Today's Headlines: Ebola irony; AEG punts

Hello. I'm Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines you shouldn't miss today.


Ebola irony

Scientists believe Ebola is running out of steam. That's good news -- unless you're trying to cure it. "We just don't have sufficient cases," a World Health Organization official said. One problem was delays caused by ethical debates over how to test drugs that were rushed into production (nobody with Ebola wants a placebo). Researchers may have to wait for the next outbreak to see which ones work.

Running right

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has sized up the GOP presidential field and decided the center isn't for him, at least not with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the mix. So he's joining a probable slugfest on the right with harder lines on immigration and abortion. And he's still burnishing his anti-union credentials. An early look at a strategy that seems to go all in on the Iowa caucuses. 

'No Mumps Meet Ups'

That's the title of a Facebook group a Bay Area mom set up to arrange play dates for children with vaccinations. It's just one example of measures -- sometimes extreme -- parents have been taking to shield their vaccinated kids from kids who aren't. Worry has increased with the recent measles outbreak. Read how they're responding, what's working and what's not

AEG punts after all

AEG simply seemed to run out of plays. Despite investing millions and getting the L.A. City Council's OK for an NFL stadium downtown, it couldn't find a team and is bowing out. Plans in Inglewood by the St. Louis Rams owner and in Carson by the Raiders and Chargers now seem the best bets to return the NFL to the L.A. area. Of the cities fighting to keep those teams, Oakland may have the most yards to make up. 

Lights, camera, jail sentence

It was the third train -- one more than expected -- that killed Sarah Jones, an assistant camera operator, on the tracks in Georgia last year. The tragedy ended work on the film "Midnight Rider." More important, it's putting Hollywood on notice about film-set safety. On Monday, director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Read how the industry is reacting.


-- Marion "Suge" Knight's lawyer says a video will clear the former rap mogul in a fatal confrontation. 

-- A state Senate bill reignites a debate over whether adult riders of bicycles should have to wear helmets. 

-- Why don't drivers stop? Sandy Banks looks at the painful, maddening world of hit-and-run cases

-- L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson backs Carolyn Ramsey in the District 4 runoff.

Passings: Sam Simon, 59, Emmy-winning co-creator of "The Simpsons."


-- A racist chant that got a fraternity thrown off the University of Oklahoma campus may also have cost a black man his job.

-- The U.S. Supreme Court revives Notre Dame's challenge to the "contraceptive mandate" in the Affordable Care Act.

 -- Immigration officials announce 2,000 arrests in nationwide raids focused on those convicted of crimes.

-- Republican senators send a letter to Iran's leaders warning them about any deal on its nuclear program that they might make with President Obama.

-- Russian President Vladimir Putin looks to southern European countries in search of cracks in the Western sanctions regime against Moscow.


-- With the new Apple Watch, high tech goes high fashion, with prices to match.

-- The three big credit-reporting firms agree to overhaul the way they fix errors on our credit reports.

-- Simon Property Group proposes a $15.3-billion takeover of Santa Monica shopping center landlord Macerich Co.

-- HBO Now stand-alone service shakes up the TV industry.


-- Bill Dwyre: U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic is ready to lower the boom at Indian Wells.

-- Back where it all started, in Hollywood, Manny Pacquiao begins conditioning for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

-- The L.A. Marathon will have the second largest field in its 30-year history.


-- Banned in India, "India's Daughter," a documentary about a notorious rape case, makes its debut in the U.S. It already has become a touchstone for women's equality. 

-- The Player: How video-game consoles are becoming mass media hot spots

-- How "Saturday Night Live" tackled Hillary Clinton's email scandal.


--"Where Howard Hughes Was Underfoot." Owners of his former home in Hacienda Heights give a tour.

-- Colleges not ready for "college ready" common core.

-- High on Mt. Everest, bodies often become landmarks.

-- Text of the open letter to Iran's leaders from 47 Republicans in Congress. 


A made-for-L.A. mystery: A crime writer and daughter of a Vegas mafia boss, Susan Berman, is found fatally shot in her Benedict Canyon home in 2000. Robert Durst, scion of a real estate fortune, pops up on the radar, but the the case goes cold. Now Durst is featured in an HBO documentary miniseries, and authorities are said to be taking a new look. Here's a rundown of where things stand

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