If you were watching TV last night, you saw President Obama break in and announced that he’s authorizing "targeted airstrikes" in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and facilities. Addressing the nation from the White House, the President said he also ordered humanitarian airdrops to help thousands of Iraqis who are stranded atop a mountain. They became trapped after fleeing a violent surge by ISIS. Obama maintained U.S. combat troops will not return. He said, quote, "Today, America is coming to help. The U.S. cannot turn a blind eye."
TMZ got hold of an internal document from Delta telling gate attendants and flight crews what to do if they suspect a passenger is infected with Ebola. According to the document – which was distributed widely to Delta employees – ticket and gate agents are supposed to be on the lookout for passengers appearing to be ill. The agent is required to contact STAT-MD -- a "calling station" where doctors at Universities and other facilities can be contacted for opinions. The document states the passenger cannot board if STAT-MD does not sign off.
As two simultaneous storms raced toward Hawaii, a 4.5-magnitude earthquake rocked the islands early yesterday morning. There were no damage or injuries immediately reported – and there is no threat of a tsunami. On Hawaii’s Big Island last night, the first evacuees began showing up at shelters as Tropical Storm Iselle hit. A second storm, Hurricane Julio, is further east of Hurricane Iselle. Iselle's is poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years.
International health organizations have declared Ebola an international health crisis. 932 have died so far in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It’s now spread to Nigeria.
And a Brazilian couple, both of whom were adopted, spent years looking for their biological mothers. They were shocked to find her at the same time—because they share the same mother. Adriana and Leonardo have been married for seven years and have a daughter. They knew their biological moms had the same name, but when Adriana contacted a radio station that specialized in reuniting families, her biological mom said she’d also had a son named Leonardo. Who Adriana had married. The couple talked through it and will stay together despite technically being siblings.
And back in 2004 a girl was separated from her family during a tsunami in Indonesia. Now, she’s been discovered. Her family assumed she had died but her uncle spotted her this summer and recognized her. She’s been living in a nearby town and was just reunited with her family.
And a 24-year-old guy was drunk last month and kicking around a soccer ball at a cemetery. He saw some people mourning, so he snuck up and pretended to be a ghost, making “oooooooh” sounds and flapping his arms around. He was arrested for causing distress and got about $130 in fines.