A Maryland mother who was found dead in June inside a car along with her two infant daughters had a history of mental problems, the state medical examiner's office said on Wednesday. Family members said the mother, Allison Pluck, 32, was mentally ill and suffering from hallucinations and paranoia, according to an autopsy report from the medical examiner's office. "The circumstances around the death make it most likely that the decedent had some sort of psychological break," Dr. Russell Alexander wrote in the report. She also ran her hands over the exterior of the box for at least three minutes while at the cashier to purchase it," the report said.Another employee said Pluck "looked like she wasn't quite with it." Police discovered Pluck and her daughters Shameka Gill and Shania Gill, ages 5 months and 18 months, unresponsive in a vehicle outside a Hagerstown school on June 16. The cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure, medical examiner's spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said. Pluck was found in the reclined front seat of a small, silver-colored car.
Cleveland Clinic plans to issue a rare century bond on Thursday, marking a first from the not-for-profit healthcare sector and one of few such debt issues in the U.S. Cleveland Clinic, which specializes in cancer and cardiovascular treatment, will join an elite club in capital markets circles. The Ohio-based health system favored the ultra-long $400 million issuance because it offered more flexibility to help fund new partnerships and technology, Cleveland Clinic Chief Financial Officer Steve Glass said on Wednesday. Moody's Investor Service reported that Cleveland Clinic's strong reputation, exceptional ability to fundraise, and high demand from patients make the health system less vulnerable to risks associated with ultra-long debts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama authorized $25 million in "immediate military assistance" on Wednesday for the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government to help with military education and training, according to a memorandum posted on the White House website. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office report noted that relatively few U.S. Just 4 percent of households headed by someone 65 or older carried student loan debt as of 2010, up from 1 percent in 2004. "Some may think of student loan debt as a just a young person's problem," said U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors in many U.S. hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job, a new study released Wednesday suggests.
Police are trying to track down thousands of dollars' worth of iPads stolen from a Willingboro Township school.
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A campy low-budget pornographic horror film is enjoying newfound popularity after one of its actors was spotted appearing in a campaign commercial for the Democrat running for governor of Pennsylvania, the film's director said on Wednesday. The television ad, featuring Alan Benyak, was taken down earlier this week after the campaign of candidate Tom Wolf learned of Benyak's past. Benyak, a Pittsburgh-area lawyer, appeared as "Mr. ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Labor unions and environmental groups said Wednesday they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue.
Maryland's top court has banned a judge from hearing cases after he ordered that an electric shock device be used on a defendant, a Maryland judiciary spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Charles County Judge Robert Nalley, who retired this year but was permitted to hear cases by the Court of Appeals, was barred because of a courtroom incident in July. Delvon King, of Waldorf, Maryland, was representing himself in a gun-possession case and questioned whether Nalley had the authority to judge him, local media reported. Nalley told a sheriff's deputy to use a remote control to stun King with a shock device strapped to his ankle.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union warned Cyprus Wednesday that it may be flouting the terms of its multibillion-euro rescue package after the country's parliament approved legislation softening a crucial foreclosures law.
NEW YORK (AP) — A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.
Friends of a Washington state man accused of threatening a shooting rampage at his former high school have been arrested on charges of intimidating witnesses who brought the alleged plot to the attention of police, officials said on Wednesday. Matthew Smiley, 18, was charged on Monday with felony harassment and ordered held on $2 million bail for making multiple threats to "shoot up" his former high school in Kingston, on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, court officials said. "Witnesses also reported the young man had access to firearms and had displayed these weapons as a point of emphasis," the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said. All four were awaiting arraignment on a single count of witness intimidation, a court official said on Wednesday.
A woman who slammed her car into a Reading church is likely counting her blessings after the crash on Wednesday morning.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who was killed during a public meeting shot at a county official despite numerous pleas from a group to put the gun down, a witness said Wednesday.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility in next week's referendum.
DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for news organizations say there's no evidence that courtroom cameras would intimidate witnesses or violate defendant James Holmes' rights in the Colorado theater shootings trial.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House Visitor Center will reopen on Saturday after a $12.6 million, two-year makeover, the National Park Service said on Wednesday. First lady Michelle Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the center near the White House, the agency said in a statement. The new center has nearly 16,000 square feet (1,440 square meters) of remodeled space. It will include an exhibit area, a retail shop and visitor information sites, tactile exhibits for the visually impaired and more than 90 White House artifacts. ...