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Hillary Clinton returning to Iowa
Hillary Clinton is headed back to Iowa on October 29, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of the trip.

Warren: I've been treated differently
Sen. Elizabeth Warren told CNN she has been treated differently as a woman in the clubby upper chamber — echoing the general sentiments of her colleague Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who wrote about sexism in the Senate in a recent book.

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Vatican Library digitizes ancient manuscripts, makes them available for free

A Vatican librarian, wearing white gloves, turns the pages of a facsimile copy of the Borgianus Latinus, a missal for use at Christmas made for Pope Alexander VI. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERS

A Vatican librarian, wearing white gloves, turns the pages of a facsimile copy of the Borgianus Latinus, a missal for use at Christmas made for Pope Alexander VI. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERS

One of the oldest libraries on the planet is digitizing its archive of ancient manuscripts — and they’re all available to view free of charge.

The Vatican Apostolic Library is undertaking an extensive digital preservation of its 82,000 document collection. Over the course of a few years, with the assistance of Japanese company NTT DATA, the library has catalogued nearly 4,500 manuscripts online — and it hopes to reach the 15,000 mark within the next four years.

Monsignor Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library, called the project a “true effort in favour of the conservation and dissemination of knowledge at the service of culture throughout the world;” writing on the library’s site that the project could eventually lead to 40 million digitized pages and 43 petabytes worth of data.

The entire undertaking is expected to take at least 15 years and cost more than $63 million dollars — an effort the Vatican Library is attempting to support, in part, by crowdsourcing funding.

“Thanks to Digita Vaticana it will be possible to contribute to an undertaking on which the preservation and safeguard of the oldest knowledge depends,” the site writes. “Technology gives us the opportunity to think of the past while looking towards the future, and the world’s culture, thanks to the web, can truly become a common heritage, freely accessible to all, anywhere and any time.”

The current list of digitized manuscripts can be viewed through the Vatican Library website.

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On campus, fight Ebola panic with information

Photo by the NewsHour's American Graduate Project

Students work in class at the School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, where students prepare for careers in health services. Photo by Joel Aguilar

How does an off-hand comment about Ebola turn into campus-wide panic? Like this:

teacherslounge“Mr. Aguilar, we have students texting and saying that a student on campus has Ebola,” Nurse Belk told me after a student was sent home for an ear problem.

“Why are they saying that?”

“The student sent a text to his friends that he was sent home by the nurse and then the students started saying in class that he had Ebola.”

I told Nurse Belk that we needed to talk to the class immediately and contact the sick student to make sure he was not spreading misinformation.

Meanwhile, in our Veterinary I class, Ms. Ortega, who has firsthand knowledge of hospitals’ preparations for Ebola, presented the facts about Ebola: its origin, how it “jumped” from animals to humans and current practices for dealing with the virus. Students were able to use their medical background from their freshman and sophomore years to put the current situation in perspective, keep the facts about viruses in mind and stay informed.

Social and local media have saturated the airwaves with so much information on Ebola events that it gets difficult to focus on what is true and not. Like Nurse Belk and Ms. Ortega, educators across the country are listening to what information is being shared at school and stand ready to counter misinformation with facts. The worst thing we can have is a misinformed student body, which creates opportunities for bad choices.

We are fortunate to be a health-related magnet high school — because our students are science-oriented, they are well-prepared to deal with a possible Ebola outbreak. Our students are taught to research, evaluate information and then make a final determination on how to proceed; they understand that making a wrong diagnosis can harm individuals entrusted to their care.

But schools that are not health-focused can still provide a great deal of information through biology, health education and other sciences that expose students to relevant topics. School nurses and counselors can provide presentations to staff and students to educate them further on precautionary measures on Ebola. Staying updated also helps avoid panic. In Dallas, our district has sent out updates each time a specific event makes the news and has provided us with information on what we were doing to assist and support our community.

The Ebola situation is serious, but panic can lead to other health problems such as anxiety and stress. I would caution educators not to ignore questions or hide information from students. If we don’t tell them what is happening, they will hear it from someone else — someone who may not have their best interests in mind. Students and parents entrust us to provide a safe and secure environment in times of uncertainty, and we are their lifeline to accurate information.

Joel Aguilar is principal at the School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas.

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Gunman shoots, kills soldier in Ottawa; Police believe more than one shooter

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is expected to brief the media at 2 p.m. EDT today. Watch that in the player above.

Updated at 5:00 p.m. EDT | President Barack Obama called the shootings in Ottawa, Canada, “outrageous attacks.”

“We’re all shaken by it.”

The president said the motive for the shootings remain unknown following a meeting with members of his Ebola response team.

CBC News confirmed that the victim killed in the Ottawa shooting is Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist “serving in Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment.”

Canadian officials have identified the gunman who was killed as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, according to the Associated Press.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. EDT | The Ottawa Police released a statement at 1:45 p.m. EDT, confirming that the morning’s shooting resulted in the death of a Canadian forces member. In addition, the release stated that a male suspect in the shooting is deceased, and at this time there are no others in custody.

(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) responded to reports of shooting incidents this morning in the downtown area. Police can now confirm that incidents occurred at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.

Contrary to earlier reports no incident occurred near the Rideau Centre.

One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.

Next of kin notification is underway and as such, the victim’s identification will not be released.

One male suspect has also been confirmed deceased. There is no further update on injuries at this time.

This is an ongoing joint police operation and there is no one in custody at this time.

Ottawa residents are asked to stay away from the downtown area while the investigation continues. If you work in one of the downtown buildings, follow the instructions from the building management you are in.

A number of RCMP and Federal government buildings are also closed to the public; as is Ottawa City Hall and all Ottawa Police stations.

The Ottawa Police Service wants to speak to witnesses of today’s shooting incidents. Witnesses are to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext 5493.

Those with tips regarding the shooting incidents, or those looking to report suspicious activity, can call 613-236-1222 or call 9-1-1.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS), toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.

Updated at 1:57 p.m. EDT | The Associated Press is reporting that Ottawa police say they believe there is more than one shooter. The police have also reported that the soldier who was shot and the suspect in the shooting have both died.

Updated at 12:41 p.m. EDT | A gunman shot a Canadian soldier standing at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday, according to witnesses and police. More shots were fired inside the parliament building.

Royal Canadian mounted police officers head toward Parliament Hill following a shooting incident in Ottawa on Oct. 22. Photo by Chris Wattie/Reuters

Royal Canadian mounted police officers head toward Parliament Hill following a shooting incident in Ottawa on Oct. 22. Photo by Chris Wattie/Reuters

Police chased the gunman into the parliament building, where at least 30 more shots were heard. Parliament was locked down and Prime Minister Stephen Harper left the building safely. The wounded soldier was taken inside an ambulance for treatment.

Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy said it was unclear whether there was more than one shooter.

The incident came days after a Canadian soldier was killed and another wounded in a hit-and-run car crash deemed a terrorist attack. The man driving the car in Quebec on Monday was fatally shot by police.

After the car crash, Canada raised its terrorism alert level from low to medium.

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