This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn. Rachel Martin is away. Syrians and the world have spent the last week bracing for a U.S. attack on Damascus that seemed to be imminent. Now, President Obama has surprised everyone by pushing the pause button and by announcing yesterday in the Rose Garden that he will go to Congress for approval. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from the White House.
Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But in recent years, the highly infectious disease has cropped up in communities with low vaccination rates, most recently in North Texas.
There, 21 people — the majority of whom have not been immunized — have gotten the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.
The outbreak began when a man who contracted the virus on a recent trip to Indonesia visited the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about an hour and a half northwest of Dallas.
A boy waves the flag of his new homeland on the last flight of organized, large-scale emigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
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Natan Sharansky, chairman of The Jewish Agency, and Sofa Landver, Israel's Minister of Immigrant Absorption, arriving in Israel with the final large group of Ethiopian Jews to be allowed to immigrate to Israel.
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A newly immigrated Ethiopian Jewish girl holds flowers and a flag as she attends a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 29, 2012. The Israeli government's program to bring Jews from Ethiopia officially ended this week.