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The numbers for October 8, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-08 08:14

Five U.S. airports will begin screening passengers arriving from West Africa for Ebola starting this weekend. Kennedy International will be the first, the New York Times reported, followed by O'Hare, Washington Dulles, Hartsfield-Jackson and Newark Liberty international airports.

The announcement comes right after the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. since the outbreak began, on Wednesday morning.

In other news, the Fed minutes are expected later today, along with the usual combing for clues about interest rate hikes. In the meantime, here are the other numbers we're watching Wednesday:

25 minutes

That's how long one employee says he waited, unpaid, to be screened for stolen merchandise following a 12-hour shift at an Amazon fulfillment center. Jesse Busk sued the staffing agency that placed him in the job, Bloomberg reported, and several other suits against Amazon followed. The allegations will be heard by the Supreme Court Wednesday.


Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Facebook all compromised with the Justice Department in January over disclosing details of government requests to the public. Those firms are now able to give some more general information about data requests that were previously confidential. Twitter argues the remaining restrictions infringe on its First Amendment rights, the Washington Post reported, and the tech company is suing the government.

$27 billion

Netflix's estimated market cap, making its recent deals for a "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel and four Adam Sandler movies seem downright affordable to a streaming service that already spends $3 billion on content annually. Those numbers come from a Variety analysis of Netflix's recent push to the big screen, which posits big theater chains might be forced to get on board with the streaming model... or go the way of Blockbuster.

Osborne 'hears Robinson budget plan'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 08:08
First Minister Peter Robinson has been in contact with Chancellor George Osborne to discuss proposals to ease Stormont's immediate financial challenges, the BBC understands.

Ebola 'hysteria' halts school visit

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 08:00
A headteacher blames "misguided hysteria" over Ebola for the cancellation of a school visit by a child from Sierra Leone.

F1 has never stopped striving for safety since Senna death

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:43
Despite Jules Bianchi’s accident, the 1994 death of Ayrton Senna was already a wake-up call which those in charge of the sport have never forgotten.

Call for change in NI abortion law

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:43
Abortions should be allowed in Northern Ireland where the foetus has a lethal abnormality, the Stormont Department of Justice has recommended.

Wallaby catches cops on the hop

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:36
Kangaroo capers in York as a misidentified marsupial springs a police trap and leaps to freedom.

VIDEO: Conchita serenades Euro MPs

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:28
Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst calls for greater tolerance and an end to discrimination during a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Pilot dies fighting California fire

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:10
The pilot of an air tanker battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park in California has died after the plane crashed into a canyon wall on Tuesday.

The 500-year-old poem captivating Reddit

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:03
How a 500-year-old poem became an online sensation

Dewani 'agreed price for murder'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:02
British businessman Shrien Dewani agreed to pay about £1,300 to a hitman for the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa, a court is told.

Vigilantes in Mexico students search

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 06:34
Hundreds of members of self-defence groups join the search in the Mexican town of Iguala for 43 missing students who disappeared almost two weeks ago.

FBI in plea to identify IS militant

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 06:13
Federal police in the US are asking for the public to help identify a masked man who appears in an Islamic State (IS) video and appears to have an American accent.

Five Afghan men hanged for rape

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 06:08
Five Afghan men are executed at a prison near Kabul for gang-raping four women in a case that sparked national outrage.

Al-Qaeda attacks town in south Yemen

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:59
At least nine people have been killed in an attack by al-Qaeda militants on security and government buildings in the south of Yemen, officials say.

Scores settled and wounds reopened

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:53
KP's book will entrench views further, says Jonathan Agnew

In pictures: Army Photographic Awards

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:52
Winning shots from the Army Photographic Awards

Your pictures: Dance

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:46
Readers' photos on the theme of "dance"

VIDEO: Cameron 'will never imitate our values'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:41
Nick Clegg attacks Ed Miliband and David Cameron as he closes his speech to the Liberal Democrat Party conference.

Travis dropped from pop show repeats

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:39
The BBC will not show repeats of Top of the Pops featuring former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis, who was found guilty of indecent assault last month.

ATM hack 'gives out wads of cash'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-08 05:28
Interpol issues a warning as a flaw in cash machines that allows criminals to quickly steal wads of cash is discovered.