Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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ARIZ. GOVERNOR MEETING ON GAY-REFUSAL BILL

PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will hold a series of private meetings with opponents and proponents of legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.

Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder says the governor will spend today gathering information about Senate Bill 1062 as she considers signing it into law or a veto. She has until Saturday to act.

The governor returned from five days in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. The state became embroiled in a national debate over religious and gay rights in her absence.

The bill allows business owners to cite sincerely held religious beliefs to fend off discrimination lawsuits.

SALES OF NEW HOMES SOAR

WASHINGTON - Sales of new homes rebounded in January to the fastest pace in more than five years, offering hopes that housing could be regaining momentum after a slowdown last year caused by rising interest rates.

Sales of new homes increased 9.6 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000, the Commerce Department reported today. That was the fastest pace since July 2008.

The rise came as a surprise to economists who had been forecasting a sales drop in January, in part because of a belief that activity would be held back by bad winter storms in many parts of the country.

Sales had fallen 3.8 percent in December and 1.8 percent in November.

The median price of a new home sold in January was up 3.4 percent from a year ago to $260,100.

PBS REPORTER'S ARM AMPUTATED

LOS ANGELES - PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien said Tuesday his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury put his life in jeopardy.

In a blog post on his personal website Tuesday, which was verified by PBS, Mr. O'Brien recounted the Feb. 12 blow to his arm he suffered while on assignment in Asia and the medical emergency that followed.

He was diagnosed with "acute compartment syndrome," Mr. O'Brien said, in which blocked blood flow in an enclosed space in the body can cause life-threatening consequences.

Part of his arm was removed in a choice between "a life and a limb," Mr. O'Brien said, quoting his doctor. Mr. O'Brien has continued working despite the ordeal, PBS spokeswoman Anne Bell said. The former CNN science and space correspondent covers science for "PBS NewsHour."

According to his blog, Mr. O'Brien was securing cases filled with camera gear on a cart as he wrapped up a reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines. One of the cases fell onto his left forearm, he wrote, adding, "It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it."

FAMILY SUES AFTER PET RAT CAUSED BOY'S DEATH

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat. …

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