Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. TEXAS HEALTH WORKERS ORDERED TO STAY HOME
A judge says dozens of hospital employees who had contact with the man who died of Ebola are being asked to sign legal documents agreeing not to go to public places or use mass transit.
2. GOP CALLS FOR TRAVEL BAN AMID EBOLA FEARS
Despite health and security experts saying that it would be less effective than measures already in place — and perhaps counterproductive — Republican lawmakers press for a ban on travel to the U.S. from West Africa.
3. U.S. STILL SEARCHING FOR CREDIBLE ALLIES IN SYRIA
Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA campaign to train moderate Syrian rebels, the American military finds itself without any credible partner on the ground as it bombs IS targets.
4. WHERE NUCLEAR TALKS COULD HAPPEN
Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.
5. WHY U.S. INVESTORS ARE WORRIED
The threat of a triple-dip recession in Europe, a decelerating Chinese economy and various global crises are upsetting at a time when big U.S. companies are more exposed than ever to global downswings.
6. FBI DIRECTOR WARNS AGAINST CELLPHONE ENCRYPTION
James Comey says encrypted data could stall murder investigations and suspects could walk free, but privacy advocates and technology experts say the concerns are exaggerated.
7. POLICE IN HONG KONG DISMANTLE SOME PROTESTS
In an early-morning raid, officials moved in on a pro-democracy demonstration zone, taking down barricades, tents and canopies that have blocked key streets for more than two weeks.
8. BERMUDA BRACES FOR POWERFUL HURRICANE
Gonzalo is expected to pass within 29 miles (46 kilometers) of the island Friday night as a Category 3 storm, close enough to be considered a direct hit, the Bermuda Weather Service says.
9. ONCE IN A MILLION YEARS EVENT
A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching within 87,000 miles at a speed of 126,000 mph.
10. DON'T EXPECT WINTER TO BE A POLAR VORTEX REDUX
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the upcoming winter looks pretty average and they don't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south.