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Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Oklahoma not ready for Nov 13 execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP): Oklahoma's attorney general is seeking to delay three upcoming executions, including two set for next month, saying the state needs more time to obtain drugs and train staff on new lethal injection protocols put in place after an execution went awry in April.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a notice late Friday seeking to delay the executions of Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant and Charles Warner until 2015. Warner had been originally scheduled to die on April 29 - the same night that inmate Clayton Lockett writhed and moaned on the gurney, prompting the state to put all executions on hold until a review was conducted.

Warner's new execution date is November 13, but Pruitt said in the court filing that Oklahoma does not have the necessary drugs or commitments from medical personnel to carry out the execution.

Second Ebola patient is nurse, 26

DALLAS (AP): Media reports and a church rector have identified the second Ebola patient in Texas as a 26-year-old nurse infected while caring for a man from Liberia.

WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Nina Pham's family reached out to identify her as the nurse infected with Ebola. A rector at her family's church told The Associated Press that Pham's mother told him Pham has Ebola.

Officials say Pham wore protective gear as she cared for Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after he was diagnosed with Ebola and put in isolation. He died last week.

The graduate of Texas Christian University's nursing school was monitoring her own temperature and went to the hospital Friday night as soon as she found out she was running a low fever. She's now in isolation and in stable condition. It's the first known case of Ebola being transmitted within the United States.

Dallas officials vow care for Ebola patient's dog

DALLAS (AP): Texas officials say they're trying to find an appropriate place to monitor a dog that belongs to a nurse diagnosed with Ebola.

Nina Pham's Dallas apartment is being thoroughly cleaned after tests over the weekend confirmed she has been infected. A Dallas spokeswoman says the city will make sure the dog is cared for.

Pham tended to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after he became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. He died last week.

There was an uproar in Spain after Madrid authorities euthanised a dog named Excalibur that belonged to a nursing assistant sickened by the virus. She remains hospitalised. Authorities were concerned the dog might be harbouring the virus.