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Texas Hospital Patient Confirmed As First Case Of Ebola Virus Diagnosed In US

Ebola Patient Was Turned Away

The first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. indicated to the hospital in Dallas on his first visit that he had traveled to the city from West Africa

Early Voting Begins In Iowa For Presidential Election

Court Cuts N.C. Voting Law

A federal appeals court blocked Wednesday parts of a sweeping North Carolina voting law from taking hold ahead of this year's midterm elections

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Facebook Apologizes For Blocking Drag Queen Profiles

Facebook apologized to drag queens after enforcement of a "real-name policy" led to LGBT users being blocked from their accounts. Meanwhile, activists met at Facebook's headquarters Wednesdays to demand change on profile treatment

Markets React To Yesterday's Corporate Earnings Reports

Stocks Tumble Amid Fears Of Mounting Global Crises

Stocks fell across the board Wednesday as the year’s final fiscal quarter opened to a market sell-off spurred by concerns over mounting global crises, including the first domestic case of Ebola, as well as the looming possibility of an interest rate hike

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FCC Could Punish Broadcasters Who Say ‘Redskins’

The Federal Communications Commission will consider punishing broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins' nickname on air. A legal activist petitioned the FCC to revoke a Washington radio station's broadcast license due to its repeated use of the nickname

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Zombieland Is Getting a Sequel

Zombieland has returned from the dead: The 2009 action-comedy is getting a sequel. Sony Pictures has hired Dave Callahan (The Expendables) to pen the script, and Ruben Fleischer will return as director

A protester holds up a placard which reads "Peace is our greatest weapon", outside the venue of the official flag-raising ceremony for celebrations of China's National Day, in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Protests Overshadow Chinese National Day

Chaotic scenes stole the show from Chinese National Day celebrations in Hong Kong, as thousands of pro-democracy activists set up camp. Protesters in jeans and sneakers, many of whom had been on the streets all night, heckled a city parade

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2014 Has Become the 'Gotcha' Election

Many of the country's most important races have been dominated by an emphasis on petty issues and an absence of substantive policy debates—and in an election about nothing, one of the dark arts of campaign combat, opposition research, has taken center stage

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin listens during the presentation of France's 2015 draft budget on October 1, 2014 at the Economy Ministry in Paris.

France Revolts Against German Austerity With New Budget

The French government set out new budget plans on Wednesday, baldly stating that its deficit will be a lot wider over the period than it promised its Eurozone partners—in a showdown with Germany that has been coming for a while

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'Fat Finger' Blamed for Canceled Japan Stock Orders

Over $600 billion worth of stock on the Japanese market—including large stakes in Canon, Honda, and Sony—was ordered and then abruptly canceled Wednesday before they could be executed, possibly the result of a so-called "fat finger" error, or accidental order

BESTPIX US And Arab Allies Launch Airstrikes Against ISIL In Syria

The Cost of War Against ISIS Nears $1 Billion

U.S. military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have cost up to $930 million as of Sept. 24, according to a report released Monday. That figure is set to rise as the Pentagon's air campaign broadens