Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As the world lauded Bill Gates’ foundation for its largest humanitarian pledge ever — $50 million to help in the fight against the spread of Ebola in West Africa — the wealthiest man in America expressed excitement over the rise of philanthropy among the young, rich and successful.

“I see more and more [philanthropists] every year.…You know, our view is that you shouldn’t wait until you’re just on your deathbed,” he told ABC News, “you should use your talent to help.…To be smart about philanthropy.”

Gates, ranked by Forbes recently as the wealthiest man in the U.S. for the 21st straight year with a net worth of $81 billion, called the $50 million donation the foundation’s “biggest emergency grant ever.”

“It is a very tough situation we’re in right now — an infectious disease gets into an urban area,” he said. “You have the horrific fact that people are dying of Ebola but also the whole health system is shut down.…So it’s going to take a while there, first getting on top of Ebola, and then restoring a good health system.”

Gates said he hoped the move, coupled with the U.S. response and aid, would help the medical community finally get hold of the epidemic.

At least 2,909 in West Africa have died from the Ebola virus and at least 3,000 more have been infected, according to the World Health Organization.

The U.S. government has committed at least $175 million and the U.S. military plans to give $500 million in “humanitarian assistance” that would be redirected from its budget.

In addition, almost 3,000 American troops have been mobilized to offer support to field hospitals and training facilities for health employees.

With the $50 million pledge, monies are expected to be released in “flexible funds” to U.N. agencies and global organizations that can purchase medical supplies and support facilities treating the outbreak.

“Everybody’s stepping up — the U.K., France — but the U.S. most of all,” Gates said. “A lot of countries. A lot of people. A lot of heroes [are] stepping up to help out.”

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Dynamic Graphics/Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Shares of pharmaceutical companies that produce experimental Ebola drugs spiked in after-market trading on Tuesday following news of the first diagnosis of the deadly disease in the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday evening that they had confirmed the first U.S. case of an individual being diagnosed with the deadly virus, at a hospital in Texas.

Shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, one of the three known producers of an Ebola drug, jumped as much as 25 percent to more than $26 per share in after-hours trading on the NASDAQ.

Sarepta Therapeutics, which is also reportedly working on a drug, rose by more then 7 percent to over $22 per share on the NASDAQ.

The case announced by the CDC involved an individual who was recently in Liberia but did not have symptoms when traveling back to the United States on Sept. 19.

Although American Ebola patients have been treated in the United States prior to this diagnosis, they all contracted Ebola in West Africa. Ebola has killed 2,917 people and infected 3,346 others in Africa since the outbreak began in March.

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TkKurikawa/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Australian police arrested a 23-year-old man on Tuesday and charged him with financing terrorism.

According to a media release put out by the Australian Federal Police and the Victoria Police, the unidentified man allegedly made about $12,000 available to an organization that he was aware was a terrorist organization.

The arrest was the result of an operation that got under way earlier this year, when the FBI provided a tip to the Australian Federal police that a Melbourne man was providing funding to a U.S. citizen who later traveled to Syria to participate in the fighting.

AFP National Manager of Counterterrorism Neil Gaughan said that “providing funding is equally criminal as actually travelling to participate and we will use all our resources to cut off the supply of funds to terrorists.”

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Spiderninja/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The United Kingdom announced that it had conducted its first airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in Iraq on Tuesday.

According to a release from the U.K. government, the two fighter jets were tasked with providing assistance to Kurdish troops under attack by ISIS terrorists. The release says that a guided bomb was used to attack an ISIS ground position and a Brimstone missile was used against an armed pickup truck believed to be operated by ISIS militants.

U.K. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that the Royal Air Force “have been flying day and night since Parliament gave that authority last Friday…gathering intelligence, deterrents against [ISIS] terrorism, driving them back from the villages, as well as being there in close support when they are tasked to go down and help.”

U.S. and coalition forces have conducted over 220 airstrikes in Iraq and at least 66 in Syria.

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JaysonPhotography/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tuesday marked another day of losses for Wall Street, as all three major indices closed lower for the second day in a row.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 28.32 to 17,042.90.

The Nasdaq slipped 12.46 to 4,493.39, while the S&P 500 closed at 1,972.29, down 5.51.

The Conference Board said on Tuesday that consumer confidence, which increased in August, slipped back downwards in September. August’s mark had been the highest level in about seven years. The Conference Board noted that “a less positive assessment of the current job market” played a role in the decline.

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Microsoft(NEW YORK) — It’s not coming out until 2015, but Microsoft offered a peek at what users can expect from the latest generation of the company’s operating system called Windows 10.

Many keen Microsoft observers will note that the company skipped over the number nine in naming the latest iteration of the software. It’s something a company spokesman said signals how the operating system has evolved.

“Windows 10 carries Windows forward into a new way of doing things. It is not an incremental change, but a new Windows that will empower the next billion users,” the spokesperson said.

Here’s a look at some upgrades Microsoft has made to Windows 10:

Working Is a Snap

There’s nothing more annoying than having to toggle between two windows you’re trying to work out of at the same time. No more!

Users will be able to snap four apps to the same screen, meaning work just got that much easier.

Mobile-First, Cloud-First World

When apps from the Windows store are opened, they’ll run the same way as desktop apps — in a Window. They can easily be minimized, maximized, moved around and closed with just one click.

Multiple Desktops

Working on a slew of different projects? Create a desktop for each one.

Not only do we see this feature making it easier to focus on getting work done, but the best part: your working doesn’t have to be staring you down all the time. Let it live in its own desktop.

Task View

When you want to pull up that big project, it’s easy to do so.

A new button called “Task View” allows users to quickly switch between open files and new desktops they have created, making working in the operating system incredibly efficient.

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Microsoft(NEW YORK) — It’s not coming out until 2015, but Microsoft offered a peek at what users can expect from the latest generation of the company’s operating system called Windows 10.

Many keen Microsoft observers will note that the company skipped over the number nine in naming the latest iteration of the software. It’s something a company spokesman said signals how the operating system has evolved.

“Windows 10 carries Windows forward into a new way of doing things. It is not an incremental change, but a new Windows that will empower the next billion users,” the spokesperson said.

Here’s a look at some upgrades Microsoft has made to Windows 10:

Working Is a Snap

There’s nothing more annoying than having to toggle between two windows you’re trying to work out of at the same time. No more!

Users will be able to snap four apps to the same screen, meaning work just got that much easier.

Mobile-First, Cloud-First World

When apps from the Windows store are opened, they’ll run the same way as desktop apps — in a Window. They can easily be minimized, maximized, moved around and closed with just one click.

Multiple Desktops

Working on a slew of different projects? Create a desktop for each one.

Not only do we see this feature making it easier to focus on getting work done, but the best part: your working doesn’t have to be staring you down all the time. Let it live in its own desktop.

Task View

When you want to pull up that big project, it’s easy to do so.

A new button called “Task View” allows users to quickly switch between open files and new desktops they have created, making working in the operating system incredibly efficient.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California has become the first state in the country to make it illegal for grocery stores to give out plastic grocery bags.

While many cities had already banned the bags, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday banning them up and down California.

“This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a statement. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

Under the legislation, grocery stores and pharmacies are banned from distributing the bags after July 2015. Convenience and liquor stores will be subject to the change the following year.

The bill will also provide up to $2 million in competitive loans for businesses to transition to reusable bags.

Lawmakers are touting it as a win for the environment, but critics say it won’t help.

Bag makers are already trying for a voter referendum to repeal the new law.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — The U.S. military, with the help of partner nations, conducted 22 more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Tuesday.

Eleven of the strikes were conducted throughout Syria on Monday and Tuesday. According to CENTCOM, two near Dayr ar Zawr destroyed an ISIS armored vehicle and armed vehicle; five near Sinjar destroyed one artillery piece, one tank, three armed vehicles, two facilities, an observation post and hit four fighting positions; three near Mazra al Duwud destroyed one artillery piece, damaged another, and destroyed two rocket launchers; and one northeast of Aleppo destroyed four buildings occupied by ISIS.

The attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft used in these airstrikes all managed to exit the areas safely.

The other 11 strikes took place in Iraq Tuesday, seven of which destroyed an armored vehicle, two transport vehicles and four armed vehicles, and damaged an armed vehicle in the northwestern part of the country.

Two strikes near Mosul Dam destroyed an ISIS fighting position and armed vehicle. The remaining two airstikes destroyed an armed vehicle northwest of Baghdad and struck an ISIS checkpoint in west Fallujah.

The fighter and remotely piloted aircraft used in these attacks also managed to exit the areas safely.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Fears that the Ebola virus may spread to more countries in West Africa could also affect one of the region’s major exports, cocoa, which has been steadily increasing in price over the last year.

About 70 percent of the world’s cocoa supply comes from West African nations, with Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana accounting for over 55 percent of global cocoa supply, according to IBISWorld chocolate analyst Amal Ahmad. But the recent surge in cocoa prices is not the result of the Ebola outbreak, Ahmad told ABC News.

The price per ton of cocoa has increased steadily since May 2013, according to the International Cocoa Organization. The price of coca was $3,330 per ton Tuesday morning, compared to $3,252 on Aug. 29. Last month, cocoa prices reached highs not seen since January 2011.

Ahmad said rising cocoa prices have so far had more to do with basic economic trends — strong global demand outstripping limited global supply — than with Ebola. The epidemic will raise cocoa prices significantly only if it affects workers in cocoa fields, limiting global supply further, Ahmad said.

The current outbreak is the worst since the Ebola virus was first identified in 1976, with more than 6,000 reported cases, about half of them fatal, according to the World Health Organization.

The big players will be affected more than smaller artisan producers, who do not lean as heavily on West African beans and instead favor cocoa from Central and South America or the East Indies, said Michael Laiskonis, creative director at the Institute of Culinary Education.

ADM, one of the world’s largest food manufacturers, has cocoa bean facilities in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, plus cocoa processing operations in the latter two countries. None of those countries have reported cases of Ebola, according to the WHO.

Jackie Anderson, a spokeswoman for ADM, which bills itself as the world’s premier cocoa and chocolate manufacturer, said that cocoa operations have not been impacted in West Africa. However, the company is monitoring the situation closely, Anderson said.

As the primary October harvest approaches, all eyes are on the ongoing spread of the virus, the restricted mobility of the migrant workforce, and the transport of the commodity itself throughout and out of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, Laiskonis said.

“Though the Ebola outbreaks presents an unprecedented crisis, the general political and social conditions in many cocoa-growing regions has occasionally been cause for caution amid the global trade,” Laiskonis said.

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