World & Nation in 60 Seconds the Nation the World

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World & Nation in 60 Seconds the Nation the World


Gunmen shoot up coffee shop:

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. u Police on Friday sought two gunmen who opened fire inside a crowded coffee shop, killing one man and wounding six others, several critically, in a suspected gang-related revenge attack. Sheriff Lee Baca said it appeared the masked gunmen were targeting a specific person.

Charges in botched abortion:

TAMPA, Fla. u The Board of Medicine revoked the license of a Florida doctor on Friday accused of medical malpractice in a botched abortion in which a live baby was delivered, but ended up dead in a cardboard box. The board found Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique in violation of Florida statutes by committing medical malpractice, delegating responsibility to unlicensed personnel, and failing to keep an accurate medical record.

Spitzer escort exec sentenced:

NEW YORK u The man who ran an escort business at the heart of the scandal that helped bring down former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison. Mark Brener, 63, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit a prostitution offense and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

States advance gay rights:

MONTPELIER, Vt. u Nine years after becoming the first state to permit civil unions, Vermont moved a step toward legalizing gay marriage Friday.

A bill that would allow same-sex unions was introduced in the Legislature. A similar bill is expected to be introduced later in the state Senate. Vermont was joined Friday by Wyoming in legislative action on same-sex marriage. The Wyoming House killed a bill that would have allowed voters to decide whether to amend the state constitution to deny state recognition of same-sex marriages.

Gene-altered animal drug OK:

WASHINGTON u The Food and Drug Administration made history Friday as it approved the first drug made with materials from genetically engineered animals, clearing the way for a new class of medical therapies. GTC Biotherapeutics said regulators cleared its drug ATryn, which is manufactured using milk from goats that have been scientifically altered to produce extra antithrombin, a protein that acts as a natural blood thinner.

Ginsburg plans quick return:

WASHINGTON u Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plans to be back at work for the courtAEs next public session, less than three weeks after surgery for pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, 75, intends to be in court when the justices hear arguments on Feb. 23, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday.

Gay divorces recognized:

TRENTON, N.J. u Gay marriages performed outside New Jersey are recognized in the state for the purpose of divorce, according to a ruling Friday by a judge deciding whether a lesbian couple married in Canada can split. …

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