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Autopsy of Michael Brown supports officer’s story

Following the autopsy of Michael Brown, authorities say that the majority of the evidence corroborates Officer Wilson’s account of this controversial shooting, a Washington Post article indicated.

The official autopsy report from St. Louis County stated that Wilson fatally shot Brown after Brown moved toward him while fighting for control of the officer’s firearm. More than a half-dozen witnesses have come forward in support of the officer’s account. Blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests have all supported it as well. The grand jury is set to announce a verdict on whether or not the officer broke any laws during the confrontation with Brown sometime next month.

First case of Ebola in New York City

Dr. Craig Spencer has become the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in New York City. Spencer had recently returned from Guinea, where he had been working with the Doctors Without Borders program to help treat people infected by the virus. The CDC dispatched workers around the city to try to locate anyone who came into contact with Spencer. Spencer was put into isolation on Oct. 23 and since then, three people that he had contact with have been placed in isolation for observation.

City officials say that they don’t believe Spencer was exhibiting symptoms while he traveled around the city before his isolation so the chance of exposure is low. They reassured citizens by saying that, out of an abundance of caution, the city has been preparing for a possible case of Ebola for weeks.

NYPD rule attack of officers as an act of terror

The New York City Police Department has officially ruled the heinous ambush of four police officers by a man wielding a hatchet an act of terror. The officers were attacked on Oct. 23 by Zale Thompson, 32, as they stopped to have their photo taken after being approached by a freelance photographer. Thompson was shot and killed by one of the officers during the attack.

One officer was rushed to the hospital with a head injury. He was reported to be in serious but stable condition. Another officer was struck on the arm and has since been released from the hospital. USA Today reported that Thompson became self-radicalized after he converted to Islam two years ago. Evidence on the Thompson’s computer indicated that he was inspired by terror groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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