Good morning, and happy Wednesday. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Ebola survivor donates blood to photojournalist
Dr. Kent Bratly, one of the Americans who has recovered from Ebola, is donating his blood to help NBC freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo — stricken with the virus over a week ago. Mukpo’s family told NBC News early Wednesday that Brantly was contacted by the Nebraska hospital treating Mukpo after it was discovered that their blood types match. Mukpo is already being given one experimental drug, but it’s unclear if it will be effective. Read more in HEALTH.
2. Turkey taking its time joining anti-ISIS battle
Although ISIS militants have virtually seized the Syrian border town of Kobani, neighboring Turkey remains on the sidelines of the fight to root out the terror network. Turkish lawmakers have agreed to help the U.S.-led coalition, but observers are wondering why it’s taking so long for NATO’s second-largest army to act. Some experts suggest that Turkey is holding out on the option of combat troops until the U.S. adds knocking out Syrian President Bashar Assad to the anti-ISIS coalition’s agenda. Others say that Turkey will only militarily engage when its interests are directly at play. Read more in NEWS.
3. Ohio veteran claims he’s helping to fight ISIS
Americans are getting in on both sides of the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Reports say Air Force veteran Brian Wilson has joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Union to fight against ISIS in Syria — although the “history buff” doesn’t appear to have seen combat yet. “Everything has been fine. They’re very nice, very accommodating, hospitable. Very good people,” he said of his hosts in the northeast Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli. On the flip side, the FBI wants the public’s help in identifying a possible American who joined ISIS — a masked man seen in a propaganda video. Read more in NEWS.
4. Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty in abuse case
The embattled Minnesota Vikings running back is expected in court Wednesday and will reportedly plead not guilty to child abuse charges. Peterson has been on paid suspension since his arrest last month in Texas for allegedly abusing his 4-year-old son with a “switch.” And the hits keep on coming for the tarnished player: He tried to knock down a report Tuesday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune claiming that his charity failed to donate money as claimed. Read more in SPORTS.
5. Indiana family sues after cops use Taser during stop
A seatbelt infraction spiraled into a frightening encounter for an Indiana family last month, when a police officer ended up shattering the car’s window and using a Taser on a passenger. The incident was caught on video, and has led to a lawsuit filed this week. Driver Lisa Mahone said the officers became “highly aggressive” and used excessive force. Hammond police, however, contend the officers were concerned for their safety because they couldn’t see what was happening inside the car. Read more in NEWS.
How’s this for a heavenly sighting: Early Wednesday morning’s full moon is not only blood red, but it’s also a lunar eclipse. And for some skywatchers in the eastern U.S. and parts of Asia and the Pacific, they’ll see both the sun and the moon sharing the same sky. The effect is known as selenelion. “It’s a phenomenon that's barely possible,” one eclipse tracker told NBC News. Read more in SCIENCE.
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One U.S. city won’t be celebrating Columbus Day next Monday. The Seattle City Council passed a resolution this week to replace the state holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.