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Man, 3 victims die in office shootout

By TIMES WIRES
Published December 9, 2006


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A gunman killed three men and injured another Friday when he walked into an office at a prominent downtown skyscraper, chained the doors behind him and opened fire, police said. He was shot by authorities as he held a hostage at gunpoint, Superintendent Phil Cline said. The shootings at the 43-story Citigroup Center, which also houses a train station, sent office workers fleeing and stranded rush-hour commuters.

Cline said the gunman, who was armed with a revolver, a knife and hammer, didn't work in the office but demanded to see one of the victims who was killed. The gunman had been escorted to the office by building security and was carrying a manila envelope where he apparently hid the weapons, Cline said. "He was not employed there but we feel he did have previous encounters with the individuals in that office."

WASHINGTON

Stronger warnings on stents are sought

A panel of experts recommended Friday that doctors and patients be given stronger warnings about the dangers associated with the use of drug-coated stents in some high-risk patients.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration panelists recommended that stent patients take blood-thinning drugs for at least a year. The advisers found that all stent users had an increased risk of blood clots, and that the risk was more severe among the 60 percent who have more complicated health issues.

A day earlier, the panel concluded that the drug-coated stents are safe when used as directed but may put patients at risk for clots. Use as directed involves healthier patients with less complex problems; they account for only 40 percent of cases. "It is difficult to make conclusive judgments regarding this issue," said Dr. William Maisel, the panel chairman.

Taco Bell victims top 60, expected to grow

Federal health officials warned that the number of infections from an outbreak of E. coli continued to climb, with more than 60 people falling ill after eating at Taco Bell restaurants, most in the Northeast. The company ordered the removal of green onions from restaurants nationwide after tests suggested the bacteria may have come from tainted scallions. Health officials said they expected the number of cases to grow.

 

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