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Today we're following the earthquake aftershocks rattling Napa, the Ebola virus' "upper hand" in West Africa and the rain delay that's keeping Burning Man festival goers cooped up in parking lots rather than roaming free in the Nevada desert.
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It's official: Ebola has the "upper hand" in West Africa, at least that's what the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. He's been visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea this week, where the disease has taken the biggest toll so far. More than 1,400 across West Africa have died from the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, and the vast majority of deaths happened in one of those three countries, with Liberia losing more than 600 alone. But it's not all doom and gloom. CDC Director Tom Frieden says that experts have the tools to stop the disease. "Ebola doesn't spread by mysterious means, we know how it spreads. So we have the means to stop it from spreading, but it requires tremendous attention to every detail."
Hundreds of travelers journeying to become one with nature at Burning Man hit an unexpected snag Monday night when they found themselves restrained to parking lots. That's because the countercultural event, held annually in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, was curtailed by rains that overwhelmed the notoriously dry grounds and forced organizers to close off the gates. Yet, Burners awoke to a bout of good news. The fest and the roads leading to it reopened early Tuesday morning, according to the event's official Twitter account. If you've never seen what goes down at Burning Man, prepare for something mesmerizing.
After a series of airstrikes in Iraq helped beat back Islamic militant forces, new developments indicate the U.S. may be weighing similar strikes in neighboring Syria. Officials revealed Tuesday that the U.S. is conducting surveillance in Syria after President Obama gave the go-ahead. Obama has not yet approved military action in Syria, but intel like that being collected by surveillance would likely be needed before the U.S. would get directly involved in the politically contentious country plagued by civil war. Pentagon officials admit that a full range of options are being drafted for the president, including airstrikes.
No rest for the shaken. In case you missed it, the Napa Valley region got hit with its strongest earthquake in 25 years Sunday morning. The area saw the biggest aftershock yet Tuesday morning, as a 3.9 magnitude jolt hit around 5:30 local time. The estimated $1 billion in property damage from Sunday's quake has renewed an effort to develop an early warning system that could potentially offer just a brief moment to allow citizens and officials to brace themselves for such a hit. In the meantime, locals are trying to pick up the pieces and get back to business as usual.
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