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Bush signs health care, FDA bills into law
CRAWFORD, Texas With the Nov. 5 midterm elections looming, President Bush reached out to voters who lack basic health care yesterday by signing into law a bill he said would provide a safety net for 5 million Americans by 2006.
He also put his signature on legislation to provide faster access to safe and effective medical devices by speeding up and improving the Federal Drug Administration's approval process.
"With these reforms we will bring the benefits of our health care system into the lives of more Americans," Mr. Bush said in his weekly radio address. "America's health care system has advantages no other nation can match but also challenges we cannot ignore."
One of the new laws will increase the number of community health centers across the country by 1,200 in the next four years.

Battering syndrome frees woman
LOS ANGELES A woman who served more than 17 years in prison for killing her abusive husband was freed after a judge ruled that the outcome of her trial may have been different had evidence of battered women's syndrome been presented.
Marva Wallace, 44, is believed to be the first person freed under a new state law that allows inmates to petition for their release in cases where evidence of battered women's syndrome was not permitted at trial.
Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley overturned Mrs. Wallace's 1985 murder conviction and ordered her release Friday pending a new trial. Another court appearance was set for tomorrow.
Mrs. Wallace began crying when the judge announced his ruling. Several relatives and friends applauded and cheered in the courtroom.
"Thank God," Mrs. Wallace, a mother of two, said as she left the courthouse. "I'm just happy to be with my family."

Pilot's body found after F-16 jets collide
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah Searchers found the remains of a pilot whose F-16 crashed in the desert after a midair collision, the Air Force said yesterday.
The body of the pilot, whose name was not released, was found early yesterday afternoon several miles from where his plane crashed Friday, said Col. Steve Hoog, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the young pilot," Col. Hoog said. "Our next focus is to figure out the how and why behind this accident."
The plane collided with an F-16 flown by Capt. David Roszmann, who ejected safely. He was taken to a clinic at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden and released Friday evening, the Air Force said.
The pilots were flying a combat training mission in a four-jet formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, a barren expanse of desert west of Salt Lake City that extends to the Nevada border.
The single-seat jets collided Friday afternoon about 25 miles southeast of Wendover, Nev. None of the jets was carrying weapons.

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