PENTAGON SUPPORT: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the creation of a 30-member medical support team to provide emergency help in the event of an Ebola crisis in the United States. WASHINGTON POST
HOSPITAL APOLOGIZES: The CEO of the company that owns the Dallas hospital at the center of the Ebola crisis apologized Sunday in full-page newspaper ads. The ads admit the hospital “made mistakes in handling this very difficult challenge.” NBC NEWS
NEW GUIDELINES: A top health official says new guidelines being developed for treating Ebola patients will be more stringent and will direct workers to make sure their skin and hair are fully covered. REUTERS
BATTLE FOR KOBANE: ISIS fighters used mortars and car bombs to attack Kurdish defenders in the key Syrian town of Kobane. ISIS now controls much of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS
U.S. AID: U.S. military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Kurdish fighters battling ISIS in Kobane. BBC
3. THE KOREAS
North and South Korea exchanged gunfire on Sunday along their border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days. South Korea is accused of engaging in propaganda warfare. BBC
4. HONG KONG
More violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong as pro-democracy activists continue to protest. The conflict is now in its fourth week, but government and student protest leaders plan to meet Tuesday. BBC
Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square. His miracle– necessary for beatification– was the healthy birth of a baby who was supposed to have serious birth defects, to a mother who had prayed to Paul. LA TIMES
Apple’s mobile payment system Apple Pay launches today. It works on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus via Touch ID. McDonald’s, Chevron and Whole Foods will be among the first places to accept it. ABC NEWS
So that’s two places to get gas… three if you count those giant bran muffins from Whole Paycheck.
A drone captured spectacular aerial video of the Northern Resident killer whales of British Columbia. WATCH
@Julius_Sharpe: Maybe Sea World could try a ˝Come meet the stars of ‘Blackfish’!˝ campaign?
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Bullpens, Bumgarner and Butler: Sports Illustrated’s Cliff Corcoran says they’re the keys to the Royals-Giants World Series that starts tomorrow night. Here’s why: READ IT
Late Show cue card writer Tony Mendez was fired after he physically assaulted staff writer Bill Scheft– and told David Letterman, ”You’re the one who has the sour disposition, motherf*cker!” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Does this remind you of the part where William H. Macy’s character went off the deep end in ‘Boogie Nights’?
10. TV TIME
Actor Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested in Boise, Idaho after showing signs of intoxication. Brendon, who got married earlier this month, was in town for a comics convention. IN TOUCH
That’s what you get when you honeymoon in Idaho.
11. OTHER SHTUFF
Thinking about where to stay on that trip you’re planning? Thrillist offers its picks for “each state’s coolest, most emblematic hotel.” SEE LIST
@theyearofelan: Why does toilet paper need a commercial? Who is not buying this?
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Monday, October 20, 2014…