- - Sunday, September 25, 2011

ALABAMA

Judge moves toward declaring Natalee Holloway dead

BIRMINGHAM — A judge has ruled that the father of Natalee Holloway can proceed with legal steps to declare her dead six years after she disappeared in Aruba.

Probate Judge Alan King issued a decision Friday afternoon after Miss Holloway’s father, Dave Holloway, asked for legal closure to the case.

The next step is to run a legal ad for two weeks and then allow 12 weeks for anyone to come forward with information that she may be alive. If no one does, the judge can issue an order that she is presumed dead.

An attorney for Miss Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway, said she opposes having her daughter declared dead because she is hopeful of finding her one day.

CALIFORNIA

Patient death tied to nurses’ strike

OAKLAND — Authorities are investigating a patient’s death at an Oakland hospital after what’s being described as a “medical error” by a replacement nurse hired during a labor dispute.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center gave the patient what she termed a “non-prescribed dosage of a medication.”

Ms. Watson did not release additional details, but said the department is investigating. No details about the patient or the nurse have been released, but the Oakland Tribune reports that the patient was a 66-year-old Oakland resident.

Thousands of nurses across California went on strike for one day Thursday, but many were locked out when they tried to return to work Friday. The patient, who died Saturday morning, had been receiving treatment at the hospital since July.

FLORIDA

Casey Anthony owes $217K for Caylee’s search

ORLANDO — A Florida judge has increased the reimbursement costs Casey Anthony must pay to investigators for searching for her missing 2-year-old daughter three years ago.

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