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Prison clash death toll rises to 31
The death toll from a Bolivia prison battle rose to 31 after an inmate died Saturday in a hospital, police and medical officials said. Most victims of the Friday battle among rival gangs were inmates, but a 1 ½-year-old toddler died along with his father. Bolivian law allows children 6 and younger to stay with their parents in prison. Another 60 people were injured in the clash at Palmasola maximum-security prison outside the regional capital of Santa Cruz.
Man claims final share of jackpot
A New Jersey man claimed the final share of this month’s $448 million Powerball jackpot, Lottery officials said Saturday. Mario Scarnici held one of the three winning tickets sold for the Aug. 7 drawing. Lottery officials said the South Brunswick man chose the cash option and will get about $62 million after taxes. Scarnici bought his winning ticket at a South Brunswick supermarket.
Running of the bulls, American style
A bull-running event inspired by the traditional Spanish spectacle made its U.S. debut Saturday. The Great Bull Run staged seven runs at a drag-racing strip in Dinwiddie, south of Richmond. Organizers said about 12,000 attended the event, including spectators. One minor injury occurred on the final run. Organizers said they have partnered with ranches who supply the bulls and veterinarians to monitor the bulls’ health. The president and CEO of the animal protection group, Wayne Pacelle, attended the event to ensure no animals were mistreated. Pacelle described the run as a boring “frat boy event.” Among the states scheduled to host the Great Bull Race are Florida, Georgia and Texas.
Couple weds in hospital for ill mom
An ailing Pennsylvania cancer patient was able to witness her son’s wedding after medical staff helped arrange a hastily planned wedding in the hospital chapel. Anna Mae Kern, 63, was escorted to the chapel by groom Adam Kern and bride Ashley Leighty for the wedding Friday at Excela Latrobe Area Hospital. She was hospitalized last week after a long struggle with breast cancer. “Life is so short. I wanted her to see it,” Adam Kern said. Leighty said her mother-in-law’s strength is an inspiration. “You leave the room and you feel like you’ve been lifted. Very strong. And she makes me feel that way,” Leighty said.
Cuban doctors to work in poor areas
More than 200 Cuban doctors arrived in Brazil to work in impoverished areas where physicians and medical services are scarce, the Health Ministry press officer Ed Ruas said Saturday. The 206 doctors arrived Saturday in Recife to take a connecting flight to Brasilia, the capital. Ruas said another 194 Cuban doctors were expected today in the city of Salvador. The 400 are the first of an estimated 4,000 physicians from Cuba who will work in Brazil. About 250 doctors from other countries arrived Friday along with Brazilians who studied abroad. All the doctors are part of a program to get more physicians working in underserved areas.
68 dogs rescued from house fire
Sixty-eight dogs were rescued Friday night from a blaze in a New York City home. The fire in the two-story house in Staten Island was extinguished in about a half hour. No injuries were reported. The owner of the single-family home was identified as a hoarder who collected small-breed dogs as well as trash. Richard Gentles of Animal Care and Control of NYC said the dogs were taken to a shelter and that a medical team was evaluating and caring for the animals.
Possible shipwreck’s beam gets CT scan
Hospital technicians took X-rays Saturday of a wooden beam that could be part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle missing for more than three centuries. A team of divers removed the timber from northern Lake Michigan in June. They hope the CT scan will help pinpoint the beam’s age, which could be a significant clue in determining whether it came from the long-lost vessel. The Griffin disappeared in 1679 with a six-member crew.
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