Shortchanged?: Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, got an experimental medicine nearly a week after being admitted into the hospital. Four other Ebola patients treated in the U.S. received theirs almost immediately. Duncan’s family asks, why the difference? Duncan is Liberian and black. The others are white American citizens. The hospital says Duncan is receiving the same treatment any other patient would get. A possible reason for the difference: The hospitals that took care of the four other patients had substantial advance notice that patients were on their way. That wasn’t the case with Duncan. Hospitals have to fill out special paperwork to get these sorts of drugs.


Can’t be charged: He played a pastor and a dad on TV’s “7th Heaven,” now actor Stephen Collins is accused of sexually abusing three underage girls. According to divorce documents filed by his estranged second wife, Faye Grant, Collins admitted to her that he molested them more than a decade earlier. Two of the girls lived in New York, one in Los Angeles, according to the divorce papers. Police in New York are aware of child molestation allegations by a former relative against Collins, but due to the statute of limitations, he cannot face charges in that case. In New York, a person has five years from their 18th birthday to make an accusation of sexual abuse to authorities. That time has passed. Neither Collins’ attorney nor his agent immediately returned any of CNN’s numerous calls for comment


Under the gun: Kurdish fighters defending the key Syrian border city of Kobani are dangerously outmatched as ISIS advances, a top United Nations official said yesterday, calling for the international community to step in. Were Kobani to fall, ISIS would control a complete swath of land between its self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, and Turkey – a stretch of more than 60 miles. Airstrikes against the radical Islamist group in Kobani can be challenging because many targets are too close to the Turkish border or Kurdish forces, a senior U.S. military official said.

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