Good morning, and happy Wednesday. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Nurse in Ebola controversy won’t obey quarantine
Kaci Hickox, the nurse forced under quarantine after arriving at a New Jersey airport from Sierra Leone, doesn’t plan to obey any mandatory self-isolation orders while staying in Maine, she told TODAY. While she treated Ebola patients in West Africa, Hickox has tested negative for the virus and said she won’t be “bullied” by politicians who expect her to stay home. The governors of New York and New Jersey have instituted guidelines for traveler quarantines in order to contain the virus, but have also come under criticism from health officials who say the rules are excessive. Instead, those officials want the fight to stay focused on West Africa. Read more at TODAY.
2. Families flee as lava advances on Hawaii town
This is the price you pay for living in paradise: Residents of the small community of Pahoa are waiting to see if lava from the island’s volcano will consume their homes. As of Tuesday afternoon, it was just 70 yards from the closest occupied residence, but more homes and structures further downslope are threatened. Still, with the uncertainty of the lava’s movements, evacuations are not mandatory. “We don’t know what we’re going to do, but we just take it day by day,” one resident told NBC News. Read more in NEWS.
3. Unmanned rocket explodes after launch
What seemed like a flawless countdown for the Orbital Science rocket turned into a massive explosion Tuesday as the unmanned spacecraft lit up the sky in flames. No one on the ground was hurt. The company’s rocket was supposed to ferry supplies, including food, water and gear, to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The cause of the accident wasn’t immediately known, but Orbital said it has launch insurance to cover the cost. Read more in SCIENCE.
4. Secret Service investigator quits under cloud
David Nieland was tasked with investigating the infamous Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia two years ago. But this past August, Nieland stepped down from the Department of Homeland Security after he was identified by a prostitute in Florida, The New York Times first reported. The Times said Nieland declined to answer questions, and said simply by email that “the allegation is not true.” Read more in NEWS.
5. Pope: Evolution, Big Bang don’t contradict creation
The pontiff tried to bridge the idea of creationism and science by telling an audience that the Big Bang theory and evolution “do not contradict” the idea that God created the universe. “Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve,” Pope Francis said Monday to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. And when it came to creating the world, he added, God was not a magician and didn’t simply wave a magic wand. Read more in NEWS.
6. Jose Canseco accidentally shoots off finger
The former Major League Baseball slugger was in surgery after accidentally shooting himself in the left hand Tuesday, Las Vegas police said. Canseco apparently didn’t realize there was a round in the chamber while cleaning the large-caliber gun in a “misstep,” police added. The surgery was done in attempt to save his finger. Canseco was a baseball star before admitting to using steroids in his 2005 memoir, “Juiced.” Read more in SPORTS.
… What’s trending today?
Call him MC Potter. “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe showed off his rap skills by taking on Blackalicious’ 1999 track, “Alphabet Aerobics,” on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday. And the actor didn’t miss a beat — or a letter.