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Texas hospital, nurses union trade barbs over Ebola protocols, CDC director to testify on Hill

The Texas hospital where the first U.S. patient with Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, died last week and two of his nurses have since contracted the disease is pushing back against allegations from a nurses' union that the facility did not follow proper protocols in Duncan's treatment.

Blasted over White House security breaches, Pierson resigns as Secret Service director

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Oct. 1, just one day after she testified about an Sept. 19 incident in which a man jumped the fence and ran inside the White House before being subdued.

Analyst faults Obama administration's inaction in Syria giving rise to terrorist group ISIL

The Obama administration made a miscalculation when it didn't intervene in the Syrian civil war, leading to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, said a foreign policy analyst at a recent panel discussion.

More than 10,000 new Ebola cases weekly by mid November if outbreak left unchecked, WHO says

Despite a massive international effort to curb the spread of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, which was formally declared six months ago, healthcare experts say there could be 10,000 cases weekly by mid-November, if left unchecked.

UN boosts effort to combat Ebola in West Africa, says $1B needed over next 6 months

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is launching a new emergency health mission to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well as a "20-fold increase" in international assistance.

USDA provides loans to improve rural electricity service, invest in smart grids

The department will spend more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives in 15 states – part of nearly $50 billion that it has invested in infrastructure improvements in the past five years. More than $23 million of the funding will go toward smart grid improvements to better manage and increase efficiencies in the nationwide electric system.

NCTC chief: ISIL won't carry out large-scale attack in US

Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said he expected "nothing like a 9/11-scale attack" from ISIL in the United States. Olsen spoke Sept. 3 during a discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Obama names former Google exec Megan Smith as America's top technologist

President Obama Sept. 4 has named former Google executive and Silicon Valley veteran Megan Smith to become the nation's next chief technology officer, replacing Todd Park, who is returning to Silicon Valley to help the administration recruit top tech talent for the government.

DHS seeks to 'mature' program to ensure security, safety of high-risk chemical facilities

The department on Aug. 18 published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, asking the public and other stakeholders how to 'fullly mature' the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program and improve it.

National Science Foundation funds research into 'catching the brain in action'

Recipients of the 36 Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, grants will develop conceptual and physical tools, such as real-time whole brain imaging, new theories of neural networks, and next-generation optogenetics