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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that an autopsy showed blood clots killed 29-year-old Anna Brown in September when they migrated from her legs to her lungs.

Ms. Brown’s family says authorities treated her unfairly and have hired a lawyer, Keith Link, who didn’t respond to messages from the Associated Press on Thursday.

St. Mary’s Health Center says its staff followed medical guidelines and performed appropriate tests. The hospital says blood clots can go undetected in a small number of cases.

Police have said officers had no way of knowing Brown’s dire condition.

NEW YORK

Judge skeptical toward anti-terror law argument

NEW YORK A federal judge in New York says she is “extremely skeptical” that a lawsuit can succeed in striking down a law giving the government wide powers to regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.

Judge Katherine Forrest opened a daylong hearing on the subject Thursday by saying legal precedents seemed to pave the way for the law to be found constitutional. She also surprised lawyers who brought a lawsuit challenging the law on behalf of journalists, scholars and others by saying the First Amendment did not seem to be central to the law.

Judge Forrest said she did not believe all speech is encumbered by the First Amendment. The government said in court papers that fears by those who brought the lawsuit were baseless.

TEXAS

Lawyer: Patients terrified by clinic nurse’s actions

LUFKIN A prosecutor told Texas jurors that a nurse accused of killing five kidney dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach caused her patients to fear for their lives.

Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington presented his closing argument Thursday in the capital murder trial of Kimberly Clark Saenz. He said two patients were terrified after witnessing the former nurse inject bleach into the IV lines of two other patients.

Defense attorney Ryan Deaton told jurors that Ms. Saenz is innocent and is being scapegoated by the clinic’s owner for faulty procedures at the clinic, including improper water purification.

Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Ms. Saenz caused five patients’ deaths in April 2008 at the clinic in Lufkin, about 125 miles northeast of Houston. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

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