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A Nigerian health official screens passengers for signs of Ebola at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Monday.

As Ebola Spreads in Nigeria, Debate About Experimental Drugs Grows

As the Ebola virus continues its deadly march through West Africa, keeping track of developments can be a challenge. Here's a roundup of the latest news this week:

The Toll

The World Health Organization released updated figures Wednesday. The total number of cases — including those considered confirmed, probable or suspected — now stands at 1,711. This includes 932 deaths.

After laying off roughly 2 million workers during the recession, the construction industry may not have enough crews to keep up with demand for building projects.

Construction Industry Missing Key Tool: Skilled Workers

It's a beautiful day and Jeremy Smith, the business manager for a school district in northern Wyoming, is showing off the new Tongue River Elementary School — or at least the plot of land where the school should be.

"What you're going to see when you get up here a little bit closer is you are going to just see pasture," Smith says.

The school was supposed to be under construction by now, but last month state officials said they didn't have the money.

George W. Bush Steals Show In Africa Summit's Finale

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Ukraine Faces Buildup Outside The Border And Fatigue Within

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Plotting The American Role In Fighting The AIDS Epidemic

Among the topics discussed at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit this week was the ongoing AIDS epidemic. Melissa Block talks with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator. Birx oversees the program known as PEPFAR — the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Birx talks about combating complacency, as well as the human rights issues that are making it harder for groups to reach some of the most vulnerable populations.

Uncertainty Stalls Recruiting Efforts For Deportation Relief

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Last month, demonstrators protested the possibility of Walgreens moving its corporate headquarters overseas at a Chicago location of the pharmacy.

Walgreens Drops Plan To Move Headquarters — And Profits — Overseas

Walgreens Co. will complete its merger with Alliance Boots, a British pharmacy, but it will not move its headquarters overseas to reduce its U.S. tax bill.

Walgreens will pay $15 billion, including $5 billion in cash, to purchase the remaining 55 percent of Alliance Boots. The two companies began merging in 2012.

Walgreens had flirted with the idea of moving its headquarters from Chicago to the United Kingdom to avoid paying corporate taxes in the U.S.

The notion that brief interventions can catch — and stop — problem drinking started in the 1960s.

Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

Beating a drug habit is usually a long process that includes talk therapy and, sometimes, medicine. Checking into a rehab facility can help many people, too.

But it can be hard to convince someone to commit to that long-term treatment. So public health officials lately have been cutting to the chase – urging doctors in primary care and in hospital emergency rooms to question all patients regarding drug use, then offer those with a drug problem a 10- or 15-minute counseling session, right then and there.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on July 17 in eastern Ukraine. <em>The New York Times</em> reporter Sabrina Tavernise was one of the first reporters to arrive at the scene.

Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

Sabrina Tavernise, one of the first journalists to arrive at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last month, says it was strange how quiet it was. The wreckage was still smoldering; she was surrounded by miles of fallen bodies.

Baghdad's Sadr City district, which was hit by twin car bombs on Wednesday, also suffered a deadly attack last Friday.

Nearly 50 Killed By Car Bombs In Baghdad Markets

A trio of car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 47 people on Wednesday, according to Iraqi police.

The attacks were launched in crowded markets in predominantly Shiite areas of the city, Reuters reports.

A pair of bombs exploded nearly simultaneously Wednesday evening in Sadr City. Later, another explosive-laden car was set off in the nearby neighborhood of Ur, according to the Lebanese Daily Star.