Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and NPR.org, coordinating with radio and digital media staff to create Web features that complement stories heard on-air. He also frequently writes original Web pieces.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to writing for its World Cup 2010 blog. Chappell's assignments have included being the lead Web producer on NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as being the Web liaison and producer of the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project.

Chappell was an integral part of the team that executed a comprehensive redesign of NPR's Web site in 2009. One year later, the site won its first Peabody and the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award, among others.

Drawing from his experience in improving NPR's storytelling ability, he trains both digital media and radio staff in using NPR's digital tools.

Other shows he has worked with include Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Piano Jazz with Marilyn McPartland.

Prior to joining NPR in 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling regions from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.

During the intensive early months of the Iraq War, he coordinated packages and live shots out of Qatar, Israel and Australia. During the war, he set up live interviews and brought in packages to supply content to CNN's global networks.

From 2002-2003, Chappell served as Editor-in-Chief of the Trans-Atlantic Journal, a business and lifestyle monthly geared for expatriate Europeans working and living in the United States.

Chappell's prior work included producing Web pages and editing digital video for CNNSI.com, as well as editing and producing news and features at CNN.com. His entry to CNN came via the network's central library, where he often manned the reference desk.

Chappell's entry into national journalism came after years of writing about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies. A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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11:08am

Tue November 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Putin Puts Shawl On China's First Lady, And Censors Leap

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 12:12 pm

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) helps put a shawl or coat on Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, as Xi talks to President Obama during a fireworks show celebrating the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation session in Beijing.
Reuters/Landov

What seemed to be an innocent moment during the APEC summit in Beijing has grown into a topic of debate, after China's censors moved to erase Russian President Vladimir Putin's act of placing a shawl over the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, the wife of China's President Xi Jinping.

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9:56am

Tue November 11, 2014
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Sterilization Operations In India Reportedly Kill 9 Women

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 11:41 am

At least nine women have reportedly died, and dozens more are in the hospital, after undergoing laparoscopic tubectomy procedures at a government-run health camp in Chhattisgarh, a state in central India. The surgeries were performed Saturday; the first death was reported Monday morning.

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8:10am

Tue November 11, 2014
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U.S. And China Move Toward Ending Tariffs On High-Tech Gear

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 1:29 pm

An international tariff on high-tech goods could be rewritten, thanks to negotiations in China. Here, men use smartphones in Beijing last month, days after Apple released its iPhone 6 in the Chinese market.
GREG BAKER AFP/Getty Images

A tariff system that adds as much as 25 percent to the cost of American high-tech products could be on the way out, thanks to negotiations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in China. President Obama announced the new progress Tuesday.

The development could speed the adoption of a new agreement by the World Trade Organization. The current tariff system has been in place for nearly 18 years and now applies to more than $4 trillion in annual global trade, U.S. officials say.

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6:59am

Tue November 11, 2014
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South Korean Ferry Captain Sentenced To 36 Years

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 8:22 am

Sewol ferry crew members, whose identities are obscured in this photo at the request of the court, attend verdict proceedings in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday. Ferry captain Lee Joon-Seok was sentenced to 36 years in jail.
Getty Images

The captain of the Sewol, the South Korean ferry that capsized and killed 304 people, many of them students, has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. The punishment for the April calamity drew shouts and sharp criticism from victims' family members in the courtroom; many had urged a death sentence.

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1:35pm

Mon November 10, 2014
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Arctic Front: Blast Of Cold Air Hits Middle Of U.S., Heads East

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 2:30 pm

A map by the National Weather Service predicts winter weather spreading through the north-central U.S. Monday, and spreading east.
National Weather Service

Some forecasters call it an arctic front. Others say it's the good old polar vortex, or simply an "intrusion." By any other name, it'll be just as cold: Weather that hit Alaska last week is rushing down into the U.S., rapidly bringing a drop in temperature that won't end for days.

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11:03am

Mon November 10, 2014
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Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 12:39 pm

A section of a bike path that uses solar cells to produce electricity is opening for full-time use Wednesday.
SolaRoad

A Dutch project that integrates solar panels into a bike commuter path will officially open this week, on a special roadway outside Amsterdam. Power generated by the SolaRoad's panels will be funneled into the national energy grid.

The project in the town of Krommenie is being called the world's first public road that includes embedded solar cells. The crystalline silicon solar cells are encased in two layers of tempered safety glass, mounted in a concrete housing.

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9:12am

Mon November 10, 2014
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Two Striking Photos From Today's APEC Meetings

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:52 am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, prior to their first-ever talks.
Kyodo/Landov

This week's meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum started Monday, but the sessions have already brought us two interesting photos. In one, the leaders of China and Japan reflect their countries' unease; in another, world leaders dress alike.

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8:11am

Mon November 10, 2014
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In China, Obama Touts Visa Deal, Progress On Free-Trade Pact

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:25 am

President Obama arrives at the Beijing airport Monday. Speaking at the APEC summit, the president unveiled a new deal to ease visa restrictions between the U.S. and China.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

The U.S. and China are easing visa rules for each other's citizens, in a reciprocal agreement that President Obama says will "benefit everyone from students, to tourists, to businesses large and small." Starting his eight-day visit to East Asia, the president also said "good progress" has recently been made for a free-trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries.

Obama and other leaders are visiting China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, where the president announced the U.S. and China have agreed to expand their visas beyond the current one-year term.

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6:49am

Mon November 10, 2014
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Bombing At Nigerian High School Kills Dozens

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:16 am

People inspect the site of a suicide bomb explosion at the Government Science Technical College in Potiskum, Nigeria, Monday. Survivors say a bomber disguised in a school uniform detonated explosives during an assembly at the school.
Adamu Adamu AP

A suicide bomber who was reportedly dressed in a student uniform detonated explosives at a large boys' high school in northeastern Nigeria, killing as many as 48 students. The attack during a morning assembly is being blamed on the insurgent group Boko Haram.

From Lagos, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

"Disguised as a uniformed high school student, a bomber disrupted weekly assembly by detonating explosives.

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6:36pm

Fri November 7, 2014
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Dallas Ebola Monitoring Period Ends With An All-Clear

The monitoring for potential cases of the deadly Ebola virus ends Friday in Dallas. Former President George W. Bush poses with staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, celebrating the milestone.
AP

As of Friday afternoon, all of the people in Dallas who officials say could have had contact with a patient with the deadly Ebola virus are being declared free of risk. More than 100 people had been monitored for the 21-day period that marks Ebola's incubation period.

From member station KERA:

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6:31pm

Fri November 7, 2014
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Loretta Lynch To Be Nominated As Next U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch, a lead federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, will be announced as President Obama's choice for attorney general Saturday.
Seth Wenig AP

President Obama will announce his choice of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General this weekend, the White House says. The president will formally announce his intention to nominate Lynch Saturday.

Lynch, whom the White House describes as "a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney's Offices in the country," will be introduced at the White House Saturday, alongside current Attorney General Eric Holder.

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3:24pm

Fri November 7, 2014
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U.S. Will Send Up To 1,500 More Military Personnel To Iraq

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:37 pm

President Obama speaks to the media before meeting with his Cabinet in the White House Friday. The president is ordering up to 1,500 additional military personnel to Iraq, to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight the extremist group ISIS.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama will bolster the U.S. military force in Iraq with up to 1,500 more personnel, White House press secretary Josh Earnest says, to serve "in a non-combat role to train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish forces."

The move is the latest U.S. attempt to counteract the extremist group ISIS, which has made significant gains in Iraq and neighboring Syria in recent months.

The new U.S. deployment follows requests from the Iraqi government and the advice of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Earnest says.

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5:57pm

Thu November 6, 2014
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Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 7:14 pm

Gay-marriage supporters follow an opponent of same-sex marriage in August, when four courts argued to preserve their bans on the unions in a federal court in Cincinnati. The court confirmed the states' bans.
Al Behrman AP

Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, in a ruling that provides yet another shift in the legal fight over the issue.

The 2-1 decision handed down by the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit comes after the four states had argued this summer that their voters had the authority to decide whether to ban marriage between a same-sex couple.

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3:41pm

Thu November 6, 2014
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New Star Wars Movie Is Called 'The Force Awakens,' Disney Says

The new Star Wars film that's being made by director J.J. Abrams has a name: The Force Awakens. Disney released that detail today, along with news that it has completed principal photography for the film that is slated for release at the end of 2015.

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6:47pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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49ers Running Back Retires From NFL, Without Playing A Snap

Marcus Lattimore retired from the NFL Wednesday, ending his hopes of returning from a knee injury to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Jason O. Watson Getty Images

Saying his knees wouldn't withstand the punishment the NFL deals out, running back Marcus Lattimore retired from the league Wednesday. Lattimore, 23, suffered serious injuries to both knees in college. He says he chose a higher quality of life over the promise of millions of dollars.

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3:18pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:33 pm

President Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, one day after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House in more than 60 years.
Larry Downing Reuters/Landov

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says, "I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell."

We'll update this post with news from the president's remarks, made in an hourlong news conference in the East Room of the White House on the afternoon after Election Day.

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2:31pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:52 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees issues where a Republican-led Congress can work with President Obama. McConnell won re-election Tuesday, as his party took control of the Senate.
Timothy D. Easley AP

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

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8:45am

Wed November 5, 2014
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GMO Labeling: Colorado Voters Reject Food Measure; Maui Voters Approve

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:49 pm

In the latest bids to compel companies to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, voters in Colorado and Oregon weighed in on the issue Tuesday.
Brennan Linsley AP

In the latest bids for states to compel companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, Colorado voters decided the issue in their state today.

Proposition 105, was defeated by a roughly 2-1 margin Tuesday.

Oregon voters also considered a measure, but it is still too close to call — the no vote leading the yes vote by two percentage points with more than 80 percent of the vote counted.

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12:58am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Newly Released 'Fast And Furious' Documents Include A Slam On Issa

Attorney General Eric Holder listens to Rep. Darryl Issa, R-Calif., on video screen, while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.
Susan Walsh AP

The Department of Justice released more than 64,000 pages of documents related to its Operation Fast and Furious Monday night, in a move Republicans are calling both a data dump and a victory. The Obama administration had withheld the records, citing executive privilege.

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4:58pm

Sat November 1, 2014
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Daylight Saving Time No More: Clocks Fall Back

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 9:56 am

The U.S. moved back to Standard Time on Sunday. In this file photo, a man checks clocks at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Mass.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Get ready for some early sunsets. At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, U.S. clocks moved one hour backward, officially ending Daylight Saving Time. Folks in Hawaii and much of Arizona can ignore the fuss — they never moved their clocks forward, back in the spring.

The time-switch can also serve as a reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors and fire alarms, as many fire departments advise. And if you ride a bike or walk on streets after dusk, it's a good time to be sure you're visible to drivers.

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3:20pm

Sat November 1, 2014
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Dallas Nurse Who Survived Ebola Gets Her Dog Back

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 3:49 pm

Ebola survivor Nina Pham is reunited with her dog, Bentley, at the Dallas Animal Services Center Saturday. Pham, a Dallas nurse who survived Ebola, had an emotional reunion Saturday with her "best friend," a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Reuters /Landov

Nina Pham, the nurse who became the first person to contract the deadly Ebola virus on American soil, was reunited with her dog in Dallas Saturday, after the Cavalier King Charles spaniel was declared not to have the disease and released from his three-week quarantine.

The reunion with the dog, who's just shy of 2 years old, came eight days after Pham was found to be free of Ebola and released from a special facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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1:13pm

Sat November 1, 2014
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40 Is The New Cute: Hello Kitty Celebrates Birthday

An image from the Sanrio website shows a thank-you note to all of Hello Kitty's fans.
Sanrio

A cute-a-bration has broken out among Hello Kitty fans, as the beloved Japanese character marks its 40th year. Since introducing Hello Kitty in 1974, the Sanrio company has turned simple design and a knack for accessorizing into $8 billion worth of annual sales.

The milestone inspired a Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles and a large run in Singapore. But the largest fete was in Tokyo, where Sanrio put on a parade and other events.

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11:20am

Sat November 1, 2014
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National Blackout: Bangladesh Hit By Massive Power Outage

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 4:41 am

A customer walks past a sales counter in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed.
A.M. Ahad AP

An electrical link that supplies Bangladesh's power grid with electricity from India failed Saturday, plunging most of the country into a blackout. Attempts to restore power met only with limited success before officials finally made a breakthrough late Saturday.

Most of the country's population of more than 160 million people went without electricity for more than 8 hours.

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET: Power Returns To Many

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10:25am

Sat November 1, 2014
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Three Years In Prison For Egyptian Men In Purported Gay Marriage Video

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 12:57 pm

A video of a celebration centering on two men drew discussions on social media — and the attention of Egyptian prosecutors.
YouTube

A court in Cairo sentenced eight men to three years in prison today, over charges of "debauchery" stemming from an online video that showed the men celebrating what appeared to be a same-sex wedding in August.

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8:32am

Sat November 1, 2014
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Boko Haram Says Kidnapped Girls Are Now 'Married'

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 12:54 pm

People call for the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, during a protest earlier this month. Boko Haram, the group that took the girls, says they have been "married off."
Olamikan Gbemiga AP

Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram says the more than 200 girls it kidnapped from a school in April are now married. The group made the claim as its leader denied stories that it has reached a cease fire deal.

"We have married them off. They are in their marital homes," Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said of the girls, in a video that was obtained by Agence France-Presse.

From Lagos, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

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6:23pm

Tue October 28, 2014
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Firm Buys Big Bike-Share Service; Expansion And Higher Rates Seen

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 2:29 pm

A Citi Bike user pedals off from a bicycle station. The company that owns the service in New York and other cities has been sold, after suffering problems tied to its supply chain and the weather.
John Moore Getty Images

Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages bike-sharing programs in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities, has been sold to an investment group that includes executives in fitness club operator Equinox and real estate firm Related Companies. The new owners say they'll expand the service in New York, where customers now take more than 1 million trips a month on Citi Bike.

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1:47pm

Tue October 28, 2014
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Thieves Tunnel Into Indian Bank Vault — From Across The Street

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:06 pm

When a branch of Punjab National Bank in northern India opened for business Monday, the staff was surprised to find it had been robbed, the strongroom breached from underground by thieves who had dug a tunnel from an empty building some 125 feet away. They had plundered about a quarter of the room's 360 secure lockers before making their getaway.

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11:09am

Tue October 28, 2014
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Australia Blocks New Visas From West Africa Over Ebola Outbreak

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 12:57 pm

Australia is no longer processing new visa applications from the three worst-hit countries in Africa's Ebola outbreak. Here, a jetliner prepares to land at Sydney's international airport.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Australia's immigration agency has ceased processing new visa applications from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, over concerns about the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The country has also shut down an aid program in West Africa, Australia's immigration chief says. The move is drawing criticism.

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5:29pm

Mon October 27, 2014
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CDC Chief Announces New Shift In Ebola Protocols

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 6:06 pm

Members of a cleaning crew clear the New York apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer, who has been diagnosed with Ebola, on Friday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

In the latest tweak to America's plan to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leader Dr. Tom Frieden announced changes to the U.S. response to Ebola and the guidance federal agencies are giving to state and local governments.

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2:28pm

Mon October 27, 2014
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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 3:25 pm

One week after Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, debuted in CVS stores, CVS has backtracked and barred its use. Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC. Partners include Wal-Mart, Best Buy and 7-Eleven.

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