Fiancee Of Dallas Ebola Victim Hopes Memoir Closes Chapter

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DALLAS — The dark days of quarantine are over, yet Louise Troh remains captive to the disease that killed the man she loved. “War took the life I made in Liberia. Disease took the life I made in America,” she writes in a memoir being released next week.

The fiancee of the first Ebola victim in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, hopes My Spirit Took You In provides some resolution to a story that spanned two decades, from a border town in Ivory Coast to a Dallas hospital. The book, written with former journalist Christine Wicker, traces Troh’s life as a refugee from Liberia’s civil war to an exile in America, through the lens of that love.

With Duncan gone, and the frenzy to contain the disease quieted, Troh finds some comfort in the idea that his illness raised awareness in the United States about Ebola, which was ravaging West Africa at the time and killed more than 10,000 people in the latest outbreak. “Suppose Eric had not come here to become the face of Ebola, then the whole of Liberia would be in darkness,” she told The Associated Press in her first interview since his death.

Heated Abortion Debate In Texas House Affects Health Agency Bill

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Debate on legislation to re-evaluate a state health agency morphed into a fight over abortion in the Texas House on Thursday, and the bill was pulled down after a pair of anti-abortion amendments were added to the bill over the author’s objections. 

The amendments, authored by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, included one that would ban abortions of fetuses with genetic abnormalities after 20 weeks. Democrats and the bill’s author, state Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, had objected, complaining the amendments weren’t relevant to the bill. 

Who is today's Birthday Bard? Why, it's William Shakespeare! In truth, his birth date is rather hazy. Nevertheless, April 23, 1564, is when the BBC celebrates it, and that's good enough for me. However, to keep all bases covered, his baptism record shows the date April 26th on it.

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PHOENIX — There won’t be nearly as many immigrant children who cross the border on their own this summer as there were last year, top officials say.

Daniel Ragsdale, deputy director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said authorities expect far fewer migrant children and families than the influx last year that gained worldwide attention and left Border Patrol agents unable to process so many people. “I’m happy to say all the work we’ve done last year is bearing fruit,” Ragsdale said.

Ronald D. Vitiello, the Border Patrol’s deputy chief, agreed. “This year is far better off than last year,” he said.


HOUSTON — A Jordanian immigrant bent on revenge over his daughter’s marriage to a Christian killed a female Iranian activist who persuaded the woman to go through with the marriage, then later killed his despised son-in-law, according to charges revealed Wednesday in Houston.

Ali Awad Mahmoud Irsan, 57, is charged with capital murder in the 2012 deaths of Gelerah Bagherzadeh and son-in-law Coty Beavers. Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, his 37-year-old wife, and his 21-year-old son, Nasim Irsan, are charged with murder for assisting in Bagherzadeh’s slaying, according to prosecutors.

Nadia Irsan, 30, another of Irsan’s daughters, is charged with felony stalking for tracking her estranged sister for her father, according to court documents.