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Emergency slide deploys on Spurs charter plane

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An emergency slide accidentally deployed on the San Antonio Spurs charter plane and delayed the team's flight to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers.


Mesquite man fatally struck by Amtrack train

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MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old man has been killed by an Amtrak train near Dallas.


Six Flags, coaster maker settle in woman's death

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Six Flags Over Texas and the German manufacturer of a roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death last year have reached a settlement with the victim's family.


Fort Worth man claims medical errors led to leg amputations

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man is seeking $10 million in damages for what he says were a series of medical blunders during weight-loss surgery that led to the amputation of both his legs at the knee.


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.

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