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What is Ebola Virus? What Does it Do and Where Does It Come From?

Liberians wash their hands next to an Ebola information and sanitation station raising awareness about the virus in Monrovia on September 30, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
Liberians wash their hands next to an Ebola information and sanitation station raising awareness about the virus in Monrovia on September 30, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

The first confirmed Ebola patient in the U.S. was confirmed on Wednesday and people are wondering about the virus, such as what it’s caused by...




  • A plastic shopping bag liters the roadside in Sacramento, Calif., on Oct. 25, 2013. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    A Look at California’s Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100... Read more

  • A man walks up the stairway leading to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Officials Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in US

    DALLAS—A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. Officials at... Read more

  • A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division looks out from the North Portico of the White House in Washington, on Sept. 22, 2014. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach. Pierson told a House panel that the switch to automatic locks at the White House's north door was made after an Army veteran jumped the fence on Sept. 19 and made his way into the interior of the building through two unlocked doors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Secret Service Chief on Hot Seat for White House Breach

    WASHINGTON—Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency’s critical mission of protecting the president but... Read more

  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in the Oval Office  of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Obama, Modi Tout Potential for Deeper Economic Ties

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and India’s new Prime Minister NarendraModi touted the potential for deeper economic collaboration between the world’s two largest democracies Tuesday, while seeking to address concerns that they have grown apart... Read more

  • A Streets and Sanitation worker grooms a pile of road salt as the city makes preparations for another winter storm in Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 4, 2014. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Surging Salt Prices Could Cripple Winter Roadways

    If last winter’s weather seemed like extreme punishment for much of the United States, experts said it will pale in comparison to the winter of... Read more

  • A homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles on March 29, 2013. Los Angeles had the highest poverty rate of any US city in 2013. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

    What Cities Can Do to Lower Income Inequality

    LOS ANGELES—Income inequality in the US is among the highest of all developed countries, and it keeps rising. In 15 states, including California, income inequality... Read more

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    Fern Creek High School Shooting: Student Shot in Louisville, KY, Prompting Lockdown

    Shots have been reported at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday. Police and first responders have rushed to the school after the... Read more

  • Smoke rises from railway cars carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013. American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said Tuesday that the oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years to Fix Tank Cars

    WASHINGTON—The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly... Read more

  • Marisela Martinez-Cola (R), a lawyer and a parent living in an Atlanta suburb with her husband Greg and their 7-year-old son David (R), gets ready for a typical day Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Lawrenceville, Ga. Martinez-Cola sends her son to private school and has hired a tutor to improve his reading — expenses made possible by her husband’s salary as a regional buyer for Costco Wholesale. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

    School Spending by Affluent Is Widening Wealth Gap

    WASHINGTON—Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they’ll count the ways: Preschool can... Read more

  • Plastic single-use bags are carried past the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Aug. 12, 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national... Read more

  • Director of the United States Secret Service Julia Pierson is sworn in before testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 30, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Secret Service Director Vows No More White House Intruders

    WASHINGTON—Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and... Read more

  • In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2014, a student in the Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners (A.P.E.L.L) class, taught by Lori Ott, of Millsboro, Del., at the G.W. Career Educational Center in Frankford, Del., looks over a worksheet aimed at teaching basic introductions in English. U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status.  (AP Photo/Emily Varisco)

    Immigration Reform News 2014: Schools in United States Scramble to Help Newly Arrived Teenagers

    FRANKFORD, Del.—American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. Unaccompanied... Read more

  • Treasury Dept Targets Supporters of Pakistan Extremists

    WASHINGTON—The Treasury Department is taking action against individuals and networks linked to two terrorist groups based in Pakistan. Treasury’s action on Tuesday targets the leader... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, a Uniformed Secret Service police officer stands outside the White House in Washington. The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers reported Monday, Sept. 29. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Secret Service Head Takes Onus for WH Breach

    WASHINGTON— Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday she takes full responsibility for the breach of White House security in... Read more

  • A traveler looks at a flight departure board Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is reviewing security practices and how it deals with unexpected incidents throughout its air traffic control facilities following last week's fire at a Chicago-area air traffic facility. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

    O’Hare, Midway Airports Nearing Normal Capacity

    CHICAGO— The Federal Aviation Administration says Chicago’s airports are nearing normal activity after a fire at an air traffic control center last week brought flights... Read more

  • Across the Nation: Sept. 30, 2014. (Photos.com)

    Across the Nation: Sept. 30

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