Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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AUTOPSY REVEALS LITTLE ABOUT LOTTERY WINNER DEATH

CHICAGO -- An autopsy on the exhumed body of a Chicago lottery winner poisoned with cyanide yielded no significant new clues about his death, the Cook County medical examiner said today.

No cyanide was in Urooj Khan's body tissue, likely because cyanide breaks down so quickly, and there was nothing notable in his stomach, Stephen Cina told reporters.

Dr. Cina did say Khan's coronary arteries had significant blockage, which could have increased the effectiveness of the cyanide. But he said there was nothing to make him think a heart attack killed Khan, saying, "I don't see how I can ignore lethal cyanide level in the blood."

Authorities have not publicly identified anyone as a suspect in Khan's July 20 death, which happened just two days before the 46- year-old was to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings.

Authorities initially ruled that the Indian-born businessman died of natural causes, but his brother raised suspicions, leading to authorities to test fluids drawn from Khan's body before he was buried. Those tests showed he had been poisoned, and Khan's body was exhumed in January so that authorities could perform the autopsy and gather more evidence in case prosecutors decide to file charges.

CHRYSLER, VW, GM REPORT SALES GROWTH

DETROIT -- Tax increases. Rising gas prices. Political dysfunction in Washington. None of that kept Americans away from auto dealer showrooms in February as General Motors, Ford and other automakers posted strong sales gains.

Industry analysts expect last month's sales to be up about 7 percent from a year earlier as pent-up demand and cheap financing kept the U.S. auto sales recovery powering along. But while sales for 2013 are expected to top last year's figures, monthly increases are likely to be smaller than the double-digit gains the industry regularly posted during the last two years as sales recovered from historic lows following the recession. …

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