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American Scene: CDC says U.S. on track for deadliest West Nile year
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Health officials say they’re convinced this will be the worst year for West Nile virus deaths and severe illnesses since the disease hit America’s shores in 1999.
Officials on Wednesday said 1,405 serious illnesses and 118 deaths have been reported, the bulk of them in Texas. Infections are expected to continue into October, even though the height of the mosquito season is over.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts the numbers will surpass the 2002 record of nearly 3,000 severe cases and 284 deaths.
Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage
OKLAHOMA CITY — Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a mandate in the nation’s health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs.
The lawsuit by the Oklahoma City-based chain claims the government mandate is forcing the company’s owners “to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits.” Failure to provide the drugs in the company’s health insurance plan could lead to fines of up to $1.3 million a day, the company said.
“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” CEO and founder David Green said. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”
‘Teacher of the year’ denies sex charge
NEWARK — A New Jersey woman recently named a county’s teacher of the year was in court Wednesday to answer charges that she had sex with a 15-year-old boy enrolled in an honors class she taught.
An attorney for Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf during a hearing in Superior Court in Newark. Ms. DePalo faces aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment charges. The boy was in her honors English class and the two carried on what prosecutors describe as a “sexual relationship” from June until recently.
Ms. DePalo has been indefinitely suspended from her teaching job at West Orange High School, according to school officials. Her attorney said she had been a teacher for nearly a decade. She was named Essex County’s teacher of the year in 2011.
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