Former Sen. Edward Brooke dies at 95

Former U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Fla., home, said Ralph Neas, a former aide. Brooke was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to sit in that branch from any state since Reconstruction and one of nine blacks who have ever served there — including Barack Obama. The president was on hand in October 2009 when Brooke was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award that honors civilians.


London Ebola patient is now in critical condition

A British health worker who is being treated for Ebola in a London hospital is now in critical condition, her doctors said. The patient, Pauline Cafferkey, a nurse from Scotland who had volunteered with the charity Save the Children to care for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, returned to Glasgow, Scotland, a week ago. She was transferred to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Initial reports suggested that her condition was stable, but the hospital said that it had "gradually deteriorated." The case of Cafferkey, who had flown via Casablanca, Morocco, and London Heathrow Airport to Glasgow, has raised questions about the effectiveness of Ebola screening at Heathrow.


Extremists kidnap boys and attack military base

Boko Haram extremists kidnapped about 40 boys and young men and killed scores of soldiers in a bold attack on a multinational military base. The militants came to the remote village of Malari and urged people to come out and listen to a sermon, farmer Bulama Malam said, then isolated young men and took them away. A day later, hundreds of insurgents nearly overran the Multinational Joint Task Force base at Baga, on Nigeria's border with Chad. The multinational force includes soldiers from Nigeria and neighbors Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Boko Haram has launched several attacks across the border in Cameroon.

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