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Ebola worries some Dallas parents ... Islamic State group advances on Kurds... Muslims head to Mecca

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DALLAS (AP) — Some parents in Dallas are keeping their children home from school today after learning that several other students may have come in contact with the man who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus after flying from Liberia to Texas. School administrators are urging calm, and they say none of the children are showing symptoms. The infected man had traveled to the U.S. to visit family, and he didn't show symptoms until several days after his arrival. But a hospital in Dallas sent him home the first time he reported feeling sick.

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Kurdish fighter says U.S.-led airstrikes are not stopping militants from the Islamic State group from advancing on the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Turkish border. The northern Kurdish town has been under assault by extremists since mid-September. Kurdish fighters say they're preparing for street battles.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokesman says President Barack Obama believes that new leadership is required at the Secret Service. Agency Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned yesterday following her testimony before Congress concerning multiple security breaches. Lawmakers pounced on Pierson when questioned Tuesday about September's fence jumper, who, with a knife, walked through the White House front door.

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An estimated 2 million Muslims are streaming into a sprawling tent city near Mecca for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Today, the pilgrims are heading to Mina (MEE'-nah), about three miles from Mecca, where they'll spend the night in prayer and supplication. Missing from this year's hajj are pilgrims from countries hardest-hit by the Ebola virus. Saudi Arabia has banned hajj and work visas this year for people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament is being accused of treating Muslim women as second-class citizens. Visitors to the Parliament House who wear veils or any facial covering are now restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy groups so lawmakers won't wonder about their identity. It's one of the latest counterterrorism measures announced today. Sen. Christine Milne, leader of the minor Greens party, calls the new measure appalling.

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