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GEORGIA

4 arrested in teen’s death at house party

DOUGLASVILLE | A teenager was stomped, kicked and punched to death at a weekend house party after police say he walked by a group who decided to pounce on the next person who passed by. Four have been charged with murder.

District Attorney David McDade said the four, who appeared in court Monday, were charged with murder in the death of Bobby Tillman, 18, early Sunday in Douglas County, west of Atlanta.

The party was intended to be a small gathering of about 10 friends of a girl who lives at the house, but it grew to a group of 60 to 80 after word spread by e-mails and other electronic messages, said Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller. When the girl’s parents saw how many people had come, they asked the partiers to leave.

That’s when a fight broke out between two females and two males, and one of the females hit a male, said Douglas County Maj. Tommy Wheeler said. He said the man said he wouldn’t retaliate against a girl, but he would hit the next man that walked by.

Mr. Tillman happened to be the unlucky person, and Maj. Wheeler said multiple attackers beat and stomped him. Mr. Tillman was still breathing when officers arrived, but didn’t survive, even after CPR was administered.

ILLINOIS

AMA chief: Medicare cuts will be catastrophic

CHICAGO | The president of the nation’s largest doctors’ group says upcoming cuts in Medicare physician payments will be catastrophic for seniors.

Dr. Cecil Wilson of the American Medical Association says Medicare payments will drop by more than 20 percent by January unless Congress takes quick action.

Dr. Wilson says many seniors will lose access to needed care because some doctors will stop accepting Medicare patients. He adds it’s a question of medical practices remaining financially viable.

Dr. Wilson spoke out against the cuts Monday at the AMA’s interim meeting in San Diego. The AMA is running full-page newspaper ads and wants a 13-month reprieve so a permanent solution can be sought.

It’s not known whether Congress will scrap the cuts, or give doctors the full reprieve they’re seeking.

MICHIGAN

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