Creatas/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A patient at a Texas hospital has been isolated and is being evaluated to determine whether or not he or she has contracted the Ebola virus.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said the patient was placed into strict isolation because of the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to have preliminary test results on the patient Tuesday, the hospital said.

The Ebola virus has killed at least 2,909 in West Africa and infected at least 3,000 more, according to the World Health Organization.

International and U.S. health officials have warned the outbreak could infect 1.4 million people in West Africa by January if more is not done to stop the disease.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Michigan head coach Brady Hoke says, as far as he knows, quarterback Shane Morris did not suffer a head injury during Saturday’s 30-14 loss to Minnesota.

“I would never put a kid in the situation,” Hoke said. “Never had, never will.”

Hoke revealed that Morris left during the fourth quarter because of a high ankle sprain. The sophomore was assisted to his feet by his teammates following a helmet-to-helmet hit and he waived off the medical staff.

Hoke says he did not see the hit on Morris because he was following the ball, but that Morris stumbled to his feet because of the ankle sprain.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A subdued Tony Stewart spoke publicly on Monday for the first time since the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr., but he said he did not feel the need to speak to Ward’s family because “I know it was an accident.”

Stewart was sympathetic to Ward’s family, which issued a statement over the weekend suggesting that prosecutors treated Stewart lightly because of his status in the racing world when they determined Ward’s death was an accident. Ward was killed last month when he walked angrily on an upstate New York dirt track during a sprint car race and was struck by Stewart’s car.

“I want to be available to them,” Stewart said. But he added, “I don’t need to talk to them for closure….I know it was an accident.”

He also deplored people “picking sides” in the case.

“It’s not about picking sides. A young man lost his life. His family is in mourning. My family is in mourning,” Stewart said.

He criticized people who are picking sides “instead of honoring a racer.”

“It’s like watching people throw darts at each other,” Stewart said, adding, “It doesn’t solve anything, it doesn’t fix anything. In the end, it doesn’t help anybody.”

Stewart’s remarks came a day after Ward’s aunt released a long statement.

“Tell me how a NASCAR star totally forgot what caution means,” Wendi Ward wrote. “Maybe he should get a different headset so he is able to hear on the radio that the car in caution is up high, so go low. Or was he low until he rounded the corner and saw Kevin Jr. standing up for himself?”

Ward’s aunt questioned why a toxicology test was done on her nephew. The test found marijuana in Ward’s system.

“Why was the toxicology report even an issue? Seems to me the wrong man was on trial,” Wendi Ward wrote in the open letter shared with ABC News four days after a grand jury investigation determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Stewart.

Stewart declined to address the marijuana finding.

“Honestly, for me it doesn’t change anything,” he said.

Stewart repeated a statement he made shortly after the grand jury declined to press charges against him.

“I know in my heart it was 100 percent an accident,” he said.

Stewart said in the days after the fatal accident “I didn’t care if I showered, I forced myself to eat,” and said he didn’t want to talk to anybody.

“Hopefully, through this I will somehow be a better person,” he said.

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Galveston County Sheriff’s Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A forensic connection has been made between the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and the 2009 murder of a student in Charlottesville.

Virginia State police announced Monday that the suspect who has been arrested in connection to Graham’s disappearance has some physical connection to the death of Morgan Harrington.

Harrington was a student at Virginia Tech who disappeared after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville near the University of Virginia in 2009.

“For the past five years, the Virginia State Police has been aggressively pursuing the investigation into the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Morgan D. Harrington of Roanoke, Va. Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement Monday.

Matthew was arrested in Galveston, Texas, last week and will appear in court on Thursday in Virginia to face the charges of abduction with intent to defile Graham.

If the forensic evidence that connects the two cases holds true, there is likely another victim linked to the suspect. Police investigating Harrington’s death in 2009 determined that DNA on her body connected the perpetrator to a 2005 abduction and rape of a woman in Fairfax, Virginia.

“We know there’s one predator who killed Morgan,” the girl’s mother, Gil Harrington, told ABC News last week.

At the time, Gil Harrington said it was “too speculative” to draw a direct link to Graham’s disappearance and her daughter’s killer, but she was struck by the “coincidences.”

“College town, same town, same kind of look of a girl, same time of year,” she said. “Is this a pattern?”

“Hannah was seen for some of the time fairly close to where Morgan’s shirt was found maybe three weeks after her abduction,” Harrington said.

Virginia State Police did not reveal any specific details about the nature of the evidence that they found connecting the two cases, but they have asked the public to call in with any information relating to the Harrington case. They also stressed that their main focus remains on locating Graham and bringing her home.

“There is a still a great deal of work to be done in regards to this investigation and we appreciate the public’s patience as we move forward,” Geller said in the statement.

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Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Even though the Miami Marlins will once again be watching the postseason, there is reason for optimism as the team has given manager Mike Redmond a two-year extension.

Redmond’s new deal now runs through the 2017 season as he had one more year left on his current deal.

“I’m just excited to continue this process of building this team and this organization in the direction that we know we’re headed,” Redmond said Sunday.

Despite finishing 2014 with a 77-85 record, the team has made significant strides on the field as the organization is filled with young talent.

“We sat down as a group and an organization and tried to figure out how we could get better and improve the ballclub. And we’ve been able to do that by 15 games in one year, which is not easy to do,” Redmond added.

Redmond, who played with the Marlins during his playing career, was hired as the manager back in 2013 and has a 139-184 record during that span.

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NBA via Sacramento(METAIRIE, La.) — The injury bug is biting the New Orleans Pelicans once again as guard Tyreke Evans will miss the next three to five weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.

Pelicans general manager Dell Demps confirmed that the injury occurred while Evans was playing in a pickup basketball game, and was not with the team while the incident happened.

Tyreke injured his hamstring playing pickup basketball out of town last week,” Demps said in a statement.”He is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff.”

It is unknown at this time if Evans will be healthy enough to be ready to play in the team’s season opener on Oct. 28 against the Orlando Magic.

Last season, injuries ravaged the Pelicans as Evans, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis all missed time.

New Orleans lost a total of 262 games due to injury or illness last season, which largely resulted in the team finishing the season with a 34-48 record.

Coming off the bench for a majority of the season for the first time during his career, the 25-year-old Evans averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game in his first season with the Pelicans.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A subdued Tony Stewart spoke publicly on Monday for the first time since the death of fellow NASCAR driver Kevin Ward Jr., but he said he did not feel the need to speak to Ward’s family because “I know it was an accident.”

Stewart was sympathetic to Ward’s family, which issued a statement over the weekend suggesting that prosecutors treated Stewart lightly because of his status in the racing world when they determined Ward’s death was an accident.

“I want to be available to them,” Stewart said. But he added, “I don’t need to talk to them for closure. …I know it was an accident.”

He also deplored people “picking sides” in the case.

“It’s not about picking sides. A young man lost his life. His family is in mourning. My family is in mourning,” Stewart said.

He criticized people who are picking sides “instead of honoring a racer.”

“It’s like watching people throw darts at each other,” Stewart said.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After expressing a desire to continue their NBA playing careers together, the Phoenix Suns have announced they’ve reach contract extensions with twins Marcus and Markieff Morris.

The Arizona Republic reports Markieff has agreed on a four-year deal worth $32 million, while Marcus will receive a four-year deal worth $20 million.

“We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp,” Suns’ president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a release. “There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures.”

The Morris twins played together at the University of Kansas, but began their NBA careers on separate teams as Marcus was drafted by the Houston Rockets, but was traded to Phoenix in 2013 where the two were re-united.

Last season, Marcus averaged 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while Markeiff averaged 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — More flights have been cancelled in Chicago Monday after thousands were grounded over the weekend, creating chaos across the country because of an alleged act of an employee, sabotaging a large air traffic control center.

Brian Howard, 36, was charged Friday with destruction of aircraft facilities, a felony.

On Friday morning, Howard allegedly entered the Federal Aviation Administration’s Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, Illinois, with a rolling suitcase and posted an apparent suicide note before destroying the electronic gear that he worked on for eight years in the basement of the building.

Radar, communications, flight plan computers and 23 of the 29 computer racks were reportedly damaged with cut wires, fire, water or blood of his own bleeding from the suicide attempt.

The damage was so bad inside the communications center that the FAA has decided to build a completely new center in a room right next door. Some of the equipment began arriving Sunday night.

It will take days for technicians from across the country to put the center back together, and will not be fully operational for another two weeks, the FAA says.

Friday’s incident has prompted the FAA decision to conduct a “30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities.”

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says he understands the public’s frustration with all the flight delays and cancellations.

“The air transportation system is vital to our economy and people rely on it to function 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I want to make sure that we have the most robust contingency plans possible,” he said.

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ABC News (PHOENIX) — About 300 potential jurors arrived at an Arizona courthouse Monday for the start of the final phase of Jodi Arias’ marathon murder trial.

The selected jurors won’t determine whether Arias, 29, is guilty or innocent in the 2008 slaying of her sometime-lover Travis Alexander. She has already been found guilty by a different jury. The new jury’s decision will be whether to sentence Arias to death.

Arias’ first trial in 2013 lasted five months, was streamed live and had so much raunchy sex in the testimony, evidence photos and text messages that it would have gotten an X-rating if it were a movie.

The former Arizona waitress admitted shooting Alexander, but claimed he was an abusive lover who slammed her to the bathroom floor after she dropped his expensive new camera while taking nude photos of him in the shower. She claimed she ran for a gun and shot him as he charged her. She didn’t remember, however, stabbing him 29 times, slashing his throat and making a stealthy getaway.

The jury that found Arias guilty then deadlocked on whether to condemn her to death. If the new jury also cannot decide on the death penalty, she will automatically be sentenced to life in prison, although she would be eligible for parole after 25 years.

Here’s what to expect:

ANOTHER MARATHON

Even jury selection for the trial is anticipated to take up to three weeks. The testimony will likely drag on until mid-December, the court has said. That could be an optimistic assessment. During the first trial, the lawyers for both sides objected constantly, requiring numerous and lengthy sidebars.

WILL SHE TESTIFY?

It’s unclear whether Arias will take the stand in her own defense this time around. She spent 18 tear-soaked days on the stand during her first trial recounting in cringe-worthy detail the sexual demands that Alexander allegedly made of her and why she could not remember stabbing him numerous times, disposing of the gun and then driving hundreds of miles with her cellphone turned off.

If her legal team listens to the jury that convicted Arias, they may want to keep her off the stand. William Zervakos, the foreman of the jury that convicted Arias, met with the defense team later and told them Arias “was her own worst enemy” and a “terrible defendant.”

Arias and her legal team, however, rarely agree. Arias, who said she wanted to die after the guilty verdict, has changed her mind and is fighting for her life. She may decide to take the stand anyway.

THE ARIAS LEGAL TEAM

Arias and her top lawyer do not like each other. Kirk Nurmi, charged with her defense, has tried to quit the case, but the court has refused to let him off. Arias tried unsuccessfully to fire Nurmi, complaining in a handwritten motion to the court that he was “curt, rude and condescending.” When that didn’t work, she was granted permission to represent herself. As the court date neared, however, she changed her mind and Nurmi is again her lawyer.

THE PROSECUTION

Prosecutor Juan Martinez was aggressive, prompting one of Arias’ lawyers to plead with the judge to make him stop yelling at a witness. Several of Arias’ expert witnesses have refused to come back because testifying the first time was too traumatic.

COURT RULES

Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens has ruled that this trial will be much different. The daily stream of lurid testimony and Arias’ emotional behavior that filled tabloid reports will be stopped. While cameras can record the trial, no video is to be aired until after the verdict is delivered.

ARIAS FOR SALE

Jodi Arias has been churning out paintings from prison and sells copies online, with the money going to her defense fund. She has also sold some of her personal effects. Earlier this month she auctioned off the glasses she wore during her first trial. The money, according to her site, went to charity.

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