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Nobody Panic, But There Was an Ebola Scare at the Pentagon

October 17, 2014 Officials have closed a parking lot at the Pentagon because of a possible case of Ebola. Pentagon police officers discovered a woman "ill and vomiting" in one of the federal building's parking lots in Arlington, Va. at about 9:10 a.m. on Friday, according to a statement from the Department of ...

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Ebola Has the FDA Working Overtime on Reviewing Experimental Drugs

October 16, 2014 The development of a pharmaceutical drug is a slow, deliberate process, and it can take years of back-and-forth between scientists and health officials before medicine makes it onto the market. But the worst Ebola outbreak in history has changed all that. The Food and Drug Administration is in crisis mode, ...

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Here's What Congress Has Next for the Secret Service

October 9, 2014 Congress has a long To Do list for the beleaguered Secret Service. The top members of the House Judiciary Committee, the group that has jurisdiction over how the federal agency runs, sent a letter chock-full of questions to acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy on Thursday. Clancy took over the ...

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These Politicians Want to Close the U.S.-Mexico Border Because of Ebola

October 9, 2014 Mexico has never seen a case of Ebola before. But for some politicians worried about a potential outbreak of the deadly virus on American soil, that doesn't matter. Scott Brown said Thursday that he doesn't want undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border because they might be carrying Ebola. "People coming ...

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The CDC Is Using Twitter to Explain Ebola for the Second Time in Two Months

October 9, 2014 Two months ago, when U.S. health officials first took to Twitter to explain Ebola, the virus had killed just under 800 people in West Africa. Now, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosts its second online chat about the virus, the outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea ...

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White House to America: Calm Down About a Domestic Ebola Outbreak

October 6, 2014 The Obama administration has a message to Americans freaking out about Ebola: Stop. A confirmed case of the disease in Dallas, as well as the hospitalization of two patients for Ebola-like symptoms in the Washington area, has set the public on edge and sparked fears of an outbreak on U.S. ...

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NASA Explains How Climate Change Is Like the Flu

October 3, 2014 For NASA, climate change is kind of like flu season. In a new animated video, the space agency calls the warming phenomenon "planetary fever." Just as the human body heats up in response to an infection or illness, Earth has warmed from the accumulation of greenhouse gases such as carbon ...

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Why There Won't Be an Ebola Outbreak in the United States

October 1, 2014 Remember Outbreak? Good. Now forget about it, because, contrary to popular—and panicky—belief, what happened inthe 1995 disaster film won't happen in the United States now that the nation has its first-ever case of the Ebola virus. The infected patient, who has not been identified, is being treated at a Dallas ...

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Here’s What the Secret Service Has to Say for Itself About White House Security

September 30, 2014 When Julia Pierson took over at the Secret Service last spring, things were going to change. The agents of the elite agency tasked with protecting the president of the United States would no longer drunkenly argue with prostitutes in hotel rooms during international summits. The Secret Service's male-dominated culture would ...

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Al-Qaida-Affiliated Group Was in 'Final Stages' of Planning Attacks Against the West

September 23, 2014 The U.S. launched eight airstrikes Monday night against a little-known, al-Qaida-affiliated militant group in Syria. The United States Central Command said Tuesday morning that American forces hit the Khorasan Group near Aleppo to stop "imminent attack-planning against the United States and Western interests." At a Pentagon press briefing shortly after, ...