By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government scientist working with bird flu rushed through lab procedures in order to get to a staff meeting, setting off what could have been a fatal mishap, health officials said on Friday. They said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab worker, who was not identified, allotted only about half the time necessary to carry out the procedures safely, and as a result samples of mild avian flu were tainted with a highly deadly strain and sent from CDC to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CDC released the report of its investigation of the avian flu incident and said disciplinary action is under consideration. CDC did not report the incident until July.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected defense motions that former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife be acquitted in their corruption and bribery trial. U.S. District Judge James Spencer turned down the bids after a one-hour hearing. The motions came after prosecutors wrapped up their case against McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife after almost three weeks of testimony. Defense lawyers are expected to start calling witnesses on Monday.
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The Texas doctor being treated for Ebola said on Friday that he was "recovering in every way" at an Atlanta hospital and hoped to be released soon. Kent Brantly, 33, was one of two U.S. aid workers who were infected with the deadly virus in Liberia and evacuated earlier this month for treatment at Emory University's hospital as their health declined. Brantly said he still faced "a few hurdles" before he could be discharged from the isolation unit where he is being treated, although he gave no other details. "I am more grateful every day to the Lord for sparing my life and continuing to heal my body," Brantly said in a statement released by North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, the Christian relief group he worked for in West Africa.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state.
NEW YORK (AP) — A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation.