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News Wrap: CDC announces new Ebola screening procedures after death of victim in U.S.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Liberian man who was diagnosed in Dallas with Ebola died today. Thomas Eric Duncan showed no symptoms when he arrived in Texas last month, but he became the first confirmed case inside the U.S. Officials said his body will be cremated.

    Hours later, the head of the CDC announced new screening, including fever checks for travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

  • DR. THOMAS FRIEDEN, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    If any travelers are found to either have a fever or have history of contact with Ebola, then the on-site Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health officer will further interview that individual, assess the individual and take additional action as appropriate.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The measures take effect Saturday at JFK International Airport in New York, and next week at international airports in Newark, New Jersey, Washington Dulles, Chicago, and Atlanta.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The worldwide toll in the Ebola outbreak has risen again. The World Health Organization put the casualty count today at nearly 3,900. That’s out of 8,000 confirmed cases. And, in Spain, there was new unrest linked to the infection of a nurse.

    Neil Connery of Independent Television News is there, and he filed this report.

  • NEIL CONNERY:

    Anger on Madrid streets, the authorities’ handling of this Ebola crisis under attack, these protesters dragged by police from the block where the infected nurse and her husband lived. They were trying to stop the couple’s dog from being put down by officials, but, as the world beyond looks on, it’s the bigger picture here that’s giving serious concern.

    The nurse, Teresa Romero Ramos, seen here with the dog, says she may have been infected by touching her face with a glove as she changed her protective clothing.

    Anna Gomerth, a friend of the nurse, told me she’s no faith in the government’s response.

  • WOMAN (through interpreter):

    The people are afraid and angry because they don’t know anything about this illness or what’s happening here.

  • NEIL CONNERY:

    According to her union, the nurse start help three times over a week before she was tested for Ebola. Last Tuesday, she reported a fever, but was told to take paracetamol. She rang the hospital again on Thursday, but no action was taken. When she rang again on Monday, she was told to go to a local hospital, where she was kept on a public ward behind only a fabric screen and some tape.

    Only when her Ebola test came back positive was she finally transported to the Carlos III. There’s a deep sense of mistrust here at how the authorities are handling this crisis. Aside from the medical efforts to contain this outbreak, regaining the public’s faith in the coming hours and days is going to prove crucial.

    Today, the Spanish prime minister boasted the country’s health system is one of the best in the world. Back in the suburban block where the infected nurse and her husband lived, the residents may beg to differ.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    We will get a closer look at what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is doing to fight the outbreak, here and abroad, after the news summary.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Islamic State forces made a new push on the Syrian town of Kobani this evening, despite coalition airstrikes. Kurdish defenders told of fierce new fighting in the town near the Turkish border. Earlier, the Kurds said the air attacks had slowed the militants’ advance. But they also warned that the U.S.-led campaign needs to be even stronger.

    Meanwhile, President Obama met with U.S. commanders at the Pentagon. And he counseled patience.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    Our strikes continues alongside our partners. It remains a difficult mission. As I have indicated from the start, this is not something going to be solved overnight.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The battle for Kobani also triggered more violence in Turkey, where Kurds are demanding action to help their brethren in Syria. Police used fire cannon — water cannon and fired tear gas at demonstrators in the latest clashes. Officials said at least 19 people have died in two days of rioting.

    Lawyers for Kenya’s president have asked the International Criminal Court to toss out charges of crimes against humanity against him. Uhuru Kenyatta is accused of sparking post-election violence in 2007 that took more than 1,000 lives. The defense argued today that the case has collapsed. Prosecutors said Kenyatta’s government has obstructed the investigation.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Two Americans and a German won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry today for making microscopes more powerful than anyone thought possible. U.S. researchers Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German Stefan Hell used fluorescent molecules to see deep inside the inner workings of living cells. Their achievements have greatly enhanced research into Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Telecom giant AT&T will pay $105 million to settle allegations that it put bogus charges on customers’ bills. The practice is known as cramming, and it’s sparked complaints that customers are charged for services they never requested, like daily horoscopes.

    Tom Wheeler chairs the Federal Communications Commission.

  • TOM WHEELER, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission:

    It’s estimated that 20 million consumers a year are caught in this kind of trap, costing hundreds of millions of dollars. It stops today for AT&T.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The settlement includes $80 million for customer refunds.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson appeared in court today in Texas on charges of child abuse for using a tree branch to punish his young son. Peterson was surrounded by reporters and cameras as he arrived at a courthouse in Conroe, Texas. Trial was tentatively set to begin December 1. The running back has been suspended until the case is resolved.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Supreme Court now has to decide whether workers should be paid for time spent in security screenings after shifts end. Two former workers at online retailer Amazon claimed that they were kept waiting up to 25 minutes every day. Business groups say employers could face billions in retroactive pay if the workers win.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Wall Street roared back after the Federal Reserve showed it’s in no hurry to raise interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 275 points, recouping all of yesterday’s losses and closing at 16,994; the Nasdaq rose 83 points to close at 4,468; and the S&P 500 added 33 to finish near 1,969.

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