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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The mother of an American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus says he felt a deep calling to work in Liberia and was exhausted after months of treating patients with the deadly disease. Kent Brantly's mother, Jan Brantly, says the Texas-trained doctor comes from a long line of physicians and missionaries.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jurors in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle have gone home for the night but will return tomorrow. Jurors had said they did not think they could reach a unanimous decision, but the judge told them to keep trying. Ventura says Kyle, who died in Texas last year, defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-selling memoir.

DALLAS (AP) -A Texas man is accused of sending more than 500 hoax letters since 2008 that contained a white powder to schools, U.S. government offices and other locations around the world. Federal authorities say none of the letters he is accused of sending contained toxins or poisons. But the special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas office says dealing with the letters cost taxpayer dollars and diverted first responder resources.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he's spoken to Federal Aviation Administration officials about the 36-hour ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. He says they responded to his questions and he's no longer blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees over the ban. Cruz had said President Barack Obama imposed an economic boycott of Israel while it is fighting the militant group Hamas.

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