The second American aid worker infected with Ebola is expected to arrive in Atlanta today. Like Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol will be placed in an isolation ward at Emory University. The conditions of both patients improved after they were treated with an experimental drug that had never been tested on humans. There’s another suspected case being investigated in New York. Still, officials say it's unlikely the patient being has Ebola, and is probably suffering from something else that would cause a fever. For now, the patient is being held in isolation to prevent the illness from spreading.
There’s an expanded fruit recall, so if you just bought California nectarines, peaches, plums or pluots lately, even the organic kind, check the dates. If you bought them between June 1 and July 17th, they may be infected with Listeria. By the way, a “pluot” is a plum and apricot hybrid.
Former White House Press Secretary James Brady has died. He created the Brady Bill, which started background checks and mandatory waiting periods before many people could buy guns. Brady was serving in the Reagan administration when he was shot in the head and left permanently disabled during an assassination attempt in 1981. He was 73.
Two days after warning 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan not to drink their tap water, the mayor of Toledo has declared that the water is now safe. At a press conference yesterday, he even took a sip to prove it. The city lifted the advisory after dozens of tests over the weekend showed an algae-induced toxin contaminating Lake Erie had dropped to safe levels following intensive chemical treatments.
And this is the best love story. Don and Maxine Simpson were married 62 years ago, and according to their friends and family, they were devoted to each other. Recently, Maxine had been living at home and had struggling with cancer for some time – and then two weeks ago, Don fell and broke his hip. He wasn’t doing well so his family moved him home to be with Maxine. Maxine woke up, held his hand, and within days both died four hours apart from each other.
And it was pretty easy to nab 30-year-old Jarrod Breland on drug charges. The Stuart, Florida man was speeding through the residential neighborhood as he threw handfuls of cocaine out the window...as a police car was following him. He was arrested and charged with a bunch of fun things.
And a new collection from LEGO is offering a more gender-equal play set for kids. They’ve launched a new game called "Research Institute" that includes a cast of female figurines as scientists. It features an astronomer with a telescope, a paleontologist with a dinosaur model and a chemist running her own lab. The set sold out on LEGO's official website the day it debuted. Another round is expected to be released in about two weeks.