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As Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo today, diplomats from more than 50 countries, including Secretary of State John Kerry, pledged money to help. Kerry announced additional 212 million dollars for the Palestinians.
"This summer more than half a million Gazans had to flee their homes and seek safety. 20,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged more than 100,000 people remain displaced, and winter is faster approaching."
The Palestinian authority is appealing for millions of dollars for reconstruction efforts. Egypt's president said the reconstruction of Gaza hinges on a permanent calm between Israel and Hamas.
Another person in Texas is fighting Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention say a health worker who treated the Dallas Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, has contracted the virus. Duncan died on Wednesday. Dr. Tom Frieden, head of CDC, says the worker is being monitored. NPR's Jeff Brady has more.
The healthcare worker started running a fever Friday evening and within 19 minutes after reporting that, within an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Dallas county judge Clay Jenkins sought to calm public fear by repeating the only way to get the Ebola virus is through direct contact with bodily fluids from a person showing symptoms.
"There is nothing about this case that changes that basic premise of science, so it's important that while this is obviously bad news, it is not news that should bring about panic."
Authority said the apartment, car and coming areas where the worker has been recently or decontaminated by hazardous materials steams. Jeff Brady, NPR News, Dallas.
Game 2 of the national league championship series between San Francisco and St. Louise is under way in St. Louise at this hour. A last check the Cardinals were ahead 2 to 1 over the Giants. And the Giants are already up one game, as NPR's Sam Sanders reports.
The Giants beat the Cardinals 3-0 Saturday. The winner of this best of 7 national league championship this series will advance to the world series later this month. That winner will face against either the Baltimore Orioles or the Kansas City Royals. Those teams are currently playing each other for the American league championship. Game 3 of that series takes place Monday night in Kansas City. The Royals are up, two games to none. Kansas City is currently undefeated in the postseason, their first in 29 years. Sam Sanders, NPR News.
2 major storms are causing big problems in Asia. A typhoon has triggered a landslide, warning on the island of Okinawa in direct track to hit more populous areas. In India, a powerful cyclone has forced more than half a million people to seek shelters. The storm is battering India's east coast with heavy rains and strong winds. That uprooting trees and snapping power lines. Local media said that at least 6 people have been killed in that storm.
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Columbus Day isn't just celebrated here in the United States, it's also recognized in Spain and throughout much of Latin America. Loran Fryer reports from Madrid where the holiday is being celebrated with military parade.
Spaniard celebrated the day in October 1492, the Christopher Columbus brought their language and culture to the New World. Columbus was an Italian but the explorer's crew were mostly from Spain and they set off from here on the journey sponsored by Spain's King and Queen. Columbus Day is a Spanish national holiday.
Spain's new King and Queen crowned last summer, presided over their first military parade for the holiday. 3,000 Spanish soldiers marched, saluted and stood at attention and 52 military planes flew in formation over Madrid Plaza de Colón : Columbus Square. From NPR News, I'm Loran Fryer, Madrid.
At the weekend box office Gone Girl took the top spot.
"What's your name?"
"And you? Who are you?"
"I'm the guy to save you."
It starred by Ben Affleck as a writer becomes the prime suspect when his wife goes missing, the movie is based on Gillian Flynn's bestselling book. The thriller took in 26.8 million dollars and the second place Dracula Untold taken in 23.5 million dollars, while the Walt Disney family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day came to third with 19.1 million dollars.
Average cost of a gallon of gasoline is falling. The Lundberg Survey's gas prices are down 12 cents for the past 3 weeks. Average cost of a gallon of regular gas now is $ 3.26 a gallon.
I'm Jennie Herbst, NPR News in Washington.