Ebola claims the life of a doctor fighting the disease in Africa. Another truce offer falls by the wayside in the Mideast. And the U.S. and Europe hit Russia with new sanctions.
It's Wednesday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. EBOLA DOCTOR DEATH
"RIP Dr. Khan": A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan fell ill early last week while overseeing Ebola treatment at a government hospital. This disease typically kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60% because of early treatment. The outbreak is happening primarily in three West African countries: Guinea, where it began, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
2. MIDEAST CRISIS
No truce: There's lots of finger pointing in the Middle East where Hamas and Israel are blaming one another for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people dead. The latest efforts to broker a deal to end the violence failed yesterday, with Hamas rejecting a cease-fire proposal put forward by the Palestinian Authority that called for a 24-hour truce that could be extended to 72 hours. Hamas maintains that any deal must include an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israel says any truce must protect it against tunnels used by Palestinian militants in Gaza to make their way into Israel.
3. UKRAINE – AIRLINER CRASH SITE
Dangerous area: Nearly two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile, the Dutch investigators in charge of finding out what happened still can't get to the crash site. Pro-Russian rebels control the area of eastern Ukraine where the Boeing 777 went down on July 17. They gave Malaysian officials the plane's "black boxes" on July 22. The rebels have also handed over some human remains from the site. As of Monday, 227 coffins had been sent to the Netherlands. There were 298 people on board when the plane crashed.
4. RUSSIA SANCTIONS
Upping the ante: The U.S. and European Union have unleashed a new round of sanctions on Moscow. The move targets Russia's state-owned banks, weapons makers and oil companies, along with top cronies of President Vladimir Putin. The idea is to punish Russia for arming pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, and it's suspected role in providing the surface-to-air missile that's believed to have brought down the Malaysia Airlines jet in the conflict zone.
5. VETERANS AFFAIRS AUDIT
Hide the truth: A new internal Veterans Affairs audit shows about half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment. Schedulers said supervisors directed them to manipulate information so their centers could meet performance goals, which would help top officials get bonuses, according to documents obtained by CNN. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned over the scandal in May.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Yee-haw: We hesitate to call this dancing, so let's just say that Bronco's QB Peyton Manning is kicking up his heels to "Rocky Top" at football camp.
- Spooky: Where's a ghost hunter when you need one? Closed-circuit video appears to show a chair moving at a theater (or is that theatre?) in the United Kingdom. Oh, and a bit of background, this happened just a few hours after a medium had been on stage.
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- For our OCD friends: Here's three minutes of heaven for those of you who must organize EVERYTHING. Well, actually, it's 3:05. You're welcome. Those extra five seconds would have driven you nuts.
- Neverland: Five-year-old Sadie is upset by the whole notion of getting older, especially the thought of her little brother growing up. But is he upset? No. Little bro finds the sob-fest amusing.
- Stuffed: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck .... Oops, reboot. How many almonds would a chipmunk stuff, if a chipmunk could stuff almonds?
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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