Ebola Patient Told Hospital He Came From Liberia

DALLAS (AP) — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.

The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the ER a couple of days later, when his condition worsened.

A day after the diagnosis was confirmed, a nine-member team of federal health officials was tracking anyone who had close contact with him after he fell ill on Sept. 24. The group of 12 to 18 people included three members of the ambulance crew that took the man to the hospital and a handful of schoolchildren.

They will be checked ever

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The Decline Of U.S. Marriage Rates Explained In One Incredible Gif

It’s no secret that marriage rates in the U.S. are declining, but sometimes you have to see things to believe them.

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. census, researchers at Movoto — a real-estate blog dedicated to data crunching — created this gif that demonstrates the fall in marriage rates by state from 1970 to 2011. (You’ll notice that Nevada is singled out, as its marriage rates are drastically higher than the rest of the country).

The Decline Of U.S. Marriage Rates Explained In One Incredible Gif
Source: Movoto.com

While researching marriage rates, Movoto went one step further and split the data into two time periods: 1970-2003 and 2004-2011. “We selected 2004 as a boundary because it was the first year that gay marriage took effect in a U.S. state (Massachusetts),” Movoto explained in their report.

Their goal in doing so was to determine whether or not same-sex marr

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Army Of Consumers Get Paid To Snap Smartphone Pics In Stores

Army Of Consumers Get Paid To Snap Smartphone Pics In Stores

(Ben Schumin)

Sure, companies might pay retailers for favorable placement or fancy displays for their products, but how do they know whether those ads are working or the displays are set up as requested? Every day, there’s a flood of customers walking past those displays carrying tiny computers with good quality cameras on them. What do those two things have to do with each other?

One company, Quri, is combining sales data with photos, gamification, and small amounts of cash to create a swarm of smartphone-toting “field agents” to collect on-the-ground data in a hurry. Those field agents are people who receive alerts about jobs and perform them when they have some extra time.

On the business end, Quri promises clients quick and granular data about what their ads and displays look like in stores, current inventory levels of that product, and any other information

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18 Awesome Halloween Costumes For Couples Who Don’t Suck

Forget about Valentine’s Day — Halloween is the best time of year to be coupled up.

Why? Because you and your boo can rock the hell out of a two-person costume. Below, we’ve rounded up 18 clever couples costumes that we encourage you to steal.

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Watch Everyone Go Totally Freaking Nuts As Steve Jobs Demonstrates The Magic Of WiFi In 1999

Watch Everyone Go Totally Freaking Nuts As Steve Jobs Demonstrates The Magic Of WiFi In 1999

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Prepare yourself to feel old, jaded and immune to the everyday magical workings of technology, people. While these days we don’t bat an eye at carrying lightweight devices that let us basically do anything we want besides teleport, back in 1999 the world of technology was still new, exciting, and totally worth a standing ovation. To wit: Uproarious applause and a general cacophony of excitement when Steve Jobs showed off the iBook’s wireless powers back in 1999.

NAUSEA WARNING: The person who filmed the below video wasn’t too steady of hand, noting in the YouTube description, “my shaky Sony Hi8 HandyCam recording of the 1999 NYC MacWorld Public/ Keynote address” and as such, it feels a bit like watching Jobs present on a ship afloat on the roiling seas of appreciation.

It’s very simple — Jobs opens up the iBook’s web browser,

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These Bridesmaids Photos Are A Train Wreck, And We Just Can’t Look Away

They say that a bride is supposed to be the center of attention at her wedding — but, really, how could you ever compete with these bridesmaids?

BuzzFeed has compiled an amazing array of ridiculously strange bridesmaid snapshots, courtesy of Awkward Family Photos. The clip includes (but is obviously not limited to) pictures of Arctic-themed outfits, porcupine headdresses and a “shotgun wedding,” in the most literal sense.

The photos get hilariously intense when the bouquet gets thrown into the mix. You’ve been warned.

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United Airlines Reply Robot Returns, Responds To Complaint By “Mr. Human”

United Airlines Reply Robot Returns, Responds To Complaint By “Mr. Human”

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The fill-in-the-blank customer service robot that gave us the heartfelt letter apologizing to (CUSTOMER NAME) for (SPECIFIC EVENT) has returned — and like all sequels, this time… it’s personal.

And by personal, we of course mean coldly impersonal.

Reporter Chris Chmura of WTVT-TV in Tampa Tweeted us the above image of the reply e-mail he received from United for whatever complaint he registered with the airline.

“Dear Mr. Human,” it begins… which is really all you need to know about the personal touch that United gives to its customer service.

We love the paragraph where the ‘bot explains how it would like to be more detailed — if it only had a brain… a heart… some nerve — but please be assured that your concern has been passed up the chain to another automaton.

All kidding aside, one actual concern is

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AT&T: Half Of New Phone Buyers Are Choosing Next Plans

AT&T: Half Of New Phone Buyers Are Choosing Next Plans

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When you see AT&T advertising the hottest new phones as being available for “$0 down,” that’s if you opt for the early upgrade/installment payments plan called AT&T Next. While stock analysts (and, we’re guessing, AT&T itself) expected the program to be a huge hit, the prospect of getting a $15/month discount and paying full sticker price for a smartphone just isn’t tempting to the average consumer.

Yesterday, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, AT&T reported that there’s only a “take rate” of 50% for Next. When buying a new phone and presented with the choice of taking out a two-year contract or using Next to buy their new phone, customers are sticking with what they’re used to. They could also be doing the math, too, and would rather put more money down when they buy the phone and

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Collings: Lost Art of Handmade Guitars Still Alive in Texas

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It’s beginning to rain on a hot afternoon in Austin, Texas, but Bill Collings doesn’t seem to notice. Sitting across from me in a rusty metal chair behind his factory that makes guitars, mandolins and ukuleles, Collings passionately describes his struggles to design the perfect guitar case.

The sudden downpour is refreshing, as is the conversation. Collings looks and acts like anything but the typical top brass, despite owning and running Collings Guitars Inc., which employs more than 100 people and manufactures stringed instruments from steel-string archtop guitars to ukuleles for the likes of Lyle Lovett and Joni Mitchell.

Dressed in ripped jeans and a lovingly faded T-shirt, he enthusiastically jumps from topic to topic, adding in the occas

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Verizon Realizes Throttling LTE Users Is A Stupid, Stupid Idea; Decides Not To

Verizon Realizes Throttling LTE Users Is A Stupid, Stupid Idea; Decides Not To

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Back in July, Verizon Wireless ticked off its few remaining unlimited data subscribers and caught the unwanted attention of the FCC Chairman, when it announced that it would begin throttling data speeds for its users with the highest level of wireless broadband consumption under the guise of “network optimization.” That plan was supposed to kick in this morning, but Verizon has decided that maybe it’s not such a good idea.

“We’ve greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization and we’ve decided not to move forward with the planned implementation of network optimization for 4G LTE customers on unlimited plans,” reads a statement from Verizon.

VZW has been using “network optimization” since 2011 for 3G data users, slowing down data speeds for the heaviest users when they are connect

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