By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York clinic where comedian Joan Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death denied on Wednesday ever administering general anesthesia or conducting a vocal cord biopsy as has been alleged in media reports as contributing to her demise. It was the first time the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic issued a statement since Aug. 28, when Rivers was rushed to a nearby hospital from the center with cardiac arrest. The clinic did not mention Rivers by name but issued the statement hours after New York's Daily News newspaper reported that an unplanned vocal cord biopsy at the clinic had left the Brooklyn-born comedian unable to breathe. "A biopsy of the vocal cords has never been performed at Yorkville Endoscopy," said the clinic, which specializes in gastrointestinal procedures.
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police and federal agents on Wednesday raided dozens of Los Angeles Fashion District businesses suspected of operating as part of a major money-laundering hub for narcotics traffickers in Mexico, law enforcement officials said.
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States will lead a broad coalition to wage a relentless campaign to root out Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria "wherever they exist." "It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil," Obama said in excerpts of a speech he will make to the country on Wednesday night. "This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground," Obama said, using an acronym for the militant group.
By Sandra Chereb CARSON CITY Nev. (Reuters) - Nevada lawmakers on Wednesday will consider controversial tax breaks estimated at up to $1.3 billion for Tesla Motors Inc to build its $5 billion battery factory in the state. Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick promised scrutiny of the legislation, which has drawn criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, at a special session around noon PDT (1900 GMT). "It's exciting that a company such as Tesla has chosen Nevada," said Kirkpatrick, a North Las Vegas Democrat. "But the devil is in the details." Republican Governor Brian Sandoval last week called Nevada’s winning bid against four other states a monumental moment.