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NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a bleak day on Wall Street, where the Dow industrials have been more than 200 points lower in afternoon trading. Stocks sank on disappointing economic news. Airline stocks were hit hard over concerns that a confirmed Ebola case in the United States would cause people to travel less.

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a handful of school-aged children who had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola are being monitored. He says health officials learned today that the children have been identified as having had contact with the man. The unidentified man has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas since Sunday. He's the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Authorities say members of the ambulance crew who transported the man and members of his family are among the 12 to 18 people being monitored after exposure to the man.

BEIJING (AP) — There are indications in China that the government is losing patience with the protests by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. Until now, the government in Beijing has said little, beyond declaring the protests illegal and supporting the efforts of Hong Kong's chief executive to end them. But now, an editorial read on China's main TV broadcaster said all Hong Kong residents should support authorities as they "deploy police enforcement decisively" and "restore the social order in Hong Kong as soon as possible."

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican lawmaker says he wants Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job. And a senior House Democrat also says he's not comfortable with leading the agency -- but he later said he hasn't decided whether Pierson should lose her job. Pierson was grilled by lawmakers yesterday over a September 19th incident involving a Texas Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and was able to make it deep into the executive mansion before being stopped. It's now just one of several embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security that just keep coming for the Secret Service.

MONROE, Conn. (AP) — A bomb threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Police say the school building and grounds were checked and no evidence of danger was found. A gunman killed 20 first-grade students and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in December 2012. The students resumed classes in a school in the neighboring town of Monroe, also called Sandy Hook Elementary School. The original school was torn down last year.

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