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Texas woman's family asks to end life support
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Friday, 24 January 2014 07:17

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a Fort Worth-area family will ask a judge Friday to allow a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman to be removed from life support, despite hospital opposition.

State District Judge R.H. Wallace will hear arguments as the husband of Marlise Munoz seeks to remove her from life support. Munoz remains connected to machines in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Erick Munoz of Haltom City said his wife, a fellow paramedic, clearly stated to him before he found her unconscious on Nov. 26: If she ever fell into this condition, she was not to be kept alive.

Hospital officials, however, say they're bound by a state law that prohibits the withdrawal of treatment from a pregnant patient. Several experts interviewed by The Associated Press have said the hospital is misapplying the law.

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Hagel vows to get to bottom of nuke missile ills
Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer   
Friday, 24 January 2014 07:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — It began with his brief mention last fall of "troubling lapses" in the nuclear force. Weeks later Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel turned up the heat a notch by paying a rare visit to a nuclear missile base. And on Thursday he dropped his bombshell: a demand for quick answers to what ails this most sensitive of military missions.

"Personnel failures within this force threaten to jeopardize the trust the American people have placed in us to keep our nuclear weapons safe and secure," Hagel wrote in unusually pointed language to a dozen top officials.

Hagel ordered immediate actions to define the depth of trouble inside the nuclear force, particularly the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile force, which has been rocked by disclosures about security lapses, poor discipline, weak morale and other problems that raise questions about nuclear security.

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(Updated) Pop star Justin Bieber exits jail after DUI arrest
Written by CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:40
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FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

 

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber walked out of jail Thursday following his arrest earlier in the day in Miami Beach on charges including driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Bieber was arrested after police said they saw him speeding down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini. Officers say he had an expired license, was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over and smelled of alcohol.

He was charged with DUI, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest.

The 19-year-old Bieber was released on $2,500 bond.

R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff was arrested in the same incident. He is charged with driving under the influence, and his bond was set at $1,000. Police said Khalil was driving a Ferrari.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:23
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Ohio judge favors camera speeding ticket refunds
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:39

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge in southwest Ohio says a Cincinnati-area village should refund speeding tickets from traffic cameras, but it can wait until after its appeal of class action-status is resolved.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled Thursday that Elmwood Place should pay back fines and fees totaling nearly $1.8 million. He says the village is also liable for attorney fees.

But he said he won't make a final order until the village's appeal of his approval of class-action status for thousands of ticketed motorists is decided.

Ruehlman last year ordered the village to halt camera use, calling it a scam.

Several other lawsuits are pending in Ohio. Supporters say cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer. Foes say they are revenue-raisers that violate drivers' rights.


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Fire at Quebec senior home; three dead, 30 missing
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:27

L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (AP) — Fire raged through a seniors' residence in eastern Quebec on Thursday morning, killing three people and leaving about 30 unaccounted for. Officials fear the death toll will climb.

The massive fire in the 52-unit complex broke out around 12:30 a.m. ET in L'Isle-Verte, a small town of 1,500 people about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northeast of Quebec City.

Initial reports said 20 residents had been transported to safety, but it was unclear just how many residents were missing in the inferno. Quebec Provincial Police Sgt. Ann Mathieu said Thursday authorities were trying to determine the exact number of victims and learn the cause of the blaze.

"About 31 people are on the list of people that Quebec police are looking for. This is very bad news because they have challenges moving around. It is very bad news," said Francois Lapointe, the member of Parliament for the area. "We're down to hoping that some of those 31 people were not there."

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:03
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