- - Wednesday, February 9, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Report: Strokes are rising for young, middle-aged

LOS ANGELES | Strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older ones, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to reshape the age burden of the disease.

The numbers, reported Wednesday at an American Stroke Association conference in California, come from the first large nationwide study of stroke hospitalizations by age. Government researchers compared hospitalizations in 1994 and 1995 with ones in 2006 and 2007.

The sharpest increase — 51 percent — was among men 15 through 34. Strokes rose among women in this age group, too, but not as fast — 17 percent.

IDAHO

38 guns found at fugitive’s home

BOISE | Federal prosecutors say they seized dozens of firearms and $15,000 in cash from the southwestern Idaho home of a man wanted for years for trying to kill a New England mob boss.

Enrico M. Ponzo, 42, appeared in federal court in Boise Wednesday, two days after he was arrested on charges from a 1997 indictment accusing him and 14 others of racketeering, attempted murder and conspiracy to kill rivals.

Mr. Ponzo had been living in Marsing, west of Boise, under the assumed name Jeffrey Shaw. During his arrest Monday, FBI agents said they seized 38 firearms, cash and a 100-ounce bar of either gold or silver.

Federal prosecutors have charged Mr. Ponzo in the 1989 attempted murder of Frank Salemme, the former head of the Patriarca family of La Cosa Nostra.

PENNSYLVANIA

Woman questioned in fatal buttocks injection

PHILADELPHIA | Police questioned a New Jersey woman and were seeking a second woman Wednesday for questioning in the case of a woman from London who died after receiving cosmetic injections in her buttocks at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport.

The Delaware County medical examiner has identified the victim as Claudia Seye Aderotimi, 20, of London.

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