Dallas hospital officials say a flaw in electronic health records led to Thomas Eric Duncan being sent home after his first visit to the hospital, reports CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez. An estimated 100 people came into contact with Duncan before he was diagnosed with Ebola. An American cameraman, Ashoka Mukpa, helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News, has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back by private charter to the U.S. for treatment. The rest of the NBC News crew, including Dr. Nancy Snyderman, will also be chartered back to the U.S. and placed in quarantine for 21 days.
Questions are being raised about how Duncan contracted the virus and was able leave Liberia. CBS News correspondent Debora Patta reports that Duncan indicated on a travel form that he did not have any exposure to Ebola, but he knew that, weeks earlier, he'd helped a woman who died of Ebola get to a hospital. Liberian officials say he lied and they will prosecute him.
The current, unprecedented Ebola epidemic has already had a horrific impact on the nations in West Africa where the outbreak began, especially in terms of the thousands of lives lost. But analysts believe the outbreak's damage to international economies will continue to grow and spread. It may take years to recover.
Fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) is costing up to $10 million a day, the Pentagon has said. According to one estimate released this week, the fight could cost as much as $8.6 billion a year. So far, that effort has been funded through the Overseas Contingency Operations fund that's not subject to the same budget caps as the Defense Department's base budget. The strikes are likely to continue to be funded this way, even though both Democrats and Republicans have referred to the fund as a "slush fund" for the Pentagon.
Hong Kong's top leader has said his government will talk with protesters, but the pro-democracy movement that's filled the streets for days is calling for those talks to be out in the open, and threatening to continue occupying parts of the city if the talks don't go their way. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane said there were not as many people on the streets today, possibly because on-and-off rain was keeping them away, or perhaps the promise of talks has been taken as something of a victory.
The health of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un is one of Pyongyang's most closely guarded secrets. But all that changed last week when North Korea broadcast video of Kim, the Swiss-educated, NBA-loving 30-something supreme leader, walking with a limp while touring a factory in September. The mere hint of a physically afflicted North Korean leader sparked frenzied speculation in the South Korean media.
Sebastian Thrun is the German-born computer scientist behind Google Glass and the first driverless car. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports Thun is now turning his attention to jobs. His new start-up, Udacity, is focusing on teaching programming skills for specific jobs.
Two people have died -- an 18 year old in Oklahoma and a mother of three in Virginia -- when airbags in their vehicles did not perform as designed. A coroner's report in California links a third death. A government database shows more than 100 people have reported being hurt. CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor reports the incidents all involve airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation of Japan. More than 11 million cars have been recalled because of the potentially deadly airbag malfunction. Safety advocates, and those who've been affected, say the number should be far higher.
CBS News reported five years ago that investigators often ignore DNA evidence collected from victims in what is known as a "rape kit." CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports Ohio prosecutors now have processed some of the kits and the results astonished everyone. Suddenly, investigators were tying individual suspects to five, six, sometimes seven rapes dating back decades.
A national monument honoring wounded veterans " is a memorial that tells you of the terrifying consequences of any war," said Dennis Joyner, who lost three limbs to a booby-trap in Vietnam. CBS News national secuirty correspondent David Martin reports a picture of a little girl pushing her father in a wheelchair is the one that resonates most for Joyner. His sons had to do the same for him. "When the last battle's fought, the last soldier comes home, the war is over, for millions of disabled veterans it's not over," said Joyner. "They're going to live the rest of their life continuing to deal with the effects of that war."
In the early 1950s, most babies born with spina bifida did not live long but, reports CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason,singer John Mellencamp survived after a pioneering operation. Mellencamp talks about finally meeting the doctor who saved him, 62 years later.