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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Can These Texas Churches Survive Ebola?

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October 07, 2014

Fears about Ebola are spreading like wildfire among Dallas-area parishes, even if the virus appears to be contained. Churches that have a number of congregants from Liberia are struggling to assuage concerns and diminish the social stigma surrounding the virus, reports Pete Freedman. "We don't want our community to be afraid to come to church," said one local bishop.


Two scientists from Japan and one from the U.S. won the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for their invention of an environmentally friendly light source. Isamu Akasaki, 85, and Hiroshi Amano, 54, of Nagoya University in Japan and Shuji Nakamura, 60, of UC Santa Barbara won for creating blue light-emitting diodes that have "enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources," according to Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The invention of the blue lights, which is about 20 years old, changed the way scientists used white light and helped lead to LED lamps.


The Free Syrian Army made an unexpected discovery in a town south of Damascus: a Russian spy outpost. Rebels claim to have overtaken the secret spying facility, which they say is jointly run by the Syrian and Russian governments. If this claim is verified, it indicates Russia has been far more involved with the Syrian civil war than previously known, reports Josh Rogin and Eli Lake.

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The Veterans Administration said it is dismissing four senior executives in a move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and the falsified records that covered up the delays. The dismissals are the first since Congress passed a law making it easier for veterans who experience delays to get care outside the VA's network of hospitals and clinics. That law also made it easier for the agency to fire senior officials suspected of wrongdoing. Those terminated include a top purchasing official, directors of VA hospitals in Pittsburgh and Georgia, and a regional hospital director in Alabama. Former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned earlier this year.


British millionaire Shrien Dewani claims his beautiful new wife, Anni, was brutally murdered in a hijacking during their 2010 honeymoon in South Africa. Cape Town prosecutors say, however, Dewani orchestrated the entire murder to cover up a secret life, reports Nico Hines. Four years later, a trial will decide who will pay the price for Anni's death.

Child Brings 249 Heroin Bags to School
Shared them like sweets.
Tutor Charged for Hacking Kids' Grades
Broke into school computers.
Petering Out?
Protests Dwindle in Hong Kong
As both sides move toward dialogue.
U.S. Drones Strike Pakistan for 3rd Day
Six suspected militants in latest strike.
Lightning Kills 11 in Colombian Ritual
During religious tradition in remote area.

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