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DALLAS (AP) — Authorities have begun to track down friends and family of the man diagnosed with the first case of Ebola in the United States. The man, who arrived in Dallas from Liberia on Sept. 19, is critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, says there was no risk of contagion to anyone on the plane because the man did not exhibit symptoms on the flight.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Secret Service says that despite extraordinary lapses, "The president is safe today." Julia Pierson heard withering criticism from Congress as she admitted failures in her agency's critical mission to protect the president and his family. But she repeatedly sidestepped questions about how a knife-carrying intruder eluded ring after ring of security before he was tackled in the East Room.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Family members in California can ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, the first law of its kind in the nation. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law today. Supporters of the measure say it could have prevented a deadly rampage had it been in effect in May, when a deadly rampage occurred near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Critics opposed the measure, saying it would erode gun rights.

DATELINE (AP) — They started out as high school sweethearts. But tonight The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb is dead and his wife has been detained for questioning. Daniel Crespo and his wife, Levette Crespo, were arguing when their 19-year-old son tried to intervene. Father and son began struggling, and police say Levette Crespo got a gun and shot her husband several times in the torso. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

DATELINE (AP) — Economists say September's dip in consumer confidence shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the months leading into the holidays. The index hit its highest level in seven years in August, and economists had expected a slight decline in September. But the size of the drop took them by surprise. Some suggested that heightened global tensions may be to blame.

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