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'Superbug' outbreak raises questions about medical scope

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:08

This illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 100 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A "superbug" outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the U.S. every year.

Family of Mexican farm worker slain in Washington state seeks new autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:05
By Eric M. Johnson KENNEWICK, Wash. (Reuters) - The family of a Mexican farm worker killed by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks has asked for an independent autopsy into his death, county officials said on Thursday. The family's request comes amid ongoing protests over the Feb. 10 death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, a small city of about 68,000 residents that is heavily Hispanic but controlled by a largely white power structure. "The family has requested that a second autopsy come in, and we are certainly going to allow that to happen," Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant told reporters in neighboring Kennewick.

Attorney general nominee defends British bank investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:41

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general is defending her office’s handling of a money-laundering investigation involving British bank HSBC. The bank in 2012 agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle the probe in a deal that spared individual executives from prosecution. Lynch, awaiting Senate confirmation as attorney general, is the top federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, the office that handled the case. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general is defending her office's handling of a money-laundering investigation involving British bank HSBC, saying the deal carried stern penalties even though no individual executives were prosecuted.

Idaho college official accused of offering scholarships for sex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:30
The financial aid director for a community college in northern Idaho, who was accused of offering scholarships to students in exchange for sex, is no longer employed at the school, its president said on Thursday. Idaho police on Wednesday arrested Joseph Bekken, 36, the head of financial aid for North Idaho College, on suspicion of procurement of prostitution and other charges in connection with ads he posted on Craigslist offering “grant money” for sexual favors from students who attended the two-year college in Coeur d’Alene, authorities said. "The individual charged in this case is no longer an employee of the college and North Idaho College has been cooperating fully with law enforcement from the very beginning of the investigation," school president Joe Dunlap said in a statement released Thursday.

Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently kill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:41

FILE- In this May 24, 2014, file photo, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, right, walks past a board showing the photos of gunman Elliot Rodger and the weapons he used in the mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, Calif., after a news conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. Authorities concluded that Rodger, who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last year acted alone. The Sheriff's Office released a report Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, on its eight-month investigation into the massacre.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A troubled 22-year-old man who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students last year searched online for ways to silently kill with a knife just before he repeatedly stabbed his first three victims, one of them 94 times, according to a police report released Thursday.

Christie stays focused on New Jersey in Washington speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:40

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner event at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie sent a clear message to New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday that he has no plans to raise taxes days before delivering his annual budget address.

Washington ACLU sues state hospital district over abortion services

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:34
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the state's third-largest public hospital district, accusing it of failing to comply with an abortion rights law. The lawsuit alleges that Skagit Regional Health, which operates a large hospital and several clinics in Skagit County about 100 miles north of Seattle, is not following the state's 1991 Reproductive Privacy Act.

Florist who refused to do flowers for gay wedding to appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:22
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a Washington state antidiscrimination law.

4 injured when NJ Transit bus, truck collide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:20

4 injured when NJ Transit bus, truck collideAuthorities say multiple people were injured in a crash involving a NJ Transit bus and a truck in Sicklerville, New Jersey.

Video from police, public examined in Washington shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:15

A marcher holds a sign during a rally for Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Pasco, Wash. Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed by Pasco police in Pasco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITKENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Investigators asked the public Thursday to provide more social media images and eyewitness accounts of a fatal police shooting that has sparked a series of protests in an agricultural community in Washington state.

Bill would compensate officers in '80 New Mexico prison riot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:13

Correctional officer Robert Darnell, standing, testifies in support of legislation that calls for compensation for officers involved in the 1980 riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico during a House committee hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would compensate the handful of surviving correctional officers who were at the prison when the riot erupted and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen guards were held hostage 35 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots. Some were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted as rioting prisoners killed 33 of their fellow inmates during a clash that included beheadings, amputations and burned bodies.

California health officials say may not find source of measles outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:08

Measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A senior California health official said on Thursday the source of a measles outbreak that has sickened 119 people in the state may never be identified, despite a finding that the same strain of virus had led to a wave of illness in the Philippines. More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many linked to an outbreak that authorities believe began when an infected international traveler visited Disneyland in late December. California Department of Public Health researchers who genotyped specimens from 30 of the state's measles patients found all were of the same strain that caused an outbreak in the Philippines. "It is unlikely that the source of this outbreak will be identified, and although identifying the source would be of interest, our immediate goal is to stop the outbreak and it is not necessary to know the source to do this," Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the California Department of Health, told Reuters.

Police say 19-year-old suspect in Vegas killing was gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:04

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photo shows a suspect in the fatal shooting February 12, 2015 of Tammy Meyers in Las Vegas being taken into custody in Las VegasLAS VEGAS (AP) — Police made an arrest Thursday in the mysterious road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother, apprehending a teenage neighbor who had a history with the family before the shootout.

U.S. FDA issues device safety alert following "superbug" outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:02
(Reuters) - The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday. The bug may have contributed to the death of two patients, UCLA said. Makers of the devices, known as duodenoscopes, include Olympus Corp , Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Pentax Medical.

Los Angeles hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to 'superbug'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:02

People walk past the entrance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman and Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A large Los Angeles teaching hospital has told scores of patients they may have been exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and contributed to two deaths. More than 170 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California at Los Angeles hospital system, UCLA officials said. The possible exposures occurred at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center between Oct. 3 and Jan. 28 during procedures in which a specialized endoscope is inserted down the throat to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct diseases. The UCLA hospital system said an internal investigation determined in late January that CRE may have been transmitted to patients by two of seven scopes being used by the center, all made by Olympus Medical Systems Group.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:01

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group, slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. The operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or between 20,000 and 25,000 troops, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Oregon couple charged with murder by abuse for starving baby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:00
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon have charged a couple with murder for allegedly starving their seven-week-old baby boy to death, authorities said on Thursday.  Amanda Hancock, 21, and Stephen Williams Jr, 26, appeared before a judge on Wednesday on murder by abuse charges, and if found guilty they could face life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, said Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan. Sheriff's Deputy Dwes Hutson said an autopsy at the state medical examiner's office in Portland showed the cause of death was starvation and the fatality was declared a homicide.

Ex-Qualcomm manager pleads guilty to insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:56
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Qualcomm sales director in San Diego has pleaded guilty to insider trading that netted him about $200,000.

Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:50

FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the NSA, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden.

Suge Knight returns to jail after trip from court to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:46

Rap mogul Suge Knight stands in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in ComptonBy Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, who is charged with murder in a hit-and-run death, was hospitalized on Thursday before his scheduled Los Angeles court appearance in a separate camera theft case, a court official said. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman said in court that Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records, "suffered some medical condition and was taken via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital." Knight was later returned to jail, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Steve Wyatt. This marked the second time this month that Knight was taken to a hospital on a day he had a court hearing.