- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Health officials say four more people have died in the national meningitis outbreak, bringing the number of deaths to 19.

The deaths are among the 247 people in 15 states sickened in the outbreak, which has been tied to steroid shots for back pain. Most have a rare fungal form of meningitis. Two have joint infections.

A specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts made the steroid, and federal officials are investigating the business.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday. There were two more deaths reported in Tennessee and one each in Florida and Virginia.

COLORADO

5 dead in apparent arson-homicide at bar

DENVER | Five people were found dead in a neighborhood bar where a fire broke out around early Wednesday, and police think the blaze was set to cover up their slayings.

The fire at Fero’s Bar & Grill was reported around closing time at 2 a.m., Police Chief Robert White said.

Firefighters found four women and one man dead inside the bar. Police don’t think they were killed in the fire.

FLORIDA

Major dies during Air Force survival training

PENSACOLA | An Air Force major has died during survival training at a base in the Florida Panhandle.

The Air Force said Maj. Garrett Knowlan died Oct. 11 during the course in how to survive in open water after parachuting. He was training at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Military officials said they could not release other information, such as what Maj. Knowlan was doing when he died.

Maj. Knowlan was stationed at nearby Eglin Air Force Base. An obituary in the Southeast Missourian newspaper said he was a 32-year-old native of Jackson, Missouri.

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