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Judge dismisses lawsuit over newborn blood draws

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by a group of parents who alleged the state did not obtain proper consent to draw or store their newborns’ blood for medical research.

An attorney for the parents tells WOOD-TV an appeal is planned.

The lawsuit argued that Michigan's practice of drawing infant blood was unconstitutional. It also alleged there weren’t protections in place to stop police or others from accessing information that could be derived from stored samples.

The lawsuit wasn’t seeking to stop the testing, but aimed to better inform parents and let them decide.

Michigan has defended the practice. The state Department of Health and Human Services has said that the blood of more than five million people is being stored.

Judge brands paper ‘shameful’ for printing shooting suspect’s info


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has branded a newspaper “shameful” for publishing educational material about Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz that was supposed to be kept private.

But Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer stopped short Wednesday of finding the South Florida Sun Sentinel in contempt of court. The county school board claims the newspaper violated court orders by publishing details about Cruz’s educational background that were supposed to be redacted.

The Sun Sentinel contends the school board had already exposed those details by mistakenly releasing them in a way anyone could see.

Cruz , 19, faces the death penalty if convicted in the shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind


GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters say a man who donated to their muscular dystrophy drive accidentally dropped his wedding ring into their boot.

The Gloucester Daily Times reports that firefighter Lukas McRobb was collecting donations in the city recently when he found the plain gold wedding band.

Lt. Kevin Gargan says the person met them at the fire station later that day, telling them “I have a funny story ...,” before explaining he was the one who made the accidental donation.

Colombian city urges break from sex during heat wave

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Health officials in one Colombian coastal city have a controversial recommendation for residents trying to stay cool during an intense heat wave: Take a break from sex.

Santa Marta city health secretary Julio Salas sparked a mix of laughter and disbelief this week when he urged residents of the tourist mecca to refrain from sex during the day as part of a list of recommendations, such as staying hydrated and wearing loose clothing to prevent overheating.

Sex is considered only a moderate physical activity, as much of a strain on the heart as walking up two flights of stairs, says the American Heart Association.

Temperatures in Santa Marta have soared past 104 degrees Fahrenheit aswamped with patients complaining of symptoms of heat stroke.








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