Airport screenings for Ebola cases may pick up. Democracy protesters in Hong Kong ignore a police clear-out deadline. And ISIS is on the verge of a big gain.
It's Monday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. EBOLA SCREENING
Not so easy: As Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan slid into critical condition over the weekend, word spread that U.S. airports may beef up screenings to catch new cases, as they arrive in the country. "All options are on the table,” a federal official said. But it may not be that simple. Not too many flights come here directly from Ebola-affected countries, so many passengers take roundabout routes. That makes it harder to track them down.
2. HONG KONG PROTESTS
Deadline day: Police are telling pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that today is the day to clear out. But the demonstrators say they're not going anywhere. Better elections is what it will take to move them, they say. Other than that, neither side is sticking its chest out – no police crackdown. And protesters have unblocked traffic to let government employees get to work.
3. HANNAH GRAHAM
Please tell us: Where’s our daughter? The anguished parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham want to know. In an emotional video plea, they beg anyone who may know anything about where she is to come forward. Graham has been missing since mid-September.
Gaining ground: ISIS is getting closer to capturing a key city that would mark not just a huge strategic victory, but would also deal a devastating blow to the Syrian Kurds trapped by the group's violent campaign. The city of Kobani sits near the Turkish border and would give ISIS a complete swath of land between its self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, and Turkey - a stretch of more than 100 kilometers.
The search resumes: The next phase in the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has begun. The GO Phoenix vessel arrived in the search area in the southern Indian Ocean and started its search yesterday. Two more ships will arrive within the month, and together they will sweep the ocean with sonar for the lost plane. The disappearance of MH370 may be the greatest mystery in the history of commercial flight.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Winging it: A bird's eye view of Paris from a camera strapped to an eagle.
- Leapin' lizards: That's a lemur. Did you know they could hop like kangaroos?
- Rabbit-proof fence. Not: Bunny enclosure all set up, and it runs right through it like it's not even there.
- Red carpet treatment: Mark Donnelly skates and sings the Canadian national anthem, until the red carpet trips him up.
- Cappuccino art: Hearts, leaves, smiles, but a 3-D VW drawn on top of your cappuccino?
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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Majestic eagle's eye view of majestic Paris is breathtaking. Mark Donnelly didn't miss one word after he tripped. What a trouper!!!!!!!! Beautiful cappuccino artwork!!!!!!!!
"But it may not be that simple. Not too many flights come here directly from Ebola-affected countries, so many passengers take roundabout routes. That makes it harder to track them down."
But if they're coming in from a foreign country....don't they need to have a passport? And doesn't a person's passport give a history of the countries that person has visited ? So then they need to look through people's passports. If is shows a visa from Liberia or other affected country within the last year....then they get closer screening. It's not perfect....but it's simple and would help.
Has State Department restricted issuance of VISAs in Ebola affected countries?
No travel restrictions are currently in place, though there are discussions about increasing the screening process.
More at CNN.com/Ebola.