Family: Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

ABC News: Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at age 82, family members confirmed Monday.

De la Renta, who recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

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Photo: The designer Oscar de la Renta at the conclusion of his spring 2007 fashion show in New York. He died on Monday at 82. (Stuart Ramson/Associated Press)

NOAA: 2014 on track to be warmest year on record

Washington Post: Record temperatures in September suggest 2014 is on track to become warmest year on record, says NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

The September average temperature, 1.3 degrees above average, follows the warmest August on record, and the warmest summer on record, as well.

And year to date, 2014 ties with 1998 and 2010 — two of the warmest years in recorded history — with a temperature departure of 1.22 degrees above average.

Comet makes rare, close pass by Mars

NBC News: A comet made a rare pass by Mars on Sunday, passing just 87,000 miles from the planet, less than half the distance between Earth and the moon.

NASA said the comet, which is believed to be a first-time visitor to the inner solar system, passed 10 times closer to Mars than any known comet has passed by Earth.

Photo: A telescope at the Tzec Muan Observatory in Australia generated images of Mars and Comet Siding Spring on Sunday as the two celestial objects moves closer together. The comet is the greenish spot near the center of the field of view. Mars is the bright spot in the picture.  (N. Howes / R.Wodaski / Tzec Muan Observatory)

Pentagon forming Ebola response team

Reuters: US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the creation of a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that would respond to domestic Ebola cases.

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Canada to start shipping experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

Toronto StarCanada’s government announced on Saturday that it will start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday.

The WHO will consult with its partners, including the health authorities from the affected countries, to determine how best to distribute and use the vaccine.

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Michael Dunn sentenced to life without parole over ‘loud music’ killing

NBC NewsMichael Dunn, the Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for shooting a teenager to death over loud music, has been sentenced to life without parole.

He was convicted of killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012 after he shot into a SUV of four teenagers 10 times when an argument broke out over loud music coming from the teens’ vehicle.

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At least 14 dead after ventilation collapse at South Korean concert

Yonhap NewsFourteen concert watchers were assumed dead and 11 others critically injured as a facility covering a ventilation window at an outdoor theater crashed, officials said.

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Photo: People gather around a collapsed ventilation grate at an outdoor theater in Seongnam, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (Yonhap News via

Islamic State training pilots to fly in 3 jets, monitor says

Reuters: Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.

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Tropical Storm Ana may briefly become a hurricane

USA TODAY: Tropical Storm Ana is forecast to briefly become a Category 1 hurricane as it passes south of Hawaii on Friday.

All public schools on Hawaii’s Big Island will close on Friday, officials said, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie has declared a state of emergency.

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Photo: Winds from Tropical Storm Iselle blow plam trees near a sign warning of the closure of Kualoa Regional Park in Honolulu on Aug. 8, 2014. (Eugene Tanner / AP)

NOAA: Winter should be warmer west of the Rockies

USA Today: A winter weather forecast released Thursday from meteorologists at the Climate Prediction Center said the western part of the US should stay warm, while a cooler and wetter-than-average winter is likely across the southern tier of the nation.

Some good news is that the southern part of the state is forecast to have a wetter than average winter. Most of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Florida should also be wetter than average.

Report: Airbnb rentals illegal in New York

NYT: Nearly three quarters of New York’s Airbnb home rentals are illegal as they violate zoning and other laws, a report by the state’s attorney general says, threatening the burgeoning market

Photo: Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, found nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in the city were illegal. Credit Carlo Allegri/Reuters

4 charged in Arizona dog-boarding deaths

Arizona Republic: Four people were indicted in the deaths of more than 20 dogs at a Gilbert, Ariz., area kennel in June, according to County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office.

One of the people charged is the son of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Photo: A shed at Green Acre Dog Boarding in Gilbert, Ariz. (David Kadlubowski / The Republic)

Newest Ebola patient traveled by air day before showing symptoms

The CDC and Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola overnight traveled by air on Oct. 13, the day before she began showing symptoms.

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