Obama Switches Gears, Confronting Ebola Head On

President Barack Obama

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside -- Ebola. The past week's jarring Ebola developments have put a spotlight on the president's management skills just as he was earni... more

Benning Soldier Tests Negative for Ebola

Fort Benning officials announced Saturday night that the new soldier who had recently visited Nigeria has tested negative for the Ebola virus. He was the first patient ever admitted to the new Martin Army Community Hospital facility, which is still being outfitted and is expected to open in November. Earlier in the day, Col. Scott Avery, comman... more

Marine Accused in Philippine Killing Tests US Ties

In this Oct. 17, 2014, photo, Julita Laude, mother of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, grieves beside the casket of her daughter at a funeral parlor in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Aaron Favila/AP

OLONGAPO, Philippines -- Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them -- a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than a week ago. ... more

Military Forms Domestic Ebola Rapid-Response Team

A hazmat worker clean outside the apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

It will take about a week to select the personnel, and they will then be sent to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for specialized training from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Kirby said. The formation of the response team was another indication of the growing military commitment to combating Ebola -- thu... more

US Airdrops Arms to Kurdish Militia on Syrian Border

Smoke from a fire rises after a shell landed in Kobani in Syria as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Oct. 6, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military said late Sunday it used cargo planes to drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish militia forces in the Syrian border town of Kobani to help them in their fight against Islamic State militants, who have been trying to overrun the town for weeks. The aircraft delivered arms and suppl... more

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