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The "blood moon" eclipse above the Washington Monument just before dawn on the National Mall, in Washington, D.C.

The 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Was Quite A Show

Here are some photos taken of the eclipse in the U.S., China and Nepal:

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This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. Duncan, who became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola, has died, the hospital where he was being treated said.

Dallas Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Has Died

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

Thomas Eric Duncan, the 42-year-old man who contracted Ebola in Liberia and later traveled to Dallas, where he was being treated, has died, hospital officials say.

A statement from the company that runs Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Duncan was in isolation, read:

The dog Excalibur belongs to Teresa Ramos, the Ebola-afflicted nurse in Spain. Here, the pet poses with her husband, Javier Limon.

Excalibur, The Dog Exposed To Ebola, Is Euthanized

Update: At 2 p.m. ET, our correspondent in Madrid informed us that Excalibur had been euthanized, reportedly inside the couple's apartment; the body was then transported to an incinerator.

The latest victim of the Ebola panic has not been tested for the deadly virus. But he lived with someone who has it.

Amid fear over the virus's possible spread in Europe, Spanish authorities say they'll take no chances. They will not test him. Instead, to play it safe, they will kill him.

This latest victim ... is a dog.

Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Gay Marriage In Idaho, Nevada

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Tuesday's appeals court decision that struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada.

Spanish police block animal rights activists protesting Wednesday outside the apartment building of the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola in the city of Alcorcon, outside Madrid.

Spanish Nurse Says She Reported Her Ebola Symptoms Several Times

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

Here's a roundup of the latest developments on Ebola. We'll update this post as news happens.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed that the U.S. will conduct additional screenings of passengers arriving from the Ebola-infected region of West Africa. JFK, Newark, Chicago O'Hare, Dulles and Atlanta's Hartfield Airport would implement measures that would affect about 150 passengers a day.

Kurdish protesters set fire to a barricade set up to block the street as they clash with riot police in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on Wednesday.

Kurdish Protesters Killed In Turkey Amid Calls To Save Kobani

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

At least a dozen people have been killed as Kurds protest across Turkey demanding that the government do more to break the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani.

For days, Turkish tanks have deployed to the border within sight of the fighting between the self-declared Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and the the Kurdish People's Protection Committee, or the Syrian Kurdish militant group known as the YPG.

The three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry: Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner, and German scientist Stefan Hell.

Scientists Share Chemistry Nobel For Breakthrough In Microscopy

Two Americans and a German will share the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a new type of microscopy that allows researchers, for the first time, to see individual molecules inside living cells.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell the prize for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy," which "has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension."

Nobelprize.org says:

A health official uses a thermometer on a passenger at the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

Why One Public Health Expert Thinks Airport Ebola Screening Won't Work

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden has said his organization will soon be implementing new health screening procedures at U.S. airports. It's part of an ongoing effort to control the spread of Ebola.

"We'll be strengthening our screening procedures both at the source and at entry," Frieden said at a news conference yesterday. His comments echoed calls for stepped-up screening by President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

What will these screenings entail? And will they make Americans safer?

Protests Disrupt Telescope Groundbreaking In Hawaii

Promising to be one of the world's largest telescopes, Thirty Meter will be built to help scientists study the universe from a distance of about 13 billion light years. Astronomers chose Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii because the elevation of 14,000 feet was ideal for observation.

But the project, which will cost $1.4 billion, has its opponents. Some are concerned that the land, which is considered a sacred spot for Native Hawaiians, was not properly appraised by the TMT Observatory Corporation.

A sign displaying calorie counts is seen in a Subway restaurant in New York City in 2008. A yet-to-be-finalized federal rule requiring big chain restaurants to post calorie counts has likely led eateries to tweak their menus.

Restaurants Shave Calories Off New Menu Items

Last month we reported that big food retailers have eliminated billions of calories from the packaged foods they sell in supermarkets.

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