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  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists
    One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists

    Douglas McCain, Recently Killed in Syria, Was Friends With Troy Kastigar, Killed in Somalia in 2009

  • WHO says Ebola outbreak could strike 20,000 people
    WHO says Ebola outbreak could strike 20,000 people

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease. The United Nations health agency issued a strategic plan to combat the oubreak in four West African nations where it said the actual number of cases could already be two to four times higher than the reported 3,069. It acknowledges that the aggregate case load of Ebola Virus Disease could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency," the WHO said. "Response activities must be adapted in areas of very intense transmission and particular attention must be given to stopping transmission in capital cities and major ports, thereby facilitating the larger response and relief effort," the WHO said.

  • NASA says new heavy-lift rocket debut not likely until 2018

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, likely will not have its debut test flight until November 2018, nearly a year later than previous estimates, agency officials said on Wednesday. NASA is 70 percent confident of making a November 2018 launch date, given the technical, financial and management hurdles the Space Launch System faces on the road to development, NASA associate administrators Robert Lightfoot and Bill Gerstenmaier told reporters on a conference call. NASA estimates it could spend almost $12 billion developing the first of three variations of the rocket and associated ground systems through the debut flight, and potentially billions more to build and fly heavier-lift next-generation boosters, a July 2014 General Accountability Office report on the program said. While the rocket might be ready for a test flight in December 2017, as previously planned, the new assessment showed the odds of that were “significantly less” than the 70 percent confidence level NASA requires of new programs, Gerstenmaier said.

  • Alexander the Great-Era Tomb Will Soon Reveal Its Secrets
    Alexander the Great-Era Tomb Will Soon Reveal Its Secrets

    As archaeologists continue to clear dirt and stone slabs from the entrance of a huge tomb in Greece, excitement is building over what excavators may find inside. It has been quietly revealed over the last two years, during excavations at the Kasta Hill site in ancient Amphipolis in the Macedonian region of Greece. Earlier this month, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras toured the site. "The excavation will show if the tomb has been looted or not," Katerina Peristeri, the lead archaeologist on the Kasta Hill project, said in a statement from the Greek Ministry of Culture.

  • A Brief History of Vladimir Putin's Uncomfortable Photographs With Foreign Leaders
    A Brief History of Vladimir Putin's Uncomfortable Photographs With Foreign Leaders

    Perfecting the photo op is not an easy task. But for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who doesn't have the greatest relationship with many world leaders, it's almost never easy.

  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war
    Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.

  • U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf
    U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

    A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.

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