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    WHO: Ebola outbreak is “moving faster than we can control it”

    (CNN) — Fear over Ebola is growing as international leaders and health organizations struggle to try to stop the deadly epidemic in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak “is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in a statement Friday. “This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges are extraordinary.” This is the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa and involves the most deadly strain in the […]

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    Sudanese Christian woman who once faced death penalty arrives in U.S.

    (CNN) — A Sudanese Christian woman once sentenced to death in her native country because of her faith arrived in her new home, the United States, on Thursday. Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, her husband and two young children were greeted by a large crowd of supporters at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire. Ibrahim, whose sentence was overturned a few weeks ago, didn’t speak with the media. Her brother-in-law, Gabriel Wani, said there was “a lot of happiness right now.” New […]

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    Possible evacuation of Americans infected with Ebola triggers fears in U.S.

    ATLANTA — When a plane took off from Georgia to meet two American missionaries fighting to survive Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa, social media in the United States lit up with fearful reactions. Many posts called for keeping the infected patients out of the country. The medical charter flight that departed Cartersville on Thursday could bring Nancy Writebol or Dr. Kent Brantley back to a treatment facility around the corner from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in […]

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    Why a giant toad set off Chinese censors

    (CNN) — How do social media posts about a giant inflatable toad relate to criticism of a former Chinese President? You just have to understand the secret language of Chinese netizens. The officials who installed the 72-feet-tall toad in a Beijing park two weeks ago likely wanted to attract tourists — after all, golden toads are symbols of good luck and prosperity in China. The squatting toad floats on a giant lily pad as tourists ride boats to snap a […]

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    Gaza cease-fire unravels; Israeli soldier possibly kidnapped

    GAZA CITY — A cease-fire in Gaza unraveled Friday only hours after it took effect, with both sides accusing each other of violating the fledgling truce and the Israeli military saying one of its soldiers possibly was kidnapped. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said an Israeli attack on Rafah in southern Gaza killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 100. The official Palestinian news agency WAFA said assault involved Israeli artillery shelling, calling it a “violation of […]

  • Buildings in the Shujaiya area of Gaza are reduced to rubble Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Photo: Palestinian Information Center)

    Three-day humanitarian cease-fire begins in Gaza

    GAZA CITY (CNN) — After weeks of fighting and more than 1,500 deaths, some semblance of peace may be coming to Gaza — at least temporarily. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday that an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire would begin at 8 a.m. Friday in Gaza (1 a.m. ET) and would last 72 hours, unless it is extended. “During this time, the forces on the ground will remain in place,” a joint statement by […]

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    TD Bank surprises customers with ATMs: Automatic Thanking Machines

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Why pay good money to release and advertisement when a viral video will do the trick? It worked for Canada-based TD Bank, which has a viral hit on its hands after filming customers who were surprised when an ATM spit out gifts — very personal ones. In an effort to tell the world that the bank really knows its customers it turned one of its ATMs into what it called an “automatic thanking machine.” The promotional […]

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    American doctor fighting Ebola forgoes experimental treatment so colleague could have it

    (CNN) — Nancy Writebol fought for her life against Ebola hemorrhagic fever on Thursday. While she did, the virus that befell the American missionary in Liberia as she worked to save its victims continued on a rampage through West Africa. It is believed to have killed 729 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria from March through July 27, the World Health Organization said Thursday. It is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. There is no cure and no […]

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    What is the risk of catching Ebola on a plane?

    (CNN) — Deadly diseases like Ebola are only a plane ride away. In today’s interconnected world, linked by transoceanic flights, one infected person can trigger a domino effect that pays no attention to borders. “The concern that people are going to get on these flights and fly from West Africa, where these cases are, to anywhere in the world is … a real possibility,” said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent. “I think for a long time people didn’t […]

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    From convicted sex offender to millionaire, man gets new life

    DALLAS (CNN) — Michael Phillips has been spending most of his time these days living in a tiny room in a no-frills northeast Dallas nursing home. Until recently, he had a roommate who slept in a bed 2 feet away, and staff brought him three square meals a day. Only a few hours passed each day in which he didn’t think about his burden of four decades: being a convicted sex offender. That was before Friday, when Phillips was officially […]

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    Married 62 years, couple dies hours apart

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A man and woman, married for almost 62 years, passed away just hours apart in California. Maxine Simpson had been battling cancer for some time. Two weeks ago her husband, Don fell and broke his hip. Their health deteriorated. Their granddaughter, Melissa Sloan of Bakersfield, ¬†knew she had to bring them together. She moved them to a bedroom in her home for home health care. “And grandma woke up and saw him and they held hands and […]

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    Police: Toddler dies after getting trapped in hot car

    (CNN) — A 3-year-old boy in Southern California died Wednesday after he climbed into an unlocked car on a hot summer’s day and was trapped, police said. The toddler was playing alone in the front yard of his house in Sylmar while his parents were home when he got into the car and couldn’t get out, said Officer Bruce Borihanh with the Los Angeles Police Department. Police told CNN affiliate KABC that the boy’s father woke up from a nap […]