-- Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
1. Retracing the Steps of Craig Spencer, Doctor Who Tested Positive for Ebola
Officials are retracing the steps of a doctor who tested positive for Ebola Thursday, with the doctor in isolation at a New York City hospital and three others under quarantine, city and state officials said.
Dr. Craig Allen Spencer, 33, was placed in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Thursday after reporting a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. He had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea – one of the West African countries battling an outbreak of the deadly virus – for Doctors Without Borders, officials said. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and traveled through Brussels, Belgium and arrived at JFK Airport on Oct. 17.
According to NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, Spencer had contact with four people – his fiancée, two friends and an Uber driver. His fiancée, identified by a family friend as Morgan Dixon, is under quarantine at Bellevue Hospital while his two friends are quarantined at home, Bassett said. None of the people under quarantine are showing Ebola symptoms. The Uber driver isn’t considered to be at risk for contracting the virus.
2. Quadruplet Mom-to-Be Has Emergency Surgery to Save Babies
An expectant mom getting ready to welcome two sets of identical twins -- a one in 70 million occurrence -- endured emergency surgery this week after doctors found signs of a rare condition that could affect the health of one set of twins.
This week, during Ashley Gardner’s 19th week of pregnancy, doctors found evidence of an alarming condition called twin-to-twin syndrome that occurs when there is an imbalance in the blood supply between a set of identical twins in the placenta. As nutrition and blood supply is shunted from one twin to another, both can be harmed by either too much or too little fluid.
3. Bristol Palin Explains Brawl, Blames Media, Attacks Bidens, Clintons (All In One Note!)
Two days after audio from a brawl involving the Palin family was released, Bristol Palin has defended herself and her family in writing, explaining her side of what happened on the evening of Sept. 6.
“Instead of listening to all the people who weren’t there ... let me tell you what actually happened,” she writes in a post on Patheos.
4. Nebraska High School OKs Guns In Senior Portraits
A Nebraska school district changed its policy to allow seniors to pose with guns for their yearbook photos, and the school's superintendent says he's just catching up with the rest of the Midwest.
Students can pose with any type of prop, from rifles to basketballs, as long as what they're wearing meets the school's dress code and the photo is "tasteful and appropriate," according to the new policy introduced this week.
"We are a very rural community right in the center of Nebraska where hunting and other shooting sports are very popular," Broken Bow Public Schools Superintendent Mark Sievering said. "We have something that is known as the One Box Pheasant Hunt that is a hunt attended by people all over the nation."
5. The Spotlight Finds the Heroic Man in the Los Angeles Dodgers Hat
The man seen on video rescuing a resident from a burning property in California is finally getting his due.
Tom Artiaga, still in his Dodgers cap, was honored on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday – “tricked” to attend because of his reluctance to be in the spotlight, Kimmel said.
“Do you have a cape that you wear on weekends?” Kimmel asked.
“No,” Artiaga said, before Kimmel presented him with gifts and introduced a special guest.