President Obama says the U.S. military will provide equipment and resources to battle the Ebola epidemic in Africa (Washington Post). Obama argued the outbreak presents a national security concern. The epidemic has killed at lest 2100 people in five African countries. On NBC's Meet the Press, Obama said the disease is unlikely to spread to the United States in the short term, but if the U.S. doesn't send needed equipment, the situation could change, making the virus more transmissible.
Reuters reports gay marriage bans in three states will face a U.S. appeals court today. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is scheduled to hear arguments on whether bans in Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii should have been upheld. Currently, 19 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Since the bans in question, Hawaii lawmakers did pass legislation giving gays the right to marry. The court will stream the proceedings live at www.ca9.uscourts.gov. Access can be obtained by clicking "Live Oral Arguments" (LA Times).
This past weekend on NBC's Meet the Press President Obama revealed a plan for taking down the militant group ISIS. The Daily News reports Obama called for pressure without another ground war. He said he would seek congressional support Tuesday, and "describe what our game plan's going to be" in a speech on Wednesday (The Guardian).
The AP is reporting Twitter is testing a way to let users shop or donate to charity between tweeting. A small percentage of users will receive tweets from Twitter test partners today featuring a "buy" button. Home Depot, Burberry, The Nature Conservancy and GLAAD are among the first partners to test the feature. Users will be prompted to enter shipping and payment information but credit card details won't be passed along to sellers without permission.
A new book claims to have identified notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper as a 23-year-old Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski (The Mirror). Author Russell Edwards says Kosminski is "definitely, categorically and absolutely" the man behind the 1888 killing spree. After 126 unsolved years, Edwards credits a blood-stained shawl as the missing piece. He bought the shawl, which was found near one of the victims' bodies, after an auction in 2007 and says it held vital DNA evidence leading to Jack the Ripper, and the blood was then identified as Aaron Kosminski's. The book is titled "Naming Jack the Ripper."
USA Today reports Meredeth Viera's daytime show premieres today. Viera has spent 5 years on NBC's Today Show, 9 years on ABC's The View and 11 hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Decidedly different, Viera's show features a five member band, and her friend of 20 years, Jon Harris, is her sidekick and announcer. The line-up for the premiere features an interview with Jennifer Lopez and a game with a "surprise guest." You can find out where and when to watch here.
In Royal News, the Palace announced today that the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting Baby No. 2! People Magazine reports Kate is believed to be less than 3 months pregnant, but is suffering from Hypermesis Gravadarum and is being treated at Kensington Palace. The illness is extreme morning sickness with symptoms of severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration, weight loss and hypertension. Middleton dealt with the same condition during her first pregnancy with now year-old Prince George.
Another New York Fashion Week comes and goes… and I stay in Florida.