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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus in the U.S. in a hospital in Dallas. According to an earlier statement from the hospital, the patient was placed in isolation and evaluated for the infection “based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.” Four American aid workers were diagnosed in Africa earlier this fall, but this case is the first diagnosed on American soil.

But don’t panic. The hospital has taken the correct precautions early on, and health experts have said the virus won’t spread like it has in West Africa, where about 3,000 have died from the virus out of more than 6,500 cases. The CDC announced Tuesday that the virus has stopped spreading in Nigeria and Senegal because of the quick response and effort to contain the virus. Also, several companies are working on trials of drugs to treat the virus, and three of the American aid workers who returned home for treatment after contracting the virus have been released, Ebola free ... Discuss

Most Americans would swear by their coffee, but let’s be honest, having to drink caffeine is such a hassle—wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could just wear it? Well, apparently, that was the grand idea of clothing companies Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America, who claimed their undergarments with “embedded microcapsules containing caffeine” could help wearers slim down. The problem is, the claim that someone can lose weight just from wearing certain clothes is not backed up by science, which got the companies in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive advertising. On Monday, the companies settled an agreement with the FTC, which has them dishing out a total of $1.5 million in consumer refunds. So we’ll all just have to continue drinking our daily doses of caffeine (and maybe trying to actually exercise if we want to lose weight) ... Discuss

The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed a bill banning single-use plastic bags. Under the new law, large grocery stores must stop carrying sing-use bags starting in July 2015. Stores are allowed to charge fees for reusable or paper bags and can apply for loans from CalRecycle to help transition to creating reusable bags for their customers to use. Many cities and counties across the U.S. have plastic bag bans in place, but the bill will be the first statewide law with such a ban. Brown said he hopes the ban will reduce the problem of litter, and that other states will follow suit ... Discuss

Netflix has already disrupted traditional TV with its original series such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but now it’s taking the next step: making a movie. The video streaming service will be working with Harvey Weinstein to create Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (a sequel of sorts to the popular movie released in 2000). The movie will release on Netflix and have a short run in IMAX theaters in late August of 2015. “The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” Weinstein said in a statement. “We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story” ... Discuss

The NFL came under renewed criticism Monday night when Kansas City safety Husain Abdullah received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after he knelt on the ground to pray after a touchdown. The NFL rulebook prohibits using the ground for celebration, but as many Twitter users pointed out, several Christian players have knelt on the ground to pray without receiving any penalty, while Abdullah, who is a devout Muslim, got a 15-yard penalty. The NFL quickly clarified that the ruling was wrong, as the practice is “not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons.” Abdullah said he thought the penalty was for sliding, not the prayer itself. “I just got a little too excited,” he told a local news station. But many are still arguing that the initial call shows a double standard on religion in the league ... Discuss

On September 27, Makenzie and Steven Schultz were getting dinner in a Cedar Rapids sushi restaurant and were served by a desperately overworked waiter. The couple say he was in charge of 12 tables and, although he stayed pleasant and apologetic throughout the night, it took 20 minutes to get them water and 40 minutes for appetizers. Fortunately, the couple had met while waiting tables at a Bubba Gump restaurant, and knew that, sometimes, the night is just not conducive to great service. So they, awesomely, chose to tip their water $100 on a $66 tab, and left him a note saying they'd been in his shoes.

Makenzie posted a picture of the check on Facebook, saying, "We walked out before he saw this and I’m not posting this for a pat on the back. I’m just sharing this as a friendly reminder to think of the entire situation, before you judge" ... Discuss