The Monday Catchup

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The lead story: It has been confirmed that US aid worker Peter Kassig (pictured above) has been beheaded by the Islamic State. Kassig is the fifth Western hostage to be murdered on video by the Islamic State. His death comes after the group threatened to kill him if the US did not stop its bombing campaign.

Coming up after the jump: Ebola, Obamacare registration, the Pope, and much more

A surgeon who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone has died of the disease at a Nebraska hospital where two other Ebola patients have been treated effectively. Doctors blamed the advanced stage of his case.

As the second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act kicks off, states are working hard, and spending millions, to fix their health exchange websites.

Citizens of Ferguson are bracing themselves for the grand jury decision in the case of the officer who shot Michael Brown. It is expected that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted.

Another cruise ship has been hit with norovirus. CDC staff met The Crown Princess cruise ship as it docked in Los Angeles after passengers fell ill. Earlier this year 129 passengers on this same ship were hit with the virus.

Pope Francis announced that he will be traveling to the U.S. next year to attend an event in Philidelphia, and likely also stop in New York City.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia of meddling in Eastern Europe in a way reminiscent of the Cold War.

The long read: Saturday was the official kick-off for the second Affordable Care Act enrollment period, so far it seems to be going smoother, check out information about the second try here.

The weather: Expect this snow to stick around for a while as temperatures remain below freezing this week.

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