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Ebola victim's family, hospital reach settlement

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DALLAS (AP) — The hospital that treated the only Ebola patient to die in the United States will pay his relatives an undisclosed sum and create a charitable foundation in his name, the family's attorney said Wednesday.

The agreement heads off a lawsuit from relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Duncan, who arrived in North Texas from Liberia on Sept. 20, was initially sent away from the hospital's emergency room with antibiotics, something Presbyterian administrators have acknowledged was a mistake. He returned to the hospital in an ambulance two days after his release and was quickly diagnosed with possible signs of Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa.

Attorney Les Weisbrod declined to say how much the settlement was worth, but said it was a "very good deal" that would provide for Duncan's parents and his four children. Weisbrod also said Presbyterian hospital was not charging Duncan's family for his medical treatment. The foundation will assist efforts to fight Ebola in Africa, he said.

Presbyterian Hospital said in a statement that it was "grateful to reach this point of reconciliation and healing for all involved."

The hospital has apologized for releasing Duncan the first time, and after initially denying he had told them he was from West Africa, they acknowledged key caregivers missed his travel history in their record system.

 
 

Woman killed by car at Austin Veterans Day event

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police say an 83-year-old woman has been fatally struck by a car in a high school parking lot while she walking inside to attend a Veterans Day ceremony.

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Nov. 12 is Winter Weather Preparedness Day in Texas

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DPS Urges Texans to Prepare for Winter Weather

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans to begin preparing for possible winter weather, which can impact the state during the coming days and months. 

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Texas Rangers looking into soccer referee arrests

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ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers are reviewing the actions of an Odessa officer after two soccer referees were arrested on charges of interfering with his police duties.

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Mexico rights commission investigates 3 Texan murders

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MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Mexican human rights investigators on Tuesday interviewed employees at an import car lot where the parents of three young Americans shot to death in Mexico say they found their vehicles.

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