BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and the disclosure that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis. By Jim Kuhnhenn. Eds: House committee schedule to meet at noon EDT.
UNITED NATIONS — The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the United Nations still hasn’t reached over 750,000 people in need of food in West Africa as prices spiral and farms are abandoned. By Edith M. Lederer.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate race in Kentucky looks as if it could stand as the model for what looks increasingly likely to be the Democratic Party’s failed battle to fend off the Republican bid to take control of Senate in midterm elections next month. By Steven R. Hurst.
UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE
WASHINGTON — A barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani, including 39 over the past two days, has killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters and has stiffened the city’s Kurdish defenders, the Pentagon’s spokesman says. By Robert Burns.
CARIBBEAN-RIGHTS FOR DISABLED
KINGSTON, Jamaica — For years, many disabled children in the Caribbean didn’t go to school and were generally kept out of sight at home. When they got older, finding a job was next to impossible due to pervasive prejudice and social stigma. But nations are beginning to provide resources and basic protections, including forbidding workplace discrimination. By David McFadden.
HAMILTON, Bermuda — People on this small British territory hurry to get ready for Hurricane Gonzalo, which is churning toward Bermuda as a major Category 3 storm just days after a tropical storm damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines. By Josh Ball.
TIXTLA, Mexico —Mexican authorities send horse-mounted patrols and officers witssh trained dogs up into the hills around the city of Iguala in an expanded search for 43 college students missing since a clash with police last month. By Christopher Sherman. ssss
ST LUCIA-EBOLA-TRAVEL BAN
KINGSTON, Jamaica — St. Lucia in the Caribbean island and Colombia in South America announce they are barring entry to travelers who have been in West African nations grappling with Ebola.
By David McFadden.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WASHINGTON — The turbulence that’s roiling financial markets is punishing stock investors, raising worries for major U.S. companies, and will likely produce even punier returns for savers. By Christopher S. Rugaber.
DALLAS — News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travelers to avoid flying. By David Koenig.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Pena, the versatile Cuban-American actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as “Lone Star” and comedic parts in TV shows like “Modern Family,” has died. She was 55. By Derrik J. Lang.