Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:07 am
In the past week, world leaders have started using a mathematical term when they talk about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
"It's spreading and growing exponentially," President Obama said Tuesday. "This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential fashion," said Dr. David Nabarro, who is heading the U.N.'s effort against Ebola.
Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:59 pm
Dan Reiter, 37, is a long-board surfer and contractor who used to live in Tampa, Fla. Then he discovered the surf breaks along a stretch of coast south of Cape Canaveral. "It's one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and surf and raise your kids," says Reiter, 37, as we watch head-high waves roll into Hightower Beach.
But there's trouble in this coastal paradise. It's on a low-lying barrier island that's getting lower as sea level rises. So the cities here are looking for ways to keep the water at bay or retreat from it.
Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:23 pm
An appeals court ruling has offered a rare glimpse at the extent to which military police investigations reach into civilians' computers. Apparently, they scan civilian computers quite often — and to a degree that a 9th Circuit appeals court has now found violates the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.
A respiratory virus that has sent more than 1,000 children to emergency rooms since mid-August has parents in Florida worried their child could be next, if the disease makes its way to the Sunshine State.
Out of that total – mostly in the Midwest -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed more than 130 pediatric cases of Enterovirus D68 in 17 states, including Alabama.
Dr. John Lanza, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, says no official cases have been confirmed in Florida, but that may change soon.
Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 11:48 pm
The polls have closed and the counting has begun on a referendum that could have historic implications for the United Kingdom. The referendum asked the Scots if they should dissolve its union from England and become an independent country.
We'll be live blogging, as the returns begin to be counted. NPR's Ari Shapiro and producer Rich Preston are in Edinburgh, so expect to see their dispatches.