Good morning, and happy Election Day Eve! Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. SpaceShipTwo's 'feather' tail system deployed too early
A mechanism, designed to slow Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo upon descent, unfurled during the spacecraft's ascent on Friday before it broke apart in midair. The tail section "feathered" without prompting, according to the NTSB. One of the pilots unlocked the mechanism, but it shouldn't have moved until a handle was also moved. The co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, was killed in the crash, and the pilot was injured. The NTSB emphasized that the investigation was ongoing, and a definite cause of the catastrophe has not been determined. Read more in NEWS.
2. “Death With Dignity” advocate Brittany Maynard dies in Oregon
Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor in January and told she would likely have only six months to live. But Maynard decided that she would take her own life — in order to avoid the painful, final stage of the cancer — by drinking a lethal mixture of water, sedatives and respiratory-system depressants. But she had to move to Oregon, one of five states with an aid-in-dying law. Along the way, Maynard advocated for the controversial law, while checking items off her "bucket list." Read more in HEALTH.
3. Nik Wallenda successfully crosses two wires over Chicago
Nik Wallenda has pulled stunts before, but on Sunday night he raised the stakes in a few different ways. He crossed one wire, pulled between two sky scrapers, at a 15-degree incline above the Windy City. But he didn't stop there. For his second act of the night, Wallenda walked another wire with a blindfold on. Wallenda broke Guinness World Records for the highest walk blindfolded, and the greatest incline. Read more in NEWS.
4. Snow storm knocks out power for thousands in Maine
Parts of Maine were left with almost 2 feet of snow on Monday morning from an early November storm that also brought bitter winds. More than 130,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. Snow also fell as far south and east as Charleston, South Carolina — the earliest flakes on record in the city — over the weekend. Florida and Ohio broke their own records for lowest records recorded for the date on Sunday. Read more in WEATHER.
5. 71 percent back quarantine for Ebola health care workers
More than seven out of every 10 Americans support mandatory quarantine for health professionals returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, regardless of whether or not they're symptomatic. Only 24 percent of Americans disagree with the measure, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The debate over mandatory quarantine surfaced after nurse Kaci Hickox contested the governors of New Jersey and Maine over her mandatory isolation. Read more in HEALTH.
6. Marysville students return to school after shooting
Marysville students will return to school Monday, more than a week after Jaylen Fryberg, 15, opened fire in the school's cafeteria, killing three and injuring two before he took his own life. A female student was killed immediately following the Oct. 24 shooting, and two teenage girls have died since. Two male victims remain hospitalized. A vigil was held Sunday night for Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who died Friday night. Read more in NEWS.
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