- - Wednesday, June 1, 2011


License of Octomom’s fertility doctor is revoked

LOS ANGELES — California medical officials have revoked the license of the fertility doctor who helped “Octomom” Nadya Suleman become the mother of 14 children through repeated in vitro treatments.

The Medical Board of California said Wednesday that its decision is necessary to protect the public and becomes effective July 1.

The state licensing authority launched an investigation into Dr. Michael Kamrava’s practice not long after Miss Suleman’s octuplets were born in January 2009.

In licensing hearings last year, the Beverly Hills fertility doctor acknowledged implanting 12 embryos into Miss Suleman prior to that pregnancy, six times the norm for a woman her age.

The board says Dr. Kamrava also treated two other patients negligently.


Balloon boy parents say they’ll sell balloon

FORT COLLINS — The former Colorado couple that told authorities their son floated away in a helium balloon have made a video saying they’ll auction off the inflatable to raise money for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.

TMZ.com posted the video in which Richard and Mayumi Heene say they’ll work with California lawyer Perry Rausher on the auction. Mr. Rausher confirmed to the Coloradoan newspaper that he is working with the Heenes.

The Heenes’ son wasn’t inside the balloon when it floated away in 2009. Mrs. Heene served 20 days in jail for filing a false report. Mr. Heene served 30 days in jail for a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant.

Terms of their probation say they can’t profit from their story until 2013.


Endeavour lands safely; last shuttle on launch pad

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA’s 30-year shuttle program inched closer to the end Wednesday, wrapping up its next-to-last mission and moving Atlantis to the launch pad for next month’s final flight.

Endeavour and its six astronauts returned to Earth after more than two weeks in space, gliding down the runway one last time during a middle-of-the-night landing. A few miles away, Atlantis reached the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center for the grand finale in five weeks.

Endeavour commander Mark Kelly — whose wife, wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, remained at her rehab center in Houston — brought Endeavour to a stop before hundreds of onlookers that included the four Atlantis astronauts.

Endeavour, the youngest of the shuttles with 123 million miles over 25 flights, is now bound for a museum in California.


Official count: 134 dead from massive tornado

JOPLIN — State officials said everyone who had been reported missing since last week’s massive Joplin tornado has been accounted for and at least 134 people have been confirmed killed.

The Wednesday announcement came from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The agency has led the effort to track down the nearly 270 people listed as unaccounted for after the May 22 tornado.

The patrol says the confirmed death toll of 134 includes 124 people who had been on the unaccounted-for list, seven people who had been taken immediately to funeral homes after the storm, and three people who have since died in the hospital from their injuries.

More than 8,000 homes and apartments, and more than 500 commercial properties, were damaged or destroyed in the tornado.


Dead teen’s mom sues state suicide outbreak on reservation

HELENA — The mother of a teenager who killed himself last year during a rash of child suicides on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation has filed a lawsuit against the school district and Montana.

Roxanne Gourneau, a judge in Fort Peck’s tribal family court, claims school officials were negligent and are responsible for the death of her 17-year-old son, Dalton.

Dalton’s death in Wolf Point in November followed the suicides of five middle-school students and 20 suicide attempts on the reservation. Tribal officials declared an emergency on the reservation and federal health officials were sent in to provide counseling.

In her lawsuit filed last month in state court, Mrs. Gourneau says the school district and the state were negligent and did not properly train school staff to handle crisis situations.

So far, no other parents or families have filed suit.


Bail set for Egyptian businessman in sex case

NEW YORK — A businessman and former chairman of a major Egyptian bank charged with sexually abusing a housekeeper at a luxury Manhattan hotel is being held on $25,000 bail and has been ordered to hand over his passport because he is considered a flight risk.

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, wearing glasses and a suit, was arraigned just before midnight Tuesday in Manhattan. Authorities say the businessman, who is in his 70s, attacked a maid at the Pierre hotel, near Central Park and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side.

The hotel, meanwhile, suspended the supervisor of housekeeping for not reporting the alleged assault.

Mr. Omar was arraigned on two counts of sexual abuse and forcible touching.

His attorney, Liz Beal, told the court that her client “adamantly denies the charges against him.”


Execution procedure altered for cancer-stricken inmate

COLUMBUS — Ohio will make it easier for an inmate who lost his larynx to cancer to make a final statement at his execution.

Prison officials are using the change as part of their argument that a federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s execution procedures.

The state will raise the gurney where Kenneth Smith, 45, will lie and let him keep one arm free to make it easier for him to use his artificial voice box. It would be the first time an Ohio inmate has not been completely strapped down since the state resumed the death penalty in 1999.

Smith is scheduled to die July 19 for killing Lewis and Ruth Ray in their Hamilton home in 1995.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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