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ATLANTA (AP) — President Barack Obama says the world is looking to the United States to address the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Obama says the U.S. embraces that responsibility. The president has been outlining new U.S. efforts to respond to the outbreak during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Obama is ordering 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to erect new facilities and train health workers. He says it's the largest international response in the history of the CDC.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is reiterating that ground troops won't be sent into a combat role in Iraq or Syria. That assurance follows today's appearance before a Senate panel by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Dempsey told senators that if Obama's strategy of expanding airstrikes and training Syrian rebels fails, he may recommend the use of U.S. ground forces.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terror organizations overseas. That's according to U.S. Attorney Andy Luger. Authorities have said a handful of people have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria. At least one man has died while fighting for the Islamic State. Two other cities will also participate. They have not been publicly named.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the HealthCare.gov website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk. The Government Accountability Office says the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the online system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails. HealthCare.gov was hacked last month, but no consumer information was stolen.
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing broadly higher as investors await the results of a key meeting by the Federal Reserve. The Dow rose 100 points. The S&P climbed 14 points, and the Nasdaq rose 33 points. Fed policy makers have started a two-day meeting, and many investors are wondering if the central bank will indicate that it is moving closer to raising its key interest rate because the economy keeps strengthening. The Fed has held the rate close to zero for more than five years.
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