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Nina Pham became the first person to contract the disease within the United States. Records show that Pham and other health care workers wore protective gear, including gowns, gloves, masks and face shields and sometimes full-body suits when caring for Thomas Eric Duncan.

Ebola Nurse Improves

The status of the first of two Dallas nurses to contract Ebola has been upgraded from "fair" to "good" the National Institute of Health said on Tuesday

Missouri Gov. Nixon Announces Creation Of Independent Commission On Ferguson

Ferguson Commission Formed

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday the formation of a commission to address inequality in Ferguson, Mo., the site of ongoing protests

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters watch a live broadcast of a meeting between student leaders and government officials on a road blocked by them at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong

TV Inflates Gulf Between Hong Kong Protesters, Officials

Massive crowds in Hong Kong were transfixed on Tuesday night, local time, by their screens and mobile devices as they followed the live broadcast of a historic, two-hour meeting between black-clad rebel students and suited officials

Yahoo's logo in front of a building in Rolle, near Geneva, on Dec. 12, 2012.

Yahoo's Small Growth Enough to Exceed Expectations

Yahoo beat Wall Street estimates with $1.15 billion in third-quarter revenue, up from $1.14 during the same quarter last year. The Internet search giant should be especially happy about the revenue bump, even if it is just a 1% increase

Oscar Pistorius after he is sentenced at the Pretoria High Court on October 21, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years in Prison

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, eliciting charges of injustice in his native South Africa. Pistorius had claimed he thought an intruder lurked inside his Pretoria home

Jeffrey Fowle

North Korea Releases 1 of 3 American Detainees

North Korea has released Jeffrey Fowle, who was arrested for leaving a Bible at a club, the White House confirmed on Tuesday. The U.S. negotiated Fowle's release through the government of Sweden, which handles consular cases for American citizens in North Korea

An airport worker fuels a JetBlue plane on the tarmac of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

The Five Biggest Airlines Hiked Prices This Week

The five biggest U.S. airlines all increased their base fare on domestic flights in the past week, despite declining fuel prices and apprehension over Ebola. JetBlue initiated a $4 fare increase last Thursday, and United, Delta, American and Southwest followed suit

Senate New Hampshire Debate

Shaheen Admits to Headwinds in New Hampshire Debate

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen frankly discussed what could bring her down in two weeks on Election Day. Shaheen spoke of Republican candidates capitalizing on an environment that’s unfavorable to Democrats

2014 Medal Carnegie Hall Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta - Concert

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82. He died after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006. De la Renta shot to fame in the 1960s after he dressed First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Michael Sam makes his first appearance at the team's practice facility on Sept. 3, 2014 in Irving, Texas.

Michael Sam Waived From Cowboys' Practice Squad

The Dallas Cowboys have waived defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, was signed to the team's practice squad Sept. 3. He never made it to the Cowboys' active roster

Kurdish people observe smoke rising from the Syrian town of Kobani following an explosion as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014.

Turkey Says It Helps Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria

Turkey claimed to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support others battling ISIS in the border town of Kobani, but activists said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway