Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Hickox has had quite a week, hasn’t she? “A judge in Maine ruled Friday that Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients and defied a state-imposed quarantine, can come and go as she pleases, as long as she is monitored for symptoms and lets health officials know where she’s going.”
* A tragic accident: “Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, authorities said.”
* The manhunt ends, the legal process begins: “The crowd was waiting Friday as Eric M. Frein, the suspect accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another, was brought out the front door of the Pike County Courthouse at the center of this prim village.”
* How Frein got caught: “It came down to a surprise stroke of luck. After scouring the Pocono Mountains for seven weeks for a cop-killing suspect who became more a phantom with each passing day, police in Pennsylvania stumbled upon Eric Frein without warning Thursday evening.”
* Canada “on Friday stopped issuing visas to people from the West African countries at the heart of the Ebola outbreak.”
* Economy: “U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years on growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations, a survey released on Friday showed.”
* New Mexico: “The Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city of Albuquerque over excessive use of force by the police department. Under an agreement announced Friday, the federal government will install an independent monitor to oversee reforms at the department for at least two years, and the department will adopt new policies aiming to ease conflict with citizens.”
* Tom Harkin, Ron Wyden, Sander Levin, George Miller, and Henry Waxman have a few words of wisdom for the Affordable Care Act’s bizarre Halbig truthers – including those who may sit on the Supreme Court.
* Does Daylight Saving Time make sense? Not really.
* Peggy Noonan has been reduced to putting scare quotes around medical-health “professionals” responding to Ebola. On the heels of a column demanding federal officials think like 11-year-olds while responding to the Ebola threat, the Republican columnist now wants you to know “great-aunts built America.” Oh my.
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