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US Ebola Patient Had Contact With Sick Woman in Liberia

Dallas authorities keeping watch on 5 kids, others possibly exposed

(Newser) - Nobody else in Dallas is showing symptoms of Ebola, but health authorities are keeping a close watch on several people—including five children—who were in contact with the new patient before his diagnosis, reports DallasNews.com . The number of people possibly exposed might have been smaller had the patient,... More »

The Dallas Ebola Case: What You Need to Know

'No doubt' case will be isolated: CDC director

(Newser) - The US has seen its first Ebola diagnosis , but there's no reason to panic, officials say: "There's all the difference in the world between the US and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading," notes CDC director Thomas Frieden. "There is no doubt in my... More »

First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in US

Patient in Dallas hospital is in isolation

(Newser) - The world's Ebola outbreak has officially reached the US. The CDC today confirmed the first diagnosis in the nation, reports NBC Fort Worth-Dallas . The patient, who is in isolation at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had recently traveled to Liberia in West Africa and developed symptoms about... More »

Dallas Votes for Slavery Reparations

Commissioners didn't quite read resolution before approving it

(Newser) - Dallas County now officially backs paying reparations for slavery—not out of a thirst to right historical wrongs, but because commissioners weren't paying attention at a meeting. John Wiley Price, the only black commissioner on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, declared that African Americans should be "satisfied with... More »

Sick of Allergies? Avoid These 10 Cities

Louisville is worst offender, says allergy group

(Newser) - Allergy experts have unveiled the worst cities in the US for those with spring allergies, and Louisville, Ky., is the place you most want to avoid if you're an allergy sufferer. It moves up from No. 5 last year to the top spot this year. "The river provides... More »

Body of Hoarder Found in Home After 5-Day Search

Dallas authorities had to cut holes in the roof

(Newser) - Police showed up at Skip Bynum's house in Dallas last Saturday after his friends reported that the 67-year-old was missing. It wasn't until Thursday that searchers finally found his body amid decades of junk he had hoarded over the years, reports MyFox Dallas . In fact, the piles were... More »

Snow Pounds East Coast Yet Again

DC could see 12 inches; 2K flights canceled

(Newser) - It may be March, but the winter weather isn't over. The East Coast is once again getting pummeled by snow, with Washington, DC, and other mid-Atlantic cities expecting between six and 12 inches, AccuWeather reports. Ice, meanwhile, could reach to Charlotte, NC. Virginia, Tennessee, and Delaware are among states... More »

Winter Weather Hits ... Just About Everywhere in US

Philadelphia gets a record 8 inches

(Newser) - It's not often the whole US feels serious winter weather at once—but that's what's happened over the past few days, meteorologists say. "This literally spreads across the entire US, and we're 12 days from the official start of winter," one tells CNN . Yesterday,... More »

Storms Strike US South, Killing 5

More snow, sleet set to fall over the weekend

(Newser) - Real-live winter in the South? You bet: Unlikely ice storms hammered southern states yesterday, depriving thousands of power, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, and killing at least five people, CNN reports. It's not over, either: Storms are poised to strike regions from Dallas to Memphis until tomorrow and Arkansas... More »

4 Dead, 4 Hurt in Texas Shooting Spree

Suspect in custody after Dallas, DeSoto attacks

(Newser) - A pair of related shootings in two Texas cities killed at least four people and injured four more, NBC-Dallas/Fort Worth reports. Police found four shooting victims, two dead, in a Dallas neighborhood last night. Two wounded victims on the scene were hospitalized. The suspect in that attack fled to DeSoto,... More »

Dallas Shooting Suspect in Standoff With Police

Holed up in house after high speed car chase

(Newser) - A man suspected of shooting a woman is holed up in a house in North Dallas after a frantic police car chase through a residential neighborhood. Police Senior Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey says the woman was shot at a house in Hamilton Park this morning. Jeffrey declined to provide details of... More »

'Military' Ammo Burns Down Texas Gun Range

Shooter probably won't face criminal charges

(Newser) - Whoops: A guy firing military-style bullets sparked a four-alarm fire yesterday that burned down a gun range in Dallas, KVUE reports. About 50 people escaped the range unharmed, but the one-story building was toast and a firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation. Witnesses heard stored ammunition "popping" inside as fire... More »

This Is 1 of Only 3 Major US Cities in Recovery

Pittsburgh, Dallas, Knoxville the only ones currently in economic recovery

(Newser) - Everybody knows the US economy has been struggling since the recession ended in 2009. But just how bad are things? Of the United States' 76 major metropolitan areas, just three are in economic recovery now, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution, reports Reuters . That may seem terrible,... More »

Dallas Star Larry Hagman Dead at 81

'JR Ewing' actor also starred in 'I Dream of Jeannie'

(Newser) - JR Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband, and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron—and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings—on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, Dallas. Although he first gained fame... More »

Disbarred Lawyer Jailed Over Penis Graffiti

He allegedly trashed former upscale office

(Newser) - Let's say you're a lawyer who's been disbarred and charged with four felonies for allegedly stealing from clients. Could you blacken your name any further? It's a tall order, but Dallas attorney Tom Corea may have managed it. Corea was sent back to jail this morning,... More »

Dallas 'Burb Goes to Court in Fight to Ban Illegal Renters

Landlords who rent to aliens could face fees, disbarment

(Newser) - The small Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch has Arizona's recent immigration law looking downright liberal, and it's about to get its day in court. Farmers Branch has spent years and about $6 million in its effort to bar illegal immigrants from rental housing, reports the AP . And today,... More »

Ex-Lover's Bomb Hoax Forced Plane U-Turn: Cops

Let's just say Christopher Shell did not have a happy birthday

(Newser) - An apparently bitter ex-girlfriend is to blame for the US Airways flight that was forced to make an emergency turnaround after taking off from Philadelphia yesterday after she cooked up a bomb threat, law enforcement authorities report. A man called on her behalf to report that the woman's former... More »

Dallas Declares West Nile Virus Emergency

381 cases in Texas, with 16 reported deaths statewide

(Newser) - After suffering 10 deaths from the West Nile virus so far this year, Dallas County has declared a state of emergency, setting the stage for aerial anti-mosquito spraying. The disease is surging in the state, which has seen at least 381 cases this year, compared to just 27 last year;... More »

Suspect's Plunge Ends Dallas Crane Siege

Robbery suspect held cops at bay for 14 hours

(Newser) - A man who claimed to be armed spent 14 hours holed up in the cab of a 150-foot-high construction crane in Dallas before falling to his death. The man, believed to be a robbery suspect fleeing police, had climbed into the cab on the campus of Southern Methodist University, and,... More »

Bank Robber Leaves a Tip

Firefighter turned criminal says he was off his medication

(Newser) - If you're going to go off your meds and become a bank robber, you might as well be polite about it. That's what Texas firefighter Jesus Ventura did this week. According to a federal complaint, Ventura, 37, walked into a Chase Bank on April 10, asked where the... More »

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