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2nd Person Tests Positive for Ebola in Dallas

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.

Charges Filed Against 5 Teens in Ice Bucket Prank

Five suburban teenage boys were charged with dumping a bucket of urine, water and tobacco spit on an autistic 15-year-old boy who thought he was participating in the ice bucket challenge for charity.

Sputtering Global Economy Has Investors Spooked

Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

Germany Slashes Growth Forecast

Europe got more bad news about its dominant economy Tuesday when the German government slashed its growth estimates for this year to 1.2 percent from 1.8 percent.

Correction: Nice Airlines Unprofitable Story

In a story Oct. 8 about Virgin America, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company lost $9.4 million in the first six months of this year. Instead, the airline had a profit of $14.6 million for that period.

NBC Correspondent Admits Violation of Quarantine

NBC News medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman has admitted that some members of her crew violated a voluntary quarantine to protect against Ebola.

Small Business Optimism Dropped in September

The National Federation of Independent Business index of small business optimism fell unexpectedly in September, dampening optimism over the health of the economy, official data showed on Tuesday.

Plenty of Crude Means Even Lower Gas Prices

Gas prices are falling across the country thanks to ample supplies of crude oil and, some analysts say, a looming price war among oil-producing countries in the Middle East.

CDC: Facebook Founder Donates $25 Million to Fight Ebola

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.

Where's the Inflation?

For more than two years, the rate of inflation has remained below the objective of 2 percent preferred by the central bank.

Ebola Screening at US Airports Starts Thursday

Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark will take the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries starting Thursday.

Corporate Earnings Give Early Lift to US Stocks

Asian stock markets rose Tuesday as investors reassured by strong Chinese trade shrugged off Wall Street worries that slowing growth in Europe and Asia could hobble the global recovery.

Ebola Cases Could Reach 10,000 Per Week: WHO

West Africa could see up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also confirming the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.

Eyes on Germany as Recession Speculation Mounts

Nearly lost in the alarm over the IMF's global economic downgrade, the resultant fire sale of stocks, and anxiety over dovish FOMC minutes is the notion that Germany is heading into recession.

Stocks Close Sharply Lower Again on Monday

The stock market couldn't shake off a case of the jitters from last week and closed markedly lower, with airlines, energy and materials stocks among the biggest sinkers.

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