A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa has landed safely in the U.S. and begun receiving care. Officials have yet to reveal the latest victim’s identity, but they disclosed that the patient is being treated in the same Emory University Hospital isolation unit where Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol through their recovery. The World Health Organization has made new adjustments to protocol for staffers fighting the deadly disease in West Africa, with living quarters that are separate from other agencies and larger work areas. The changes are the result of an internal investigation ordered by the U.N. group after a Senegalese epidemiologist with WHO tested positive for the disease, but a spokesperson for the agency said they do not plan to release the full findings of that report. On Monday, President Barack Obama pledged more American support for the effort to combat the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people in West Africa this year.
Janay defends Ray
One day after the NFL and Baltimore Ravens sacked Ray Rice indefinitely for domestic violence, his wife Janay is defending him. Video released by TMZ Monday shows Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator earlier this year, a move which has by most assessments destroyed Rice’s career and sparked a media firestorm that even the White House weighed in on. Janay, then his fiancée and now his wife, took to Instagram Tuesday morning to blast the NFL's decision and the media, writing, “To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific.” Meanwhile, the Associated Press obtained access to a longer and audio-rich version of the video in which the duo can be heard hurling obscenities at each other and Janay appears to spit in Ray’s face before he throws the knockout punch. The Ravens appear ready to do everything they can to distance themselves from the now disgraced player, tweeting Tuesday they will offer an exchange for Rice jerseys at stadium stores.
MH17: 'high-energy objects' to blame
Dutch authorities have released a report on the second major disaster to hit a Malaysia Airlines flight this year, finding that Flight 17’s crash was likely caused by several "high-energy objects” penetrating the body of the plane. The report comes a little less than two months after the aircraft fell from the sky and landed in territory held by pro-Russian separatists rebels in Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew on board, and the remains of many of the victims were returned home, but because of the ongoing conflict in the region, the Dutch investigators who issued the report have not visited the wreckage. According to the Associated Press, that "likely contributed to the board's cautious assessment of what happened."
Say farewell to food shopping as you know it
The oft-dreaded task of grocery shopping is about to get a whole lot easier. Whole Foods announced Monday that it had forged a partnership with Instacart, a service that hooks customers up with a personal shopper to do their weekly supermarket sweep and then deliver the items on your shopping list to your home. While Instacart has already made a splash in 15 cities across the U.S., Whole Foods has found a way to make the service even handier. Not only is the chain going to embed personal shoppers in the store, but it will also offer a pick-up model for consumers who just want to swing by and grab the bags after an Instacart employee does the heavy lifting. The partnership is shockingly symbiotic -- think of this as Whole Foods' way to boost business and Instacart's way to compete with big players like Amazon and Google in the grocery delivery biz. The pilot program will hit Boston and Austin first, before rolling out to other cities.
Dr. Seuss’ latest to hit shelves
Theodor Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss – died in 1991, but Random House Children’s Books has found a way to resurrect the author’s lesser seen talents. The publisher is releasing a quartet of Seuss’ short stories on Tuesday that were initially published in Redbook magazine way back in the 1950s, but never made it into the standard Seuss shuffle we know and love. The new collection, entitled ‘Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories,’ will include beloved characters already familiar to readers, but will also introduce some new names as well.
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