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Census reports decline in uninsured Americans

The number of Americans without health insurance declined last year for the first time since the Census Bureau began collecting that data in 1987. Health care advocates and analysts cited the robust economy as the main reason.
About 42.5 million people, or 15.5 percent of the population, lacked insurance in 1999, compared with 44.2 million, or 16.3 percent, in 1998, according to data released yesterday.
The number of uninsured children fell to 13.9 million, according to the Census Bureau's annual report on health insurance coverage in the United States.

Official links death to anthrax vaccine

LANSING, Mich. A medical examiner linked the death of a man to the 11 doses of anthrax vaccine he received while working at the company that makes it.

An autopsy showed Richard Dunn had an "inflammatory response" to the vaccine throughout his body, contributing to his July death, Ionia County Chief Medical Examiner Robert Joyce said.

Pathologist Stephen Cohle, who performed the autopsy, said Mr. Dunn died of ventricular arrhythmia. But he said it was unclear what caused that inflammation and said he disagreed with Mr. Joyce's conclusion.

Mr. Joyce has refused to release his findings to the company or to reporters.

The military and the Food and Drug Administration say the vaccine is safe.

Elian's Miami family sues Reno, INS

MIAMI Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives filed a lawsuit yesterday against Attorney General Janet Reno, claiming the armed raid that took the Cuban boy from their home and reunited him with his father was illegal.
"The last time I saw anything like that was in films from postwar Germany when the Nazis were invading people's homes without cause," said the family's lawyer, Ron Guralnick.
The lawsuit filed in federal court claims Miss Reno and the Immigration and Naturalization Service used false statements to obtain the arrest and search warrants used in the pre-dawn April 22 raid to seize the 6-year-old boy.

Grand jury indicts oil pipeline company

A federal grand jury yesterday indicted one of the nation's biggest oil pipeline companies, saying it broke environmental laws involving a pollutant linked to cancer at one of its Texas plants.
The indictment in Texas charges Koch Industries Inc., its subsidiary Koch Petroleum Group and four employees with 97 felonies for problems with the pollutant benzene at a Corpus Christi plant dating to 1995.
The company self-disclosed the problems to state regulators, but the indictment charges the company with conspiracy and making false statements to Texas officials.
Although Koch has been one of the Republican Party's most generous donors, the administration of Texas Gov. George W. Bush joined in the investigation and hailed the indictment.

Historic theater shut over unpaid taxes

CHICAGO Chicago officials shut down the historic Biograph theater where gangster John Dillinger was gunned down.
The theater's offense? The same one that put away gangster Al Capone: failure to pay taxes.
The same action Wednesday by the state Department of Revenue closed six other theaters in the Meridian Entertainment Group chain, including two at Water Tower mall on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.
Alisa and Donzell Starks formed the Meridian chain in 1999, saying they wanted more theaters in black communities.
The department did not disclose the amount the Starkses owed, but Director Bea Reyna-Hickey called it significant.

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