Morning Must Reads: October 13

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Second Ebola Case Hits U.S.

A Texas health care worker who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. who later died, has tested positive for the virus, officials said Sunday, marking the second diagnosis in the U.S.

Children Can Predict Outbreaks

Pre-schoolers might be the key to identifying the next big disease outbreak, finds a study to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference

Kerry Says Kobani Not Critical

Secretary of State John Kerry said keeping the Syrian Kurdish town out of ISIS’s hands is not a top priority for the coalition bombarding the militants in Syria

Federal Judge Strikes Down Alaska’s Gay-Marriage Ban

A federal judge struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages on Sunday, saying it violates the constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection. Alaska has a three-day waiting period between applications and marriage ceremonies

Sinister Clowns Frighten Residents in Central California Towns

Residents near Bakersfield are on edge following reports that creepy clowns brandishing weapons are taking to the street late at night. Reports of menacing clowns have also been on the rise in the nearby city of Wasco over the past week

Rumors Swirl Ahead of Another Apple Event

The tech giant that recently made waves by unveiling the Apple Watch is reportedly set to show off new iPads (including a gold model), new iMacs and its newest desktop operating system at an event on Thursday

Gone Girl Stays No. 1 at Weekend Box Office

For the second week in a row, the marital thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel topped box offices across the U.S., while The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr., almost had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weekend

Jim Carrey Will Host SNL on Oct. 25

Saturday Night Live has booked comic actor Jim Carrey to host its show on Oct. 25, marking his third stint as host, having made previous appearances in 1996 and 2011. He’ll be joined by “Fancy” singer Iggy Azalea

Turkey Will Let U.S. Use Bases Against ISIS

U.S. officials said Sunday that Turkey will let American and coalition forces use its bases for operations against ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq, but progress in negotiations with Turkey may not be enough to stop the massacre of civilians in Syria’s border town of Kobani

Family Dynamics at the Dinner Table Affect Kids’ Weight

Children who eat regular family meals tend to have lower rates of obesity and eat more nutritiously, according to a new study. Kids who are overweight or obese have family meals that include more negative emotional interactions compared with those who aren’t obese

Thunder Star Kevin Durant Has Foot Fracture

The Oklahoma City star forward will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the team’s season, beginning Oct. 29, after fracturing a bone in his right foot. Tests showed he has a “Jones fracture,” a broken bone at the base of his small toe, and the team’s general manager said surgery is likely

Protesters Clash in Hong Kong as Police Remove Barriers

Authorities swooped in early Monday to remove barricades while protesters slept, but the situation grew more volatile in the afternoon. In several locations, skirmishes broke out between demonstrators and those opposed to the continued disruption

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