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Nation in brief

Time may not be as crucial for all heart attack victims

Associated Press
Published June 15, 2005

CHICAGO - A provocative new study challenges the notion that heart attack victims have only 12 hours in which to undergo an artery-clearing angioplasty.

The study found patients who had the procedure as much as two days after being stricken still benefited.

Cardiologists generally believe they have a 12-hour window after a heart attack starts to reopen clogged arteries and save heart muscle from damage caused by interrupted blood flow.

But in the study of 365 European patients hospitalized between 12 and 48 hours after symptoms began, patients who got immediate angioplasties had substantially less heart-muscle damage than those treated initially with drugs alone.

After 40-year exile, Army deserter back home

WELDON, N.C. - Army deserter Charles Jenkins reunited Tuesday with the mother he left behind, on the soil he forsook 40 years ago when he left his post and slipped across the border into communist North Korea.

Jenkins, 65, stood arm-in-arm with his 91-year-old mother, Pattie, at his sister's home, 30 miles from his hometown of Rich Square, N.C.

Jenkins disappeared in January 1965 while on patrol along the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. During his court-martial, he said he deserted because he was afraid of being sent to Vietnam. He pleaded guilty to desertion and aiding the enemy.

Elsewhere . . .

VIRGINIA PRIMARY: Former state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore easily won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday over George Fitch, who is best known for bankrolling the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Kilgore will face Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine in November.

TERROR SENTENCE: An illegal immigrant from Lebanon was sentenced Tuesday to 4 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to raise money for the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which the United States has designated a terrorist group. Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, 34, pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to support a terrorist organization.

[Last modified June 15, 2005, 00:44:10]

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