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California ERs serving African-Americans likelier to close: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hospitals in California that served a greater proportion of black patients were more likely to shutter their emergency departments in the past decade than hospitals with fewer black patients, according to a new study. Also at a higher risk of closure were EDs serving a…

Less wooden Romney hits New Hampshire campaign trail

BERLIN, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A more confident and energized Mitt Romney is putting his people skills to the test in New Hampshire as he tries to fix a likeability issue that hurt his failed bid for the White House in 2008. The Republican presidential hopeful is shaking hands, signing…

Nine-year-old lost during plane trip to be driven home

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) – The parents of a nine-year-old girl who flew unaccompanied to New York and was allowed to deplane in Baltimore, said they will drive to get her after the holidays rather than risk another flight. Chloe Boyce will not be flying again in the foreseeable after her…

Body of alleged killer of ex-Afghan central banker found in San Diego

(Reuters) – Remains of a San Diego man suspected of killing a former head of the Afghanistan central bank who fled to the United States as a political fugitive have been found, police said on Thursday. Bones identified as belonging to Ismael Raul Lopez, 28, were discovered by recreational divers…

Tax deal hands Obama win against Repbulicans

Republican leaders bowed to intense political pressure to extend a payroll tax holiday for 160 million Americans, ending a tense stalemate and handing a win to President Barack Obama. The deal, which must be confirmed by votes in both chambers of Congress, allowed Obama to end the year on a…

U.S. border chief resigns

NEW YORK — The head of the US Customs and Border Protection service announced Thursday he is to resign at the end of this year. Alan Bersin, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in March last year, said he would step down on December 30. His departure comes after…

‘Occupy Berkeley’ protesters remain, Tucson camp shut down

BERKELEY, California (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters remained in a camp of about 20 tents in the Northern California college town of Berkeley on Thursday, a day after authorities threatened to stop overnight camping. Rising tensions over a possible eviction in Berkeley came as authorities in Tuscon, Arizona, said they…

Police officer hurt, two arrested at ‘Occupy DC’ site

WASHINGTON — A police officer was injured Thursday and two people arrested at the site of a Washington offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a National Park Service police spokesman said. One person was charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct after Park Police officers converged on…

Walmart pulls formula from shelves after baby dies

CHICAGO — Walmart has pulled infant formula from the shelves of its 3,000 stores after two babies in Missouri got sick and one of them died, the retailer said Thursday. Health officials have not yet determined whether the bacterial infection which sickened the newborns was linked to the powdered formula,…

Top U.S. officer decries hazing after troop suicides

WASHINGTON — The US military’s top officer warned on Thursday over recent hazing incidents among American troops, saying such misconduct was cruel and would not be tolerated. General Martin Dempsey issued the statement after charges were issued in connection with the death of an Army soldier who was allegedly abused…

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