Police are looking for more victims in northwest Indiana. A freelance cameraman who had Ebola is now virus-free. And an American newspaper icon is dead.
It's Wednesday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. INDIANA SERIAL KILLER
Looking for answers: Seven women are dead in northwest Indiana, but are there more? Authorities in Gary and Hammond are searching for answers in the thousands of vacant structures that litter the area. Authorities say Darren Deon Vann - the man who, according to police documents, admitted strangling a woman inside a Hammond Motel 6 room - confessed to killing six others and led police to their bodies in Gary. Vann has been charged in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, the woman whose body was found in Hammond.
Virus-free: Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo no longer has the Ebola virus in his bloodstream and will be allowed to leave Nebraska Medical Center, the hospital said yesterday. The 33-year-old was working for NBC News when he tested positive for Ebola in Liberia. Mukpo spent about two weeks at the hospital in Omaha, which said he can head back home to Rhode Island today.
3. COLORADO TEENS AND SYRIA
Would-be extremists: Three teenage girls who set off from a Denver suburb to join extremists fighting in Syria are back home after their parents alerted authorities, U.S. officials said. The trio was stopped when their flight landed in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday, after the FBI had flagged their passports. They were flown back to Denver on Sunday. It's not exactly clear how the girls planned their trip or how they were going to make their way to Syria, but authorities say their ultimate plan was to try to join extremists fighting there. The FBI has spoken to the teens and interviewed their families. At this point, the agency says, they're not facing any charges.
4. BEN BRADLEE
He made a difference: Ben Bradlee, the iconic editor of The Washington Post, has died. He was 93. Bradlee made his mark as executive editor of The Post from 1968 to 1991. He oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal, which ultimately brought the downfall of President Richard Nixon. Just a few years earlier, The Post and The New York Times decided to publish the Pentagon Papers, leaked classified documents that showed that the war in Vietnam was not going as political leaders and military brass portrayed it. Bradlee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2013.
5. AMERICAN RELEASED BY NORTH KOREA
Back home: Jeffrey Fowle is back in the United States. The American was arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors. Fellow Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae continue to be held by the regime. Bae, a Korean-American missionary, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in 2013. Miller was accused of tearing up his tourist visa and seeking asylum upon entry. In a CNN interview last month, all three called on the U.S. government to send an envoy to North Korea to help get them out of their situations. Former President Bill Clinton did something similar in 2009 to help secure the release of two journalists.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Super smart: This baby knows more than just your basic ABCs.
- Another day, another stunt: Watch a dirt bike do a back flip over a stunt plane.
- Pure joy: Butch the Siberian husky sure loves to play in the leaves.
- LED Mouseketeer: Some dads just make the rest of us look bad. Check out this supercool Halloween costume.
- Now that's windy: When's the last time you saw a waterfall flowing uphill? That's what we thought.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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