Ebola is “out of control.” The director of the US Centers for Disease Control said the Ebola epidemic is “out of control” and “going to get worse in the very near future.” In Liberia, healthcare workers have gone on strike over unpaid wages, and there are food shortages in infected regions, the UN said. All eyes are on GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental vaccine, which begins human trials this week.
Home Depot is investigating a possible credit-card breach. The US home-improvements store is looking into signs that hackers may have stolen a large batch of credit- and debit-card data, according to security journalist Brian Krebs. The case appears similar to—but possibly even bigger than—the massive security breach that the retailer Target suffered last year (and from which it is still recovering).
The Islamic State beheads another journalist. Steven Sotloff, an American reporter whom the militia captured last year in Syria, has been executed, according to Site Intelligence Group, which has released a video (this is not a link to it) apparently showing his beheading. IS killed James Foley, another journalist, in a similar manner last month. The new video, being probed for authenticity by the US, also threatens a British captive, David Haines.
Halliburton settles over the 2010 BP oil spill. Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle most of the lawsuits over its role in the largest offshore oil spill in the US. The settlement, subject to court approval, will sit in a trust until appeals are resolved. Halliburton was blamed for defective cement work on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
Boko Haram extends its caliphate. Nigeria’s Islamist insurgents have reportedly seized the northeastern town of Bama, killing “scores” of residents and driving out thousands. Last month Boko Haram captured another town, Gwoza, and declared it part of the Islamic caliphate. The capture of Bama, if confirmed, brings the group closer to the regional capital, Maiduguri.
Russia and the West face off. The EU is proposing new, tougher sanctions on Russian companies, while rebels attempt to recapture Donetsk airport. Barack Obama is headed to Estonia, one of the NATO countries that borders Russia, to give the US’s allies a pep talk. Some EU leaders at a summit over the weekend were talking of war after the Russian president reportedly said his forces could take Kyiv in two weeks.
Dollar General is desperate for Family Dollar. The top US discount retailer raised its bid for Family Dollar to $9.1 billion, after its $8.95 billion offer was rejected last month. Dollar General also offered to pay a $500 million penalty if antitrust regulators block the deal, but warned it could make a hostile bid if this one is rejected. Family Dollar said that for now it’s sticking to an $8.5 billion offer from Dollar Tree.
Deutschland über Uber. A court in Germany has banned Uber, a taxi-sharing app, from operating in the country, ruling that it did not have the necessary permits. The judgement is a temporary one, and could be overturned; the company had some success fighting previous bans in Berlin and Hamburg.
Radioactive boars are on the loose in Germany. Bad news for sausage lovers: More than a third of wild boars in Saxony have unacceptable levels of cesium-137. Scientists believe the root of the problem is radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which has blown westwards as far as France, and accumulated in mushrooms and truffles that the boars like to eat.