U.S. was ill-equipped to handle Ebola rescues, State Dept. contract reveals

The U.S. State Department expedited a $4.9 million deal for medevac services, Yahoo News has learned, after two Americans infected with Ebola, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, recently had trouble being rescued from West Africa. The CDC had developed an airworthy isolation chamber for infectious patients in the past decade, but the high-tech transportation tent was in storage when Samaritan’s Purse — a Christian humanitarian group — first sought help from the federal government.

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Obama extends national emergency for WMDs

President Obama is extending the national emergency declaration for weapons of mass destruction, finding that the “proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons” remains a threat to the United States.

“The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States,” according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Monday.  
 
The national emergency, which was first declared on Nov. 14, 1994, was set to expire this week if the president did not act.

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