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CALIFORNIA

Witness backs ‘octomom’ doctor

LOS ANGELES — A doctor testifying on behalf of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman’s fertility doctor repeatedly defended the in-vitro treatments she received, saying they were appropriate considering her impaired fertility and desire for a very large family.

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg took the stand in a hearing that resumed Wednesday in Los Angeles, where closing arguments are expected to begin by Thursday in the Medical Board of California’s licensing hearing for Dr. Michael M. Kamrava.

The state licensing agency is seeking to revoke or suspend the Beverly Hills physician’s license to practice medicine, accusing him of gross negligence in his treatment of Miss Suleman and two other patients.

Dr. Steinberg, a longtime professional acquaintance of Dr. Kamrava’s and a fertility doctor, said Dr. Kamrava had to take into account his clinic’s low success rate when treating patients for fertility. His testimony conflicted in several instances with earlier testimony from the medical board’s expert witness, Dr. Victor Y. Fujimoto, fertility chief at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dr. Kamrava’s treatment in one attempted pregnancy, when he implanted eight embryos, was “aggressive,” but “I can’t fault his judgment, to be honest,” Dr. Steinberg said.

PENNSYLVANIA

City, Boy Scouts settle gays fight

PHILADELPHIA — A Boy Scouts chapter that won the right to ban gays from its city-owned headquarters at a federal trial in Philadelphia said it has negotiated a deal to end the decade-long dispute with city officials.

The city had threatened to evict the scouts for violating its anti-discrimination laws, and urged the group to reject national Boy Scouts of America policies that ban gays. But a jury this year found the eviction would infringe on the private group’s right to free association.

Rather than appeal, the city will instead offer to sell the building to the Cradle of Liberty Council for $500,000, less than half its $1.1 million value, City Council lawyer Jason Gosselin said Wednesday.

In exchange, the Scouts will forgive the nearly $1 million in legal fees the city was ordered to pay the Scouts after losing the case.

“At the end of the day, the Boy Scouts will be writing a check to the city, rather than the other way around,” Mr. Gosselin told the Associated Press. “This is a better solution than having to go through an appeals process.”

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