Nurse stricken with Ebola settles lawsuit

A nurse who contracted Ebola two years ago while caring for the first person to be diagnosed in the United States with the deadly disease settled a lawsuit Monday against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked.

Attorneys for Nina Pham announced the settlement with Texas Health Resources. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Pham contracted Ebola in the fall of 2014 while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Duncan, who contracted Ebola in his native Liberia and became ill during a trip to the United States, died. Pham, at the time an intensive care unit nurse, survived, as did another Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola.

In her lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company, Pham said that the “sum total” of information she was given to protect herself after being told she would be treating a patient suspected of having Ebola was “what her manager ‘Googled’ and printed out from the Internet.”

In a response to the lawsuit, the hospital operator denied allegations of poor training and improper preparation.

— Associated Press

Agency can protect species, court rules

An appeals court panel on Monday ruled that a federal agency acted reasonably in proposing to list a certain population of bearded seals threatened by sea ice loss.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco reverses a lower-court ruling that found the decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service was improper.

At issue was whether the fisheries service can protect species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act when it determines that a non-endangered species will lose habitat due to climate change in coming decades.

In 2014, a federal judge in Alaska found there was no discernible, quantified threat of extinction within the foreseeable future for the seals and determined that the listing decision was arbitrary.

But the appeals court panel ruling issued Monday said the fisheries service relied on the best available scientific data and seriously considered the comments it received.

— Associated Press

Onetime soldier who killed teen kills himself

A former soldier who pleaded guilty two years ago to killing a teenager has killed himself in his North Carolina prison cell.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree said Christopher Blackett, 25, was found dead Sunday afternoon at the Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Anson County.

Blackett pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder in the killing of his 17-year-old neighbor Vincent Carlisle II in 2011. He was sentenced to at least 26 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Blackett thought Carlisle had broken into his home and killed him in revenge by forcing him into the woods and shooting him.

— Associated Press