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CDC issues new guidance for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new detailed guidelines to help health care workers better protect themselves when treating patients with Ebola.

Americans worried about Ebola, but confident in health officials, new survey finds

While two-thirds of Americans worry there will be more U.S. Ebola cases over the next 12 months – and nearly half fear a family member will come down with the virus – most think only a handful will emerge, adding they're confident that health officials will contain the disease, a new survey finds.

California on track to complete early earthquake warning system by 2016, state senator says

Emergency officials in California say that an early warning system, which could give anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute's notice before an earthquake hits, is expected to be completed in 15 months, according to a state senator who held a hearing on the issue last week.

Pentagon forming rapid-response Ebola team to help if other US cases arise

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that a 30-person emergency medical support team is being created to provide assistance if additional Ebola cases arise in the United States.

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.

Confronting climate change important to US national security, Defense Department says

The Defense Department released a plan Oct. 13 to adapt operations, training, infrastrucutre and resources to effects from climate change, saying it poses an immediate threat to national security.

CDC investigating 'breach in protocol' resulting in Dallas hospital worker infected with Ebola

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Oct. 12 that there was a "breach in protocol" that resulted in a Dallas hospital healthcare worker contracting Ebola from the man who died last week of the disease.

Johnson worried most about foreign fighters and the 'lone wolf'

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he's worried about foreign fighters, who go overseas to join terrorist groups, learn how to fight and return to carry out potential attacks, as well as the domestic-based "lone wolf" attacks inspired by such groups.

US coastal communities face sharp rise in tidal flooding over next 30 years, new study says

Since 1970, more and more U.S. communities along the East and Gulf coasts have seen a significant rise in tidal flooding – incidences that will only get much worse over the next 30 years, according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Military seeks portable sensors to detect, distinguish deadly chem, bio agents

Military researchers are seeking to develop technology that can sniff out even small traces of dangerous biological and chemical agents in either liquid or gaseous forms from long distances.