A top secret, highly experimental serum that was rushed to two Ebola-stricken American doctors in Liberia appears to be working, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported Monday.
The treatment — known as ZMapp — is derived from the antibodies produced by three separate mice who were exposed to different fragments of the Ebola virus. Before being stored at subzero temperatures and flown to Liberia, ZMapp had only been tried on a small group of monkeys — hardly the ideal testing process before being administered to humans. But in a highly unusual move, the National Institutes of Health cut through red tape and fast-tracked delivery of the serum to Drs. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol in Liberia when both tested positive for the virus.
Because the serum had to be thawed before use, Dr. Brantly offered Dr. Writebol the first dose, since the former was younger and presumably more able to fend off the Ebola symptoms. But when Dr. Brantly suddenly took a turn for the worse, he received the first dose — and his rapid response to the medicine was nothing short of astonishing.
Dr. Gupta explains the remarkable effects of ZMapp on the two patients in the video below. --Mike Barry
The United States defeated Japan Sunday in the Women's World Cup final game, 5-2, giving the team its first World Cup win since 1999. Within the first 16 minutes of the game, Carli Lloyd scored three goals. Lauren Holiday also scored in the 14th minute and Tobin Heath in the 55th minute. In the 2011 Women's World Cup final, the U.S. lost to Japan on penalty kicks. Catherine Garcia
A 22-year-old man in Maine was killed Saturday night after setting off a firework on top of his head, authorities said.
Devon Staples of Calais was drinking with friends on the 4th of July when the incident took place, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said. Staples died instantly. The firework was designed to launch the explosive out of a small tube into the air, The Boston Globe reports. This was the first fireworks-related death to take place in Maine since they became legal in 2012, McCausland said. Catherine Garcia
Former Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced he was stepping down from his role as the head of the nation's conservative opposition party, New Democracy, on Sunday, Reuters reports. His statement came after it became increasingly clear the public voted against Greece taking the eurozone bailout deal, a decision likely to keep the economy in turmoil. With the majority of votes in, the Greek Interior Ministry shows about 61 percent voting "no" in the referendum.
"Our party needs a new start. As of today, I'm resigning from the leadership of New Democracy," he said in a televised statement. Julie Kliegman
About 60 percent of Greeks voted "no" on the eurozone bailout referendum Sunday, the Interior Ministry projected. That could lead to the nation being forced out of the eurozone, and a future of prolonged economic uncertainty. If finalized, the vote would support Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' plea to turn down a deal from eurozone creditors.
The deal from the International Monetary Fund, European Union, and the European Central Bank would have come in exchange for tax increases and economic reform in Greece. The nation missed its Tuesday deadline to make a $1.8 billion loan payment to the IMF. Read more at The New York Times. Julie Kliegman
FIFA President Sepp Blatter continues to maintain his innocence in the ongoing FBI investigation of soccer's governing body. The U.S. Justice Department indicted 14 officials on charges of corruption in May.
But Blatter, who is expected to be replaced at FIFA's helm as early as December, is afraid to leave Switzerland for fear of being arrested, the Los Angeles Times reports Blatter told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
"Not because the Americans have anything concrete against me, but because it would cause a public stir," he said. "Until everything has been cleared up, I am not going to take the risk of traveling."
Blatter won't even attend Sunday night's Women's World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada. Julie Kliegman
Britian's Princess Charlotte is being christened Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Eastern England. The outing is the first public one for Prince William and Kate Middleton's family since Charlotte's birth in May.
Ahead of the ceremony, the couple named five godparents for baby Charlotte, none of whom are royalty. Charlotte is fourth in line to the British throne. Julie Kliegman
A U.S.-led coalition carried out a series of at least 16 airstrikes on ISIS' base in eastern Raqqa, Syria, late Saturday and early Sunday. It was one of the largest operations of its kind against the terrorist group in the country, The Guardian reports.
The attacks reportedly killed at least 10 militants and harmed others. They also destroyed ISIS structures and transit routes, a U.S. military spokesman told The Guardian. He said the damage would hurt ISIS' ability to move from their de-facto capital. Julie Kliegman