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monday. a huge explosion, signs of a coalition air strike rocking kobani this morning. a massive blast sending smoke and debris in the air. it comes as isis continues the bloody march through the town along the border with turkey. nick walsh joins me from this area. we were reporting about the this eerie silence that's fallen over kobani. that's not the case this morning. fill us in. >> reporter: yeah, that broke this morning into what many have been observing since the start says, one of the worst days they've seen in terms of consistent noise of fighting and explosions that rocked the city. we've seen four which most likely were large enough to suggest they were air strikes, possibly more. it's always hard to tell exactly where the blast comes from. they seem to be targeting the center of the city. as i say, it's hard to tell
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who's exchanging what part of territory, where kurds are pushing back. isis have advantage. kurds can't resupply themselves with ammunition and food and water here. it's suggest issing where the actual strikes are would lead you to think maybe isis still have good control of the center of the towns certainly. there's been a lot of discussion too about moves to try and take that key official border crossing with turkey there. the turkish military telling kurds to stay away from it. they've been aiming for that quite some time. one interesting thing, we have seen down in the town it seems 50 men walking in single file quickly down one of the roads there. they didn't appear to be armed. we didn't quite know where they were going. they were heading turkish to isis held parts of those towns.
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just signs of a lot of activity down there. the sheer number of explosions suggesting the battle is reaching high pitch. >> the u.s. military says air strikes aren't going to save this city from falling to militants. any idea the specific target or purpose of this morning's strike? >> reporter: they seem to be concentrated in one particular part which does seem to be near the administrative center of the city. it's hard from this distance to be completely sure as to what they are. about four or five larger explosions seem to have come from around there. some could be air strikes, some could be explosions caused by isis. a lot of big blasts which we think were probably launched by coalition jets have been to the east which suggests they found positions they're comfortable enough hitting with large amounts of ordnances. simply the fact they're seeing most of the blast in the city center does suggest the kurds
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haven't achieved their goal of pushing isis too far back towards the east. we see militants with control of substantial parts of the city itself. ana? >> stay safe throughout. we pivot to the neighboring country. isis militants forced the iraqi military to abandon to a base outside the city. if they retreat, it gives extremists more control over the doorstep to baghdad. u.s. defense secretary hagel tried to calm fears over the weekend about the battle and isis take over let's listen. >> iraqi forces are in full control of baghdad and continue to strengthen position miin baghdad. we continue to help them with air strikes and with our assistance and advisors which i
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have at the direction of president obama added to our numbers there. i think in iraq today, with our coalition partners, we are up around 300 air strikes. >> so joining me now to discuss more about this, cnn senior international correspondent ben weedman live in baghdad and cnn james spider marks with me in new york. let's start with you ben. does isis want baghdad? could they overtake this city of 9 million? >> that they want it i don't think there's doubt. could they take it? i seriously doubt it. this is a large city, almost 9 million people. the majority of the population is shia, very hostile to isis. more than anything, isis would like to disable baghdad international airport which is not only a civilian airport but also military hardware out there
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including the u.s. apache helicopters. if they could, they would like to put that airport out of commission for it's military value and also for symbolic value. baghdad itself, too much trouble for an army rather a fighting group that doesn't really have that many men to field. they're trying to maintain order among a hostile population would be too much for them to deal with making life for them [ bleep ] is on their agenda. >> it's an organization that has operated much like an official army. general marks, given isis' track record and the u.s.' underestimating of isis many in the past, is it too many mauch think isis could take baghdad? >> isis has no desire to take
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baghdad. they're interested in trying to disrupt operations in and around baghdad. isis would deplete itself trying to take bag dad. number one, you can't get in the city. the military is in baghdad. they'd be going against the best military iraq has to present. if they were to get into the city, how do you administer it? it would be a horribly bloody fight. isis doesn't need to take that on. there's psychological damage by doing damage to the airport as indicated. >> you mention had the could be a target of theirs. they've come within eight miles. so close in fact the coalition launched apache helicopters to try and go protect it. that's a serious concern. >> absolutely. isis is in a position where they've launched morter attacks into the inner portions of the city. that gives a sense of proximity. these could be harassing attacks where they shoot and withdraw.
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it has psychological advantage to isis. they use this in publication and marketing routines to great effect that really just continues to feed and recruitment process. >> i want to talk to you more about that ben. how might isis have an impact in the capital city even if the terrorist group doesn't control baghdad? i'm unfortunately i'm learning we don't have ben anymore. maybe you can talk about that. you can talk about the psyche of the iraqi people. perhaps that's is isis' goal when it comes to surrounding baghdaded? >> baghdad is an incredibly tough nut to crack. they're not able to do that. as i suggested, they probably don't want to try to do that. any amount of success they can enjoy on the ground just feeds their propaganda machine and really enhances their recruiting capabilities. most the folks they're trying to
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recruit are self-radicalized. this is a destination video. this is a place to go to get involved. that's what we see now. this becomes a great deal for isis. this is a major major challenge for the international community as we recognize isis and try to gavinize. >> it's significant because they've taken it. the significance of kobani by itself doesn't matter. there's a number of the group in turkey. anything that would strengthen assad and decrease the ability of isis, turkey is not in favor of it. that's why we see the incredible standoff. it's hard to understand why turkey doesn't get involved. >> if isis takes kobani, it could take a 60 mile long stretch of the border essentially. >> sure. it's at a big deal for isis to
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take kobani and big deal for us to acknowledge its fallen. strategically in the operational sense it's not significant. it's a big deal. we need to insure that turkey is on board to take additional next steps. >> general marks, thanks for your information. ben widleman, thanks to him as well. as isis gobbles up territory in syria and iraq, there are new concerns closer to home. homeland security officials and the fbi are issuing new warnings about the threat of isis rallying home grown terrorists to attack here in the u.s. the potential targets according to the intel from online chat are u.s. law enforcement, even news media could be targets. joining me now, phillip mudd. we're not talking necessarily about isis fighters, rather sympathizers who are controlling
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extremist websites, social media. how serious do you view this threat? >> i think it's pretty serious because you can't look at u.s. in isolation. you've got to look at us in context of what's happening in australia. we see isis linked arrest and europe where we see isis activity. this is tough for law enforcement to follow. historically you can follow terror groups by looking at center of the group and determining how they're sending out operatives from the center. in this case you can't do that. there's potentially a kid in chicago, new york or washington simply looking at video online and saying as we saw in europe or australia, i'm going to do it here in the united states. it's tough to stop that. >> fbi says isis has shown success in the online campaign to recruit fighters. this is a call for westerners to go join in the fight. it doesn't require travel or
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really even conversations. someone could read it and want to act on it. how difficult does it make detection? >> detection is difficult. you're looking at kids sitting around two or three of them. the kid starts saying, hey, nobody is doing anything. we're going to organize our own cell. if they don't have connectivity with the group that is traveled, communications, you have to depend on them making a mistake. three or four kids sitting around a room, it's hard to find vulnerability. the likelihood in the united states is higher from kids simply affiliated with the isis idea than with the actual isis group. it's tough to stop. >> how does the u.s. government stop or combat that online propaganda? >> there's a couple ways you can do this. the first obviously is look for people talking about acts of violence online. there's 330 million people.
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there's a debate in the country about how appropriate hit is for national security agency, cia and fbi to watch people online. you've got to balance looking for people with the civil liberties we have in this country. the chance there are people engaged in talking about acts of violence in this country now that we don't know about that's fbi is really high. you can't follow everybody in an open society. >> that's scare controversy certainly. phillip mudd, thanks for your insight. >> thank you. still to come, it is the first case of ebola transmission in the u.s. now a dallas nurse at the hospital and hazmat crews decontaminate her apartment. we are following the developments out of dallas with elizabeth. >> hi. we're learning more about what might have caused the breach in protocol that may have led to the nurse being infected with ebola. i'll have that after the break.
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now more training is in the works for thousands of health care worker across the country. the cdc is planning a nationwide conference call tomorrow. the world health organization says of more than 4,000 ebola deaths during this recent outbreak, one in 20 have been health care workers. elizabeth cohen is outside the dallas hospital where the nurse is being treated. elizabeth, i understand you have new information for us. what can you tell us? >> i can tell you an official tells me that up until yesterday, workers like this nurse were not getting daily visits from health authorities. they thought while taking care of mr. duncan they were wearing protective gear and must have been protected. as we see in the case of the nurse, that is not exactly what happened. this morning hazmat crews continue to decontaminate the dallas apartment of the first
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person to contract ebola in the u.s. a female nurse tested positive for the disease saturday night after officials say she had extensive contact with the now deceased ebola patient thomas duncan. the cdc says the nurse was wearing protective gear, gown, gloves, mask and the infection could have resulted when she took the contaminated gear off. >> the care of ebola can be done safely, but it's hard to do. >> the cdc says two procedures performed on duncan at the end of his life, intubation and dialysis were rare. >> as the crisis continues, health care workers across the u.s. say nurses haven't been adequately trained. >> we are following they have not followed properly protocol when we have been asking
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hospitals throughout the country to provide us with training. >> this as another possible ebola patient who rep cently travelled to liberia is isolated in a boston hospital complaining of aches and headaches. the medical center is a waiting results from the man. the chances he has ebola are extremely low they say. meanwhile, more scares over the weekend. on sunday a female passenger who recently travelled to africa became ill on a u.s. airlines flight. ebola was quickly ruled out. >> an official tells me there may been inconsistencies in the type of protective gear this nurse used and inconsistencies in the process she used to put the gear on and more importantly to take the infected gear off. >> it seems like it's trial by fire with ebola cases here in the u.s. we heard the doctor talk about new recommendations about limiting the number of people in contact with ebola patients in
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the u.s. as well as limiting procedures. i want to ask about the intubation and dialysis procedures you mentioned. why are they in question? >> intubation and dialysis are last a ditch efforts you use to save a patient. doctors tell me there's not a chance really that patient is going to live. you're doing these procedures for the tiny chance the patient will live. these procedures involve possibly coming in contact with bodily fluids. there's thinking here. why are doctors doing these procedures when they probably won't help the patient, but there's a high likelihood they could hurt a worker? >> thanks so much. this new ebola case of course highlights the dangers nurses and other health care workers face. is it a question of whether they need better training or perhaps whether the protocols aren't working? william shafer in is the chair of medicine.
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thanks for being here. we know the cdc has specific guidelines dealing with ebola. we hear the protocol might have been breached. what does that entail and how can he be so sure? >> ana, it's al as follows. the nurse as far as the reports go noticed no breach in her int int interactions with the patient, no breach in her cowork. we go to the area in which the hazard is great, maybe greater than actual kalcontact with the patient. namely taking off protective gear at the end of your shift. it has to be according to protocol one thing after another in a specified fashion. you have to take your time doing it because in that context you can contaminate yourself.
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in fact that's so important we often ask a buddy to watch you and coach you while you're doing it. although that's important, let me get in a word. i have the informal information that there has been a patient in the united states with ebola infection who needed dialysis and ventilator support who actually recovered after the use of those procedures. that's informal information. so we shouldn't rule them out in ebola patients. >> so doctor, is it a question of proper training then do you think? should local hospitals and health care workers are prepared to deal with ebola? >> we're renewing training procedures so that people feel comfortable in doing that. we're going to get them to get in and get out of this equipment
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numerous times until we can assert that they are confident and competent in doing this. i think these events are necessary and appropriate lessons for hospitals all across the country. we've got to redouble our efforts, such that should a patient with ebola come to our institution, we are really comfortably readied to give them just not only excellent care but safe care. >> on that note, there has been an ongoing debate about where ebola patients in the u.s. should be treated. i'd like to get your take. should patients only be treated at four containment units in the u.s. not regular hospitals? >> that's an ongoing debate. let me make the point. these patients can come to any hospital's emergency room.
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that group has to be well aware and confident. then we're not going to transfer patients right out of the emergency room. they're going to have to be admitted to the hospital to be evaluated and stabilize and certified that they're not too ill to transport. then who knows, maybe we'll get a patient that is so sick transport is not possible. we're going to have to take care of the patient in the hospital. so hospitals are going to have to be ready to care for patients regardless. >> good point. doctor shafener thanks for your time. we appreciate your expertise. >> thank you. still to come, a high school program now tarnished. the season is over and players face serious charges. andy scholes has this story. >> a high school team won't be playing anymore this season
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including sexual a sought. seven players now face charges. the prosecutors allege these incidents happened in the locker room as part of a hazing ritual. this is a team that's gone to the state championships in the past. andy scholes is following this story. >> hey ana. these allegations rocked the entire community. this team has won state championships three of past four years. their season is cancelled after hazing allegations in the locker room. older players allegedly turned off the lights and filled the room and sexually harassed four freshman players in four separate incidents. according to the from andrew kerry, the older players held the victims against their will while other defendants improperly touched the victims in a sexual manner. seven players who have been arrested for charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault and criminal restraint. over the weekend the town held a
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vigil outside the school to show support for the victims. >> i hope this lets the victims know we're here to support them and we feel this is not acceptable. we're here because of them. >> where was the coaching staff? where were the grown ups supposed to be super vising students? we need to understand their responsibility and where their accountability lies. >> number one concern is a child will grow despondent over there, will not though how to handle it and do something rash which children and teens have a tendency to do. this is about preventing that. >> seven players arrested range from 15 to 17 years old. the big question now ana is whether or not they'll be tried as juveniles or adults. if tried as adults and convicted of sexual assault, they could face up to 20 years in prison. >> very serious consequences. andy, thank you. still to come, a new case of ebola adding to fears and even confusion about how this deadly virus is spread. after the cdc says protocol was
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is what the cdc says is to blame for the latest case of ebola in the u.s. while the agency isn't providing specifics, we know there are died lines for those that enter an ebola patient's room which includes wearing at a minimum gloves, gowns, goggles, face shields to protect the eyes and a face mask. now a nurse's union is pushing back on cdc claims saying agency is blaming hospital workers when workers aren't receiving the proper training. >> we're seeing that caregivers who are not being adequately trained are being blamed and we're hearing that they have not followed proper protocol. we have been asking hospitals throughout the country to provide us with training that allows us to ask questions, training about how to put on the proper and optimal level of personnel protection equipment. >> joining me now, dr. yazman,
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ale dallas morning news staff writer, former detective for the cdc. great to have you with us. an official with knowledge of this situation says there were inconsistencies in the type of gear worn and how it was put on and taken off. we were talking about the nurse who has ebola in dallas. with this support the nurse's union claim they are not being properly trained perhaps. >> ana i heard this actually when i did a walk through in a local hospital a few days ago, nurses coming off the night shift said we're scared about ebola and don't feel prepared. the way this hospital responded, the hospital i visited a few days ago said let's train again. let's retrain again and again and make sure everybody feels prepared. cdc has issued guidelines but it's not enough to have stuck those on the wall this the emergency room. you have to practice over and
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over to make sure you get those protocols right. >> we don't know the details of this so called protocol breach, but what would you suspect? >> there's a few scenarios that could have happened. sometimes health care workers are understandably in a rush. it may be that someone forgot a vital piece of equipment. other times while in the midst of caring for a patient, things happen like a tear in the gloves that you may not realize. there's potential exposures that could have put this nurse sadly at risk. sometimes when you backtrack to find what happened, you can't find an exact answer. >> earlier we were talking to elizabeth cohen and dr. shafner. the doctor said on our air informally he has heard those owe procedures have saved the
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lives of other ebola patient as recently. are you hearing that as well? >> absolutely. we know with ebola patients sometimes they walk manyin a cl talking and over a few days health can deteriorate. they may need to go on a ventilator or need dialysis. those procedures are considered high risk for transmitting ebola to health care workers with intubation. there's lots of saliva and secretions that spray when you do that to a patient. with dialysis, you're coming in large contacts with blood. those are high risk procedures. >> it feels to some that cdc is throwing out recommendations to see what sticks. this is one of the recommendations to reduce procedures that could add to confusion for people that aren't properly trained or used to dealing with ebola patients. could that be a concern? >> well, the cdc obviously is basing their guidelines and
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protocols on evidence. it's based on what they know about ebola as of now. it's a relatively new virus ana. we're still learning about it. you do want to do two things. number one, you want to minimize the number of staff that come into contact with the patient. you want to keep that number as low as possible. secondly, you want to minimize the number of procedures you do including dialysis and putting them on the ventilator. when they deteriorate as much as duncan did here in dallas, sometimes you have to have those kinds of procedures. >> i want to follow the nbc freelance photographer in the hospital fighting for his life in nebraska. we know nbc chief correspondent nancy schneiderman is under mandatory quarantine after she was spotted out in new jersey after working with the camera man who tested positive. if someone with schneiderman's
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background won't comply with a volunta voluntary quarantine, how can we expect others to? >> there's legal authorities in some areas to put people in quarantine. we try to use those as rarely as possible. they can be intimidating. we try to educate people, inform them of how important it is for their health and health of their community. >> thanks so must have. >> thank you. still to come, more protests around st. louis. a day of action follows a weekend of resistance. cnn stephanie elam is in ferguson. >> reporter: the weekend may be over, but that doesn't mean they're done with the protests. we'll tell you what is in store
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ferguson protestors demanding charges against the police officer who killed michael brown. they're still holding a series of actions today. this morning's events follow a weekend of resistance in the st. louis area including this overnight demonstration that grew to about 1,000 people. cnn stephanie is staying on top of developments from ferguson and joins me now. stephanie? >> reporter: ana, last night we did see more people coming out to protest.
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there was a community meeting of sorts at st. louis university where 2,000 people were in attendance. some of the protestors wanting to voice concerns. one woman saying if you are not upset by the body of a dead 18-year-old young man lying in the streets if hours then you are not human. she was saying that. there was commentary from people who have been activists for yeayear s coming here to voice concerns. one was a professor and activist from princeton university. this is what he had to say last night. take a are listen. >> everybody knows if you shoot somebody down, you're supposed to be arrested. that's a if fundamental bet. >> and after that moment that they had together, the community meeting had marches of 200 that took to the streets.
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we understand police officers were out in riot gear. there was no confrontation. the marchers just marched passed the police officer. no arrests. the intent was to keep it peaceful, something that has been challenging on other nights. as far as ferguson goes, this movement here in missouri over this weekend continues on today with what they call moral monday. we're outside a church in ferguson where we know people are gathering to continue this today. there's day planned of civil disobedience. we'll be here monitoring it as this continues all because they want the focus on the death of mike brown to not be forgotten. they want the arrest of officer wilson that shot him august 9th. >> so good to hear the protests have remained peaceful. that's what everybody is hoping to see. thank you so much stephanie. still to come, women are
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♪ i'll be taking care of business everyday ♪ taking care of business everywhere ♪ taking care of business, it's all right ♪ taking care of business and working overtime suppose snows any of of that familiar? when it comes to putting money away for retirement, women are doing the right things. we are more likely to enroll in 401(k)s then men. we're more likely to stock away a bigger percentage of pay. why are women lagging behind men in overall savings amounts? let's bring in cnn's christine romans. something isn't adding up. >> women are better safvers but the size of their 401(k) balance, men have a bigger balance on average. it's something like $121,000 that men have compared with women's $78,000. a few different reasons. one is even though women put more of their paycheck into their 401(k), men tend to make more money so they have more
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money going in even if they have a smaller percentage. women work about 12 fewer years on average than men. they take time off for having babies and raising small children. also they are still the gender more likely to take care of an aging parent so they have fewer years throughout working. now this is just 401(k). they are losing the retirement savings game if you look at the 401(k). some might have other assets or might be in a marriage or relationship where the other person has a bigger 401(k) and this is one big pot of money but when you look at the vanguard results, when they're saving, they're investing but men still have more money. >> it's not fair. women should ask for more raises. >> that's the story of the week, right? you can ask for a raise and do something about the wage gap that will disparity. still to come, oscar pistorius in court may be on the verge of going to prison. we'll have the latest as his sentencing hearing gets under way. when a pro at any 2014 pga tour event sinks a hole-in-one,
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checking top stories this morning, in south africa, a one-time sports here voe back in court today to determine whether he will go to prison. oscar pistorius awaits sentencing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. now, pistorius, a double amputee whose prosthetics and his world class speed earned him the nickname "blade runner" says he mistook her as an intruder. in hong kong, the three week long pro-democracy protests turned rowdy. dozens of men tried to tear down barricades protesters used to block roads around the city's financial district. now, the men taking those barricades claim to be cab drivers and other small business owners who have been losing money because of these protesters clogging the streets in the city. there's a new development in the manhunt for a suspected cop killer, eric frein in pennsylvania. a law enforcement official now tells cnn searchers have
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uncovered a second encampment where they believe he has been hiding out since last month's ambush of those two state troopers, killing one of them. authorities are hoping for new leads as the seasons change and trees lose their leaves and a military search plane might be more effective. a toddler from michigan who had that respiratory illness known as enterovirus has died. this is the second case where somebody has died. hospital officials say madeline reid died friday in detroit. she had been on life support for a month. nearly 700 cases of the virus have been reported in 46 states. it's been linked to at least five deaths and health officials believe those numbers could still go up. >> this particular strain of virus has become easier to spread this year and also there may not be as much protection that children have against this particular strain. >> there is no targeted treatment or vaccine for enterovirus d-68, a very harmful strain of a common virus.
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children most vulnerable. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" begins right now. happening now in the newsroom, new air strikes in kobani, syria, sending smoke and debris rocketing hundreds of feet into the air. the new offensive as isis also threatens a province on baghdad's doorstep. leaders there begging for u.s. boots on the ground. the cdc call it a breach of protocol. new details on the first foreign contract ebola inside the usa nurse wearing protective gear now diagnosed with this deadly virus. and shocking video you have to see to believe. a man pops out of a subway great, chucks a smoke bomb into this restaurant. now the nypd is looking for this guy who they say escaped back down the hatch.


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