sanitized.

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Dane Cook Calls Out Kate Hudson As His Worst On-Screen Kiss Ever

Dane Cook Calls Out Kate Hudson As His Worst On-Screen Kiss Ever

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Dane Cook may not have had a ton of on-screen kisses in his day, but he knows what his worst one was.When asked, without hesitating, he responded, "Kate Hudson.""I did a movie with her, My Best Friend's Girl, and I think she purposely ate like a feast of onions before our scene," he said, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. "I had to burn her on that one!"Cook, 42, who's promoting a new special, Troublemaker, also revealed that he bedded "a few hundred" groupies in his "younger days," and revealed his biggest male comedic crush."Who's funny? Who's a handsome young man?" he wondered. "Gary Gulman."

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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in Senegal Over

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in Senegal Over

iStock/Thinkstock(DAKAR, Senegal) -- The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak over for the nation of Senegal, praising the country for its diligence and handling of the disease.The first case of the disease in Senegal was confirmed on Aug. 29 in a young man who traveled from Guinea, where he had come in contact with an Ebola patient, the WHO said in a statement. That patient tested negative for the disease on Sept. 5, indicating that he had recovered. He was later allowed to return to Guinea on Sept. 18.Senegal has, since then, "maintained a high level of active 'case finding' for 42 days -- two times as long as the maximum incubation period of the disease with no further cases reported.The WHO notes that Senegal government "under laedership of President Macky Sall and the Minister of Health Dr. Awa Coll-Seck, reacted quickly to stop the disease from spreading." "The government's response plan included identifiying and monitoring 74 close contacts of the patient, prompt testing of all suspected cases, stepped-up surveillance at the country's many entry points and nationwide public awareness campaigns," the WHO statement read.While the outbreak has been declared over, the WHO notes that Senegal's "geographical position makes the country vulnerable to additional imported cases of Ebola."

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Wall Street Closes the Week Strong Following Positive Report on Residential Construction

Wall Street Closes the Week Strong Following Positive Report on Residential Construction

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed the week on a positive note with all three major indices posting significant gains on Friday, after a Commerce Department report indicated increases in construction on both single-family homes and apartments.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16380.41, up 263.17 from where it started the day.The Nasdaq gained 41.05 to a close of 4258.44, while the S&P 500 rose 24 to 1886.76.A Commerce Department report released Friday showed that residential construction is up over the last year. However, slow economic growth and stagnant wages led to a 30 percent increase in apartment construction, compared to just 11 percent on single-family homes.

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Arizona AG Won’t Appeal Ruling That Struck Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

Arizona AG Won’t Appeal Ruling That Struck Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- After a district court judge ruled against Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage, the state's attorney general has decided not to further defend the law.According to a press release posted to Attorney General Tom Horne's website, the decision not to defend the state's law is "based on legal considerations rather than policy considerations." "A number of Attorneys General have refused to defend laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman," he said. "I have not been among that group. I have fought to defend the laws as passed by the voters of Arizona." However, Horne said, "the first duty of the Attorney General is to be a good lawyer." Further, he highlights a rule that governs lawyers, by which "it is unethical for a lawyer to file a pleading for purposes of delay rather than to achieve a result."Because both a federal district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled against the state's law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of three other circuits in "essentially identical circumstances," Horne admitted that "the probability of persuading the 9th circuit to reverse today's decision is zero...the probability of the United States Supreme Court accepting review of the 9th circuit decision is also zero."Horne decided, therefore, that "the only purpose to be served by filing another appeal would be to waste the taxpayer's money," prompting his decision not to appeal."I am issuing a letter today to the 15 county clerks of court with the directive that based on today's decision by the Federal District Court, they can issue licenses for same sex marriages immediately," he added.

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Ebola Scare Sends Caribbean Cruise Ship Back Home

Ebola Scare Sends Caribbean Cruise Ship Back Home

Jeremy Malone saw 30 to 40 crew members with buckets of disinfectant who were lined up on along his hallway as they prepared to clean the ship Courtesy Jeremy Malone(NEW YORK) -- The presence of a woman who helped care for an Ebola patient who died has left a Caribbean cruise ship unable to dock at foreign tourist ports and is now heading back to Texas.One passenger said the announcement of the woman's presence has created "utter panic" on the Carnival Magic cruise ship, while others remained outwardly unfazed, sunbathing by the outdoor pool."People are scared,” passenger Jon Malone told ABC News as the ship was waiting miles off shore from Cozumel, Mexico. "I’ve seen people crying.”The chaos started Friday morning when there was an announcement on the ship’s intercom saying "that someone who worked in the lab who handled the person in Dallas’ blood was on the ship,” Jon’s brother and fellow passenger Jeremy Malone told ABC. The cruise line said the woman is in isolation on board the ship."You're using the same buffet line as someone else, the same waiters, the folks that clean the state rooms. If someone was cleaning their state room and cleaned yours right after, the exposure that you have there to elevators..." he said. "It's very tight quarters and a lot of interaction. It's really difficult to control any type of virus that's on a cruise ship. It's like a floating petri dish. It spreads very rapidly."Though the cruise line has not released the name of the passenger or her location, the Malones fear that her room may be on their floor because when Jeremy walked outside his room Friday morning, he saw a group of 30 to 40 workers gathered with buckets of what looked like cleaning chemicals."Some of them had masks on,” Jon Malone said."They had a pink liquid in clear spray bottles and they had little wagons that had grey containers -- like mop buckets -- filled with chemicals,” he said. "They're cleaning elevators. I’ve seen people with pink liquid cleaning the bar area and the handrails.”The workers wouldn’t answer questions about what room or floor the hospital employee was staying on, but Jeremy said that he fears that she was on the 11th floor because the workers "kind of looked at each other and smiled. They didn’t know what to say.”The first signs of trouble emerged Thursday night when they did not leave Belize at 6 p.m. as intended to make their way to Cozumel."The ship wasn’t going anywhere. We were parked maybe 10 miles from the shore, so that was unusual,” Jeremy Malone said. "Several hours go by and we still haven’t moved and they hadn’t made any announcements or anything.”The first word they received came while attending a comedy show on board when an employee indicated that a passenger was ill and needed to be taken off the ship, but made no mention of Ebola.

Carnival administrators were notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the passenger's connection to the Dallas hospital on Wednesday evening and they tried unsuccessfully to get her and her travel companion flown home from Belize on Thursday.Secretary of State John Kerry even weighed in, personally calling the Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow asking him to allow the passenger to be evacuated through the port, but was rebuffed. Kerry then suggested that an American helicopter could land on the cruise ship and transfer the passenger to an American medevac plane at a Belize airport, but that plan was also rejected."My decision had been made. The window of opportunity if it had ever existed had slammed shut," Barrow told Kerry, according to two Belizean government officials.

Carnival released a statement Friday confirming the presence of a lab supervisor from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on board the ship, but said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed the woman "low risk.”"At no point in time has the individual exhibited any symptoms or signs of infection and it has been 19 days since she was in the lab with the testing samples,” the statement said. The incubation period for Ebola is believed to be two to 21 days.

Carnival has confirmed that the ship did not receive clearance to dock in Mexico and the ship is now headed back to Galveston, Texas. They will arrive in Galveston by their originally scheduled return time on Sunday morning."We greatly regret that this situation, which was completely beyond our control, precluded the ship from making its scheduled visit to Cozumel and the resulting disappointment it has caused our guests," the company said in a statement.It said that guests are being given a $200 credit to spend on the ship during their remaining two days on board, and will be given a 50 percent discount on a future cruise.

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Putin Keeps German Chancellor Waiting, Meets with Leaders at Asia-Europe Meeting

Putin Keeps German Chancellor Waiting, Meets with Leaders at Asia-Europe Meeting

The Kremlin(MILAN, Italy) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Milan to meet with a number of European leaders this week, sitting down with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for "positive" talks on Friday, after arriving late for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the night before.Putin, who arrived in Milan from Serbia where a military parade was held in his honor, was scheduled to meet with Merkel before a dinner meeting consisting of European and Asian leaders. The Russian leader, however, arrived in the middle of the dinner in the middle of the host's toast.The meeting between Putin and Merkel, which took place after dinner -- four hours after it was scheduled -- lasted about two and a half hours.

The Kremlin later posted a photo from the late meeting to its website.

According to the Kremlin, Putin also met with leaders from Australia, France, Italy, Japan, and Romania during the Asia-Europe Meeting.

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Girl Celebrates End of Chemo with ‘Unicorn’ Ride

Girl Celebrates End of Chemo with ‘Unicorn’ Ride

WBRZ/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When Lily Raffray completed her final round of chemotherapy this month she had one not-so-simple request, she wanted “a ride on a unicorn.”Lily’s mom, Juliet Raffray, said her reaction was basically shock, but that Lily’s nurses didn't blink.“Her nurses put together the whole unicorn experience,” said Raffray.The special request was part of planning Lily’s “No Chemo” party to celebrate the end of her eight weeks of chemotherapy treatment.Lily, 5, was diagnosed with stage one Hodgkin’s lymphoma in August and had been getting treatment at the St. Jude clinic at the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.“We noticed it just as an enlarged lymph node. We were pretty shocked that it was Hodgkin's lymphoma,” said Raffray.Raffray, of St. Amant, Louisiana, said Lily managed to avoid some of the worst symptoms associated with chemotherapy, but she did end up losing all her hair.“It formed into a mohawk and now it’s just straggles of hair,” said Raffray.But Raffray said her daughter isn't too bothered by her lack of hair and for her “No More Chemo” party, the 5-year-old got to wear a special headdress to complete her princess look. After getting a party with cake and decorations, Lily got to go to Wildwood farm and meet her very first “unicorn.”While Lily was shy around some of the adults, Raffray said her daughter was just excited to meet the unicorn and get a ride.“She walked up to that thing and was just entranced,” Raffray said of Lily.

However, on the ride home, Raffray said her daughter had a few questions.“Afterwards she said ‘Hey mommy, that unicorn was kind of wobbly,’” Raffray recalled Lily talking about the “unicorn’s” horn.“[I told her] ‘a unicorn is so special that their horn is not the same as a bone. ...It’s magical,’” Raffray said with a laugh.Raffray said Lily will go for a final round of testing later this month to determine if she is cancer-free.

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Two Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 17, Injure Dozens

Two Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 17, Injure Dozens

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- A pair of car bombs exploded in the Baghdad area on Friday, killing 17 people and injuring more than 60 others.Police told ABC News that one of the bombs went off in the area of Baladiyat, in eastern Baghdad. That explosion killed at least 14 and injured 50 more.The second explosion occurred in Sulaikh, in the northern part of the city. At least three people were killed and 19 injured in that attack. In their most recent report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraqi announced that 1,119 Iraqis were killed and 1,946 injured in terror attacks and acts of violence in September. The largest numbers of injuries and deaths were reported in Baghdad, where 352 were killed and 983 hurt.

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Craft Beers Land on More In-Flight Beverage Carts

Craft Beers Land on More In-Flight Beverage Carts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Craft beer continues to be one of the fastest-growing brew segments in the country, posting annual growth of 17.2 percent by volume in 2013, according to the Brewer’s Association. And with demand steadily climbing higher, smaller-batch suds have found their way to the skies as well.In the last year, an increasing number of airlines have added regional craft brews to their in-flight offerings, giving passengers a tasty new reason to flag down that beverage cart.Leading the way is Southwest Airlines, which added New Belgium's Fat Tire to beverage carts in 2013. While the carrier declined to comment on whether the upgraded brew translated to a bump in in-flight sales, a representative did say that it’s been a hit with passengers.“Introducing Fat Tire to our on-board beverages was a great addition,” Michelle Agnew, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson, told ABC News. “The response has been great and we love having a Colorado-based beer on board for our customers to enjoy.”Over the summer, Chicago-based United Airlines began offering Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat Ale craft beer on flights worldwide and in U.S United Clubs as part of a larger revamp of the carrier’s food and beverage program.“312 Urban Wheat Ale has proven to be a popular choice among our customers since we added it to our in-flight beverage menu, and its on-board sales continue to grow,” said Lynda Coffman, United’s vice president of food services. “We’re pleased that we were able to work with another company with strong Chicago roots to meet our customers’ demand for craft beer.”Named for one of the Windy City’s largest area codes, the brew is described as having “a spicy aroma of cascade hops, followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that is immensely refreshing.”Minneapolis’ own Sun Country Airlines offers three brews produced by local favorite Surly Brewing Co. Passengers have a choice of the Furious IPA, an Oatmeal-based brown lager named Bender, and Hell, an unfiltered German-style lager -- just the type of refreshment one might require after a frustrating pass through airport security checkpoints.But Midwest carriers aren’t the only ones getting in on the craft trend. Hawaiian Airlines recently announced it will be serving up Maui Brewing Company’s Bikini Blonde Lager on flights en route to and from the islands, with a plan to expand the range of craft options soon.

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Air Force Reusable Spacecraft Lands After Over 600 Days in Orbit

Air Force Reusable Spacecraft Lands After Over 600 Days in Orbit

USAF(NEW YORK) -- After nearly two years in space, the mysterious U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday.The Air Force has never specifically said what the unmanned, reusable spacecraft did in space.

"The OTV-3 conducted on-orbit experiments for 674 days during its mission extending the total number of days spent on-orbit for the OTV program to 1367 days," an Air Force press release says.The program's manager said that the landing "marks a hallmark event for the program.""The mission is our longest to day and we're pleased with the incremental progress we've seen in our testing of the reusable space plane," the program manager added. The Air Force described the X-37B as the "newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft."

A fourth X-37B mission is expected to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 2015.

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Ann Romney on 2016: ‘We’re Not Doing That Again’

Ann Romney on 2016: ‘We’re Not Doing That Again’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- There has been some renewed speculation recently that Mitt Romney might make a third go of it and run for president again in 2016. He has even left the door open, although just a tiny bit. But his wife of 45 years keeps slamming it shut.“No,” Ann Romney told ABC News, saying she has “moved on.”“We’re not doing that again,” she said. “It’s a no,” adding that when friends, family and former aides urge them to give it one more go, she says it’s “kind of cute.”Romney said her “least political son,” Ben, called her recently and even he wasn’t sure.“He [says], ‘Mom are you guys thinking about running again. I’m starting to read things,” she said, laughing. “I [said], ‘Ben, no. You have to ask me that question; no because even our own children are reading all of this and they’re thinking, ‘Are you thinking about it? And it’s just, it is a lot of talk.”The former Massachusetts governor, 67, has been vague on the topic, telling the New York Times in September, “We’ll see what happens.”Ann Romney, 65, may have been through two bruising presidential campaigns, but her toughest battle has been the one she has fought with multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 1998. She has been in remission for more than a decade, but has acknowledged some tough days on the campaign trail.This week, she launched the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.She joined ABC News, along with her physician and co-director of the center, Dr. Howard Weiner, to discuss the breakthroughs, treatments and even cures possible for not only MS, but ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and brain tumors.Romney says they can “unlock a lot more mysteries in the brain” through their work and be able to “collaborate across the country and across the world.”Dr. Weiner didn’t hesitate when asked whether it’s possible to cure these diseases with research, saying, definitively, “one day we’ll get to a cure,” adding he is confident their research will also develop vaccines for such diseases.“First we have to get our treatments, understand the disease better, get treatments that slow the disease or stop the progression, and then one day we go for a cure,” Weiner said, adding they aren’t sure about a timeline for cures, but said he expects treatment for Alzheimer’s, ALS, and certain kinds of brain tumors.And once they get those treatments, he said, “we’re on our way.”At the launch of the center this week, the Romneys were joined by family friends, and also at least one possible 2016 candidate, Chris Christie. Ann Romney called the New Jersey governor a friend and said there would be plenty of choices when it comes time for presidential picking. But she did name some female Republicans she has her eye on, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez.Mitt Romney wrote an open love letter to his wife earlier this week marking the opening of the center. In the letter, he praised his wife saying, “From one of the wounded, you have become one of the warriors.”Ann Romney said her response was to “burst into tears” because it “really touched my heart.”“I mean he was with me when I was the wounded,” Romney recalled. “Now I’m in a different place and I now can be the warrior for those that are suffering and going through what I went through because I know what it feels like when you are so depressed and you feel hopeless is to know that it’s OK. I want to be able to be that voice of hope for people.”

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Economic Inequality Worries Fed Chair Janet Yellen

Economic Inequality Worries Fed Chair Janet Yellen

The US Federal Reserve(WASHINGTON) -- Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, said in a speech at the Conference on Economic Opportunity and Inequality on Friday that she was worried about the increasing income and wealth inequality in the United States."The extent and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me," Yellen said. "The past several decades have seen the most sustained rise in inequality since the 19th century after more than 40 years of narrowing inequality following the Great Depression." "It is no secret," she noted, "that the past few decades of widening inequality can be summed up as significant income and wealth gains for those at the very top and stagnant living standards for the majority."

In her speech, she highlighted the "four building blocks of opportunity," that she believes can aid in providing mobility and reverse the trends of inequality. Those building blocks include increased resources available for children, affordable higher education and opportunities to build wealth through business ownership. She also noted the impact of inheritances on economic opportunity.Yellen also cited research that indicates that economic mobility has remained unchanged for "several decades" in the U.S., and that the U.S. ranks lower in mobility "than in most other advanced countries."

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Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life in Prison for Loud Music Shooting

Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life in Prison for Loud Music Shooting

Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Michael Dunn, the Florida man convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal 2012 shooting of a teen over loud music was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.Dunn was found guilty of attempted murder and firing a gun into a car in February, but jurors could not initially agree on whether he was guilty of the first-degree murder charge. He was convicted on the murder charge in a second trial that began in September.Dunn got into an argument with Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012, in the parking lot of a Florida gas station, during which he asked Davis and his friends to turn down the music playing from their vehicle. Dunn said he felt threatened, and that he thought he saw Davis point a gun at him, before firing nine bullets into the vehicle, killing Davis.According to the Florida Times-Union, Dunn apologized to Davis' family prior to his sentencing on Friday. Davis' family also addressed the court.

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Hurricane Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team(HAMILTON, Bermuda) -- Hurricane Gonzalo continues to roar towards Bermuda Friday and is now less than 200 miles from the small island.The Category 3 hurricane -- packing maximum sustained winds of 125 mph -- forced officials in Bermuda to issue a Hurricane Warning.While the storm will weaken as it approaches, loss of life and property remains a genuine concern. Storm surge could top 10 feet at the shore, waves could climb above 20 feet and winds could surpass 100 mph.It's been a while since Bermuda has taken a hit as strong as this may be. Hurricane Fabian in 2003 brought winds to 120 mph and killed at least four people.

Watch a live stream from Bermuda as Hurricane Gonzalo approaches, courtesy of PTZtv.com:

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Obama Admits His Credit Card Got Rejected

Obama Admits His Credit Card Got Rejected

Pete Souza The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Speaking at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. on Friday, President Obama admitted that his credit card was recently rejected.“I went to a restaurant up in New York during the U.N. General Assembly and my credit card was rejected. It turned out I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there was some fraud going on,” he explained, as he signed an executive order to tighten security on debit and credit cards that transmit federal benefits. "Fortunately, Michelle had hers."“I was trying to explain to the waitress, ‘No, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills,’” he joked.“See, even I’m affected by this,” the president added.

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Twitter to Show You Tweets from People You Don’t Follow

Twitter to Show You Tweets from People You Don’t Follow

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Twitter says it's trying to improve users' timelines by showing them tweets from people they don't follow.Until now, users of the social network have only seen posts from people they follow, with the exception of a few sponsored tweets. But Twitter fears users might be missing out on interesting posts."[T]here are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy," the company said in a blog post Friday. "To help you keep up with what’s happening, we’ve been testing ways to include these Tweets in your timeline -- ones we think you’ll find interesting or entertaining."As with some timeline experiments, Twitter says not all users may end up seeing out-of-the-ordinary tweets pop up on their feeds.

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Comet to Skim Past Mars in ‘Once in a Million Years’ Encounter

Comet to Skim Past Mars in ‘Once in a Million Years’ Encounter

NASA(HOUSTON) -- A once in a million years cosmic event will grace the heavens this weekend when a comet is expected to have a close encounter with Mars.Comet Siding Spring will pass within 87,000 miles of the Red Planet on Sunday, Oct. 19 -- that's about one-third the distance between the Earth and the moon, according to NASA scientists.The comet is expected to come closest to Mars at 2:27 p.m. ET that day, moving at about 34 miles per second.The best view of the rare show can be viewed via binoculars or telescope from the Southern Hemisphere, with South Africa and Australia having the best views as the comet grazes past Mars, scientists said.The rest of the world can look forward to incredible images captured by NASA's fleet of spacecraft, which have taken up prime positions to capture images, and information about the size, rotation and gas composition of Siding Spring, agency officials said.John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, called the event a "cosmic science gift that could potentially keep on giving."The comet is comprised of icy debris that researchers believe are remnants from the formation of the solar system. Its dramatic brush past the Red Planet is expected to yield new insights into the materials that existed during the formation of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago.

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Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Goes from Good to Fair After Trip to NIH

Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Goes from Good to Fair After Trip to NIH

The Pham Family(BETHESDA, Md.) -- The condition of nurse Nina Pham, who has become known as Ebola nurse No. 1, has been changed from "good" to "fair, stable" after being transferred to a specialized hospital in Maryland.But her doctors denied that her health has deteriorated and one doctor was more upbeat saying she's "doing quite well."Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29, are both nurses who have contracted the lethal virus after helping to care for Thomas Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital.Vinson has been transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and Pham arrived Thursday night at the National Institutes for Health facility in Maryland.Pham was listed in good condition when she left Dallas, and shared a YouTube video in which she joked with her doctor.But Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said Friday "her condition is fair, stable.. she's resting comfortably."Fauci declined to say why she was listed in fair condition, but said she had endured a long trip from Dallas."She's not deteriorating," Fauci said. He said she is sitting up and "she still has some symptoms" of Ebola."She’s very fatigued. This is a disease that wreaks havoc on you...This virus knocks you out," he said.Dr. Richard Davy added, "She’s interacting with the staff, she’s eating...I really think she’s doing quite well."Meanwhile, authorities have placed travel restrictions on 75 health care workers in Dallas who are being monitored for symptoms, Texas health department officials said.People who entered Ebola patient Thomas Duncan’s hospital room are being directed not to go to public places such as grocery stores, or travel by plane, ship or train for 21 days after exposure, officials said Thursday night.The travel restriction was instituted because of Vinson’s situation, authorities acknowledged.“The direction comes after a health care worker involved in Duncan's care had been on a flight shortly before diagnosis of the disease,” a statement by the Texas Department of State Health Services reads.

Vinson took a Frontier Airlines plane from Dallas to Cleveland Oct. 10. Three days later, she returned to Dallas on another Frontier Airlines flight. Because of a slightly elevated temperature -- 99.5 degrees -- she reported the condition before boarding, but it fell below the 100.4 reading for a fever, so she was allowed to board. A fever is one of the symptoms of Ebola, along with diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.Vinson arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Tuesday morning with a fever and was diagnosed with Ebola in the early hours of Wednesday. She was relocated to Emory University Hospital's isolation unit in Atlanta Wednesday night.The situation has prompted Frontier Airlines to contact passengers on seven flights, two flights the nurse took, and five other flights involving the same planes.

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