The United States has a second case of Ebola. ISIS marches on despite airstrikes. And a growing list of U.S. cities are changing their focus of Columbus Day.
It's Monday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
A second case at home: As the U.S. scrambles with the second Ebola case at home, concerns are growing about whether the nation's hospitals are equipped to prevent an outbreak. But federal officials said early detection highlights the high state of alert medical facilities are under since a Liberian man died of Ebola at a Texas hospital last week. The second case is a nurse who was taking care of him. The World Health Organization estimates 8,300 people have contracted Ebola during this year's outbreak in West Africa. Of those, more than 4,000 have died.
At the gates of Baghdad: ISIS fighters stand on the verge of victory on two fronts as poorly equipped local forces do their best to resist. The Islamist extremists appeared poised to take a key Syrian town along the Turkish border and an entire province on Baghdad's doorstep. Leaders in Iraq's Anbar province pleaded for U.S. ground troops to halt the group's rapid, relentless assault.
3. TROOPER SHOOTING
Chilling notes: Eric Matthew Frein allegedly left handwritten notes in the Pennsylvania woods describing his ambush of two state troopers, authorities said. "Friday September 12, got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped ... I took a follow up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that," the note reads, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Frein is suspected in last month's ambush that left one dead and one injured outside the State Police barracks in Blooming Grove. He's still on the run.
4. COLUMBUS DAY
Shift in holiday focus: Columbus Day often brings to mind the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. This Monday, some cities and states would rather you think of the Sioux, the Suquamish and the Chippewa. For the first time this year, Seattle and Minneapolis will recognize the second Monday in October as "Indigenous People's Day." The cities join a growing list of jurisdictions choosing to shift the holiday's focus from Christopher Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants.
5. ABUSE SCANDAL
Shocking hazing claims: At a New jersey high school, shame has emptied bleachers, silenced cheers and snuffed out the floodlights after allegations of sexual assault during hazing rites. Instead of hosting a homecoming game, seven Sayreville War Memorial High School players were taken into custody last week.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Bird fighting: This hawk decided that fighting a drone was a great idea. Let's hope it doesn't try that with a missile.
- He knows he's got it: This kid decided to go all diva after he realized he was on live television.
- Taking it to the street: That awesome moment when a Mormon missionary and a Michael Jackson impersonator held a dance-off.
- Enough with the cuteness! This baby raccoon is sick of getting tickled by humans.
- Letting a sleeping dog lie: This pooch is clearly the boss in this household.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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