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world lead

September 5th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Third American with Ebola won't receive experimental serum

(CNN)Another American infected with Ebola is back in the U.S for treatment. Dr. Rick Sacra is said to be in stable condition in the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit.

Sacra was not working directly with Ebola patients, and it is still unclear how he contracted the disease.

He will also not be treated with the ZMapp serum, an experimental serum used on two other Americans infected with Ebola, because of limited supplies.

"We all would hope that we would have more in the way of treatments for Ebola," said Dr. Beth Bell, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "There are very, very limited treatments available. They're all completely investigational, and they haven't really been used widely in people."
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politics lead

September 5th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Roundtable: Chris Christie's non-answer on immigration

(CNN) – During a trip to Mexico City Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, said he won't state position on immigration unless he runs for president:

"I have no role in the immigration debate, except for how it may affect the individual citizens of New Jersey, which I'll deal with as governor. But I won't have anything to say on immigration unless and until i become a candidate for president of the united states, if that happens, then I will articulate a full position on it. And you guys can pick it apart or praise it or damn it however you like," Christie said Thursday.

CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Kevin Madden, and CNN "Crossfire" co-host Stephanie Cutter discuss Christie's boldfaced dodge, and the dead heat Senate race in Arkansas, in the video above.

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sports lead

September 5th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Seahawks' Richard Sherman on his time with 'Barack'

(CNN) – Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman is taking advantage of all the interest generated in him after a playoff rant last year.

In the last six months, he has done several commercials, stopped in for a few visits to the White House, and even recreated his famous sideline interview with first lady Michelle Obama.

"That was a great time," Sherman told CNN. "Meeting Barack, and getting a chance to chat it up." The defensive back laughed heartily when teased about his first name basis the President.
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world lead

September 5th, 2014
04:32 PM ET

Officials: U.S. charter airplane carrying Americans forced to land in Iran

(CNN) - A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, was forced to land Friday in Iran after its pilots were told the flight plan was out of date, U.S. officials told CNN.

The plane was en route to the United Arab Emirates when it was told by Iran that it needed to return to Afghanistan, the officials said.

The plane did not have enough fuel to return to Afghanistan, and the Iranians ordered it land or be "intercepted," the officials said. It landed in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran near the Persian Gulf, and Iranian officials inspected the aircraft.

The plane was carrying mostly contractors, including Americans, the officials said.

Chartered from Fly Dubai to fly from Bagram air base to Dubai, the plane left three hours later than scheduled, so Iranian authorities considered the flight plan "expired" by the time it crossed into Iranian airspace, administration officials tells CNN.

Fly Dubai arranged a new flight plan and fuel, and settled things with Iranian authorities, sources said. It took a little extra time because a new crew was required; the original crew had exceeded its 12-hour flying limit and three-hour extension.

The plane should be wheels up any minute, according to officials.

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