THE DISTRICT
American University student assaulted

A student at American University was sexually assaulted in a residence hall room on the Northwest Washington campus, according to a public safety alert issued by the school. The alert said the victim knows the person involved in the incident.

Few details were released. The school said the assault occurred Wednesday. The crime alert did not identify the residence hall nor the time the incident occurred.

University officials said that D.C. police were called and are investigating. No arrest has been made.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Nurse exposed to Ebola admitted to NIH

The National Institutes of Health said it admitted an American nurse on Thursday who had been exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

NIH did not identify the person to protect his or her privacy.

In a statement, NIH said that the patient was transferred from overseas via a private charter aircraft and was isolated during the flight.

NIH spokeswoman Renate Myles said the person would be the third person who was exposed to or had Ebola to be admitted to NIH Clinical Center’s special clinical studies unit. Another nurse, Nina Pham of Dallas, was diagnosed with Ebola and treated at the same facility.

Lewis Rubinson, a doctor at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, also was treated at NIH’s special facility. He had been exposed to Ebola while working for the World Health Organization at a hospital in Sierra Leone but ended up not having the virus.

— Dana Hedgpeth and Julie Zauzmer

VIRGINIA
Man who shot officer sent to mental hospital

The man who shot and wounded Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy — but was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the criminal charges against him — was ordered Thursday to be committed to a mental health hospital for at least a year.

Alexandria Circuit Court Judge James C. Clark ordered 29-year-old Kashif Bashir committed to the hospital until at least Dec. 10, 2015, when there will be another hearing in the case.

Bashir, though attorneys, has acknowledged he shot and wounded Laboy in a random attack in February 2013. The incident forever altered the officer’s life, and he is still undergoing therapy to learn how to live with the traumatic brain injury he sustained.

Clark found in October that Bashir was not guilty by reason of insanity after mental health experts testified that Bashir had long suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was insane at the time of the shooting.

— Matt Zapotosky

THE REGION