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Journalist Who Contracted Ebola Now Disease Free

Ashoka Mukpo

(OMAHA, Neb.) — The freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while working with NBC in Liberia is now disease free, he tweeted Tuesday.

Ashoka Mukpo was transported from Liberia to the Nebraska Medical Center’s biocontainment center on Oct. 6.

The medical center announced Tuesday that he was free of the disease and would be released from the hospital on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old made the announcement himself, tweeting that he is “Ebola free and feeling so blessed.”

Just got my results. 3 consecutive days negative. Ebola free and feeling so blessed. I fought and won, with lots of help. Amazing feeling

— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 21, 2014

Throughout his treatment he opened up via Twitter about how he still is not sure how he contracted the disease but does not regret going to Liberia to help spread the word about Ebola’s impact on west Africa.

For the record – no idea how I got it. It was something fluky. My best guess is I touched a surface and didn’t chlorinate fast enough.

— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 20, 2014

He wrote about the “endless debt, endless gratitude” he owes to his supporters, mentioning how the head of Doctors Without Borders’ burial team took time to visit Mukpo while he was still being treated in Liberia.

I was around a lot of sick people the week before I got sick. Thought I was keeping a good distance, wish I knew exactly what went wrong.

— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 20, 2014

But I don’t regret going to Liberia to cover the crisis. That country was a second home to me and I had to help raise the alarm.

— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 20, 2014

I’ll have time to say more the next few weeks, but for now, I’m in awe of my good fortune. I’m a very very lucky person. #blessed

— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 20, 2014

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Cowboys Release Michael Sam from Practice Squad

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) – The Dallas Cowboys (6-1) released defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad on Tuesday.

“I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates and fans for their support,” Sam wrote on his Twitter page. “While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”

Sam, who is the NFL’s first openly gay player, was signed by the Cowboys to their practice squad on Sept. 3, after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.

The Rams selected Sam out of Missouri with the 249th pick in this year’s NFL draft. During his preseason campaign, the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year had 11 tackles and three sacks.

In seven games this season, the Cowboys have just seven sacks.

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French Energy CEO Killed in Collision at Moscow Airport

ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of French energy giant Total, was killed on Tuesday when his corporate jet and a snowplow collided at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport.

No other passengers were on board the jet with de Margerie and three crew members at the time of the crash. All four onboard were killed.

The plane was apparently taking off when it struck the snowplow. Russian investigators have accused the snowplow driver of being drunk, a claim the man’s lawyer denied.

De Margerie was a staunch defender of Russian energy politics and an opponent of Western sanctions against Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telegram to French President Francois Hollande that he was “shocked” when he heard about the crash, and offered condolences to de Margerie’s family and friends. “We have lost a true friend of our country but he will remain in our memories,” Putin said.

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Cowboys Release Michael Sam from Practice Squad

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) – The Dallas Cowboys (6-1) released defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad on Tuesday.

“I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates and fans for their support,” Sam wrote on his Twitter page. “While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”

Sam, who is the NFL’s first openly gay player, was signed by the Cowboys to their practice squad on Sept. 3, after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.

The Rams selected Sam out of Missouri with the 249th pick in this year’s NFL draft. During his preseason campaign, the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year had 11 tackles and three sacks.

In seven games this season, the Cowboys have just seven sacks.

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Wall Street Posts Gains Again, US Existing Home Sales Rise

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets rose again on Tuesday, marking the third straight day of gains after a difficult beginning to the month of October.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 215.14, closing at 16,614.81.

The Nasdaq jumped 103.41 to a finish of 4,419.48, while the S&P 500 gained 37.27, finishing at 1,941.28.

The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday that existing home sales in September rose to their highest figure of the year, rebounding from a small decline in August. The organization also noted the 31st consecutive month of year-over-year gains for existing home prices.

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Staples Investigating Potential Data Breach

Staples(NEW YORK) — Staples is in the process of investigating a potential breach of customer credit card data, the office supply chain confirmed to ABC News Tuesday.

The Massachusetts-based company said it has contacted law enforcement and is working to resolve the situation. A source told ABC News that the U.S. Secret Service is taking the lead in the investigation.

In the meantime, Staples said customers are “not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on a timely basis.”

The company disclosed the investigation after cyber security blogger Brian Krebs said banks identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud linked to Staples stores.

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Staples Investigating Potential Data Breach

Staples(NEW YORK) — Staples is in the process of investigating a potential breach of customer credit card data, the office supply chain confirmed to ABC News Tuesday.

The Massachusetts-based company said it has contacted law enforcement and is working to resolve the situation. A source told ABC News that the U.S. Secret Service is taking the lead in the investigation.

In the meantime, Staples said customers are “not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on a timely basis.”

The company disclosed the investigation after cyber security blogger Brian Krebs said banks identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud linked to Staples stores.

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Times Square Bus Driver Goes From Suspect to Hero

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — No charges will be filed against a New York bus driver who was arrested after he smashed into a lamp post in Times Square this summer, after an investigation into the crash determined that the driver was actually a hero.

William Dalambert was at the wheel of a Gray Line bus in August when the bus slammed into a lamp post, knocking it down. Several people were injured. Dalambert was arrested and police initially said he had failed a sobriety test.

A full drug and alcohol screen test was performed later, which cleared Dalambert of being impaired.

“As part of the two-month-long investigation, prosecutors interviewed numerous eyewitnesses, including the only witness on the bus, a tour guide riding with Dalambert at the time of the crash,” a statement from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.

“After obtaining phone records, video, and running tests on an identical bus, we have concluded that a mechanical failure caused the bus to lurch forward, at which time the driver steered the bus away from a crowded sidewalk, thereby averting serious injury to those on the sidewalk,” the statement said.

The DA’s office said Dalambert “voluntarily submitted to sobriety and toxicology tests, which came back negative.”

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Times Square Bus Driver Goes From Suspect to Hero

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — No charges will be filed against a New York bus driver who was arrested after he smashed into a lamp post in Times Square this summer, after an investigation into the crash determined that the driver was actually a hero.

William Dalambert was at the wheel of a Gray Line bus in August when the bus slammed into a lamp post, knocking it down. Several people were injured. Dalambert was arrested and police initially said he had failed a sobriety test.

A full drug and alcohol screen test was performed later, which cleared Dalambert of being impaired.

“As part of the two-month-long investigation, prosecutors interviewed numerous eyewitnesses, including the only witness on the bus, a tour guide riding with Dalambert at the time of the crash,” a statement from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.

“After obtaining phone records, video, and running tests on an identical bus, we have concluded that a mechanical failure caused the bus to lurch forward, at which time the driver steered the bus away from a crowded sidewalk, thereby averting serious injury to those on the sidewalk,” the statement said.

The DA’s office said Dalambert “voluntarily submitted to sobriety and toxicology tests, which came back negative.”

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American Jeffrey Fowle Released from North Korea

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, was abruptly allowed to leave Tuesday on a U.S. government jet.

The 56-year-old from Miamisburg, Ohio, had been charged with leaving a Bible in Chongjin last May. Proseletyzing is illegal in North Korea.

A Defense Department plane carried Fowle out of the country, but it was not immediately clear when he was supposed to return home.

The site of the U.S. plane with the American flag on its tail at Pyongyang’s international airport was an unusual sight.

The State Department welcomed Fowle’s release but called on the North Korean government to release two other Americans still in the secretive country, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller.

Fowle’s release was negotiated with the help of Sweden since the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea.

“We thank the government of Sweden for the tireless efforts of the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang,” the State Department said.

Fowle will have to deal with another problem when he returns. While in a North Korean jail, he was fired from his job as an equipment operator for the city of Moraine, Ohio — a job he had for the last 26 years. The dismissal last month came with a $70,000 severance package.

“At some point, you have to return to work,” Moraine City Manager David Hicks told ABC News.

Hicks noted that Fowle was a union employee.

“Although he was terminated, he has the ability to apply at any point in the next year and he would be immediately reinstated into his position,” he said.

Hicks said that the city kept his wife and children on Fowle’s health insurance after his termination, and said Fowle would be welcome back at his job.

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