Sunday, November 17, 2013
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Filipinos, many still homeless and grieving lost loved ones after a killer typhoon, attended church services Sunday. Some of the churches bore the scars of the storm, the damage making them unable to hold back rains that continue to fall. More than 80 percent of the 90 million people in the Philippines are Roman Catholic.
BEIJING (AP) — China says it's ready to pitch in more than its original, modest $2 million pledge for Philippine typhoon relief. Beijing says it's willing to send rescue and medical teams to the Philippines. The small original offering has been attributed to spite over a dispute with Manila over South China Sea islands claimed by both sides.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge in Colorado has ruled that a defendant charged in a number of sexual assaults on young girls can point the finger at his identical twin during his trial. Prosecutors say they have a DNA link to Army 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas, but having an identical twin could complicate that evidence. The judge says jury should decide the matter.
UNDATED (AP) — Federal health officials are warning about guidewires in Medtronic devices used in heart procedures. The warning covers about 15,000 recalled guidewires, which are inserted through an artery to guide other devices into place. Medtronic announced Friday night that the FDA has classified the recall as Class I, meaning a product has reasonable potential to cause serious injury or death.
IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A second U.S. city is looking at using its municipal powers to help distressed homeowners. Irvington, N.J., is moving forward with plans to use eminent domain to buy mortgages that are in foreclosure. The idea has drawn forceful opposition from Wall Street, real estate groups and some in Washington.