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'Gigi' the Robot Fighting Ebola

A walking robot named Gigi is being used in hospitals around the country to sanitize rooms used by carriers of infectious diseases. In the wake of the arrival of Ebola to the United States, the Texas hospital affected has been using the robot's radiation powers to kill the virus wherever it may live. Oct 17, 2014 12:59 PM PT

Saudi Cleric Sentenced to Death for 'Sedition,' Possibly by Crucifixion

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a Shia cleric known in Saudi Arabia for being outspoken during a wave of anti-government protests in 2011, has been sentenced to death for "sedition," with the government alleging that he incited listeners to overthrow the government. Oct 16, 2014 1:49 PM PT

Netherlands Legalizes Dutch Biker Gang's Fight Against ISIS

The Netherlands has legalized the alliance between Dutch citizens and foreign military forces in the theater of war, so long as said foreign forces are not fighting against the Netherlands. The new law is a response to demands from a biker group named "No Surrender," whose members have been joining Kurdish soldiers in the fight against the Islamic State. Oct 15, 2014 10:44 AM PT

Second US Ebola Victim Identified as 26-Year-Old Nina Pham

26-year-old nurse Nina Pham was among the first staffers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to treat Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola case on US soil. Pham has been identified as the second confirmed case of the virus in America, and the first to contract the virus from another patient in the United States. Oct 13, 2014 10:14 AM PT

'Bad Joke' Prompts Ebola Scare on US Plane to Dominican Republic

A man on board a flight from Philadelphia to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic yelled "I have Ebola!" shortly before the plane landed. While authorities determined that the exclamation was a "joke in poor taste," medical personnel in full protective gear were required to inspect the plane on the runway before passengers could leave. Oct 10, 2014 10:40 AM PT

Pew Poll: Americans More Concerned about Ebola Than ISIS

A recently released Pew Center survey found Americans extraordinarily disengaged from news surrounding the 2014 midterm elections. While the poll results are notable, what is capturing Americans' attention may be even more telling: the Ebola virus, and not the threat of the Islamic State (ISIS), garners more attention. Oct 10, 2014 8:50 AM PT

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