Good morning, and happy Veteran's Day. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. New York City Ebola doctor to leave hospital
The last American known to have Ebola in the United States is now free of the disease and will be discharged from a New York City hospital later Tuesday, doctors said. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, returned home to Manhattan as a volunteer in Guinea on Oct. 17. After developing a temperature, he was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with Ebola. As part of Spencer's treatment, he received a plasma transfusion from another American Ebola survivor, Nancy Writebol. Read more in NEWS.
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2. Messy snowstorm buries Upper Midwest
Snow has fallen from Montana to Michigan, dumping a foot and a half in some pockets Monday and threatening to blast more of the wintry mix Tuesday. The northern half of the nation was forecast to stay “locked in" to these icy temperatures until next week, meteorologists say, while elsewhere would normalize. The autumn snow has put a damper on flights, with at least 550 canceled in the Minneapolis and Chicago areas. Read more in NEWS.
3. South Korea ferry captain gets 36 years
The captain of the doomed Sewol ferry, which sunk in April off the coast of South Korea, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandonment. Capt. Lee Joon-seok, however, was acquitted of homicide, which meant he could have faced the death penalty. The Sewol’s sinking killed more than 300 people, and remains one of South Korea’s deadliest disasters. The 15 crew members tasked with navigating the ferry have faced scathing public criticism because they escaped the sinking ship while many of their passengers were still trapped inside. Read more in NEWS.
4. Hawaii lava flow incinerates first home
Lava that oozed from a volcanic vent has consumed its first home in the Hawaiian community of Pahoa. No one was hurt as residents in the hot zone have already fled, but the past several days have been tense as the lave flow crept closer toward residences. Active breakouts upslope have been cause for concern, even though the leading edge of the lava flow has been stalled for more than a week. Officials said Monday there's no indication the lava flow from Pu’o O’o will stop any time soon. Read more in NEWS.
5. How one veteran climbed out of homelessness
Former Marine Corps infantryman Louie Serrano has moved into a new, two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles with his wife and young child. In barely two years, Serrano has risen from a homeless veteran sleeping in a used SUV to a homeless advocate who has donated almost $1,000 to ex-service members also striving to dig out. “Every day, I’m thinking of a veteran. I think of the people who came before us, who contributed to our freedoms. I think of the people I served with,” he told NBC News. Read more in NEWS.
6. Tom Brokaw among Medal of Freedom honorees
The 19 Americans to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — represent a diverse and extraordinary set. They include NBC News’ Tom Brokaw as well as musician Stevie Wonder, actress Meryl Streep and posthumously, the “Freedom Summer” activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The White House ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 24. Read more in NEWS.
And now this ...
The purple silk shirts being worn during President Obama’s trip to China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit has some fashionistas likening them to uniforms from “Star Trek.”
It turns out, the fashion is all part of tradition. Leaders attending the summit typically wear traditional dress from whichever country is hosting the event, according to The Hill. In 2011, however, Obama didn’t force his fellow attendees to put on flowered shirts when Hawaii hosted the summit.
“We gave them a shirt, and if they wanted to wear the shirt, I promise you it would have been fine,” Obama said. “But I didn’t hear a lot of complaints about us breaking precedent on that one.”