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  • Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan dies at Dallas hospital

    Family: “I trust a thorough examination will take place regarding all aspects of his care”

    DALLAS — The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced.

    Thomas "Eric" Duncan, 42, passed away at 7:51 a.m., the hospital said.

    This hurts deeply, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said during a city council meeting. We were hoping this was not going to happen.

    Duncan, a Liberian citizen who recently traveled from West Africa to Dallas, had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian for 10 days.

    He had come to Texas to reunite with an estranged son and the teen's mother, Louise Troh, who had been his girlfriend when she lived in Liberia. Troh is being kept in quarantine because she had contact with Duncan, but released a statement following his death.

    His suffering is over," Troh said. My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showed

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  • Dallas hospital retracts explanation for missed Ebola diagnosis

    Patient Thomas Duncan remains in isolation, condition downgraded to critical

    Texas Health Presbyterian has not addressed how it overlooked Thomas Eric Duncan as likely having Ebola. (REUTERS/Mike Stone) Click photo to view slideshow. Texas Health Presbyterian has not addressed how it overlooked Thomas Eric Duncan as likely having Ebola. (REUTERS/Mike Stone) Click photo to view slideshow.

    DALLAS – The Texas hospital that failed initially to identify and isolate the country’s first Ebola patient in its emergency room is now backtracking on its explanation for the error.

    Authorities at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas first said they had “thoroughly reviewed the chain of events” and blamed a flawed computer system for hospital staff's failure to recognize that Liberian native Thomas Eric Duncan was at high risk for the deadly disease.

    Late Friday – 24 hours after releasing the details in “in the interest of transparency” – the hospital modified its original explanation of what had happened. Revising the earlier account, officials said that Duncan’s travel history was visible to all in the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system.

    “There was no flaw in the EHR in the way the physician and nursing portions interacted related to this event,” the hospital said in a written statement.

    But as of Saturday afternoon, no other explanation for the oversight

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  • Texas hospital reveals how Ebola patient was overlooked

    Facility and patient are both to blame, Dallas officials say.

    Thomas Eric Duncan at a 2011 wedding in Ghana. (Wilmot Chayee/AP)Thomas Eric Duncan at a 2011 wedding in Ghana. (Wilmot Chayee/AP)
    DALLAS – A flawed computer system and untruthfulness by the patient led medical workers to mistakenly send a sick man home instead of isolating him for Ebola, a Texas hospital announced Thursday night.

    Officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said its emergency room staff followed protocol by obtaining the required information from Thomas Eric Duncan, including the fact that he had recently been in Ebola-ravaged West Africa.

    But the hospital’s electronic health-records system has two workflows: one for nurses and another for doctors.

    “As designed, the travel history would not automatically appear in the physician’s standard workflow,” Wendell Watson, the hospital’s public relations director, said in a written statement.

    Watson said the problem has been corrected.

    “It also has been modified to specifically reference Ebola-endemic regions in Africa,” Watson said. “We have made this change to increase the visibility and documentation of the travel question in order to

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  • Mishandling of U.S. Ebola patient prompts CDC alert to hospitals

    Texas patient not being isolated could result in federal investigation

    DALLAS — A Texas emergency room’s mishandling of the country’s first Ebola patient prompted the CDC to issue a nationwide alert to all hospitals updating them of how to appropriately respond to possible cases of the deadly disease.

    “It’s a teachable moment, as we say,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a Thursday press conference.

    The latest guidance includes a poster with quick rules for evaluating returned travelers and a checklist.

    The move comes nearly a week after Thomas Eric Duncan showed up at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with what officials described as fever and abdominal pain. Duncan, who had just moved to Dallas from West Africa, reportedly told hospital workers that he was recently in Liberia, one of the hardest hit areas of the deadly Ebola crisis.

    A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Investigators in Texas are trying to track down some 100 people who might have been in recent contact with Duncan. A dozen of them are already under quarantine or

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  • Texas patient confirmed as first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

    CDC: "Not impossible that there could be additional cases associated with this patient"

     

    DALLAS A man who recently arrived in Texas from Liberia has been confirmed as having the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S.

    Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control revealed the finding late on Tuesday, two days after the unidentified patient was admitted to a Dallas hospital with suspicious symptoms.

    Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas put the man into “strict isolation” and sent a blood specimen to state and federal labs for testing.

    Both came back positive for the deadly disease, which has killed more than 3,000 people in Africa this year. According to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 6,500 Ebola cases confirmed in Africa, with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone among the hardest hit.

    Texas Health Presbyterian in North Dallas (Jason Sickles, Yahoo)Texas Health Presbyterian in North Dallas (Jason Sickles, Yahoo)“He is ill, he is under intensive care, he's being seen by highly trained, competent specialists, and the health department is helping us in tracing any family members that might have been exposed," said Dr. Edward Goodman with Texas

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  • Ferguson police chief sends video apology to Michael Brown's family

    "For any mistakes I've made, I take full responsibility," Chief Jackson says


    The Ferguson police chief issued a surprise apology on Thursday to the family of unarmed shooting victim Michael Brown.

    “I am truly sorry for the loss of your son,” Chief Thomas Jackson said. “No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you are feeling.”

    It marks the first time Jackson has publicly addressed the Brown family directly.

    The apology came in a 2 1/2-minute video recorded and released by a national public relations agency hired recently by the City of Ferguson.

    Jackson, wearing a casual red polo shirt instead of his customary uniform, stood in front of three flags and read from a prepared statement.

    Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and shooting victim Michael Brown. (Facebook/AP Photo)Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and shooting victim Michael Brown. (Facebook/AP Photo)

    “Overnight I went from being a small-town police chief to being a part of a conversation about racism, equality and the role of policing in that conversation,” Jackson said. “As chief of police and as a resident, I want to be part of that conversation. I also want to be part of the solution.”

    The apology comes six weeks after Officer Darren Wilson

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  • Key report in Michael Brown shooting doesn't exist, Ferguson police say

    Record's absence follows alleged public information violations, delays

    Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson in the days after the death of Michael Brown. (Getty Images/Scott Olson)Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson in the days after the death of Michael Brown. (Getty Images/Scott Olson)

    Police in Ferguson, Mo., have violated their own reporting standards since last month’s controversial fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.

    Ferguson Police Department protocol requires that a use-of-force report be submitted after all such incidents — lethal, nonlethal and even when barehanded physical force is used.

    A written directive signed by Chief Thomas Jackson in 2010 states “early and accurate reporting helps establish agency credibility.”

    But there is no use-of-force report for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot multiple times in broad daylight in the middle of a residential street.

    Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and shooting victim Michael Brown. (Facebook/AP Photo)Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and shooting victim Michael Brown. (Facebook/AP Photo)Yahoo News requested the report under Missouri’s public records laws. Ferguson City Clerk Megan Asikainen, who manages all municipal records, said multiple times that the document doesn’t exist.

    The absence of the report also goes against the recommended standards of state and national police credentialing groups.

    “Whenever the event occurs,

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  • The 'CIA Canoe Pool' and other revelations from declassified government papers

    The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia, August 14, 2008. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia, August 14, 2008. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

    The Central Intelligence Agency’s motto: “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

    So what truths have we learned from the CIA's declassification of more than 200 articles this week from its in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence?

    Well, on the lighter side:

    - An employee boated to work in the 1970s and '80s as a member of the “CIA Canoe Pool.” From the author’s eight-page essay in the spring of 1984:

    “There are other problems that a non-canoeist might not anticipate. Mud, for example. I have an agreement with my wife that my method of commuting will not add significantly to her laundry pile, and my muddy trousers often test the limits of that agreement.”

    - The fall of 1982 brought forth the “Bestiary of Intelligence Writing,” described as “specimen samples of clichés and misused or overused word combinations that CIA editors have encountered frequently over the years.”

    From the Bestiary of Intelligence Writing (Screen shot)From the Bestiary of Intelligence Writing (Screen shot)

    The 16-page report — complete with beast sketches — welcomed snitches: “It is hoped that

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  • Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before

    “People’s minds are just sick, I guess,” neighbor says

    Investigators leave the scene Thursday of an eight-person murder-suicide in rural Florida. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)Investigators leave the scene Thursday of an eight-person murder-suicide in rural Florida. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)
    The Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records.

    An undated photo of Don Spirit provided by the Gilchrist Co. Sheriff's Department. (AP)An undated photo of Don Spirit provided by the Gilchrist Co. Sheriff's Department. (AP)

    Don Charles Spirit, 51, phoned the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Department around 4 p.m. Thursday and indicated that he might harm himself and others.

    “When he called 911, he said enough to alarm us to get someone there, and we needed to get there in a hurry,” Sheriff Robert Schultz said.

    But the father and grandfather shot himself as officers approached his home. Deputies then discovered the bodies of Spirit's daughter and her six children at the small, rural house near Bell, about 38 miles northwest of Gainesville in north central Florida.

    Sheriff Schultz identified the victims as Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28; Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11; Kylie Kuhlmann, 9; Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8; Destiny Stewart, 5; Brandon Stewart, 4; and Alanna Stewart, who was born in June.

    “Them were nice little kids —

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  • Witness: Michael Brown was 'walking dead guy,' not rushing Ferguson officer

    In sad twist, contractor says slain teen encouraged him shortly before tragedy

    An eyewitness to the death of Michael Brown yells to Ferguson police that the teen had his hands in the air when shot. (Instagram/Topher)An eyewitness to the death of Michael Brown yells to Ferguson police that the teen had his hands in the air when shot. (Instagram/Topher)
    An unresolved question in the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown is whether or not the unarmed teen may have charged at Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, giving the policeman reasonable fear to fire a barrage of fatal shots.

    But new comments made by eyewitness to CNN, claim the 18-year-old only stumbled toward Wilson after being struck by gunshots fired while the officer was chasing him.

    Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and shooting victim Michael Brown. (Facebook/AP Photo)Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and shooting victim Michael Brown. (Facebook/AP Photo)Brown “staggered dead after the second shot, 20-25 feet, to the ground,” the unidentified witness told CNN. “He was like a walking dead guy.”

    The witness is one of two contractors who were working nearby on Aug. 9 when a confrontation between Brown, Wilson and Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson escalated into the fatal shooting.

    According to multiple reports, both contractors were working outside when they said they heard a single gunshot, looked up from their work and witnessed the shooting. Neither worker, who asked not to be identified in the news stories, knew Brown nor lives in Ferguson. They

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