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DALLAS (AP) — The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there was no risk to anyone on the plane with a man who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia and has now been diagnosed with Ebola. He's in critical condition in an isolation unit at a Dallas hospital. There are no other suspected cases in Texas, but health officials have started tracking the patient's friends and family who may have had close contact. The disease is not contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.
WASHINGTON (AP) — First an armed intruder in the White House and now an armed security contractor with three criminal convictions allowed on the same elevator with President Barack Obama. The Secret Service confirmed the elevator incident, which happened in Atlanta three days before the intruder made it into the mansion. The Washington Post reports the contractor's criminal history was discovered after agents questioned him about refusing to stop using a cellphone to record the president.
BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens has been shot to death and his wife is in custody. A spokesman for Los Angeles County sheriff's office says Mayor Daniel Crespo and wife Levette Crespo had argued. Their 19-year-old son tried to intervene.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The police chief in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says a police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting were "completely unacceptable." Chief Gorden Eden says the officer used profanity to describe a mentally ill homeless man who was fatally shot by the officer and another officer. The comments were captured by a dashboard camera on a state trooper's car about two hours before the shooting.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Legislation has been drafted in Jamaica to decriminalize marijuana on the Caribbean island. Use of the drug is common, but it has been illegal for a century. Possession of 2 ounces or less would be reclassified as a petty offense. And adherents of the Rastafarian spiritual movement who ritually smoke marijuana, which they consider a "holy herb," would not be subject to arrest.
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