News Briefs: National News

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Ebola case diagnosed in the US

After a recent Ebola case was diagnosed in the United States, Dr. Thomas Friedan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sought to reassure the public on Friday. “I have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely,” he said. The man who contracted the disease, Thomas Eric Duncan, traveled to America from Liberia and he is currently undergoing treatment in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Health officials said his family is under quarantine in their apartment until the typical incubation period for Ebola expires.

Fox News reports that Duncan’s case has “exposed potential flaws in border screening, treatment and disposal of contaminated items.” For more on this story, including what is being done to eliminate any possibility of the spread of Ebola, click here:

Unemployment rates drop

According to a CNN article published Friday, the United States unemployment rate fell to below 6 percent in September. This is the first time such a drop has occurred in six years. During the month of September, employees added 248,000 jobs; the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. The article states that “the unemployment rate fell last month because more people were getting jobs, not because they were dropping out of the labor force as they have at times during the economic recovery.” Job sectors that particularly benefited included “professional and business services” as well as retail and health care.

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Abortion clinics upgrade or close in Texas

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans ruled Thursday that Texas can enforce a law, signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013, which requires abortion clinics to meet “hospital-level operating standards.” Fox News reports that this law will, in effect, cause the closure of all Texas abortion clinics, except for seven in some of the larger cities. Texas abortion clinics were numbered in the forties two years ago. The court believes that “Texas is likely to prevail” even following an impending appeal of the ruling. This means that the clinics will either have to upgrade or close. Another part of the law stipulates that doctors performing abortions must have “hospital admitting privileges.”

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ISIS threatens family members in the U.S.

The Army Threat Integration Center issued a warning last week to U.S. military personnel after the Islamic State encouraged its members to obtain military addresses, “show up (at their homes) and slaughter them.” According to Fox News, social media and the “yellow pages” were the means by which ISIS planned to find these addresses.

The bulletin that warned of this latest ISIS threat also included several suggestions to the military and their families on how to maintain the safety of both their homes and online profiles.

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