WORLD HEALTH ORG SAYS THE NUMBER OF EBOLA CASES IN WEST AFRICA COULD START DOUBLING EVERY THREE WKS *

W.H.O. ALSO SAYS SOME $988 MIL IS NEEDED TO CONTAIN THE CRISIS *

$24 MIL OF THAT ALONE IS NEEDED TO PAY BURIAL TEAMS AND BUY BODY BAGS, SINCE BODIES OF EBOLA VICTIMS ARE HIGHLY INFECTIOUS *

NEARLY 5,000 PEOPLE HAVE CONTRACTED EBOLA IN FIVE COUNTRIES SINCE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN IN MARCH *

W.H.O. WARNS THAT FIGURE COULD RISE TO MORE THAN 20,000...SO FAR, ABOUT 2,400 PEOPLE HAVE DIED *

NASA IS A GIANT STEP CLOSER TO LAUNCHING AMERICANS AGAIN FROM U.S. SOIL *

SPACE AGENCY ANNOUNCING IT'S PICKED BOEING AND SPACEX TO TRANSPORT ASTRONAUTS TO THE INTL SPACE STATION IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS *

THE DEAL ENDING NASA'S EXPENSIVE RELIANCE ON RUSSIA *

PRES OBAMA ORDERING THE MILITARY TO WEST AFRICA, SAYING THE WORLD IS LOOKING TO THE U.S. TO ADDRESS THE DEADLY OUTBREAK OF EBOLA *

THE 3,000 MILITARY PERSONNEL BEING SENT WILL ERECT NEW FACILITIES AND TRAIN HEALTH WORKERS *

OBAMA SAYS THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IS NOW AN UNPRECEDENTED EPIDEMIC THAT THREATENS GLOBAL SECURITY AND IS SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL *

BUT HE SAYS CHANCES THE OUTBREAK WILL SPREAD INTO THE U.S. ARE "EXTREMELY LOW" *

IT'S THE LARGEST INTL RESPONSE IN THE HISTORY OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION *

DEFENSE DEPT SAYS THE U.S. MILITARY LAUNCHED FIVE AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS ACROSS IRAQ *

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND SAYS FIGHTER AIRCRAFT LAUNCHED TWO AIRSTRIKES NORTHWEST OF IRBIL AND HIT AN ARMED TRUCK AND FIGHTERS *

THREE OTHER AIRSTRIKES SW OF BAGHDAD HIT ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY, A TRUCK AND TWO BOATS ON THE EUPHRATES RIVER THAT WERE RESUPPLYING THE MILITANTS *

STRIKES ARE PART OF THE NEW BROADER MILITARY MISSION IN IRAQ AUTHORIZED BY PRES OBAMA THAT BEGAN MON *

CHMN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF SAYS HE MIGHT RECOMMEND "THE USE OF GROUND FORCES" IF THE ADMIN'S CURRENT STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS FAILS *

ARMY GEN MARTIN DEMPSEY, THE NATION'S TOP MILITARY OFFICER, SAYS HE MAY ALSO RECOMMEND THAT U.S. MILITARY ADVISERS SHOULD ACCOMPANY IRAQI TROOPS ON CERTAIN MISSIONS AGAINST THE SUNNI TERROR GROUP *

IN RESPONSE TO DEMPSEY'S REMARKS, WH SPOX JOSH EARNEST SAYS THE ADMIN "WILL NOT DEPLOY GROUND TROOPS IN A COMBAT ROLE INTO IRAQ OR SYRIA" *

IRAQ'S AMB TO THE VATICAN WARNS POPE FRANCIS COULD BE TARGETED BY ISIS TERRORISTS DURING HIS FIRST VISIT TO ALBANIA THIS WEEKEND *

IRAQI OFFICIAL REPORTEDLY SAYS THERE ARE CREDIBLE THREATS AGAINST THE POPE'S LIFE *

VATICAN IS NOT BEEFING UP SECURITY TO PROTECT FRANCIS DURING THE TRIP, SAYING VATICAN SECURITY OFFICIALS ARE "CALM" AHEAD OF THE 11-HOUR VISIT ON SUN *

POPE FRANCIS SAYS HE WANTS TO VISIT ALBANIA TO HIGHLIGHT THE REBIRTH OF CHRISTIANITY THAT WAS WIPED OUT DURING COMMUNIST RULE AND TO SHOW HOW CATHOLICS, ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WORK TOGETHER THERE NOW *

NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS SAY THE HEALTHCARE.GOV WEBSITE HAS SIGNIFICANT SECURITY WEAKNESSES THAT COULD PUT AMERICANS' PERSONAL INFO AT RISK *

THE GOVT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE SAYS THE OBAMA ADMIN MUST FIX 20 SPECIFIC SECURITY ISSUES RELATED TO WHO CAN ACCESS THE SYSTEM, WHO CAN MAKE CHANGES TO IT AND PROCEDURES IN CASE OF A NETWORK FAILURE *

THE GAO REPORT ALSO SAYS THE ADMIN TOOK A RISK IN GOING LIVE WITH THE HEALTH CARE WEBSITE LAST FALL WHEN IT WAS STILL NOT FULLY TESTED *

HEALTHCARE.GOV WAS HACKED LAST MONTH, BUT NO CONSUMER INFO WAS STOLEN *

JUSTICE DEPT LAUNCHING STUDY TO INVESTIGATE RACIAL BIAS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN FIVE AMERICAN CITIES *

STUDY WILL BE CONDUCTED BY A TEAM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCHERS FROM VARIOUS UNIVERSITIES *

RESEARCHERS WILL REVIEW POLICE BEHAVIOR AND RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS *

THE FIVE CITIES HAVE NOT YET BEEN SELECTED *

UPS TO HIRE 95,000 SEASONAL WORKERS FOR THIS YEAR'S HOLIDAY SEASON *

COMPANY, WHICH HAS 333,000 U.S. EMPLOYEES, WAS CRITICIZED LAST CHRISTMAS FOR HUGE DELAYS *

ATLANTA-BASED COMPANY ALSO SAID TUES THAT IT'S ADDING THOUSANDS OF NEW OR LEASED DELIVERY VEHICLES, TRAILERS, AIRCRAFT AND PORTABLE LOADING AIDS FOR THE PERIOD AS MORE PEOPLE BUY GIFTS ONLINE *

NY MAN INDICTED ON CHARGES OF ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO ISIS *

30-YR-OLD MUFID A. ELFGEEH, OF ROCHESTER, IS ALSO BEING CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER OF CURRENT AND FMR MEMBERS OF THE U.S. MILITARY, AND SEVERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS *

ELFGEEH ALLEGEDLY ENCOURAGED THREE INDIVIDUALS TO TRAVEL TO SYRIA TO JOIN ISIS *

ATTY GEN ERIC HOLDER SAYS LAW ENFORCEMENT "WILL REMAIN AGGRESSIVE IN IDENTIFYING AND DISRUPTING" THOSE WHO SEEK TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO ISIS AND OTHER TERROR GROUPS *

NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION APPEALS THE LEAGUE'S INDEFINITE SUSPENSION OF RAY RICE *

RICE WAS ORIGINALLY GIVEN A TWO-GAME SUSPENSION IN JULY UNDER THE NFL'S PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY AFTER HE WAS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT FOLLOWING A FEB 15 ALTERCATION WITH HIS THEN-FIANCEE *

THE RAVENS RELEASED RICE ON SEPT 8 AND NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL EXTENDED THE SUSPENSION TO INDEFINITE BASED ON "NEW EVIDENCE" AFTER A VIDEO SURFACED SHOWING RICE PUNCHING JANAY PALMER *

GOODELL AND THE RAVENS SAY THEY NEVER SAW THE VIDEO BEFORE SEPT 8 *

HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PREVENT PEOPLE FROM USING GOVT-ISSUED WELFARE DEBIT CARDS TO MAKE PURCHASES AT STORES THAT SELL MARIJUANA *

LEGISLATION, DUBBED THE "NO WELFARE FOR WEED" BILL BY SUPPORTERS, WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT PEOPLE FROM USING WELFARE CARDS TO WITHDRAW CASH FROM ATMS IN SUCH STORES *

2012 FED LAW ALREADY PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM USING WELFARE DEBIT CARDS AT LIQUOR STORES, CASINOS AND STRIP CLUBS *