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Jay Cutler, Bears Prepare for New England

Nick Laham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bears (3-4) will travel to New England to take on the Patriots (5-2) on Sunday.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out on the team’s offensive play after their 27-14 loss to the Dolphins last Sunday, but quarterback Jay Cutler and the team are moving forward.

The one good thing going for the Bears is that they are 3-1 on the road this season.

Cutler and the offense have averaged 22.4 points this season and the Patriots defense is only giving up 22.

“They play a lot of man [defense] as of recently,” Cutler said of the Patriots defensive game plan. “They’ve played it all; we’ll just have to see those first couple series of how they want to attack us.”

“Darrelle Revis is one of the best in the business,” Cutler said of the Patriots secondary. “He lot of times goes with the number one receiver and shadows him throughout the game, we’ll see what he does against us.”

The Patriots are 3-0 at home this year and quarterback Tom Brady expects it to be another close game against the Bears.

“We’ve had some great games against those guys,” Brady said. “They’ve got a real good defense. It’s kind of been the market of that team for a long time. A lot of guys at different positions. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

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Jay Cutler, Bears Prepare for New England

Nick Laham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bears (3-4) will travel to New England to take on the Patriots (5-2) on Sunday.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out on the team’s offensive play after their 27-14 loss to the Dolphins last Sunday, but quarterback Jay Cutler and the team are moving forward.

The one good thing going for the Bears is that they are 3-1 on the road this season.

Cutler and the offense have averaged 22.4 points this season and the Patriots defense is only giving up 22.

“They play a lot of man [defense] as of recently,” Cutler said of the Patriots defensive game plan. “They’ve played it all; we’ll just have to see those first couple series of how they want to attack us.”

“Darrelle Revis is one of the best in the business,” Cutler said of the Patriots secondary. “He lot of times goes with the number one receiver and shadows him throughout the game, we’ll see what he does against us.”

The Patriots are 3-0 at home this year and quarterback Tom Brady expects it to be another close game against the Bears.

“We’ve had some great games against those guys,” Brady said. “They’ve got a real good defense. It’s kind of been the market of that team for a long time. A lot of guys at different positions. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

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Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus-Free, Glad to Go Home to Dog

The Pham Family(BETHESDA, Md.) — After weeks in isolation recovering from Ebola, Dallas nurse Nina Pham thanked everyone who cared for her and said she was glad to finally be going home to her dog, Bentley.

Pham walked out of the National Institutes of Health’s hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, Friday morning to a round of applause.

“I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” she told reporters, adding that she hopes to return to her “normal life.”

Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus on Oct. 11.

It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil.

Pham’s colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital’s request.

Pham’s dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn’t over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.

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Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus-Free, NIH Says

The Pham Family(BETHESDA, Md.) — After weeks in isolation, Dallas nurse Nina Pham has been declared Ebola-free, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus on Oct. 11.

It was the first Ebola transmission on American soil.

Pham’s colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital’s request.

The NIH will hold a press conference about her discharge at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Pham’s dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn’t over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.

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Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus-Free, NIH Says

The Pham Family(BETHESDA, Md.) — After weeks in isolation, Dallas nurse Nina Pham has been declared Ebola-free, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus on Oct. 11.

It was the first Ebola transmission on American soil.

Pham’s colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital’s request.

The NIH will hold a press conference about her discharge at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Pham’s dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn’t over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.

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TLC Cancels “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

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(NEW YORK) — Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been canceled.

The decision comes on the heels of a TMZ report that show matriarch Mama June, or June Shannon, is dating a convicted child molester.

“TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately,” a spokesperson for the network told ABC News in a statement. “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”

However, the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star, a mother of four including 9-year-old Alana, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, has denied having a relationship with the sex offender.

“I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors remember you can’t believe everything you read!” she wrote on Facebook. “It isnt true i promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn’t go back.”

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is currently between seasons. Yesterday, a spokesperson for the network told ABC News that it was “reassessing the future of the series.”

“TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” the network told ABC News in a statement Thursday. “We are very concerned about this new information.”

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Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — She’s a woman of the times!

Queen Elizabeth II took to Twitter for the first time ever Friday morning, sending the message before an audience of 600 guests from the science and technology fields at the opening of a new exhibit at London’s Science Museum.

“It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum, and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R,” she wrote.

It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

The Queen, 88, is the latest in her family to tweet from the @BritishMonarchy account. Earlier this year, Prince Harry sent his first tweet to promote the @InvictusGames, after which he posted his first selfie. (He even got his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, in on that one!)

However, that wasn’t Prince William’s first brush with social media. He and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, used his family’s @clarencehouse account to announce the birth of Prince George in 2013 and last month, when they announced that they’re expecting again.

Something one doesn’t see everyday… The Queen sends her first tweet to open #smInfoAge #TheQueenTweets pic.twitter.com/yOeK6Jlnxx

— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) October 24, 2014

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Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — She’s a woman of the times!

Queen Elizabeth II took to Twitter for the first time ever Friday morning, sending the message before an audience of 600 guests from the science and technology fields at the opening of a new exhibit at London’s Science Museum.

“It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum, and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R,” she wrote.

It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

The Queen, 88, is the latest in her family to tweet from the @BritishMonarchy account. Earlier this year, Prince Harry sent his first tweet to promote the @InvictusGames, after which he posted his first selfie. (He even got his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, in on that one!)

However, that wasn’t Prince William’s first brush with social media. He and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, used his family’s @clarencehouse account to announce the birth of Prince George in 2013 and last month, when they announced that they’re expecting again.

Something one doesn’t see everyday… The Queen sends her first tweet to open #smInfoAge #TheQueenTweets pic.twitter.com/yOeK6Jlnxx

— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) October 24, 2014

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Retracing the Steps of Craig Spencer, Doctor Who Tested Positive for Ebola

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Officials are retracing the steps of a doctor who tested positive for Ebola on 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 on Thursday after reporting a 100.3 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.

Spencer had contact with four people — his fiancée, two friends and an Uber driver, according to New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. 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.

Health officials say Spencer took the A, L and 1 subway trains on Wednesday. He also went for a jog and visited The Gutter, a bowling alley in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Gutter was closed Thursday “out of an abundance of caution,” Bassett said.

The New York City Health Department will check the bowling alley on Friday, Bassett said.

Spencer’s apartment was sealed off after it was cleared. Since he tested positive, a team will decontaminate his apartment in the Harlem section of New York, officials said.

Neighbors were saddened to learn about Spencer’s diagnosis.

“I really hope the odds are in his favor in regards to his recovery,” neighbor John Roston said.

The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, are slim — “close to nil” that the subway rides would pose a risk, Bassett said.

Still, the news rankled some New Yorkers.

“Oh my gosh!” said Charles Kerr, 60, as his friends gathered on a Harlem sidewalk murmured. “This changes the situation. The guy must be coughing, sitting against people. Now you’ve got to think.”

Kerr said he wasn’t afraid, but he wants a stricter approach to anyone coming from the Ebola-affected countries.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at a Thursday press conference, expressed their confidence in the staff at Bellevue Hospital to treat Spencer.

“There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” de Blasio said. “We’ve been preparing for months for the threat posed by Ebola. We have clear and strong protocols, which are being scrumptiously followed and were followed in this instance.”

Earlier this week, a team with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that Bellevue’s hospital staff had proper protocols and was prepared to treat Ebola patients, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.

Cuomo said he had spoken with Ron Klain, who was appointed by President Obama as his “Ebola czar.” A CDC team was also en route to New York, said Frieden.

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center described Spencer as a “dedicated humanitarian…who went to an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population.”

Spencer is the fourth patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive for the virus at the end of September in Dallas, where he infected two nurses who cared for him: Nina Pham and Amber Vinson.

Duncan died on Oct. 8, shortly before the nurses tested positive for the virus.

Vinson has been declared virus-free, her family announced Wednesday. Pham’s condition has been upgraded from “fair” to “good.”

Health officials decided to test the New York City patient for Ebola because of the patient’s work, symptoms and travel history, according to a statement from Bellevue Hospital. Bellevue is the designated hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of Ebola patients in New York City.

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Retracing the Steps of Craig Spencer, Doctor Who Tested Positive for Ebola

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Officials are retracing the steps of a doctor who tested positive for Ebola on 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 on Thursday after reporting a 100.3 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.

Spencer had contact with four people — his fiancée, two friends and an Uber driver, according to New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. 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.

Health officials say Spencer took the A, L and 1 subway trains on Wednesday. He also went for a jog and visited The Gutter, a bowling alley in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Gutter was closed Thursday “out of an abundance of caution,” Bassett said.

The New York City Health Department will check the bowling alley on Friday, Bassett said.

Spencer’s apartment was sealed off after it was cleared. Since he tested positive, a team will decontaminate his apartment in the Harlem section of New York, officials said.

Neighbors were saddened to learn about Spencer’s diagnosis.

“I really hope the odds are in his favor in regards to his recovery,” neighbor John Roston said.

The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, are slim — “close to nil” that the subway rides would pose a risk, Bassett said.

Still, the news rankled some New Yorkers.

“Oh my gosh!” said Charles Kerr, 60, as his friends gathered on a Harlem sidewalk murmured. “This changes the situation. The guy must be coughing, sitting against people. Now you’ve got to think.”

Kerr said he wasn’t afraid, but he wants a stricter approach to anyone coming from the Ebola-affected countries.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at a Thursday press conference, expressed their confidence in the staff at Bellevue Hospital to treat Spencer.

“There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” de Blasio said. “We’ve been preparing for months for the threat posed by Ebola. We have clear and strong protocols, which are being scrumptiously followed and were followed in this instance.”

Earlier this week, a team with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that Bellevue’s hospital staff had proper protocols and was prepared to treat Ebola patients, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.

Cuomo said he had spoken with Ron Klain, who was appointed by President Obama as his “Ebola czar.” A CDC team was also en route to New York, said Frieden.

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center described Spencer as a “dedicated humanitarian…who went to an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population.”

Spencer is the fourth patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive for the virus at the end of September in Dallas, where he infected two nurses who cared for him: Nina Pham and Amber Vinson.

Duncan died on Oct. 8, shortly before the nurses tested positive for the virus.

Vinson has been declared virus-free, her family announced Wednesday. Pham’s condition has been upgraded from “fair” to “good.”

Health officials decided to test the New York City patient for Ebola because of the patient’s work, symptoms and travel history, according to a statement from Bellevue Hospital. Bellevue is the designated hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of Ebola patients in New York City.

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