The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center may have unwittingly infected nearly 70 patients with a treatment-resistant superbug, it said Wednesday, becoming the second Los Angeles hospital to issue an alert. The top hospital, known for treating Hollywood celebrities, said four patients were confirmed with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria (CRE), which was linked last month to two deaths at another Los Angeles hospital. In both cases -- the other hospital involved was the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center -- the infections were apparently transmitted via tainted surgical tools called duodenoscopes, used to diagnose and treat diseases of the pancreas and bile duct. "Despite the fact that Cedars-Sinai meticulously followed the disinfection procedure" recommended by the manufacturer, the hospital "has identified a total of four patients who had a CRE transmission," said Cedars-Sinai.
WILSON, N.C. (AP) — The crew of a truck carrying a load of gold bars had just pulled off the interstate in North Carolina when, the two men told police, a seemingly ordinary episode of carsickness turned into a multimillion-dollar heist.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either — and that the justices in Montgomery will find themselves on history's losing side.