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Worker who let TB patient in at border retires

By TIMES WIRES
Published June 12, 2007


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WASHINGTON

The U.S. border inspector who ignored a warning to stop a globe-trotting tuberculosis patient from entering the United States has retired, officials said Monday. Russ Knocke, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said the officer no longer works at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The 18-year veteran inspector, whose name has not been disclosed, was under investigation and on administrative leave. The inspector was pilloried last week at a congressional hearing on the case of Andrew Speaker.

PHOENIX, MINNEAPOLIS

Sextuplets born to two women

Two sets of sextuplets were born in two states less than a day apart, a rare occurrence but one that fertility experts say could become increasingly common as more couples seek artificial methods of conceiving babies. Brianna Morrison, 24, who used fertility drugs, gave birth just before midnight Sunday in Minneapolis. About 10 hours later, Jenny Masche, 32, who used artificial insemination, gave birth Monday in Phoenix by Caesarean section, the first successful sextuplet delivery in Arizona. Morrison's four boys and two girls were delivered after just 22 weeks. The Masche sextuplets - three boys and three girls - were almost 10 weeks premature, and all but one weighed less than 3 pounds.

CLEVELAND

Conjoined twins leave hospital

Conjoined twins whose separation surgery was halted because of swelling in the brain have been released from the hospital, the hospital said Monday. The 3-year-olds, Anastasia and Tatiana Dogaru, were discharged Saturday. Surgery to separate them Wednesday was halted after 11 hours because of swelling in Anastasia's brain tissue. "They are doing well, " the hospital said. The girls returned to an apartment where the family has been staying since April. Doctors have said they will review the case before deciding their next move. The twins were born in Italy to Romanian parents.

WASHINGTON

Vaccine-autism hearing begins

Lawyers began arguments Monday in the first of several test cases that may help decide whether the government should pay millions of dollars to parents of autistic children. Nearly 5, 000 parents say that vaccinations caused their children to become autistic, and many of their claims have been pending for five years. The hearing was held at the "federal vaccine court, " set up by Congress 20 years ago when a series of vaccine scares nearly crippled the industry. Every major study and scientific organization examining the issue has found no link between vaccination and autism.

[Last modified June 12, 2007, 00:01:52]


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