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The fungal illness is still considered rare. But an increasing number of people who have breathed it in have become sick or died. Symptoms include a persistent cough, headache and fever.

The fungus seems to grow on or around trees. Over the past six years, health officials have tracked 43 cases in Oregon, 15 in Washington, one in California and one in Idaho.

MICHIGAN

Ex-GM worker accused of stealing secrets

DETROIT — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted a former General Motors employee and her husband in an alleged scheme to steal information about hybrid vehicles.

Shanshan Du is accused of copying thousands of GM documents in January 2005, five days after getting a severance offer from the automaker. The government says the conspiracy began in 2003.

The government says her husband, Yu Qin, subsequently made a deal to provide hybrid technology to a Chinese company.

Prosecutors say the Troy couple shredded documents and dumped them in a bin behind a store in May 2006 after the grand jury sought information.

NEVADA

Ex-governor dies in fall from roof

LAS VEGAS — Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, a two-term moderate Republican whose tenure marked a prosperous era in a state now facing severe budget problems, died Thursday after falling from the roof of his Las Vegas home while making repairs. He was 73.

The predecessor to current Gov. Jim Gibbons was pronounced dead at University Medical Center, where he was taken after the fall, Coroner Mike Murphy said. Authorities are investigating whether the death was from natural causes or an accident.

Billy Vassiliadis, a friend and spokesman for the Guinn family at the hospital, said Mr. Guinn had been on the roof making repairs. He said Mr. Guinn’s wife, Dema, found him and called 911. Police received the call just after 10:30 a.m.

NEW YORK

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