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You Won't Catch Ebola From A Giraffe In Tanzania

Korean Air has stopped all flights to Kenya. International travelers are canceling safaris. And parents of some students traveling to South Africa are nervous.

Why? Ebola.

The virus has dominated headlines for several months — and for good reason. The current outbreak is the worst in history, with more than 3,700 reported cases and 1,800 deaths as of Aug. 31.

The virus has also wreaked havoc on Africa's tourism industry.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the long-awaited smartwatch, which comes in two sizes and requires an iPhone.

Apple Shows Off Larger iPhone 6; Unveils New Apple Watch

After months of rumors and dozens of fan-created images of what an Apple watch might look like, the tech giant will show us what it's been working on today. Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a new smartwatch at a splashy event in Cupertino, Calif., called the Apple Watch

We'll be updating this post with news from Apple today, including tweets from NPR's Laura Sydell, who's at the event at the Flint Center.

Update at 2:40 p.m. ET: Apple Watch Price: $349

Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, shown here in their home in Annandale, Va., were married earlier this year. One of Hill's daughters says the marriage was improper and that Hill's estate is now in question.

Marriage Of 96-Year-Old Woman Raises Legal Questions

The recent marriage of two nonagenarians might seem romantic ... but the family of 96-year-old Edith Hill doesn't think so. The Associated Press is reporting a legal dispute in Alexandria, Va., between Hill's daughter Patricia Barber and Barber's sister, Rebecca Wright, who took their mother to marry 95-year-old Eddie Harrison.

A Fresh Look At Flight Safety Instructions

Usually, the airplane boarding process feels like rote muscle memory: find seat, stow bags, sit down, fall asleep. But not this time.

I am on my way to Minneapolis and I'm not tired. So for the first time in a while, I find myself listening to the classic airplane safety monologue. The flight attendant instructs passengers "to insert the metal fitting into the buckle of your seat belt" and "to take a few moments to locate your nearest exit." And of course, to "familiarize yourself with the flight safety instruction card that is found in the seatback pocket."

Can I Buy Insurance After Being Injured In An Accident?

Now that the federal health law forbids denial of insurance for pre-existing condition, some people have wondered if they can wait until they get sick to buy health coverage.

A U.S. military plane lands Aug. 11 on the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. U.S. public support of airstrikes against Islamic militants jumped sharply, according to a new poll, as President Obama prepares a strategy.

High U.S. Support For Airstrikes, Low Numbers For Obama, Poll Says

U.S. public support for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has spiked as President Obama prepares to meet with leaders in Congress at the White House to plan a strategy against the Islamic State.

A handout picture provided by Nicaraguan Army on Monday  shows the place where what was first reported as a meteorite fell close to International Airport Augusto Sandino, in Managua, Nicaragua.

Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

We reported on Monday that a meteor, thought possibly to be a chunk of an Earth-passing asteroid, was the cause of a 40-foot crater outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.

But astronomers and NASA scientists are now casting doubt on that possibility. The biggest mystery is that no one so far has reported seeing a flash of light in the sky that would be expected to accompany such a meteor strike.

4 Things To Know About Obama's Islamic State Strategy

Updated at 10:20 a.m. ET

President Obama is set to meet congressional leaders this afternoon to outline his strategy for confronting the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria. He is scheduled to address the nation on Wednesday to make that strategy public. It comes as a new poll by The Washington Post and ABC News shows a dramatic rise in U.S. public support for airstrikes against Islamist extremist groups.

In Korea, Adoptees Fight To Change Culture That Sent Them Overseas

In the Gwanak-gu neighborhood of Seoul, there is a box.

Attached to the side of a building, the box resembles a book drop at a public library, only larger, and when nights are cold, the interior is heated. The Korean lettering on its front represents a phoneticized rendering of the English words "baby box." It was installed by Pastor Lee Jon-rak to accept abandoned infants. When its door opens, an alarm sounds, alerting staff to the presence of a new orphan.

Whitman Wilcox V, 17, stands for a portrait on Aug. 15 at his home in New Orleans.

Q&A: One Student's Educational Saga In New Orleans

This year, NPR Ed is reporting on the dramatic changes in the New Orleans school system.

Whitman Wilcox V attended kindergarten through second grade at a neighborhood public school in the Lower Ninth Ward. He had just started the third grade when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. His family was forced to evacuate; he wound up at a Catholic school in Houston.