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Families walk by law enforcement near the entrance to The Ivy Apartments. The man diagnosed with Ebola was staying at the complex with family and is now hospitalized. (Associated Press)

Hospital missteps may help spread Ebola

The Texas hospital treating the first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. fumbled the early going, failing to act on information about his arrival from West Africa and then releasing him into the general population for two days, raising the possibility he may have come in contact with several school-aged children while infectious, officials revealed Wednesday. Published October 1, 2014

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaks with media Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Houston after the highest criminal court in Texas refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling from the 3rd Court of Appeals tossing the 2010 convictions. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Texas court upholds ruling that cleared former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that another appeals court had properly overturned former House Majority Leader Tom Delay's 2010 convictions on accusations he funneled nearly $200,000 in corporation campaign donations to GOP candidates for the state legislature during the 2002 elections, according to Reuters. Published October 1, 2014

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden speaks during a news conference after confirming that a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. The person, an adult who was not publicly identified, developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from Liberia and showed no symptoms on the plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

CDC director confident the U.S. can stop Ebola 'in its tracks'

The director of the Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday he has no doubt the U.S. can stop the Ebola virus "in its tracks," after officials revealed that a man in the Dallas area has the dreaded infection that's ravaged West Africa. Published October 1, 2014

Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ** FILE **

Republicans gleefully mark one-year anniversary of failed Obamacare rollout

Republican operatives marked the one-year anniversary of Obamacare's failed tech rollout Wednesday by highlighting another early stumble — the promise that everyone could keep their health plans, even though the overhaul's new coverage standards resulted in cancellation notices for thousands of people in states with key Senate match-ups this fall. Published October 1, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City on July 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

U.S. judge sides with Oklahoma in health care suit

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state of Oklahoma in its lawsuit against an IRS rule that extended Obamacare's subsidies to health exchange in every state, state officials announced Tuesday. Published September 30, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (Associated Press) **FILE**

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence conspicuously schedules visit to N.H.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a possible contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, is scheduled to visit New Hampshire next month to campaign for Republican gubernatorial nominee Walt Havenstein, according to a news report. Published September 30, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. makes a statement during a debate with Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, N.C., in this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Hispanic groups say they won't accept blame for Democratic losses this fall: report

Hispanic advocates say they won't entertain any blame if Democrats lose control of the Senate, a reflection of their disappointment in President Obama for delaying executive action on deportation reforms and apathy for Democratic candidates that haven't made a direct appeal to the demographic, according to the Wall Street Journal reported. Published September 30, 2014